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REMINDER: Spring 2021 Recreational Soccer – Let’s Go!

Hello Amherst Soccer Families.

Welcome to Spring 2021 Recreational Soccer

First the most important news: The first day of Rec, this Saturday 4/24, is being postponed. The fields are very wet and Plumbrook in particular will not dry out by Saturday. There will be a makeup scheduled. So as it stands our new opening days are Saturday May 1, and Thursday May 6.

Now on to happier news –

COVID Safety Information

We are maintaining attendance records for contact tracing of all people on the field – players and parents. Players and spectators must sign in each week at the table before entering the field. Parents and players are required to wear masks whenever outside of their vehicle, including in the parking lot. Players can take a mask break at any time as long as there is ample space to do so.

Check-in and Start Procedure

After signing in at the table, proceed as follows.

Pre-K

The field is organized into 6 areas, one for each team. After signing in, one parent or guardian will accompany the child to the field designated for their team. For the first three weeks or so a parent will stay with their child for the 45 minutes to help them space and to encourage them with the soccer activities. Our DOC, the staff coaches, and the team coaches will lead the players through their games and challenges.

There will be space nearby but not within the training field for additional spectators.

Kindergarten

There are 6 Kindergarten teams and six areas, one for each team. After signing in the player can proceed to his or her area where one of the coaches is organizing the players. The DOC, staff coaches, and team coaches will lead the players through their activities and games. If this is your child’s first time playing soccer, please be attentive from the spectator area in case your child needs your attention during the activities. The coach will guide your child to you if he or she needs attention.

Grades 1 – 8

On arrival, sign in at the table and the players may proceed to one of the four areas designated for the team. The DOC, staff coaches, and team coaches will lead the players through their activities. After the training portion of the session, the teams will proceed to the game field to play their match against another Rec team.

Opening Day

Team jerseys will be distributed to players when they sign in for the first time. This will be done for the first two sessions. If you are starting after the first two sessions, please contact the organization to arrange for the jersey to be brought to the next session.

Equipment

All players of all ages should bring the following to each session

  1. Mask (loop over ear mask. Gaiters, bandanas, or anything that wraps around the neck is not allowed because of the chocking hazard).
  2. Water
  3. Soccer ball of appropriate size:  

Pre-K & K, 1st grade; Size 3

Grade 2-5: Size 4

Grade 6-8: Size 5

For all K and above cleats and shin guards are required. Pre-K may wear sneakers and shin guards are optional.

If you have any questions or comments, please send them to myself at the email address below.

Sincerely,

Keith Payne Travel Director, Amherst Youth Soccer Association
traveldirector@amherstsoccer.org
954-445-8829

AYSA Board Meeting

The AYSA Board of Directors will hold is regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 10, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held via Zoom at the following link: https://mtholyoke.zoom.us/j/99909134444

All elected officers and eligible members are invited to attend. AYSA 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.”

Registration for Spring 2021

Hello Soccer Families,

AYSA is happy to announce that youth soccer is up and running for the Spring 2021 season in Amherst. With COVID guidance from the Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association and a successful hybrid program in the fall, our Recreational and Travel programs are ready to go. Both programs have been revamped with adherence to COVID safety at all levels of play. More information about COVID safety in our programs can be found at https://www.mayouthsoccer.org/return-to-soccer-activities/.

Please join us this spring by following this link to our registration website.

For questions or registration assistance, please contact info@amherstsoccer.org or Keith Payne traveldirector@amherstsoccer.org.

For scholarship information, contact info@amherstsoccer.org

AYSA Board Meeting

The AYSA Board of Directors will hold a meeting on February 24 at 6:30 p.m. This meeting will be held via Zoom at the following link: https://mtholyoke.zoom.us/j/98463593643

All elected officers and eligible members are invited to attend. AYSA 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.”

AYSA Board Meeting

The AYSA Board of Directors will hold its regular monthly meeting on February 10, 2021, starting at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held online via Zoom conference call. Please use the following link: https://mtholyoke.zoom.us/j/94081338516

All elected officers and eligible members are invited to attend. AYSA 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.”

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.”

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:
https://clubs.bluesombrero.com/Default.aspx?tabid=942361
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