Author Archives: AYSA Secretary

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

6:00pm

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.

Meeting Wednesday, Sep 11, to approve interim Director of Coaching position—all welcome

On behalf of the AYSA Board of Directors, I would like to welcome you all to the start of another soccer season and to update you on an important development in our organization. It is with great appreciation and admiration I announce the departure of our beloved Director of Coaches (DoC) Chris Monteiro. Coach Chris has made contributions to AYSA in ways both seen and unseen far more than I could ever enumerate. Our organization is better thanks to his work, and we wish him the very best as he moves on to future opportunities. 

The AYSA board recognizes the fundamental importance of having a DoC as the person vested with the authority, experience and skills necessary to develop our coaches and players in ways that keep AYSA’s traditions in tact for generations to come. 

The board is actively pursuing a candidate to be an interim DoC, and has begun a search for a person that can continue the legacy of Coach Chris. As such we will be vetting candidates in short order and have called a meeting on Wednesday Sept 11th to approve a contract for the interim position, based on the search committee and board’s recommendation. All registered families are encouraged to attend.

The meeting will be held from 6-8pm at Howard Johnson’s, 401 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035. Please check back here on day of the meeting for location confirmation. 

In service,

Trevor Baptiste

Register now for Fall Recreational Soccer!

2019 Fall Recreational Soccer Registration is Open!!!

Games are on Saturdays from September 7–November 9

(No games October 12)

Pre-K (1) Coed: 1:00–1:45 PM

Pre-K (2) Coed: 3:15–4:00 PM

Kindergarten Coed: 2:00–3:00 PM

Grade 1 – 2 Boys: 8:30–10:00 AM

Grade 3 – 4 Boys: 8:30–10:00 AM

Grade 1 – 2 Girls: 10:30 AM—12:00 PM

Grade 3 – 4 Girls : 10:30 AM —12:00 PM

Grade 5 – 8 Coed: 10:30 AM—12:00 PM

Register Here for Fall Soccer This is a new registration site so you will have to create a new account first. After registration you’ll receive a coupon from Dick’s sporting goods.

We have plenty of volunteer opportunities, please consider volunteering your time.

Please send any comments or feedback to info@amherstsoccer.org

Register today for Advance Skills Soccer Camp!

IS YOUR CHILD READY TO UP THEIR GAME THIS SUMMER?

This one-week camp provides intensive skills development for kids at all levels in a fun environment with KidsAfrik’s high quality team of skilled coaches.

August 5-9, 2019

Williston School in Easthampton, MA

Suitable for all skill levels, the KidsAfrik team works hard to get each child technically, mentally, and physically ready for their upcoming soccer season. The goal is to ensure that every player has a blast learning the game with the KidsAfrik approach.

Half-day and Full-day options. Lunch included. Scholarships available–apply early.

For More Info and to Register, go to

https://www.mymobilesocceracademy.com/advance-skills-clinic-in-westhampton

What people are saying:

“I liked how they paid so much attention and helped me get way better at my shots. And the African drumming and games were awesome.” –Levi, age 12

“KidsAfrik is the BEST SOCCER CAMP EVER! Plus, the food is really good!” –Justice, age 9

“I am happy for my children to be in a culturally enriching setting while getting some one-on-one skills training along with a whole lot of exercise and fun. The coaching team is top-rate–challenging and supportive. Thanks for a consistently great experience!”

“My son has been to several soccer and basketball camps and I was beginning to think that camps just weren’t his thing. They were never good experiences and it turned into weeklong frustration to get him to go. …This is by far the best camp he has ever been to! He has learned so much already and looks forward to each day. I think it’s a combination of the small group/individual attention, the types of skills he is learning, as well as the personalities and teaching styles of the coaches.”

“This program has been amazing in the progress my daughter is making each week. She absolutely loves it.”

“Alex really loved the camp. You know it’s going well when, after playing soccer all day, he comes home and begs me to play soccer with him in the yard. He counts the camp as the best camp experience he’s had of all the camps he’s gone to. It was also such a treat to have lunch provided.”

Travel Teams Announced

Travel team tryout results have been confirmed so please check your email and reply ASAP. 💛

The registration system will be open from 6/23 – 7/1. All registrations must be completed within this timeframe.

If you did not receive an email or are unable to complete your registration before the deadline, please contact traveldirector@amherstsoccer.org.

If your child missed tryouts and would like to be on a team, please email us on August 10 and if there are any team openings we can schedule a call tryout.