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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 

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

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.

Amherst Soccer Opening Day Sept 7th

 
Hello Soccer Families,
Opening Day is almost here.  Fall Soccer starts this Saturday Sept. 7th!  We look forward to seeing everyone out on the fields.   

Field Schedule:

Plum Brook Recreation AreaPotwine Lane Amherst Massachusetts United States 01002
Directions

Grade 1 – 2 Boys 8:30 AM 10:00 AM
Grade 3 – 4 Boys 8:30 AM 10:00 AM
Grade 1 – 2 Girls10:30 AM 12:00 PM
Grade 3 – 4 Girls10:30 AM 12:00 PM
Grade 5 – 8 Coed10:30 AM12:00 PM

Fort River Elementary School70 South East Street Amherst Massachusetts United States 01002

Directions

Pre-K (1) Coed 1:00 PM 1:45 PM
Kindergarten Coed 2:00 PM 3:00 PM
Pre-K (2) Coed 3:15 PM 4:00 PM

 
Spots still available for our Fall Recreational Program. Pass it on!!

What to expect:
 Please arrive 10-20 mins early to pick up Jerseys.
 Don’t forget to bring:Soccer Cleats (optional for PK and K, but recommended)
Shin Guards (optional for PK and K, but recommended)
Soccer ball of appropriate size (grades PK, K, 1 size 3; grades 2 – 6 size 4; grades 7 – 8 size 5)
Water

Gear Exchange

There will be a gear exchange table where you may be able to find something in your child’s size. And please be generous for the next group of kids with shin guards and cleats that have been outgrown.


Keep up to date and join us on facebook and Instagram
 

 Instagram: playaysaFacebook:
https://www.facebook.com/AmherstYouthSoccerAssociation
Register: http://www.playaysa.com

Volunteers Needed! 
AYSA is a volunteer-run organization and depends on parents. Please be in touch if you are willing and able to volunteer in any capacity. Contact info@amherstsoccer.org or register for a posted opportunity @ Volunteer .
If you have already registered.  Thank you! We will be in touch with you.
We need help in all areas; Fundraising & Marketing (including raffle, grant writing and corporate gifts)Community outreach/recruitment/communications Operations (including coaches, non-board volunteers, and admin)Board Seats are available 


Thank you for being part of our soccer organization and we look forward to seeing you out on the fields.   



Sincerely,
AYSA Board

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