AYSA Board Meeting Tonight

Reminder:  The AYSA Board meeting is tonight, December 11, 2017.

Time: 6:30-8:00pm
Location: Room 101 Bangs Community Center

Download the AYSA Board Packet Here

Thank you.


Travel teams win championships!

Congratulations to the Grade 7 boys division 1 (below, left) and Grade 8 boys division 2 (below, right) teams, who both won their respective post-season championships!

All AYSA teams eligible for play-offs (grade 5 and up) playing in PVJSL made the play-offs. The Grade 5 and Grade 6 boys division 2 teams lost in the finals. The Grade 5 girls and boys division 1 teams lost in the semi-finals.

Next AYSA Board Meeting 12/11

The next AYSA Board meeting is on Monday, December 11 from 6:30-8:00pm 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 have any questions, please contact Ed Melia.


Hello AYSA Families,

AYSA is pleased to announce that the Board has approved a trial offering of Club Soccer for Fall 2017. (This is NOT part of Travel Soccer Tryouts.) Our goal for starting this new program is to give our players who are looking for a higher level of soccer a way to do this without having to leave AYSA. Additionally, we are committed to making this affordable for all families.

Club Soccer has many different leagues and divisions within those leagues. Based on cost and other logistics, we are planning to join NSL (http://www.nslsoccer.org) for next fall. The division is based on the performance of the team. Our model involves players participating in travel and club soccer.

On a weekly basis, a club player will:

Participate in their travel practices.
Participate in travel games (Weeknights and Saturdays)
Participate in club games (Sundays)

There will also be extra practices for the club players before the season starts.

The cost for club players on our travel teams for Fall 2017 will be $100. This fee is in addition to the travel fee. We will offer a 50% reduction in fees for players on free lunch and a 25% reduction for those on reduced lunch. If this cost is still too much for a family, we will find other ways to cover the costs. Any player who makes the team will be able to play. Players who are playing for a different town’s travel program will be charged $175.

Because club soccer is over a wider region, travel to away games can be further. We have heard that NSL is working to reduce the distances teams need to travel but this have not been confirmed. To address the travel challenges we expect teams will set up car-pooling.

Since this is a trial, we are starting with the two teams – U12 Boys and U12 Girls. To be able to play U12 next fall, a player will need to have been born on January 1st, 2006 or later (including later years). If this trial is successful, we will expand the number of teams we are fielding.
Tryouts will be run by Chris Monteiro, our Director of Coaching. Chris will determine who will be offered positions on the teams.
Tryout Schedule:

U12 Boys – Wednesday, June 14th 6 – 7 pm at Plumbrook Field
U12 Girls – Friday, June 16th 6 – 7 pm at Plumbrook Field

To sign up for tryouts please REGISTER HERE.

You will receive a confirmation that your child is signed up for tryouts. On the day of tryouts, show up at 5:30 to receive a numbered pinnie. Players should bring a ball, cleats, shin guards, and water.

If you have any questions, please contact Mike Hayes.

Ed Melia, AYSA President
Mike Hayes, AYSA Club Director

The AYSA Annual Board Meeting is 01/09

The AYSA Annual Board Meeting is Monday, January 9 from 6:30pm-8:00pm in Room 101 of the Bangs Community Center.

During this meeting, officers will be elected.

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.

Download: Annual Board Meeting Packet

If you would like to add items to the agenda, please contact Meg Rosa (amherstyouthsoccer@gmail.com).

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

What Gear Do I Really Need for Recreational Soccer?

  • All players should own their own ball, with their name on it in permanent ink. Please bring the ball to every session. Ball size varies by age:
    • Size 3 – Under 8 years (Little Kickers, K and 1st grade)
    • Size 4 – Ages 8 to 12 years (2nd to 5th grade)
    • Size 5 – Ages 12 and up (6th grade and up)
  • Cleats (not metal), with the exception of Little Kickers, where this is optional.
  • Shin guards, with the exception of Little Kickers, where this is optional. Soccer socks should cover shin guards.
  • Athletic shorts or pants. We will provide a team t-shirt.
  • A reusable water container (hopefully with ice water in it).