To all Coaches and Families,
As we continue into our 2021 Spring season, we wanted to make you aware of a special offer to watch the New England Revolution as they begin their 2021 MLS season!
From our partnership with the Revs, all families in our organization have exclusive access to purchase tickets to the first 6 Revolution matches, 48 hours prior to them going on sale to the general public. If you and your family are looking for a fun, safe and socially distanced activity to do together, use the link below!
Ticketed seats will be sold in physically-distanced “pods” of two (2), four (4), or six (6) seats. You must purchase all the tickets in each pod.
If you’re interested in learning more about the steps the Revs are taking to make the experience as safe as possible for all attendees – See safety protocols HERE
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to our Revolution Representative Kyle Lindsay, at 508-549-0256 KyleL@revolutionsoccer.net.
Dear ASC Community,
On behalf of the Arlington Soccer Club Board of Directors, we hope everyone is doing well and staying safe and healthy. ASC is pleased to be able to share new spring registration and enhanced programming details. Based on the success of the fall 2020 local program during the health pandemic, the ASC demonstrated that soccer can be safely played outdoors with appropriate safety modifications. We realize that the state of the pandemic has worsened this winter, but are hopeful that conditions will improve by this spring.
Spring 2021 Season
Due to the need for advance planning (register BAYS teams, order uniforms and equipment, sign contracts, and hire development coaches), we are opening the spring registration for all age groups (Pre-K through Grade 12) from January 18th – January 29th. We will continue to monitor health conditions and will modify our plans for the spring season, including canceling the season if this becomes necessary.
ASC’s Safety Committee has reviewed performance information from Mass Youth Soccer, BAYS, and peer clubs, regarding the fall 2020 season. Based on the successful results each organization has shared, we are pleased to report that ASC plans to provide a more enhanced spring season which will include clinics, practices, development, and games (intown and travel). We anticipate that health and safety requirements similar to the recent fall 2020 season will remain in place (masking, distancing, sanitizing, and modified game rules).
Grades and Team Formation
Grade level offerings and team formation information is outlined below:
Pre-K, Kindergarten, and Grade 1 Clinics – due to field and capacity restrictions, clinic players will be assigned to one of multiple one-hour time slots as follows:
- Pre-K – Saturday Afternoon Clinics, teams will be newly formed.
- Kindergarten – Saturday Morning Clinics, teams will roll over to the extent possible from the fall 2019 season.
- Grade 1 – Sunday Afternoon Clinics, teams will roll over to the extent possible from the fall 2019 season.
- Grade 2 – the newly formed Grade 2 teams will roll over to the extent possible from the fall 2020 season.
- Grade 3 to Grade 8 – teams will roll over to the extent possible from the fall 2019 season with consideration given to the recent fall 2020 rosters.
Select Teams – will rollover to the extent possible from the fall 2019 Season as follows:
- Grade 3 – no select teams for the spring 2021 Season.
- Grade 4 – teams will roll over to the extent possible from the fall 2019 season.
- Grade 5 – Due to team-size expansions, additional players will be added to rosters based on the 2019 tryout results, coaches’ rankings, and input from Coach Paige as well as the Age Group Directors.
- Grade 6 – teams will roll over to the extent possible from the fall 2019 season.
- Grade 7/8 A Team – the fall 2020 8th Grade Select Team will roll over to the extent possible. Due to team-size expansion, additional players from the 2019 6th Grade A Team will be added to the roster as needed to fill the 18-player roster. Players will be added based on the 2019 tryout results, coaches’ rankings, and input from Coach Paige as well as the Age Group Directors.
- Grade 7/8 B Team – the fall 2019 6th Grade A Team will roll over to the extent possible. Due to team-size expansion, additional players from the 2019 6th Grade B Team will be added to the roster as needed to fill the 18-player roster. Players will be added based on the 2019 tryout results, coaches’ rankings, and input from Coach Paige as well as the Age Group Directors.
- High School – BAYS high school teams will be newly formed.
Team practices for Grade 2 through Grade 12 will be limited to one practice per week due to field and capacity restrictions. A second weekly practice may be added based on field availability.
ASC remains dedicated to providing players and families a safe, fun, team-oriented, and development-minded program. ASC will adhere to state, local, and Mass Youth Soccer guidelines. Health and safety requirements similar to the recent fall 2020 season will likely remain in place (masking, distancing, sanitizing, and modified game rules). We anticipate there may be changes to these guidelines in the coming months and we will continue to provide updates.
Registration will run from January 18th – January 29th for all age groups; Pre-K through Grade 12 teams. Registrants after January 29th will be waitlisted. Enrollment will be limited for clinics and other grades due to field and capacity restrictions. Therefore, on-time enrollment is encouraged for players to be assigned to a team.
Please click here to register.
The anticipated season start date for Clinics and Grades 2 through 8 is April 10-11 and the end date is June 12-13. Clinics and games will be scheduled for Memorial Day weekend. The BAYS High School grade group season is scheduled to start April 25 and end on June 13. High School games will not be scheduled on Memorial Day weekend.
Please note that the season format and schedule could change as health and safety guidelines are updated throughout the coming months.
Volunteer Coaches and Managers Needed
ASC relies on our volunteer coaches and managers to help run the program, and we encourage volunteers to sign up for the spring season. Please sign up to volunteer at your AdminSport family account when you register your player.
Thank you for your continued support and flexibility as we continue to navigate new rules and safety restrictions. We are excited to get back on the field this spring! Please reach out to the Age Group Directors with any questions you may have.
Coach Paige Forster of the Arlington Soccer Club has been named a Regional Double-Goal Coach Award winner by Positive Coaching Alliance, a national nonprofit that works toward the development of better athletes, better people through sports done right.
Believing that “what gets rewarded, gets repeated,” PCA names the youth and high school coaches across the country for this award to shine a spotlight on their efforts to make sports for young athletes a place where they can come together to learn, grow and develop the character they need to thrive in sports and in life.
“Paige Forster was selected as one of just 100 coaches across the country for this prestigious recognition because she leads players and coaches at the Arlington Soccer Club with thoughtfulness, caring, positivity and accountability,” according to Beth O’Neill Maloney, executive director of PCA’s New England chapter.
Maloney was impressed with the descriptions of Forster as “a ‘once-in-a-lifetime coach’ who can elevate a player’s game while addressing the areas in which they need to grow. With the oft-repeated mantra that ‘confidence is key,’ Paige Forster has an exceptional impact on the 300+ volunteer coaches and the almost 2,000 young athletes in the Arlington Soccer Club by developing a positive youth development culture.”
Forster is one of 100 Regional Double-Goal Coach Award winners, named for coaches who strive to win while also pursuing the goal of teaching life lessons through sports.
HAVE FUN, EARN SOME MONEY…BECOME A REFEREE!
The Arlington Soccer Club is hosting an In-Town Referee course. The In-Town Referee course is open to ONLY 7th or 8th graders who will be 12 or 13 years old as of April 1, 2021. Participants will be eligible to officiate ASC In-Town games (Grades 2, 3 and 4) this Spring. Those who are older and would like to become certified to officiate BAYS games can do so by following the steps on the Arlington Soccer Club website.
WHAT: Arlington Club In-Town Referee Course
WHEN: Monday March 1, 2021 – 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
WHERE: On Zoom – link to be distributed a few days before the course
COST: $10 (covers the course instructor and an In-Town Referee T-shirt which will be available prior to the spring season)
In addition to this course on March 1st, all ASC In-Town Referees will be required to attend (virtually this year) the Spring Pre-Season Referee Meeting at the end of March. Date and time for this meeting will be announced by email and on the ASC website.
Register for the 2021 In-Town Referee Course here. Registration will be open until February 24th.