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Spring RECREATIONAL PROGRAM INFO

Welcome to Spring Soccer 2019!

Start Times

The first session is on Saturday, April 20, and the last session is June 15. There is no soccer on Memorial Day Weekend. You will find your starting time in the table below.

Grades 1-8: Plumbrook Recreation Area
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
Pre-K and KindergartenL Fort River Elementary School
Pre-K (1) Coed: 1:00-1:45 PM
Kindergarten Coed: 2:00-3:00 PM
Pre-K (2) Coed: 3:15-4:00 PM

Locations

Grades 1 – 8 play at the Plumbrook Recreation Area, Potwine Lane, Amherst, MA

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Grades pre-K and K play at Fort River Elementary School, South East Street, Amherst, MA

https://goo.gl/maps/Qfgvi7squW42

Teams

We try our best to fulfill every friend request but sometimes it is not possible to do so. You will receive your team jersey when you arrive.

Arrival

When you arrive to Plumbrook or Fort River for the first time, look for the white tent with a table to check-in. Give the name of your child and a size for your child’s jersey.

What to Expect

Our Director of Coaching, Chris Monteiro, designs the sessions. He tailors the activities in each session according to the age group of the players.

For pre-K groups the session consists of many short, instructive, and fun activities where the kids get comfortable touching and maneuvering the ball with their feet in the context of instruction and soccer-based games.

Pre-K players must be accompanied by their parent or guardian at all times.

For K-8 each session happens in two parts: the first part consists of training and the second part is for competitive games between the teams.

What to Wear and Bring

All players should dress in athletic clothing (shorts when it is warm enough). You will receive your team jersey when you check-in on your first day. The jersey is yours to keep.

Shin Guards are required. Soccer socks are recommended.

Younger players can wear sneakers. Older players must wear soccer cleats (no metal spikes allowed).

Please bring an appropriately sized soccer ball with you to each practice:

Grade & Size
Pre-K: Size 3
K: Size 3
1: Size 3
2: Size 4
3: Size 4
4: Size 4
5: SIze 4
6: Size 4
7: Size 5
8: Size 5

Bring water – there are no water fountains at Plumbrook Recreation Area.

Cancellations due to Bad Weather

Our policy for cancellations due to poor field conditions is to directly evaluate the field on Saturday morning, at least 30 minutes before the start of the first session, with as much advance notice as we can. We will send a notification via email.

If there is thunder or lightning 15 minutes before or during the session, it will be called off immediately.

Any cancelled session will be scheduled for make-up on the following Friday except the session preceding Memorial Day Weekend and the last session of the season.

Volunteers Needed!

AYSA is a largely 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.

Further information on the teams and schedules will follow, but for now have a wonderful season and we’ll see you on the fields!

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SPRING SEASON STARTS SATURDAY, APRIL 20!

Spring is here, and so is the rain! Due to wet fields, we will begin one week later than planned.

If you are interested in registering for recreational soccer it is not too late! Click the register link ASAP.

Need soccer gear for your child? Have old gear to donate? We are pleased to announce that we will offer a gear exchange where you can donate new or used equipment, cleats, clothes, etc. You can also come pick up gear at recreational soccer opening day on 4/20 and again on 4/27.

Have extra soccer gear, or need gear?

Seeking Donations of Equipment and Uniforms

  AYSA is seeking donations of used items in reasonable condition:  

  • soccer cleats
  • shin guards
  • gloves
  • balls
  • uniforms
  • any other soccer items

All collected items will be made available to players in the AYSA community on an ongoing basis.  Your donations will make a difference to players in need.

VIEW AVAILABLE ITEMS  HERE

Contact us below and we will make arrangements to receive the materials.
Items will be distributed on a first come first serve basis.

Donations are welcome any time!

Big thanks to Board Member Sam MacLeod for volunteering to run the gear exchange every year!

Contact Us: donategear@amherstsoccer.org

Monthly Board of Directors Meetings

AYSA Board meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month from 6-8pm at the Howard Johnson. 401 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035.

If you would like to propose an agenda item or arrange childcare, please contact us at secretary@amherstsoccer.org as soon as possible (and at least 48 hours prior to the meeting so we have time to make arrangements). Thank you!

Board Meetings are Open to All.

Board of Directors Meeting (all welcome)

The AYSA board of directors will meet on Tuesday, March 12, from 6-8pm at Howard Johnson on Russell St in Hadley to focus on renewing a contract for the director of coaching and completing agenda items left over from the February meeting (see earlier post below with February’s agenda).

If you would like to propose an agenda item or arrange childcare, please contact us at secretary@amherstsoccer.org as soon as possible (and at least 48 hours prior to the meeting so we have time to make arrangements). Thank you!

Next Board Meeting: 6-8pm, Tuesday, February 26, 2019

All parents and community members are welcome to join us at the AYSA Board Meeting, held at Howard Johnson on Route 9, Hadley

Agenda

  1. Actions, decisions and reports critical to our upcoming season:  

◦ Financial report

◦ Uniforms

◦ Schedule

◦ Registration 

◦ Recruitment

◦ Director of Coaching contract

◦ Updating AYSA contacts (email and postal)

◦ Consider New England Futbol Club free clinics and scholarships

2. Committees:

  • Finance
  • Fundraising & Marketing (including grant writing and corporate gifts)
  • Community outreach/recruitment/communications 
  • Operations (including coaches, non-board volunteers, and admin)

3.        Decisions and actions we can take to improve the operations of AYSA:

  • Communications 
  • Marketing 
  • Fundraising
  • Carpooling
  • Review Bylaws 

Tabled issues from prior meetings

  • Recruitment of new admin person
  • Parent outreach
  • Consider coach to player ratios [with DOC]

PLEASE NOTE: If you would like CHILDCARE, or would like to ADD AN ITEM TO THE AGENDA, please send an email at least 48 hours prior to the meeting to Secretary@AmherstSoccer.org. Thank you.