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Welcome to the Avon Soccer Club's Recreational Program!

If you have any questions or concerns at any time, then contact your child’s coach or one of the volunteers with the Avon Soccer Club. (Visit the Avon Soccer Club’s Contacts Page.)

Intramural (U8-U14) Practices and Games
Soccer Stars and Kindergarten Clinic Sessions
Important Information for All Recreational Programs


Intramural (U8-U14) Practices and Games

Practices (U8 through U14—1 night/week)
Practice schedules are posted by team in the Avon Soccer Club’s team pages. Your coach will expect your child to be prepared to practice, which means being ready to work and to have fun! Be sure that your child has on cleats (double knotted) and shin guards (worn under socks at all times). Bring the correct size soccer ball (U8 - size 3, U10 and U12 - size 4, U14 - size 5) and a full water bottle to each practice. All items should be labeled with your child’s name and phone number. Long hair should be tied back and no jewelry (including necklaces, earrings, watches or hair clips) should be worn. Have your child visit the restroom before practice.

Be on time to pick your child up from practice. This is both a common courtesy and a safety issue. If your child is to go home with someone else, then be sure to personally notify your coach prior to the start of practice. Sometimes coaches can be delayed. Do not leave your child on the practice field until the coaches are there.

Games (U8 through U14)
Game schedules are posted by team in the Avon Soccer Club’s team pages. All players should plan to arrive at the fields at least fifteen minutes before their game begins unless otherwise instructed by their coach. Your child should wear his/her team jersey, shin guards under socks, and cleats. If you bring your child’s soccer ball on game days, then be sure to keep track of it (soccer balls get lost very easily). Parking is available on either side of the Fisher Meadows fields. Drive SLOWLY! (View the Fisher Meadows map.)


Soccer Stars and Kindergarten Clinic Sessions

Session schedules are posted by team in the Avon Soccer Club’s team pages. The Soccer Stars and Kindergarten Clinic sessions will take place on Saturdays for one hour on the Fisher Meadow Clinic Field. (View the Fisher Meadows map.) The sessions will be led by a professional coach. Parent coaches will assist each team. Parents are required to stay!

Your child should be ready to have FUN! Arrive at the clinic field at least ten minutes before your scheduled session. Be sure that your child has on cleats (double-knotted) and shin guards (worn under socks at all times). Bring the correct size ball (size 3) and a full water bottle. All items should be labeled with your child’s name and phone number. Long hair should be tied back and no jewelry (including necklaces, earrings, watches or hair clips) should be worn. Have your child visit the restroom before start time.


Important Information for All Recreational Programs

If you will miss (or be late) . . .
then be sure to notify your coach as far in advance as possible. Soccer is a team sport, and while a perfect attendance record may be nearly impossible, please try to be fair to the rest of your child’s team when planning vacations and other events.

Rainouts
The Town of Avon Cancellation Line is 860-409-4365. The message on this phone line is updated during the weekdays and on the weekends. During the week, the Avon Recreation and Parks Department also sends out cancellation notices by email. (Subscribe to the town’s email lists on the Town website.)

If the weather is iffy before your weekday practice, then you can check your email and/or the Cancellation Line. If the weather is iffy on the weekend, then you will need to call the Cancellation Line.

Sometimes the weather is lousy and people are surprised that the fields are open. Remember: if the fields are open, then that means the fields are playable; it doesn’t mean that everyone is going to enjoy playing on them!

Safety
If your child has allergies (especially to bee stings), asthma, or any other serious health issue, then be sure to discuss the issue with your coach. Coaches do not have extensive first aid kits. If your child may need more than a bandage or ice pack, then be sure that your child’s coach has it and knows how to use it. 

Concussion Initiative
If a player is suspected to have a head injury, then the referee (or coach in U5-U8 age groups) is instructed to stop play to allow for treatment/evaluation as needed. If the player leaves the field of play for additional evaluation, a substitution can be made in that moment. The player with the suspected head injury may not return to the game unless a Health Care Professional (HCP) or Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) has cleared the player. Any coach or parent insisting on returning the player to the game without approved clearance will result in the referee (or coach in U5-U8 age groups) ending the game.

Deliberate heading is not permitted until the U12 age group. If a player in a younger age group deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense.

Conduct
Youth sports is a time to model correct and appropriate behavior for the children. Always keep in mind that this is a GAME and that these are CHILDREN playing. There will be mistakes made by players, coaches and referees alike. Cheer your child on, but step back from the sideline and let your coach do the coaching. While most coaches welcome comments from the parents about how to make the season more productive and fun, remember that the coaches are volunteers who are working hard and spending time coaching your child. Consider adopting the 24-Hour Rule this season: before talking to the coach about an issue, wait until at least 24 hours after the event. (Of course, safety issues should be addressed right away.) If you have any concerns about your child’s coach, then contact the Recreational Program Coordinator. (See the Avon Soccer Club’s Contacts Page.)

The referee staff is trained and certified, but many are also young adults. These referees are likely to be your neighbors, your kids' friends, or your friends' kids, etc., so please treat them that way! Be patient and give them your support. Parents are not allowed, at ANY time, to speak to or have other interactions with the referees. Parents who disregard this rule will be asked to leave the fields. If you have questions or concerns about referees and/or game rules, then contact the Recreational Program Coordinator and/or the Referee Coordinator. (See the Avon Soccer Club’s Contacts Page.)

Above all, remember that the Recreational Soccer Program is first and foremost about your children having FUN. The goals are for Avon’s youth to learn to play soccer, be good teammates, be competitive, and show good sportsmanship, all while having FUN. The Avon Soccer Club is looking forward to another great season!