The purpose of the Amherst Soccer Association Travel Program is to provide a balanced program that affords opportunities for maximum skill development and the challenge of playing at a higher level of competition.
Amherst Soccer Association Travel Teams will be established to provide an opportunity for players who both desire more advanced play and have appropriate level of knowledge, skills, and abilities.
It is the aim of all Amherst Soccer Association Travel Teams to meet the developmental needs of a travel player, taking into account a player’s physical, mental, and social growth and developmental needs as well as player/parent commitment.
The Amherst Soccer Association will support the formation of at least one boy’s and girl’s teams at all age levels. Amherst Soccer Association will support the formation of a second or third team in an age group wherever possible provided there is a qualified coach and the appropriate number of qualified players.
Each team will play in the BWNYJSL at the age divisions requested by the coach of each team and approved by the Director of Coaching. If the team so desires and is approved by the Director of Coaching they may also apply to play in the Thruway League as well.
Travel coaches must apply each season to coach a team. These applications are reviewed by the Director of Coaching. The Director of Coaching will make recommendations to the Board of Directors to be approved as the coach. Anyone wishing to coach needs to contact the Director by June.
Players and parents must make a commitment to the team and the club. A player’s commitment includes, attending practices, scrimmages, and all scheduled games. It will also include going to tournaments and camps and participating in indoor and outdoor training. Parents are expected to support their children in those endeavors. Parents may also be asked to participate in "club oriented fund raising", to help improve or add to our facilities and fields. Please plan to be committed to the team throughout the whole travel season and be prepared to attend tournaments and games and delay family vacations until after the season.
Playing time for your child will be fair and as equal as possible through U12 and is mandated by the league to be equalized by game or season. This focuses on development opportunities rather than team results. U13 and older the amount of time shall be earned, and based on merit, commitment and attendance as determined by the travel team coaching staff.
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