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AYSA Board Meetings in January, 2021

The AYSA Board of Directors will host two meetings in January.

The first will be a monthly meeting of the Board on Wednesday, January 13th at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. (Zoom:  https://mtholyoke.zoom.us/j/95325138277?pwd=dkhsQ20waUZtWHJJV2QzQ2NVVktaUT09)

The second will be our Annual Meeting of the Board, in which we will hold elections for new officer positions (both elected officers and officers-at-large). This meeting will take place on January 27th at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. (Zoom: https://mtholyoke.zoom.us/j/91239552846?pwd=R3d2M3VWZmw0bUV2YnZLNHljdDdaZz09)

As per our bylaws, eligible members “are parents/guardians who have a child currently playing in an AYSA soccer program or parents/guardians who have had a child playing in an AYSA soccer program within the last 6 months or coaches of an AYSA team.”

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AYSA Board Meeting

The AYSA Board will be meeting via Zoom this coming Wednesday, December 9, at 6:30 p.m. All are invited to attend. For information on how to log in to the meeting, please contact Desmond Fitz-Gibbon (desfitzgib at gmail).

Fall Soccer

Dear Amherst Families,
We have been busy at Amherst Youth Soccer Association putting together a special COVID-aware soccer program and are happy to announce that we are ready to accept registrations for the fall.
The registration link is:
Unfortunately, there will be no traveling teams this fall. All soccer will be local.
Note that all of our soccer activity adheres to the rules and procedures provided by the Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association which can be found here: https://www.mayouthsoccer.org/return-to-soccer-activities/
This season’s soccer is focused on fun with light player development. We’ve combined the ages and genders into three coed age groups –
Young Learners (Pre-K through 1st grade) – Parent participation requiredSoccer Fun! (2nd grade – 4th grade)Big Kicks (4th grade – 8th grade)
Each group is tailored to the players’ needs. For the two older groups, there will be training and warmup led by a staff coach and then a 50 minute small-sided game with a referee. The young group is 45 minutes of activities and challenges.
Sessions are only on Saturdays and at this time it looks like all groups will be located at Plumbrook Recreation Area.
COVID-19 Considerations
As we worked through the possible ways to configure the season, we settled on two 4-week legs with Columbus Day weekend as a break between them. The intention is to not open registration for the second leg until we get much closer to the start in case the state decides to restrict youth sports again. In which case we may have to adjust the second leg or cancel it altogether.
** We cannot offer credit or refunds on registrations this season. We are already operating on a razor-thin budget due to the cancellation of the spring and refunding all registration fees at that time.
Thank you for being patient with us. 
We want to take this opportunity to invite any parents who are open to helping to administer or implement our soccer programs to contact the board at board@amherstsoccer.org or Travel Director Keith Payne at traveldirector@amherstsoccer.org
We really need help for the coming spring 2021 season – there are several volunteer and paid positions that will be available. Additionally, we’re always looking for parents that want to get even more involved and join the board of directors. We are a non-profit community based organization and parent participation is vital to our ability to provide our special brand of youth soccer.
Thank you 💙⚽

AYSA Board Meeting

After being on pause for a few months, AYSA will have an impromptu board meeting by Zoom this week to discuss what a fall season could look like. All are welcome to join. 
Wednesday, August 5th 6:30-9pm 

Important info concerning the 2020 Spring Soccer Season

First, we wish you all well. The safety and well-being of our community is our primary concern. This is a challenging time for many, with so much uncertainty and social distancing, but spring is coming and when this period passes we will be back to having fun together! Meanwhile, we hope you get to enjoy some quiet time and get outdoors for walks.

We will have a virtual board meeting this evening, Thursday 3/19 from 6:30 PM – 9 PM, by Zoom, where important issues will be discussed. Please consider conferencing in using the information below.

We have received guidance from the governing leagues (full text below). In short, all soccer activities are suspended through April 15th. As it stands today this should not affect our season. However, we are anticipating that the date will be extended further and are preparing as follows:

Recreational Program

Our original schedule for Rec soccer begins on April 18. We are prepared to adjust the schedule as needed with the intent to provide the same number of sessions as originally scheduled. Rescheduled sessions may be set to Fridays, which are already allocated for makeups due to weather, Sundays, or a combination of both. We will do our best not to extend the season further into June.

Travel Program

As of this time the Roots Soccer League has not indicated a change in the schedule, however we anticipate some form of an abbreviated season length with the possibility of weeknight games, Saturday double-headers, or the addition of Sunday games. We may have only one or zero pre-season practices before the first games. In all cases we will continue to provide a thorough developmental program with our DOC Carla DeSantis and the staff coaches.

Annual Board Meeting January 29–please join us!

The community is cordially invited to the Annual Meeting of the AYSA Board of Directors, where we all elect board members.

Please come and consider joining the board—it truly takes a village!

At this meeting the board will also vote to approve a contract for the new Director of Coaching.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

6:30 pm

Howard Johnson Hotel

Rte 9 (Russell St)

Let us know if you need on-site childcare, and please help spread the word!

We are a volunteer-driven organization, providing excellent programs for hundreds of children and teens in the region and we need as many dedicated volunteers as possible!

Board Meeting December 19

Are you interested in getting more involved, learning more about AYSA, or joining the Board of Directors? GREAT, parents and community members are always needed to keep this volunteer-driven program running.

AYSA Board of Directors will meet

Thursday, December 19


Howard Johnson Hotel, Rte 9 (Russell St), Hadley

At this meeting we will approve a contract for the Director of Coaching for the 2020 year. We have many other important business matters to address and we welcome all community members to take part.

Agenda items include:

Director of Coaching Contract

Finance Update

Travel and Rec Program updates and plans for 2020

Board and Staff roles—including recruiting and preparing for the election of board officers

Other agenda items will be included if time permits.

Please feel free to email any questions or suggestions to info@amherstsoccer.org.

Thank you!

Board Meeting November 5

Update: meeting will be at Holiday Inn Express at 6:30pm

AYSA board of directors meets on the first Tuesday of each month and all are welcome to participate.

Our next meeting is November 5, from 6-8pm at Howard Johnson on Route 9 in Hadley.

We will have a finance and programs update and discuss the new director of coaching contract and follow-up on any items from prior meetings.

If you have a suggestion for the agenda or a need for childcare during the meeting please email Secretary@Amherstsoccer.org at least 2 days prior to the meeting.