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Saugerties AYSO Region 595 - Home of Oskar's Tapers

About Us

The "Father of Saugerties Soccer", Oskar Benzenhoefer played as a youth in Germany, and brought his love of soccer with him to the U.S.  Oskar, who ran a painting and drywall business, formed a youth soccer team in 1972 and named it Oskar's Tapers. The kids would pile into his work van and travel around the area playing soccer games. Over time, Oskar help grow the program into a league involving hundreds of boys and girls from the Saugerties and surrounding areas. 

Sadly (and quite poetic), Oskar passed away on the opening day of  Fall season on  September 8, 2013. One of Oskar's grandsons was actually coaching that season and decided to still come to the game because  "it's what Opa would have wanted".  Oskar's legacy is a program that has seen thousands of children enjoy the beautiful game and all of its benefits at our idyllic location!  Many of his former players have carried on his spirit of volunteerism and dedication to the community and have coached in our league.

In 1987, Saugerties Soccer joined the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO), becoming Region #595.  

Most all of our games are played in one convenient location at our beautiful soccer complex located at the north end of Cantines Veterans Memorial Complex.   Click here for the field map.

For GPS, use the following address.

6 Small World Ave.
Saugerties, NY 12477

Some of the U10 and older teams do some local travel in the spring season.
 

AYSO is the biggest soccer club in the World with Nearly 900 Community Programs and 500,000 Players!

AYSO's mission is to develop and deliver quality youth soccer programs which promote a fun, family environment based on AYSO's Six Philosophies:

Everyone Plays®

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!

Balanced Teams 

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.

Open Registration

Our program is open to all children between 4 and 1 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.

Positive Coaching

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.

Good Sportsmanship

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.

Player Development

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.

Saugerties AYSO runs Fall and Spring seasons.  Professional trainers from Europe and/or Brazil run weekly training sessions aimed at developing the players' technical skills while teaching the coaches how to run quality sessions.  In addition, there is also an annual week long Summer Soccer Camp. 

In 2010, we implemented the AYSO Very Important Players (VIP) Program, 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 and carries our philosophy of "Everyone Plays" to new heights - giving everyone a chance to play. VIP helps more than just the players. "Buddies" (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 the joy of watching their children having fun while playing the beautiful game! 

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Saugerties AYSO 595

P.O. BOX 800 
Saugerties, New York 12477

Email Us: commissioner@saugertiesAYSO.org
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