The interscholastic athletic program at Ayer Shirley is committed to the development of the whole student -- the total physical, emotional, social and mental development of its participants. Athletics are an extension of the academic day where our coaching staff is charged with the responsibility of teaching the values of character, chasing excellence, grit, leadership, accountability, citizenship, sportsmanship, teamwork, confidence, tolerance, accepting success with grace, handling disappointment, personal responsibility, sacrifice, self discipline, and taking instruction and feedback. Building self-esteem and self-confidence is an ongoing process, used in both games and practices. Through this process, Ayer Shirley coaches challenge and develop players, both technically and emotionally, in a positive manner, using both praise and constructive criticism. Coaches are encouraged to make praise personal, criticism impersonal. Ayer Shirley strives to have all athletes play with class and poise and put “character first” This philosophy will be an important part of the instruction that takes place at each practice session. As members of the Ayer Shirley athletic program, students and coaches are expected to demonstrate proper respect for each other, other teams and coaches, teammates, officials, spectators and equipment. Student athletes and coaches are expected to exhibit the highest level of conduct, both on and off the playing field, as they are, at all times, representatives of their team, school and community. Tryouts are open to all students, providing they are in good academic standing, are good school citizens, and are physically fit to participate. Participation in the program is a privilege, which students can earn by maintaining these standards.
Our athletic department core values are:
Humble -- Everything we do, we do with humility
Hungry -- We strive to be better and approach everything with a growth mindset
Healthy -- We make positive choices to enhance physical and emotional health
Honorable -- We honor the game, our opponents, our coaches, the officials, our teammates, our school, our community, our classmates, and ourselves.
FamilyID is the online registration home of the Ayer Shirley Regional School District. Please use this website to register for all sports. We offer:
Football (grades 8-12)
Cheerleading (grades 9-12)
Boys' and girls' cross country (grades 7-12)
Boys' and girls' soccer (9-12)
Girls' volleyball (grades 7-12)
Boys' and girls' middle school soccer (grades 6-8)
Golf (grades 7-12)
Unified basketball (9-12)
Boys' and girls' basketball (grades 9-12)
Boys' ice hockey co-op with Lunenburg (grades 9-12)
Girls' ice hockey co-op with Leominster (grades 9-12)
Boys' and girls' indoor track (grades 7-12)
Swimming co-op with Bromfield (grades 9-12)
Boys' and girls' middle school basketball (grades 6-8)
Middle school cheerleading (grades 6-8)
Unified Bocce (9-12)
Baseball (grades 8-12)
Softball (grades 9-12)
Boys' and girls' outdoor track (grades 7-12)
Lacrosse co-op with Bromfield (grades 9-12)
Middle school baseball (grades 6-8)
Middle school softball (grades 6-8)
Unified Track co-op with Leominster (grades 6-12)
Girls tennis (7-12)
PLEASE NOTE: No uniforms will be given to a student-athlete until they have paid the user fee AND taken the Impact concussion course with Mr. Diffin, our trainer. User fees are due the day after tryouts end (three days after the start of practice). User fees are $200 for the year for high school sports and $100 for middle school sports. There is a $500 family cap.
In addition, you also must have a current physical (within the previous 13 months) on file with the school (either the nurse or AD) to play. This is a state law and there are no exceptions to this. Physicals expire 13 months to the day it occurred (EX: May 3, 2018 expires on June 3, 2019) and students become ineligible that day.
Question: Why do some sports allow certain middle school athletes to play with the high school teams and others do not? Answer: Middle school waivers are based upon expected numbers. For example, boys' soccer numbers are expected to be lower than normal this year, so we asked the MIAA for a waiver for grade 8 students who are interested in playing junior varsity to keep our numbers high enough to have a JV team. This, in turn, should also create more room for kids on the middle school team, with the hope being that this will help the program grow as a whole. Girls' soccer, on the other hand, appears to have healthy numbers. The MIAA would not approve a middle school waiver unless the expected numbers demonstrate a clear need for it. In the case of sports that are offered at the middle and high school (boys' soccer and baseball, 8th grade students may choose to register for the JV team or the middle school team. Grade 8 students do not have to play for the JV team if they prefer to play on the middle school team, and there is no guarantee grade 8 students will make the JV team. If they do not, they may join the middle school team.
Greetings Ayer Shirley Parents, Guardians, and Students!
We are excited to announce that we are now offering the convenience of online registration through FamilyID (www.familyid.com). This is the ONLY way to register for sports at both the middle school and high school. THe process will be reviewed in full at the fall sports informational meeting, open to all middle and high school athletes and parents, at 6:30 p.m. on August 8 at the high school.
FamilyID is a secure registration platform that provides you with an easy, user-friendly way to register for our programs, and helps us to be more administratively efficient and environmentally responsible. When you register through FamilyID, the system keeps track of your information in your FamilyID profile. You enter your information only once for each family member for multiple uses and multiple programs.
BEFORE YOU REGISTER:
In addition to completing the online registration process, students must also complete the following in order to be eligible to participate in ANY practice, tryout or game:
Have an up-to-date physical (within the last 13 months) on file with the nurse’s office
Complete the online concussion course and online Hazing Prevention course (link in registration)
Meet all academic standards as outlined in the student handbook (link in registration)
Read and sign the information about opioid use and abuse (link in registration)
INFORMATION NEEDED TO REGISTER:
It will be helpful to have the following information handy to allow for accurate completion of your online registration.
Physician information, Health Insurance Information, emergency contact information, medical information
Both a parent/guardian and a student should be present, as it requires electronic signatures from both
A parent/guardian should register by clicking on this link:
Follow these steps:
To find your program, click on the link provided by the Organization above and select the registration form under the word Programs.
Next click on the green Register Now button and scroll, if necessary, to the Create Account/Log In green buttons. If this is your first time using FamilyID, click Create Account. Click Log In, if you already have a FamilyID account.
Create your secure FamilyID account by entering the account owner First and Last names (parent/guardian), E-mail address and password. Select I Agree to the FamilyID Terms of Service. Click Create Account.
You will receive an email with a link to activate your new account. (If you don’t see the email, check your E-mail filters (spam, junk, etc.).
Click on the link in your activation E-mail, which will log you in to FamilyID.com
Once in the registration form, complete the information requested. All fields with a red* are required to have an answer.
Click the Continue button when your form is complete.
Review your registration summary.
Payment (two options) -- User fees are not due until the day after tryouts end (day 4). You can pay prior to that, of course, but there is no requirement to pay until tryouts are complete. Reminder, user fees are a once-a-year payment of $200 per participant for high school sports, $100 per participants for middle school sports, and a family cap of $500 per year. You will not be issued a uniform until the user fee is paid.
Option 1: For credit or debit card payment through FamilyID (MySchoolBucks):
Click the green Pay & Submit button
On the next screen, click on Proceed to Payment to be directed to the MySchoolBucks payment processor. In MySchoolBucks, you may log-in to your MySchoolBucks account or use a credit or debit card to process your payment. Input the cardholder’s full name, the card number, address and any other required information.
After you click Pay, you will receive a completion email from the payment processor confirming your payment and an email from FamilyID confirming your registration.
Option 2: You may also click:Alternate Payment Method and bring a check to Mr. Kendall in the Athletic Director’s office. Checks must be made payable to “Ayer Shirley Regional School District”. No cash will be accepted.
9. Click the green Submit button. After selecting ‘Submit’, the registration will be complete. You will receive a completion email from FamilyID confirming your registration.
At any time, you may login at www.familyid.com to update your information and to check your registration(s).
To view a completed registration, select the 'Registration' tab on the blue bar.
If you need assistance with registration, contact FamilyID at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 888-800-5583 x1.
Support is available 7 days per week and messages will be returned promptly.