REC Survey-Raffle until July 4th

Hello AYSA REC Soccer Families!

As we come to the end of another great season for AYSA Recreational soccer, I would like to invite you, as parents and volunteers, to share your opinion of how we did. Please consider taking the survey by clicking on the link below.  We ask that you complete it by July 4th.

The survey is anonymous and will take about 2-4 minutes to complete.  All of your responses will be kept private.

If you take the survey, you can choose to be entered into a raffle for a Size 4 or Size 5 Soccer Ball!  All emails will be kept private and will not be shared with anyone.

Please take the survey here by July 4th:

We will announce the winners on July 5th!


Keith Payne
AYSA Recreational Director


Travel Tryout Makeup Schedule

Hello AYSA Families,
The Travel Tryout Makeups are scheduled for this Sunday, June 18th.
If you still need to register for the tryout, please do so HERE.
The schedule is below.
Please remember to arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time.  Have a ball and water with you.  Tryouts are 30 minutes total.
If you have any questions, please email me.
Thank you!
Chris and All of us at AYSA
Tryout Makeup Schedule:

Grade 2 Girls

Grade 2 Boys

Grade 4 Girls
Grade 5 Girls
Grade 6 Girls

Grade 3 Boys
Grade 3 Girls

Grade 5 Boys

Grade 4 Boys

Grade 6 Boys
Grade 7 Boys
Grade 7 Girls
Grade 8 Boys

Next AYSA Board Meeting: June 19

The next AYSA Board Meeting is Monday, June 19 at 6:30pm in Room 101, Bangs Community Center.

Download the Board Packet AYSA Board Packet June 19 2017

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 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 ( 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

Register Now for Travel Tryouts!

Hi AYSA Soccer Community,

AYSA Fall Travel tryouts will begin next weekend. Registration is now open!

 The updated schedule is below (or DOWNLOAD IT HERE). Tryouts begin very soon so please take a moment now to check the schedule, register now, and get in the system. Just click on the Registration link to get started. We encourage all kids interested in soccer to participate. Please spread the word!

Travel Tryouts Registration Link

Players must register and tryout according to their Fall 2017 school grade level. Attending tryouts is mandatory in order to be considered for fall team placements. Registration will remain open throughout tryouts but please do so as soon as possible.

Updated Tryout Schedule (Grade Level in Fall of 2017):

Grade 2 Girls: Monday, May 29: 4:00pm
Grade 3 Girls: Tuesday, May 30: 5:00pm
Grade 4 Girls: Tuesday, May 30: 6:15pm
Grade 5 Girls: Monday, May 29: 5:00pm
Grade 6 Girls: Monday, May 29: 6:15pm
Grade 7 Girls: Sunday, June 4: 4:00pm
Grade 8 Girls: Sunday, June 4: 5:15pm

Grade 2 Boys: Sunday, June 4: 6:30pm
Grade 3 Boys: Monday, June 5: 6:15pm
Grade 4 Boys: Sunday, June 11: 5:00pm
Grade 5 Boys: Monday, June 12: 5:00pm
Grade 6 Boys: Sunday, June 11: 6:30pm
Grade 7 Boys: Monday, June 5: 5:00pm
Grade 8 Boys: Monday, June 12: 6:15pm

Make up dates: Sunday, June 18: 4:00pm
Make up dates: Sunday, June 18: 5:15pm
Make up dates: Sunday, June 18: 6:30pm

How to Register

Click on:

or simply  click on the flaming soccer ball banner on the top right. Then click OPEN next to the appropriate Grade, and follow the instructions in our sportsmanager registration system. If your family has already used the system, sportsmanager will recognize you when you enter your last name. Otherwise, it will invite you to start a new registration.

Tryouts Location

All tryouts take place at Plum Brook Fields at 250 Potwine Lane, Amherst, MA. All players will participate in tryouts at their grade level. If you need assistance with online the online registration process, please email Program Manager Moe Mooney at

Tryouts Check-in

Players should arrive 25 minutes prior to their tryout in order to sign in and warm up prior to their session.

Tryout Process

The Director of Coaching will run tryouts with his staff. Tryouts will take approximately one hour per grade group. Only pre-registered players can attend. Each player will be given a number to wear, and the evaluators will make notes on each player. Tryouts will vary by age; there may be individual drills, small group play, and/or full scrimmages. Coaches will not participate in tryouts, but coaches may observe. Players should arrive ready to play with ball, shin guards, and water.

Team Assignment Process

The tryout is one part of the evaluation process for determining team assignments. For current AYSA travel or rec players, players will be placed by combining the tryout evaluation with coach evaluations, and by observations by the Director of Coaching during weekly training sessions. Teams will be announced prior to the end of June after the Director of Coaching has had the opportunity to review and consider all registrants. The tryout is one part of the evaluation process for determining team assignments. For current AYSA travel or rec players, players will be placed by combining the tryout evaluation with coach evaluations, and by observations by the Director of Coaching during weekly training sessions.

Teams Assignment Time Frame

An email regarding team assignments will be sent to registrants prior to the end of June after the Director of Coaching has had an opportunity to review and consider all registrants and discuss with coaches.

Please take a moment now to register your child for tryouts. A listing of frequently asked questions is below. Please let us know of any further questions by emailing us at


Sam MacLeod, AYSA Vice President
Dennis Goeckel, AYSA Travel Director
Chris Monteiro, AYSA Director of Coaching

Frequently Asked Questions

What if My Child Can’t Attend?

Tryouts are mandatory. If your child absolutely cannot attend the tryout date for your age group, please contact our program manager Moe Mooney ( and explain the circumstances. The child may be able to tryout at a later date with the DOC. However, players who miss their primary tryout date may be at a disadvantage.

What teams can girls play on?

Only girls are allowed to try out for and play on girls teams. In some cases, girls do play on boys/co-ed travel teams. A girl who may be interested is allowed to tryout for both the girls and the boys/co-ed team at her grade level.

How are non-Amherst players handled?

Anyone who lives in Amherst, Pelham, Shutesbury or Leverett, and anyone who goes to school in one of the Amherst regional schools (including school choice kids from other towns) is considered an Amherst Area Player and has priority. Extra spaces will then be made available to children from other towns, based on competitive tryouts.

There are two exceptions to the above policy. First, once a child from another town begins playing on an AYSA travel team, then he/she will have equal priority with Amherst regional kids in any future tryouts, as long as he/she does not leave the program. So if a girl from Deerfield makes an Amherst travel team, she will not be cut the next season simply because she is from Deerfield (of course, she will still need to earn a position at tryouts). Second, if there is more than one team at a given level, Amherst regional kids will not be favored between the teams. So for example if there is a U13 boys “A” team and “B” team, a child from Hadley who is good enough to play on the “A” team would be placed there and not on the “B” team. Players whose town has a travel soccer team at their age level need a waiver from their town in order to play for an Amherst team. You can go ahead and tryout now, and then if you make the team we will help you try to obtain the waiver.

Can my child play at a different grade level?

Maybe. A player that is advanced a grade in school beyond their age and has been playing at their age rather than with their classmates may be eligible for a waiver to continue playing at their age group. In certain cases, a player may play “up” with an older team. The policy is that a child must tryout with his/her proper Grade, and then, if there is an interest in playing up, the player’s parents and current coach (travel or rec) should each send an e-mail to The decision on allowing a player to play up will be based on the player’s ability level and the needs of the various teams.

What is the cost?

There is no cost for tryouts. The Travel fees are approximately $175 for the fall season, plus a uniform fee (fees subject to change). A similar fee exists for the spring season. Financial support is available for children receiving free or reduced school lunches.




ATTENTION: 10:30am REC Sessions Field CHANGE

10:30am REC Sessions have been moved to Fort River Elementary School.
70 S East St, Amherst, MA 01002
REC Sessions involved: 2-3 Grade Boys, 4-5 Grade Boys, 6-8 Grade ALL.
We will see you at Fort River at 10:30am.
Thank you!

8:30am REC Sessions Cancelled Today

Good morning AYSA Girls Team:

Due to rain and field conditions, the 8:30am REC sessions today are cancelled for:

1st Grade Girls
2-3 Grade Girls
4-8 Grade Girls

The make-up session for these teams will be June 18th.

Thanks everyone.  Have a wonderful Saturday!

🙂 Moe