2021 SEASON KICKOFF

2021 Season Kickoff Information

As the season begins please review the following:
 

  • Parking – For games at Hillside Park, please utilize both the upper and lower lots. Please leave the small lot in front of the turf field for coaches and handicapped/elderly spectators.  Please do not park on the road, or on the grass next to the turf lot.  The park is busy, but there is sufficient space if you use both lots.

  • Turf Field Rules – For U8-U19 games on the turf, please abide by the turf rules. Only water is allowed on the turf.  There is no food, gum, or drinks other than water allowed (that means no Gatorade and no coffee).  There are also no chairs allowed on the turf.  There are benches around the perimeter of the field, or you can bring a blanket to sit on, or set your chairs up on the hill above the field.  These rules the Park's rules, and AYSL is obligated to follow them.  Please help us maintain the field by following these rules.

  • Spectator Seating – for all of our divisions, coaches and players should be on one sideline, and spectators on the other. On the turf only players and coaches are allowed on the interior part of the field; parents remain on the outside with their backs to the fence.  On Stroney Field coaches and players should be on the interior of the field, and spectators on the opposite sideline.  At the Middle School please sit on the opposite sideline from coaches and players.

  • Please do not allow children to play on, jump on, or hang on goals and other equipment. This is dangerous and has been a problem in previous seasons.

  • Referees – We will have many youth referees working games in the U7-U14 divisions. They will be wearing red shirts and will be doing the best they can. Please be respectful and encouraging toward these youth volunteers.

  • Weather Cancellations - all weather-related decisions for games are made by the league.  Announcements will be sent by league email and posted to Facebook.

  • COVID Procedures - please be sure to review our COVID Plan, available on our website (https://www.abingtonyouthsoccer.org/covid19).  Most importantly, if you are sick or experience any symptoms, stay home. If any players or coaches test positive or are close contacts, please inform our COVID contact.

  • Jersey Sales – if you still need an AYSL reversible jersey, sales will be held Friday (9/3) from 6-7pm and Saturday morning (9/4) from 8:30-10am at the Shed at Stroney Field.  Jerseys are $18 and can be purchased by cash or check.

 

Finally, please remember why we are playing recreational soccer – to have FUN.  These are children; no scores are kept; there are no standings, or playoffs, or college scholarships being awarded.  Please be positive and encouraging, have fun, and let’s have a terrific season!