Coaches Welcome Letter
Coaches and Assistant Coaches:
Welcome to the Spring 2016 In-Town Season. Thank you very much for volunteering to coach a team in the AYS program. This program does not run without you taking the time and effort to coach the children. You will be making a difference in your child and the children on your teams lives
You were likely directed to this page by an email that contains your team rosters. Please reach out to your coaching counterparts and determine which of you will contact your players, usually it is the head coach but you can do it however best works for you. Please treat the health information, birth dates and home addresses as confidential not to be shared with anyone who is not a registerred coach with AYS.
Please review your rosters and get back to me with any questions or concerns ASAP. Please wait to contact any of your families until Saturday, March 19th in case roster moves are necessary. After that date please be sure to contact all of the families on your team. I will be sending out a welcome letter to all families next weekend telling them they should have heard from you. It is important that you reach EVERY family, so keep track of responses and follow up if you haven’t heard from them in a few days. If you hear back that a child is no longer interested in participating please let me know.
I have created a sample email you can use to communicate with your families at Coaches Sample Email You do not have to use this exact email but I do ask that you communicate the key information: coach and assistant coach (if any) names, team name, game and practice times, field location, required equipment and ask that they respond so you know you’ve heard from them. It is not uncommon for the system to have a bad email or phone number, asking for a response ensures you know they received the message.
EXPLOSION IS BACK!!!!!!!!
I am extremely excited to announce that AYS has resumed the partnership with the Explosion FC soccer club to provide skills training to our U7 and U8 kids through the 2015/2016 soccer year. U7s will practice on Wednesday's at 5 and U8s will practice on Friday's at 5. These practices will be held in academy style with all kids and coaches participating at the same time. The Explosion coaches will work with the AYS coaches and the kids to teach the kids proper techniques on the ball. While the practices are limited to the U7 and U8 age groups coaches from all age groups are highly encouraged to observe these practices to learn from the Explosion coaches. Explosion is the premier soccer program of South Eastern Massachusetts located right here in Attleboro.
Our season is currently scheduled to begin on April 10th and run through June 12th for all groups with June 19th reserved as a rain date. There are no games on Mothers Day or Memorial Day weekend. The spring schedule does NOT allow for playoff games.
Practices will start the weekend of April 11th. Our permits do not allow organized activities on the fields before that date. Practices will be on the upper fields in the spring. Coaches for U10 and older age groups look for a follow-up communication concerning picking practice times..
There are a few differences between the Spring and Fall schedules. I am very excited to announce the return of the On the Field Experience at Gillette this season. Players in the U7 and up age groups will have an opportunity to play on the turf at Gillette. The games will be held the afternoon of May 7th, tickets are $26 per person entering the stadium. Additional information will be coming soon, but now is a great time to start getting your families excited. I am sure you are all disappointed that we do NOT have pictures or cash calendars in the spring, we save those activities for the fall. Assuming the weather holds awards will be given out on the fields immediately following the last games of the season.
Below is some information you will need, please click on the section headings to expand. Some of it you need to communicate to the players and families and some is just for you
- U5 Noon on the Upper Fields
- U6 1:30 pm on the Upper Fields
- U7 3:00 pm on the Upper Fields
- U8 Girls 1:45 pm on the Upper and Lower Fields
- U8 Boys 3:15 pm on the Lower Fields
- U10 Girls 1:45 pm on the Upper and Lower Fields
- U10 Boys 12:15 pm on the Lower Fields
- U12 Coed 10:45 am on the Upper and Lower Fields
- U14 Coed 10:30 am on the Lower Fields
Offsetting the games by 15 minutes worked well in the fall for parking so that practice will continue.
For age groups split between Upper and Lower, the game schedule will clearly indicate which field you are playing on each week.
- U6 Tuesdays at 6 pm
- U7 Wednesdays at 5
- U8 Boys and Girls Fridays at 5
- U9/10, U12, and U14 will be at coaches discretion and practice times fields can be picked here: http://tinyurl.com/nfn3zwv
U5 Coaches there are no midweek practices. U6, U7 and U8 coaches: Practices will be academy style (with or without Explosion) where all teams practice at the same times and the children that show up are paired up with the available coaches. If a child’s coach is available they will be paired together, if not the child will be placed with an available coach. The Explosion program will merge teams together but at least initially coaches and players will be paired up. It is important that as many coaches as possible show up every week. If you can NOT make it please let me know by 10 am the day of the practice.
Other Age Groups: We have use of the upper and lower fields at Tilda B Stone playground this season. You will be given a choice of any ½ field at 5 pm OR 6 pm Monday through Friday, there are no 5:30 time slots. Remember 5 pm can be tough for players to get to, while 6 pm practices it will be getting dark at the begginning of the season, so weigh your options. You can pole your players but ultimately you have to make the decisions, you will not please the whole team.
AYS requires that all coaches and assistant coaches complete the concusion training and to be F-License certified. Coaches previously certified with a G-License do NOT need to take the F-License course while an In-Town coach. More information on the concussion training can be found at http://www.attleborosoccer.com/content/mandatory-concussion-policy. More information on the F-License course can be found at http://www.ussoccer.com/coaching-education/licenses/national-f. The concussion training is free, AYS will reimburse you for the F-Course upon the submission of the certificate AND the receipt for payment to me.
Please review the AYS Inclement Weather Policy at http://www.attleborosoccer.com/content/city-attleboro-inclement-weather-guide. While myself and other board members will make every effort to communicate field closures and cancellations in a timely manner we also rely on you as adult coaches to use your judgment to ensure the safety of the players AND damage to the fields. So if its pouring rain and\or there is standing water on the fields please cancel your practices. Also please move practice away from any muddy spots and try to avoid the goal keeper areas of fields.
Zero Tolerance Policy
AYS has a long standing Zero Tolerance Policy for all coaches and parents. It is your responsibility to read and understand it. http://www.attleborosoccer.com/content/zero-tolerance-policy Remember the referees are children too and are still learning the game and they will make mistakes, you CAN NOT interact with the referees except Coaches may ask questions before the game, call for substitutions and point out emergencies during the game, or respond to the referee if addressed. So I suggest you sit back, relax and enjoy the game as it plays out. Remember this is just kids having fun playing a game, they are not professional players with careers on the line.
As another coach once told me you never want to be a players last coach for a sport.
REMEMBER LET’S HAVE FUN AND BE SAFE!!!!!!!!!!