Coaches Welcome Letter
Coaches and Assistant Coaches:
Welcome to the Spring 2015 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 Tuesday March 17th in case roster moves are necessary. After that date please be 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.
Revolution and On-Field Games at Gillette!!!!!!!!
Ever wanted to coach inside a giant stadium? AYS is offering you the chance to do that with Games on the Field at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro. AYS participated for the first time last year and it was a huge success. The kids and coaches loved playing inside the stadium and the parents and spectators had fun watching from the seats. As we did last year we are pairing up with Mansfield to play against their teams. Tickets are $25 and everyone attending, including players and coaches must purchase a ticket. The ticket will get you admission to the stadium for the AYS games as well as the Revolution game later that evening. AYS is assigned a parking area where we will tailgate between our games and the Revolution game. The game will be Sunday May 31st. Please start talking it up amongst your families and try to get your teams to participate. We can mix and match players in an age group from different teams but it is better if whole teams can compete together. More details to follow soon.
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 on Wednesday nights. 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 12th and run through June 14th, with no games on Mothers Day or Memorial Day Weekend. Taking advantage of the exteneded school calendar June 21st will be a rain makeup date. At this time the City's Recreation Department is monitoring field conditions and while they have not made an official decision they have told us there is a strong likelyhood that all spring sports seasons will be delayed by a week or more due to the snow on the ground. Once additional official information is available I will be contacting all families and the website and Facebook will be updated.
There are a few differences between the Spring and Fall schedules. The spring calendar does not permit a round of playoffs for the older kids. We do not have a picture day for the In-Town program and the end of season awards will take place on the fields after the last game of the season. More details to follow.
Practices will start after the 1st game of the season, so currently the week of April 12th. We can not get onto the outdoor fields before that date. Please note, the U5 age group does NOT have midweek 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
- U5 Noon on the Upper Fields
- U6 1:30 pm on the Upper Fields
- U7 3 pm on the Upper Fields
- U8 Girls 1:45 pm on the Upper and Lower Fields Fields
- U8 Boys 1:45 pm on the Upper and Lower Fields
- U9/10 COED 12:15 pm on the Upper and Lower Fields
- U12 Coed 3:15 am on the Lower Fields
- U14 Coed 10:45 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. I will also setup a sign with the team shirts playing on the Upper field near the entrance to the park.
- 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 will be picked at the coaches meeting
- U5 does not hold 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 will be limited to the upper fields at Tilda B Stone playground this season, so field space will likely be an issue. The plan is to only paint a single 6v6 field on Upper, teams wlll be assigned a pair of the smaller 3v3 fields to practice on. 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 begging 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 G-License certified. More information on the concussion training can be found at http://www.attleborosoccer.com/content/mandatory-concussion-policy. More information on the G-License course can be found at http://www.mayouthsoccer.org/coaching/g_license_course.aspx. The concussion training is free, AYS will reimburse you for the G-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!!!!!!!!!!