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Time for Travel Team Tryouts!

Registration for tryouts is now open. Please see the information below that contains a link to the registration form. There is no fee to participate in tryouts.


Tryouts are held in order to place your child on the team that is most appropriate for his or her development as a soccer player. They are designed to provide your child an opportunity to show his or her current skill level and his or her potential for growth in the upcoming year. Our Director of Coaching evaluates the players based on those two qualities along several dimensions of soccer aptitude. The result of the tryout is placement in the appropriate program and on the appropriate team.


All tryouts will be held at Plumbrook Field on Potwine Lane in Amherst.


Grade levels are based on the upcoming 2019-2020 school year. (Note: U8 means under 8 years old.)

2nd Grade Girls (U8): 5/29 – 4:00-4:55

2nd Grade Boys (U8): 5/28 – 4:00-4:55

3rd Grade Girls (U9): 6/4 – 5:00-6:10

3rd Grade Boys (U9): 5/30 – 5:00-6:10

4th Grade Girls (U10): 5/28 – 5:00-6:10

4th Grade Boys (U10): 6/6 – 5:00-6:10

5th Grade Girls (U11): 5/28 – 6:20-7:30

5th Grade Boys (U11): 5/29 – 5:00-6:10

6th Grade Girls (U12): 6/4 – 4:00-4:55

6th Grade Boys (U12): 6/3 – 5:00-6:10

7th-8th Grade Girls (U13-14): 6/4 – 6:20-7:30

7th Grade Boys (U13): 5/29 – 6:20-7:30

8th Grade Boys (U14): 6/3 – 6:20-7:30


The process of trying out has several sequential steps:

  1. Register for Travel Tryouts at the appropriate age group
  2. Come to the tryout prepared and ready to play
  3. Participate in the tryout
  4. After the tryout, all of the evaluations are compiled and the players are assigned to teams
  5. The result/team placement of the player is emailed to you
  6. Register for the Fall season
  7. Rosters are created


To register for the tryout, click on the following link. There is no charge for tryouts, but all participants must be registered.

Click on the grade of your child for the 2019-2020 school year to start the form.

Coming Prepared

Arrive to the tryout 10 minutes before the scheduled start time. Come dressed to play including cleats, shin guards, water, and a ball for warming up. Use the 10 minutes to stretch and get comfortable with a ball. Your ball will not be needed during the tryout itself.

What To Expect

The tryout activities are immersive and will be physically demanding. There will be rest periods and water breaks throughout. You should tell your child to try his or her hardest and demonstrate his or her maximum ability. The attending coaches will similarly encourage your child.

The tryouts are competitive among the players, but the coaches do not allow rough play. We want the players to demonstrate skill, tactical awareness, and endurance.

A parent must be present at the field for the duration of the tryout. Depending on the turnout for your child’s age group, the tryout may be concluded earlier than the scheduled end time.


We do our best to compile the results and place the players on teams quickly after the end of the tryouts. Our goal is to email the results by the end of the school year. Included in the email will be a link to register for the fall season. The window for completing your registration for the fall after the notices are sent is one week.


There are no scheduled makeup tryouts. If a tryout is postponed due to the weather, a new date will be announced.

If you have any questions, please contact Keith Payne at


Register Now 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.

Many kids from AYSA’s travel and rec programs will participate with players from other teams throughout Massachusetts. Suitable for all skill levels, the KidsAfrik team works hard to get each child technically, mentally, and physically ready for their upcoming soccer season. Our goal is to ensure that every player has a blast learning the game with our approach.

Register today to reserve a space!

Summer 2019 Advance Skills Soccer Camp 

August 5-9, 2019

Williston School in Easthampton, MA

Half-day and Full-day options. Lunch included. Scholarships available–apply early.

For More Info and to Register, go to

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.”

“I just wanted to let you know that 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.”

Make-up sessions for Rec Soccer

Thank you all for your patience as we navigated a very rainy beginning to the soccer season!

We are almost entirely volunteer driven, so it is extra challenging to schedule, reschedule, keep fields in shape, and make sure that over 350 players get all the info and materials they need.

Big Thanks to the parents and community members that make all this is possible!

Here is our make-up session schedule for rec soccer in the next few weeks (weather permitting, of course).

Please check in regularly for updates and if you use Facebook, check in there for updates and photos as well:

Friday, May 17 at Fort River (in the field to the right of entrance; please park in parking lot, rather than street-side):

Boys grades 1-2 & 3-4: 4:30–5:45pm

Girls grades 1-2 & 3-4 plus coed grades 5-8: 5:45–7:00pm

Friday, May 24:

Pre-K 4:30–5:15pm

Kindergarten 5:30–6:30pm

Friday, May 31:

Boys grades 1-2 & 3-4: 4:30–5:45pm

Girls grades 1-2, 3-4 plus coed grades 5-8: 5:45–7pm

Rec Makeup Sessions for pre-k and kindergarten groups are ON this afternoon at Fort River. Other makeup dates will be announced soon. Note: There are no makeup sessions on Mother’s Day.

Makeup session: Preschoolers today at 4:00-4:45; Kindergarten 5:00-6:00, in the field to the right as you enter Fort River Elementary parking lot.

Please park in the parking lot, rather than along the road

Our intention is still to offer makeup sessions on Fridays, weather permitting, and we will update the makeup session schedule very soon.

Soccer Gear Exchange this Saturday

Need Soccer Gear? Have Gear to Donate?

Equipment Exchange happens at this Saturday’s recreational soccer program at Fort River Elementary! ⚽️

Bring your child’s outgrown cleats, shin guards, etc and pick up some new(ish) ones!

Board Meeting Tuesday, May 7

All welcome to AYSA Board Meetings:

First Tuesday of each month


Normally, we meet at Howard Johnson’s but this month we will meet at an alternate location:

Holiday Inn Express at 400 Russell Street, Hadley

Hope to see you there!

Please let us know at least a couple days in advance if you would like on-site childcare or if you have an agenda item to suggest.

Next week’s meeting will focus on finance, fundraising, fields, volunteer needs, and a few other items.