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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

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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.

Thank you all for an incredible soccer season!

We are super proud of all the great players, coaches, and parent-volunteers who gave us such a successful season, even with all the rain!

This year’s preschoolers and kindergarteners were amazingly focused and progressed so much in one season–we are excited to see what is to come from these young players!

Travel tryouts showed a particularly impressive group of incoming second graders joining the travel program. (All parents will be notified of team placements within the next week.)

Some HIGHLIGHTS of our travel season include:

2nd grade boys, both 3rd grade boys teams, and a 4th grade boys team were all undefeated!

5th grade boys and 6th grade boys made the playoffs!

7th grade boys and 8th grade boys both finished in first place and qualified for the Champions Cup Tournament!

Two of our most successful teams were led by women–Heather Urquhart’s 3rd grade team was undefeated and Mara Hahn’s 7th grade team finished first place and made it to the tournament! Our director of coaching, Chris Monteiro, is hoping to see a lot more women leaders in coming years, knowing that it is good for children of all genders to experience women leaders in partnership with men who have traditionally held these roles.

After a great series of tryouts, we are looking forward to another successful season this fall. Meanwhile, we wish you all a terrific summer!!

And if you didn’t already register for KidsAfrik’s Advanced Skills Soccer Camp, there is still time! https://www.mymobilesocceracademy.com/advance-skills-clinic-in-westhampton