AYSO 595

AYSO 595

Weather Policy & Cancellations

  • Always assume "game on"!  unless you hear from your coach or until a cancellation is posted on our website, Facebook page, or Twitter feed.
  • The decision to cancel will be made 30 minutes prior to start of game or scheduled training sessions with Challenger coaches based on CONDITIONS AT THE SOCCER FIELDS.  In the event of a severe weather warning, cancellations made be sooner.  Weather can vary greatly from West Saugerties, the Village, Glasco, & beyond.  Do not assume that the weather at your house is the same at the fields (unless you live by the fields).
  • We cancel games due to: (1) lightning, driving rain, standing water on the fields, or other conditions making play dangerous or impractical; or (2) ground so wet that play will damage the fields.  We don't cancel merely because it's raining unless it’s a storm of Biblical proportions!
  • Please note that game status is subject to change and cancellation updates may not be posted on the website or our facebook page in time for your game. 
  • We may cancel games on some fields and not others; cancellation may occur at any time. We strongly advise that coaches and parents exchange cell phone numbers so that notice of last-minute cancellations can spread quickly.
  • Cancellations in advance can only be made by the Regional Commissioner. Game-time cancellations on the field can also be made by the coaches or referee based on observed conditions. 
  • We adhere to the AYSO National Guidelines on severe weather.  According to these Guidelines, thunder and lightning are treated in THE EXACT SAME MANNER.  Our first concern in the presence of lightning is the safety of our players and families. Should lightning be seen or thunder heard,  coaches or referees will stop the game or practice.  Players, spectators and coaches are advised to immediately clear the field and seek shelter in either a vehicle or appropriate structure (trees are not considered safe shelter). 
  • Games or practice should not resume until 30 minutes have passed from the most recent recognition of either thunder or lightning.  Each instance of thunder or lightning during the period of delay will result in a reset of the 30-minute period.  Note that in many cases, the initial delay will result in termination of the match because another match is scheduled on the same field.  
  • We realize that in some instances, it may intuitively appear that the danger is either remote or has passed.  Nevertheless, the full 30-minute waiting period shall be observed.  Nobody should gamble with the safety of our players, volunteers, and spectators. 

US Men's National Team vs Costa Rica on March 22, 2013 (yes, that is snow!)

 Snow Game

Rules and Policies


You Are Entering AnKid Zone Image

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.


AYSO – it’s for the kids!

Rules & Code of Conduct

General Rules

  • No smoking on or near any fields.
  • No dogs allowed on or near any fields.
  • No bicycles allowed on any fields.
  • Profanity is not accepted.


Code of Conduct for All Parents

As a parent, you play a special role in contributing to the needs and development of youngsters. Through your encouragement and good example, you can help assure that all the boys and girls learn good sportsmanship and self-discipline.  Young people learn to work together, to sacrifice for the good of the team, to enjoy winning and deal appropriately with defeat - all while becoming physically fit and healthy. Best of all, they have fun.


Supporting your child by giving encouragement and showing interest in their team is very important. Help your child work toward skill improvement and good sportsmanship in every game. Teach your child that hard work and an honest effort are often more important than victory - that way your child will always be a winner despite the outcome of the game!


Parents serve as role models for their children. Become aware of this and work to be a positive role model. Applaud good plays by your child's team as well as good plays by the opposing team. Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from youth sports activities.


Remember that your child is the one playing soccer, not you. It's very important to let children establish their own goals - to play the game for themselves. Take care not to impose your own standards and goals on them. Don't put too heavy a burden on your child to win games. Surveys reveal that 72% of children would rather play for a losing team than ride the bench for a winning team. Children play for the fun of playing.


Positive reinforcement is the best way to help your child achieve their goals and their natural fear of failure. Nobody likes to make mistakes. If your child does make one, remember it's all part of learning, so encourage your child's efforts and point out the good things your child accomplished.


Coaches and referees are usually parents just like you. They volunteer their time to help make your child's youth soccer experience a positive one. They need your support too. That means refraining from coaching or refereeing from the sidelines. As a volunteer organization, there's usually always an opportunity for you to take your interest in coaching or refereeing to the next level and become one yourself!


A referee's rulings are the final word, and may not be reversed after the game. Arguing a referee's decision will not be tolerated. Nevertheless, at half time and after a game, a polite, non-aggressive approach to a referee to discuss an incident will generally be allowed.

Laws of the Game

Goodness, it is impossible to cover this briefly. This page is meant to serve as a resource and guide. It is our hope that coaches and referees could be on the same page and same level of understanding on the pitch. This is near to impossible. It is also our hope that parents could have a high level of understanding of the laws as well. Same scenario. Nevertheless, this is a good place to come to get a handle on part of the laws and the spirit of the laws.

FIFA Laws of the Game

Divisional Rules

U5 & U6 play 3 on 3 – with no goal keeper  - 30 minutes of drills and 30 minute game with a size 3 ballImage

U7 & U8 play 5 on 5 – with no goal keeper  - 40 minute game with a size 3 ball

U10 plays 7 on 7 (one of which is the goal keeper)  - 50 minute game with a size 4 ball

U12 & U13 play 9 on 9 (one of which is the goal keeper) – 60 minute game with a size 4 ball.

U14 and up plays 11 on 11 (one of which is the goal keeper)  – 90 minute game with a size 5 ball



Saugerties Field Map

Click on the word G o o g l e inside the Saugerties Map to go to GoogleMap Directions, or click here to view in a larger window.

Located on the corner of Washington Ave and Small World Ave, inside the Cantine Veterans Memorial Complex in the Town of Saugerties, NY.  Please note that this google field snapshot is old, so refer to the new layout image below.


Soccer Complex Field Layout

Olive Field Map

Click on the word G o o g l e inside the Olive Map for GoogleMaps directions, or click here to view in a larger window.

Shandaken Field Map

Click on the word G o o g l e inside the Shandaken Map for GMap directions, or click here to view in a larger window.

Woodstock Field Map

Click on the word G o o g l e inside the Woodstock Map for GMap directions, or click here to view in a larger window.



Saugerties AYSO relies on sponsors from our local community to help with the following expenses: uniforms, soccer balls, Imageawards, equipment and training for players, coaches & referees, and scholarships. AYSO sponsorships are tax deductible. 

As a Saugerties AYSO Sponsor, you will be helping us provide quality soccer programs to children in our community. You will get more out of your sponsorship than just a tax deduction; your company will be recognized as a community leader through its involvement with one of the largest youth organizations in the country. Your company will receive excellent publicity from AYSO activities and reap the good will that accompanies it.  Most importantly, you will be helping children grow in body and character while having a good time playing the most popular sport in the world. 

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Interested in becoming a Sponsor?  View sponsor form here.


Thank you to our 2014 Sponsors!


Mark IV Printing

Adams Fairacre Farms, Inc.

Maynard, O'Connor, Smith, & Catalinotto

Benson Steel Fabricators

Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union

Benzenhoefer Construction

Modell's Sporting Goods

Bloom Flowers

Nelson Stamp & Coin

Blue Kats Men's Club


Blue Mountain Contractors

Saugerties Athletic Association

Boudoir Baby

Saugerties Animal Hospital

Campbell Carpentry

Saugerties Bowlers Club

David R. Dolan CPA, P.C.

Saugerties Elks Lodge #2574

Diamond Mills

Saugerties Knights of Columbus

Dr. Debra Koehn

Saugerties Lions Club

Dr. Joe Mueller, OD

Saugerties Sr. Soccer

Dutch Ale House

Saugerties Teacher's Association

Electronic Control Concepts

Sawyer Energy 

Eugene P. Heslin, MD, PC

Sawyer Motors

Eveready Beverage/Eveready Management

Sawyer Savings Bank

Fehr Bros, Industries, Inc

Slices of Saugerties

Great Scot Kennels

Smith Hardware


The Center of Health

Hudson & Pacific Designs

The Reis Group

Ivy Lodge Assisted Living

Village Apothecary

Kiwanis Club of Saugerties

Zena Rec



Little Lambs Academy



Volunteer Information

ImageSaugerties 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 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
  • Treasurer
  • Registrar
  • CVPA
  • (Child & Volunteer Protection Advocate)
  • Safety Director
  • Coach Administrator
  • Referee Administrator                                                        


Other Positions

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. 

Division Coordinator

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. 

Team Parent

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. 

Youth Referee

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).

VIP Buddies

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.  

Registration Team

Help at registration.  It takes an entire team to sign-up 800 players.

Purchasing Coordinator

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.

Field Coordinator

Make sure fields are ready for play.

Event Coordinator

Coordinate the Region’s Special Events.

Communication Coordinator

Contact schools, media and sponsors with information about our programs.

Region Trainer

Deliver AYSO certification classes to other Volunteers.

Region Secretary

Organize, schedule and attend regional meetings.


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