Next AYSA Board Meeting is Dec 1

Next AYSA Board Meeting: 12/1

The next AYSA Board Meeting is Thursday, December 1 at 6:30pm in the Glass Room of the Bangs Community Center.

The meeting is open to the public, and all parents/guardians of the AYSA soccer players are allowed to vote. Anyone interested in joining the Board, becoming an officer, or otherwise participating is encouraged to attend.

If you would like to add items to the agenda, please contact Meg Rosa (

Rec Soccer Saturday/Sunday**

This is our final week of REC Soccer! THANK YOU for such an amazing season of REC. THANK YOU to all of our volunteers who helped coach the these amazing kids! You make this program a success!

This weekend, REC will be played on Saturday and on Sunday-for those teams who were rained out.

The schedule is as follows:
Saturday, November 5
8:30am: 1st Grade Girls, 2-3 Girls, 4-8 Girls
10:30am: 2-3 Boys, 4-5 Boys, 6-8 Boys
1:00pm: 1st Grade Boys
2:45pm: Pre-Kickers
3:30pm: Kindergarten

Sunday, November 6 **ONLY the TEAMS BELOW are PLAYING
12:00-1:30pm 1st Grade Boys
1:45-2:30pm Pre-Kickers
2:30-3:30pm Kindergarten

Thank you everyone!

🙂 Moe

Next AYSA Board Meeting: 11/7

The next AYSA Board Meeting is Monday, November 7 at 6:30pm in Room 101 of the Bangs Community Center.

The meeting is open to the public, and all parents/guardians of the AYSA soccer players are allowed to vote. Anyone interested in joining the Board, becoming an officer, or otherwise participating is encouraged to attend.

If you would like to add items to the agenda, please contact Meg Rosa (

Winter/Indoor Soccer Options

Hello AYSA Families,

I wanted to touch base with you and explain some of the benefits and options available to soccer players during this upcoming winter season.

Many of our players, new and experienced, have done a great job in building their skills and learning the game this season. I hope families can take advantage of some of the indoor soccer options available that will help our AYSA players stay connected with the game of soccer (listed below).

As you have noticed, playing soccer uses different skills. Unlike in other sports, soccer players use their feet to control, pass, shoot, chip, crosses while running with the ball and making decisions. Honestly, these are all hard skills to master but as you can see, possible. Great credit to you parents and to your child for falling in love with such a beautiful and complex sport.  Falling in love with the game is to appreciate the skill development of using both feet, gaining the understanding of space and the anticipation of movement on the field.

Everyone involved with AYSA  has done a great job and credit goes out to all for the great work in achieving our recent success.  For all the work done by everyone, please try not to put your recent developed skills on the shelf and wait to dust them back off when returning in the spring or next fall season.

Playing indoor soccer during the winter is a great way to stay in touch with your soccer friends and try to keep using these new and old skills. Playing indoors once a week can help you continue to learn and try your skills in a fun and fast pace way with more opportunities to touch the ball. I have included below some great options available for busy families for playing once a week for an hour with no additional practices.

Many of our travel coaches have worked hard to keep players playing soccer during the winter.  Even though AYSA is not yet in the place at the present time to organize indoor soccer teams, with Moe’s help, I have assisted  players to be placed on newly created indoor teams with other Amherst players or to keep them connected as single players with Allsport Soccer Arena in Northampton. If you want to be placed on a team as a single player, you can by using their registration:

The winter soccer indoor season at Allsport is broken into three sessions.

Session 1 starts 11/5 to 1/18  ( Playoffs 12/19 – 12/21)
Session 2 starts 12/21 ends 02/12 (playoff 02/12 -o2/17, there will be week day games during holiday weekends )
Session 3 Starts 02/15/17 ends 04/02 ( playoffs 04/03 – 04/06)

How to find a team:

IF you are on a travel team, keep checking with your teams’ coach to see if there is any option to play on an indoor team. If there is no room on an existing team, you can always check with Moe or myself and we will try to assist you in finding a team.

Indoor skill development in availability order
For ages 6-8, starting Nov 12th, every Saturday for 6 weeks session with Allsport Arena staff.

Indoor skill development with My Mobile Soccer Academy (with my staff and I)
Starting Jan 7th,  our first session for 6 weeks (scholarship available).
Pick up soccer available for all on Wednesdays

No drills, just organized pick soccer games for anyone wanting to keep playing soccer and keeping on with their soccer skills. Every Wednesday at Allsport soccer arena on the small netted field area. I  will be there on the first Wednesday to get everyone started.

Every player just bring $7 for an hour of soccer.

5-6pm for grade 2-4 grader
6-7pm  for grade 5-8 grader
7-8:30pm for High school players

Thank you all

Chris Monteiro

Girls Teams: Time Change!

Hello Amherst Girls Teams!

The Town has instructed us that we need to change our final two weeks of AYSA REC Soccer due to a situation with Plumbrook.

The final two weeks of girls’ soccer will be played starting at 8:30am and ending at 10:00a.m.
We are very sorry for this change. We must comply with the town, as they own and manage the fields. For those of you who have an inconvenience with this time change, you can arrive at 9:00a.m., however, you will need to pick-up your player at 10:00a.m.

New time: 8:30am-10:00am

Please remember to follow the Town Regulations for Plumbrook:
1) DRIVE SLOWLY on Potwine Lane
2) DRIVE SLOWLY within the parking lot.
4) DRIVE SLOWLY while exiting the lot.

Thank you for a wonderful season of soccer! We will see you on Saturday!

All of us at AYSA

Important Message from Town of Amherst

Hello Amherst Soccer Families,

We have been notified by a neighbor of Plumbrook Fields, that people driving to and from Plumbrook Fields are driving too fast and dangerously on Potwine Lane and surrounding streets. We have a LOT of participants playing at Plumbrook fields at the same time. This is very dangerous situation and we need to change this behavior immediately.

Here’s what we need from you:

When you are driving to and from Plumbrook fields, we need you to drive the posted speed limit or slower if there are a lot of other cars and pedestrians on the road.

When driving in the parking lot, please drive very slowly as there are a lot of children in the parking lot. Enter the parking lot from the west entrance and exit from the east exit. Keep the flow of traffic going one direction, west to east.

Only park in marked spaces and make sure you are parked between the space lines. Do not take up more than one space. We have a lot of families who need to use the parking lot at the same time.

Due to limited parking space availability, please consider carpooling with other families and only bring one car per family to Plumbrook. You can use Crocker Farm’s parking lot to leave extra vehicles at.

Do Not park on the grass or along the street. Emergancy vehicles must have the space to drive down the street if needed.

Safety is our number one priority. These rules must be followed at all times. Police will take notice otherwise. The town owns and manages the fields. We must comply with what the Town and the Police have requested of us.

Thank you for your cooperation in this very important matter.

Meg Rosa
President, AYSA

REC Afternoon Cancelled

Hello everyone!

The afternoon sessions of REC are cancelled today, October 22, due to weather.
These sessions will be made up on Sunday, November 6.
Thanks everyone!  We will see you next Sunday for REC!

🙂 Moe