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Welcome to Andover Soccer Association (ASA)

  • Our mission is to provide healthy youth sports opportunities to Andover's youth. 
  • ASA is the second largest youth soccer association in Massachusetts and is run by Andover parent volunteers.
  • ASA registers approximately 1,600 players, 350 volunteer coaches, 70 youth referees and represents 1,200 families.
  • ASA fields boys & girls teams for all abilities and competition levels, from age 5 to age 18.
  • ASA offers multiple player & coach training as well as social programs throughout the year.
  • ASA is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization. 

CODES OF CONDUCT REMINDER!

5.21.21

ASA Community-

Thank you all for being a part of our return to play this spring season! We are grateful to our families for your compliance with safety protocols and to our volunteer coaches for dedicating your time to get kids back on the fields playing the game we all love. 

As we enter the back half of this season, we wanted to remind everyone about the mission of Andover Soccer Association. The following reiterates the code of conduct we all signed when registering our children for this season. Please read with your player and keep at the forefront so we can all end this season on a high note!

ASA Player Code of Conduct
The goal of the Andover Soccer Association (ASA) is to provide a fun environment in which the children and youth of Andover can learn the sport of soccer, develop as players, and discover a lifelong passion for the beautiful game. To create that environment, we expect our players, coaches and parents to demonstrate good sportsmanship at all times and to help build a supportive, welcoming environment both on and off the soccer field. We do not just want to develop good soccer players, but good young individuals who care about their team and their local community and represent both of them well.

Player Promises:
I promise each of the following:

Good Sportsmanship

  • I will be a good sport at all times.
  • I will be modest and respectful when I win, and gracious when I lose.
  • I will not use bad words or profanity.
  • I will not engage in taunting words or behavior, verbal or physical threats, intentional physical
  • violence, targeting of other players, or fighting.

Respect

  • I will be respectful to all players, coaches, referees and spectators, and I will try my best to
  • ignore or tune out any opposing player, opposing coach or spectator who is disrespectful to me.
  • I will not verbally abuse or talk back to referees, even if I disagree with them.
  • I will not discriminate against, treat differently or demean anyone based on race, creed, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation or physical disability.
  • I will respect my own body and not use alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs.

Commitment

  • I will try to attend all practices and games, and when I cannot attend, I will notify my coach as
  • soon as possible.
  • I will come prepared and be on time for all practices and games.
  • I will be quiet and listen when my coach is speaking, try my best to do what my coach asks me
  • to do, and not be disruptive during practices or games.
  • I will always give my best effort and have fun.

 Consequences

  • If I fail to live up to any of my promises, I understand that I may, at the discretion of my coaches or the ASA, be subject to discipline. That discipline may include, but is not limited to, any of the following in any order or combination:
  • Benching or reduced playing time
  • Verbal or written warning from my coach or the ASA
  • Temporary or permanent suspension from my team

Additionally, I understand that any failure to live up to any of my promises will be factored into evaluations for travel team placement.

Here is the MYSA COACH'S CODE OF CONDUCT which we ask all coaches to revisit, reminding you of the example you are setting for our players.

Reach out to your coach or AGC with any concerns.

Please remember that while we are one day closer to returning to "normal" as a community, we are all individually in different places based on experiences over the last 15+ months and must lead with empathy during all of our interactions.

Have fun! And thank you all again!

COVID SAFETY UPDATE - 5.19.21

May 19, 2021

Dear ASA Community,

Thank you for your continued patience as the multiple regulations that govern us as a youth soccer organization in Massachusetts change and solidify.  Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association (MYSA) has further refined their COVID rules of play for member organizations and Essex County Youth Soccer Association (ECYSA) has adopted the rules.

Below please find our updated COVID protocols that are effective immediately and are in line with the updated MYSA and ECYSA guidelines. Changes from yesterday are bolded for convenience.

1. Players aged 18 and under are not required to wear a mask at any outdoor soccer activities.

2.  Coaches are not required to wear a mask if they are outdoors and can socially distance.

3.  ASA Youth Referees are not required to wear a mask while refereeing a game.

4.  Spectators are not required to wear a mask at any outdoor ASA soccer games or practices, if they can remain socially distant from other family units.

5.  TeamSnap Health Checks must continue to be completed prior to participation in any ASA practice or game.

6. Players 19 and older must continue to wear masks during games and practices.

7. Parents of travel players should continue to check the ECYSA Website for town specific guidelines that may differ from our own when attending away travel games.

Links for reference:

Updated MYSA Mask Rules

Full MYSA COVID Rules

Any family, player, referee or coach may choose to continue to wear a mask during a game and/or practice, if that is their preference. Please respect all personal decisions on whether to wear or not wear a mask.

As always, feel free to send any COVID related concerns to safety@andoversoccer.org.  Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

Chris Price, ASA President

ASA COVID-19 SAFETY PLAN

Andover Soccer Association COVID-19 Safety Plan
5.19.21

Andover Soccer Association is required to comply with all orders and requirements from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) and Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association (MYSA)  Soccer is currently classified as a MODERATE RISK SPORT.

Links for reference:
--Updated MYSA Mask Rules
--Full MYSA COVID Rules

PEOPLE
--COVID Safety Officer: Dr. Warren Bodine
--COVID Safety Committee: Sara Stevens, Chris Price, Warren Bodine
--Email: safety@andoversoccer.org
--YOU--Parents and Players

GUIDELINES FOR PLAYERS, SPECTATORS, COACHES AND REFEREES
--COVID Waiver signed prior to starting season
--Prior to EVERY practice or game, parents must fill out the player’s COVID health attestation via TeamSnap App
--Players aged 18 and under are not required to wear a mask at any outdoor soccer activities.
--Coaches are not required to wear a mask if they are outdoors and can socially distance.
--ASA Youth Referees are not required to wear a mask while refereeing a game.
--Spectators are not required to wear a mask at any outdoor ASA soccer games or practices, if they can remain socially distant from other family units.
--Players 19 and older must continue to wear masks during games and practices.
--Parents of travel players should continue to check the ECYSA Website for town specific guidelines that may differ from our own when attending away travel games. 
--Any family, player, referee or coach may choose to continue to wear a mask during a game and/or practice, if that is their preference. Please respect all personal decisions on whether to wear or not wear a mask.

--If the player or volunteer develops any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 during an ASA event, they will be sent home and instructed to contact their healthcare provider. They will not be allowed to return to training until they are cleared by a healthcare provider. 
--If any volunteer, player or relative of a player tests positive for COVID-19, the coach must be notified and the coach must inform the COVID Safety Officer. The specific player shall not be identified to the team by the coach. The team will cease all ASA events until cleared by the local board of health.

PLAYERS
What to bring:
--Water bottle
--Hand sanitizer
--Soccer ball
--No food or gum!
--No benches (must sit 6’ apart on sidelines)
--No sharing goalie gloves
--No high fives or intentional contact
--Enter and exit the event without congregating on field/parking lot
--Please avoid carpooling, if needed all people in car must be masked

QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS:
--Email safety@andoversoccer.org

COVID WAIVER

The Town of Andover requires that all participants read, fill out completely and sign this COVID-19 waiver.  Please print the document below and complete one waiver for each child playing with ASA.  Volunteer Coaches are also required to complete a waiver. Per the town of Andover electronic copies are only allowed if using DocuSign (specifically).  Finished waivers should be mailed to:

Andover Soccer Association
P.O. Box 1014
Andover, MA 01810

Players will not be able to participate until ASA has received a signed copy of this waiver.  

Update from Andover Soccer Association

Andover Soccer Association

January 5, 2021

 

Dear ASA families,

 

We are very excited to announce that our in-town and travel programs will be returning to play this Spring!  We have been working to develop contingency plans for various COVID-19 scenarios. We will be providing additional updates and more granular details to players and their families as we get closer to the season in April; however, we did want to share some initial details:
 

·        All Andover players, coaches and spectators will be required to wear masks at all practices and games.

·        Spectators at all games and practices will be limited to one per player.

·        Our governing body, Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association (MYSA), has updated its protocols to allow for soccer to be played without any of the controversial game modifications that were instituted over the summer.

·        Essex County Youth Soccer Association (ECYSA), the league in which our travel teams play, is moving forward with planning for the Spring season and has announced an Opening Day of April 10th for travel games to begin.

 

Registration for players and coaches will open in the coming days, so please be on the lookout for that email this week.

 

Happy New Year!

 

Chris Price

ASA President

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