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Travel Division Guidelines

1.      OBJECTIVES AND PHILOSOPHY

The objective of AYS Traveling Division is to provide the opportunity and training for boys and girls to learn the game of soccer through the development of individual skills, fitness, teamwork and fair play.

The philosophy of AYS Traveling Division is to provide an atmosphere of good sportsmanship within which the players and teams can compete, (earn and enjoy the game of soccer. In this spirit, all board members, teams, coaches, managers and players shall conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner, and shall cooperate fully with the letter and spirit of the rules and by-laws.

2.      AGE GROUPINGS

Teams will be formed according to the age groupings established by MYSA and BAYS. All children will play in their own age groupings. The Traveling Division Board of Directors must approve any exceptions to this rule.

3.      DIVISIONS LEVELS

The Coaching Committee with the approval of the Traveling Board will decide division placement. Both past and present coaches will be consulted regarding the level of play for particular teams whenever possible.

4.      ESTABLISHING TEAMS

Teams for the Fall and Spring seasons will be picked after individual players in each age group try out before the Coaching Committee. Emphasis in picking teams will lie with the coach of that particular team. Thus, higher division coaches will pick players first with remaining players going to lower division coaches until player pool is depleted.   This process takes place after consultation between present and past coaches so we can place the child in his/her proper playing level.

  • Registration of players will take place in October for the Spring season and in May (or Ihe Fall season.
  • Tryouts will take place during the summer in order that teams have a chance to play two full seasons together.
  • Established teams do not necessarily stay together (he following season, thus Fall and Spring teams may not be the same. The Fall will be an experimental season and Spring is the competitive season where State, Regional and National Cups are at stake.

5.      PRACTICE TIME

Because of the competitive level of our program we recommend that coaches’ hold practice twice a week and require their players to attend these practices.

6.      PLAYING TIME

Coaches are requested to play each individual player as much as possible, however, this is a competitive program and the coach is not required to play anyone a set number of minutes.   Playing time will depend on ability and experience as a player, attendance record at games and practices as well as overall attitude. Coaches and parents are asked to explain this to their children and to encourage them to work hard and get more playing time and that being a member of the team is also as important, regardless of the amount of playing time. Fair play by the coach is essential.

7.      TOURNAMENTS

AYS encourages teams to participate in tournaments. The coach will pick players from his/her team and if needed, from the whole AYS program. All tournaments and player selection will have to be approved by the Traveling Board.

8.      INDOOR

Coaches will choose, organize and register their own team with the help of the Board whenever possible.

9.      AWARDS

All division winners and all Under-10 teams will receive BAYS awards at the end of the Spring Season. Other individual or team awards should not be given out without the approval of the Traveling Directors.

10.    PLAYER RESPONSIBILITIES

All players are representing their community and league; therefore, positive attitude, fair play and good sportsmanship are a must at all times. In order to be a complete team player, all players must show a sense of responsibility and dedication for their safety and the benefit of their team.

  • All players must inform their coach if not attending practices or games, also of any injuries and illness.
  • All players should be at all practices and arrive 30 minutes prior to game time.
  • All players should display good sportsmanship at all times and respect opponents, referees coaches and teammates.
  • Players should come to practice and games prepared with all the equipment needed to play soccer.

11.    PARENT RESPONSIBILITIES

Parents should be positive and reassuring to the entire team, letting them know that their best effort is all that anyone is really concerned with. The parents’ responsibilities are:

  • Getting the child to practices and games on time.
  • Informing the coach of any medical conditions that may endanger their child’s participation.
  • Calling coach of any absences prior to practices and games.
  • Cheering and encouraging their team to do well. (Please leave the refereeing to the referee and the coaching to the coach.)
  • To stay away from the bench in order to facilitate proper coaching, We look forward to the parent’s cooperation and welcome any help.
  • Making sure that every player is having fun.
  • Improving individual and team skills and enabling players to perform better.
  • Preparing players for game situation both physically and mentally.
  • Instilling good sportsmanship, fair play, pride, team cooperation, hard work, determination and respect.
  • Foster open lines of communication with players, parents and league,
  • Insuring all players that their best effort is the only thing that counts.
  • Being at and prepared for all practices and games.
  • Being responsible for the actions of players and parents at practices and games.
  • Confirming and rescheduling any games.
  • Calling scores into BAYS Division Captain and AYS game reporter

12.    COACHES RESPONSIBILITIES

 

  • Making sure that every player is having fun.
  • Improving individual and team skills and enabling players to perform better.
  • Preparing players for game situation both physically and mentally.
  • Instilling good sportsmanship, fair play, pride, team cooperation, hard work, determination and respect.
  • Foster open lines of communication with players, parents and league,
  • Insuring all players that their best effort is the only thing that counts.
  • Being at and prepared for all practices and games.
  • Being responsible for the actions of players and parents at practices and games.
  • Confirming and rescheduling any games.
  • Calling scores into BAYS Division Captain and AYS game reporter


Announcements

The Next AYS Board Meeting has been rescheduled from Thursday to Wednesday night and will now will be held Wednesday December 10, 2014 at 7:00 PM at the Bartek Recreation Center 81 Pine St. 


 

SPRING 2015 REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR BAYS TRAVEL AND IN-TOWN LEAGUES. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


 

 

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