Providing Quality Soccer to the Youth of Ulster County Since 1972
There are still open slots for U12 players.
AYSO's Vision is to provide world class youth soccer programs that enrich children’s lives.
AYSO's Mission is to develop and deliver quality youth soccer programs which promote a fun, family environment based on AYSO's Six Philosophies:
Our program's goal is for kids to play soccer so we mandate that every player on every team must play at least 50% of every game. It’s no fun to spend the game on the bench…and that’s no way to learn soccer!
Each year we form new teams as evenly balanced as possible because it’s more fun and a better learning experience when teams of similar ability play. It allows for each player to gain the experience of a wide variety of teammates of different skill levels.
Our program is open to all children between 4 and 19 years of age who want to register and play soccer. Interest and enthusiasm are the only criteria for playing. There are no elimination try-outs and nobody gets cut.
Encouragement of player effort provides for greater enjoyment for the players and leads to better-skilled and better-motivated players. A coach can be one of the most influential people in a child’s life, so AYSO requires they create a positive experience for every boy and girl.
We strive to create a positive environment based on mutual respect rather than a win-at-all-costs attitude, and our program is designed to instill good sportsmanship in every facet of AYSO.
We believe that all players should be able to develop their soccer skills and knowledge to the best of their abilities, both individually and as members of a team, in order to maximize their enjoyment of the game.
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By entering this kids zone,
you agree to the following:
- Kids are #1
- Fun – not winning- is everything
- Fans only cheer, and only coaches coach
- No yelling in anger
- No swearing
- No smoking
- Leave no trash behind
- Set a proper example for our children
If you can agree to the above, we welcome you.
IF NOT, WE ASK THAT YOU PLEASE LEAVE NOW.
AYSO – it’s for the kids!
Saugerties Soccer is an all-volunteer soccer league that was started in 1972 by Oscar Benzenhoeffer. In 1987, they joined the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) and have adopted AYSO's core guiding principles as its driving philosophy: Everyone Plays, Balanced Teams, Open Registration, Positive Coaching, Good Sportsmanship and Player Development. AYSO is the largest single-entity youth soccer association in the U.S. with over 600,000 registered players and 225,000 volunteers. Saugerties Soccer, AYSO region 595 is part of Area L, within Section 3 of the AYSO national structure. For the Fall soccer season, there have been up to 840 players, ages 4-18, playing on 11 different fields. A Spring soccer program has been added and currently has 250 players. There is also an annual week long Soccer Summer Camp.
In 2010, we proudly implemented the AYSO Very Important Players (VIP) Program here in Saugerties, which provides a quality soccer experience for children whose physical or mental disabilities make it difficult to successfully participate on mainstream teams. We recognize that all children need to feel a sense of belonging and acceptance. The VIP Program offers that acceptance and carries our philosophy of "Everyone Plays" to new heights - giving everyone a chance to play. VIP helps more than just the players. "Buddies" (able-bodied helpers) and other volunteers increase their appreciation and understanding of individuals with special needs. They find their lives greatly enriched by their involvement with their new VIP friends. For parents thinking they would never see their children playing a sport or making new friends, VIP gives them joy and hope. They are able to relax and enjoy watching their children having fun like other kids, perhaps for the first time. E-mail
Saugerties Soccer, AYSO Region 595 holds several in-person registration events every season. Check the Upcoming Events page to check for dates. However, all registration applications must be submitted @ www.eAYSO.org. Save yourself some time by pre-registering prior to attending the in-person events.
If your child played in the Fall 2013 season, all you need to do is show up to one of the registration events and pay the fees. If you need to make any changes, such as update contact information or pick a different uniform size, you can do this at www.eAYSO.org using the account you created when you registered your child.
If your child has previously played in AYSO, but not in the Fall 2013 season, select this option from the Welcome screen @ www.eAYSO.org:
Follow the prompts to create an account. You will need to call our national help desk at 866-588-2976 the first time you use this system in order to link your child's record to your account. If you get a message stating your account already exists and are not able to remember your password, the help desk can also help you with that. Once you've called the help desk to link the records, log back in to eAYSO.org. Select the option on the left hand side of the screen that reads "Application for a returning player". You will then be able to complete the registration application online and make any updates as necessary. If you need to add additional players to your account, to back to the home screen and select the option that reads "Application for a new player". Then come to one of our in-person registration events to pay the fee and complete the registration process.
If you're child is new to AYSO, select the following option from the Welcome screen @ www.eAYSO.org:
Follow the prompts to create an account. Once you login, select the the option on the left hand side of the page that reads "Application for a new player". Follow the prompts to fill in the required information and complete the application. Once this is completed, attend one of our in-person registration events to pay the fee and complete the registration process.
Children must be 4 years old by July 31st to play in the Fall season and must be 4 years old by April 1st to play in the Spring Season.
Registration fee is currently $40 per player for the Spring 2014 season during the regular registration period. Late registrations will incur an addtional $25 fee.
Players may not request to be placed on a particular team. Coaches will be placed on the same team as their children unless otherwise requested; Siblings within the same Division may be placed on the same team. The reality is that honoring these requests inevitably leads to imbalance within the divisions, which makes the playing experience a negative one for all involved. Please understand that we do our best to ensure balanced teams and a positive experience for everyone.
Refunds of player fees will only be given to those players whom we are not able to place on a team or who notify the Registrar of their desire to withdraw before the uniforms are ordered, early July for Fall and early March for Spring. Your request must include your name, the player's name, and the player's date of birth. Refunds will be issued by check. Please e-mail
Once in-person Registration Events have been completed, the on-line registration option may be open. Please note that late registrations will incur an additional $25 fee. Once a division reaches its full capacity, children will be put on a waiting list. If space becomes available, they will be placed on teams in the order in which they appear on the list. If players are not placed on a team then a refund will be issued.
Saugerties AYSO is a 100% volunteer run organization. All volunteers must be registered with AYSO national. Volunteer backgrounds and references are checked by national staff to ensure the safety of our children. Your information will not be shared with any third party. Key personal information (e.g., social security number, drivers license number) will be encrypted. You will need to fill in specific information, including details on personal references. . For complete instructions on completing this process, read this article here. Once you are ready, visit www.eAYSO.org to submit your volunteer application.
If you have previously registered as a volunteer, it takes just a few minutes to update your record. Volunteer forms must be updated annually prior to the Fall season. Returning volunteers do not have to print out any forms because we're set up for digital signatures.
Registering as a new volunteer just takes a few minutes. Once you are done, print the form, sign it and mail it to:
Saugerties AYSO 595 Volunteer
PO Box 800
Saugerties, NY 12477
To ensure the safety of both children and volunteers, each coach is required to take a short training session called Safe Haven. It focuses on safety and appropriate behavior with children as well as first aid and other on-field issues. Safe Haven also gives volunteers the highest degree of protection available under the law. Training can be completed in under an hour using our online training system.
Mandatory Board Positions:
- Regional Commissioner
- (Child & Volunteer Protection Advocate)
- Safety Director
- Coach Administrator
- Referee Administrator
Coach & Assistant Coach
Teach age appropriate skills through positive coaching. Promote teamwork and good sportsmanship. Make sure the kids are having fun ! Training classes are provided.
Help to form balanced teams with-in a division (ex. U10 Girls). Help to distribute rosters, uniforms, pictures, awards, information, etc. Ensures all coaches complete player evaluation forms.
Help coaches distribute: information, uniforms, schedules, awards, etc. Organize snacks and parties. Make sure other parent’s sideline behavior is appropriate.
Make sure games are fair and safe. Training classes are provided.
Youths can be referees, starting at the age of 10. (10 & 11 year old for U8 games. 12 & 13 year olds for U10 games. 14 & 15 year olds for U12 games. 16 & 17 year olds for U14 games).
A non-disabled person intended to guide the VIP (Very Important Player) player with physical or mental disabilities on the field of play. Youths can be buddies, starting at the age of 12.
Snack Shack Team
Prepare and serve food and drinks. Use cash register, take inventory, train helpers and help clean up.
Field and Equipment Team
Take down nets and goals. Inspect fields for safety hazards. Make sure field boxes are stocked with balls, ice packs, stop watches, etc.
Help at registration. It takes an entire team to sign-up 800 players.
Coordinate the ordering, delivering, storage and distribution of purchased items for our program.
Webmaster and Scheduler
Keep the Saugerties AYSO website current and create software generated game schedules.
Concession Stand Coordinator
Coordinate the staffing and stock of the Concession Stand.
Make sure fields are ready for play.
Coordinate the Region’s Special Events.
Contact schools, media and sponsors with information about our programs.
Deliver AYSO certification classes to other Volunteers.
Organize, schedule and attend regional meetings.