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AUGUST UPDATE

Hello from Amesbury Soccer Association,

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the entire globe in so many ways. Information is evolving as more is learned about this novel virus and where cases are spreading rapidly (or where they are not).

 

 Last week (7/24) Massachusetts modified the classification for soccer from High Risk to Moderate Risk based on recent indicators. Under Moderate Risk soccer games and contact training can occur (under the High Risk this was not allowed). 

 

ASA is making preparations for fall soccer, while acknowledging the uncertainty and possibility that conditions can change over the next 1 to 3 months. We cannot stress enough the importance of the responsibilities we have to our children and all families involved in our sport for their health, safety and well-being.

 

There are many requirements and steps that ASA will need to complete before we can proceed with soccer. ASA board members and coaches will be very busy the next few weeks to prepare for safe soccer experiences.

 

See below for the ASA COVID-19 related updated.

 

 

1.    Fall Travel Registration is open for players in Grades 5-8. Teams are forming for Grades 5/6 and Grades 7/8. ASA needs to register teams in mid-August. Please register so we know we how many players and therefore teams to register in each age group. You can register today by clicking here.

 

2.    Fall MVP League (players Grades 3&4) is still being organized. As these teams compete against teams from nearby communities (e.g., Newburyport, West Newbury, Groveland), ASA is coordinating with league organizers. More information and registration will be announced soon. 

 

3.    Fall Kickin’ It (ages 3 to kindergarten) and In-Town League (Grades 1&2) is anticipated to start in late September or early October. A delayed start will allow ASA to re-organize the program in accordance with all state, local, and Massachusetts Youth Soccer requirements. Stay tuned for more information and sign-up details.

 

4.    ASA will be modifying practice plans for all age groups.

 

5.    ASA is looking for additional volunteers for Fall 2020. Teams and age groups will require a COVID coordinator to assist coaches in maintaining social distancing of spectators, entrance/exit of players, and communications. 

 

6.    To read more about Return to Soccer Activities and procedures in Massachusetts, see the below weblink from Massachusetts Youth Soccer. 

https://www.mayouthsoccer.org/return-to-soccer-activities/

 

We will continue to keep our parents and players updated via email and the ASA Facebook page.

 

The safety of our players, coaches, and volunteers is a priority to ASA. Please continue be safe and take steps to prevent exposure and illness for you, your family, and other members of our community. If anyone has any questions feel free to contact me, your player’s coach, or any of the other board members. 

 

Thank you for your participation in Amesbury Soccer.

Paul Dombrowski

Amesbury Soccer Association President, Coach, Parent

 

 

 

 

APRIL 6th UPDATE

Hello to Amesbury Soccer Association community.

 We hope that everyone is staying safe and healthy and practicing social distancing and best practices to stay healthy.

We want to provide some soccer related updates. With the schools closed until May 4th, the earliest that any games could be scheduled is the weekend of May 9th and 10th, if these deadlines are not changed. ASA is staying update with the various leagues and organizations that our association participates in, and we as an organization will continue to provide updates.

 I know that I can speak on behalf of the ASA Board and our coaches, that we miss being on the fields with all of our wonderful players. This upcoming weekend would have been opening weekend for our travel teams. In the absence of organized soccer, we want to provide some soccer skills activities that our players can use at home to get moving and work on foot skills. 

The first 4 links are all related to foot-skills and dribbling. They get increasingly more technical, but even the first video are skills that we still use as warmup with our older travel players. The others are both challenging and fun.

In addition, Seacoast United has shared 2 of their own workout plans. These are weekly soccer and fitness programs that they have developed for the Seacoast United players and offered these to ASA for our players too.  I have been working with my son on these programs, and they are really great for building fitness and sharpening soccer skills.  (Thank you Seacoast!)

 1.     Four Minutes to Fast Feet

2.     Cuts to Change Direction

3.     Coerver Method – 30 Drills for Ball Control

4.     More Advanced Foot Drills for Ball Control

5.      Seacoast United Home Workout Plan - Week 1

6.      Seacoast United Workout Plan - Week 2

The safety of our players, coaches, and volunteers is a priority to ASA. Please be safe and take steps to prevent exposure and illness for you, your family, and other members of our community.

We at ASA will continue to keep you updated on our organization and soccer activities.  If anyone has any questions feel free to contact me, your player’s coach, or any of the other board members. 

Thank you for your participation in Amesbury Soccer.

Paul Dombrowski

Amesbury Soccer Association President, Coach, Parent

 

Amesbury Soccer Association Update regarding COVID-19

To Amesbury Soccer Association community

The Amesbury Soccer Association has been closely monitoring the status of the - coronavirus  (COVID-19) and how it will impact our soccer programs. Fortunately for ASA we are in the pre-season period and do not have many programs currently. The safety of our players, coaches, and volunteers is the top priority to ASA, and we want to be proactive in minimizing exposure risk to COVID-19.

There are a lot of ASA soccer programs scheduled this spring. ASA is in contact with the different leagues and organizations that we participate in. At this time ASA is providing the following updates:

  • Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association has suspended all affiliated and sanctioned soccer activities statewide through April 15th due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, including but not limited to all games, practices, clinics, training, tournaments, in-person meetings and Coaching Education Courses.
  • The ASA Board of Directors meeting scheduled for April 13 will be hosted remotely via conference call.

Therefore ASA has canceled the remaining sessions for  TOPSoccer and our Winter Training held at Seacoast United.

ASA will continue to provide additional updates in the next 2 weeks regarding upcoming Sping soccer activities, including:

  • Essex County travel soccer games (5th/6th, 7th/8th, and High School teams),
  • MVP League games (3rd/4th Grade teams),
  • Kickin-It (age 3-5),
  • In-Town League (Grade 1&2), and
  • TOPSoccer

Players will also be contacted by their coaches or program directors with updates on practice days and times for the spring once soccer activities resume.

In the meantime, please be safe and smart. We recommend that you take steps to prevent exposure and illness. Best practices include

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth prior to proper washing or disinfecting.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow the CDC's recommendations for using a face mask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including Coronavirus.
    • CDC recommended face masks should be used by people who show symptoms to help prevent the spread of the disease.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

For additional information, please click here to refer to the CDC website.

Thank you for your participation in Amesbury Soccer.

Paul Dombrowski

Amesbury Soccer Association President, Coach, Parent

Kickin'It! Intown Rosters and Schedule Added

By Brendan McCarty 09/07/2017, 4:30pm EDT

Rosters have been added to the Kickin'It! Intown home page along with this upcoming weekend's games (both the Jamboree and the games on Sunday).

You can access this at: http://www.amesburysoccer.com/kiintownmain

  • Fall Kickin'It Registration now Open!

  • By Brendan McCarty 08/27/2016, 9:45am EDT
  • Registration is now own for ASA's fall Kickin'It program! Go to http://www.amesburysoccer.com/kickin-it to register or click the button on the right to begin the registration process! if you have any questions, please email me at kickinit@amesburysoccer.com
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