Coaches Welcome Letter
Coaches and Assistant Coaches:
Welcome to the Fall 2014 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 be sure the families are contacted as soon as possible. I will be sending out a welcome letter to all families by the end of the week 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, picture day 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.
I am extremely excited to announce that AYS has partnered up with the Explosion FC soccer club to provide skills training to our U7 and U8 kids. 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 begins on September 7th and runs through October 26th for all age groups, yes we will play on Columbus Day weekend. November 2nd is reserved as a rain date for U8 and younger. The U9/10 boys and girls, U12 Coed and U14/16 age groups will play 2 additional playoff games to determine the best team in the age group so will play until November 9th.
This is new for some of the younger players but this year we will be rewarding trophies in the High School Auditorium. The weather forced me to do it last year for the older kids and it worked well so I am expanding it to the whole program. The U6, U7 and U8 age groups will have their ceremony on the afternoon of Saturday November 1st and the U9/10, U12 and U14/16 age groups will have theirs the afternoon of November 15th. I will schedule by age group, the teams will be called up on the stage and I will announce the kids one by one, the coaches will hand them their trophies and then the teams will pose for Momarazzi photo opportunities. More details to follow..
Practices will start after the 1st game of the season, so the week of September 8th. The first week of school is a little tough to schedule the first practices..
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
- U6 Noon on the Upper Fields
- U7 1:30pm on the Upper Fields
- U8 Girls 3 pm on the Upper Fields
- U8 Boys 3:15 pm on the Lower Fields
- U9/10 Girls 12:15 pm on the Lower Fields
- U9/10 Boys 1:45 on the Lower Fields
- U12 Coed 10:45 am on the Lower Fields
- U14/16 Coed 10:30 am on the Upper Field
I have offset the lower fields by 15 minutes from the upper fields to try to alleviate some of the parking problems.
- U6 Tuesdays at 5:30
- U7 Wednesdays at 5
- U8 Boys and Girls Fridays at 5
- U9/10, U12, and U14/16 will be at coaches discretion and practice fields will be picked at the coaches meeting
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 will have the Tilda B Stone playground to ourselves this season, so field space should not be an issue on any given day. You will be given a choice of any ½ field at 5 pm OR 6 pm Monday through Friday. Remember 5 pm can be tough for players to get to, while 6 pm practices it will be dark before the end 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.
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 during practice.
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