President's Message

Vice President's Message

Registrar's Message

Gr3-8 BAYS Spring Season starts Sat, April 8 for 10 consecutive weeks inc Mem Day weekend. Gr10-12 Sun April 23, 7 game w/o Mem Day


Scott Baetz here from the Web Development Team.  We have an URGENT request.

If you have ever subscribed to a team calendar please delete those subscriptions.  We need our membership to delete the calendar entries for prior seasons.  

Why Delete Those?

Currently receive as many as 100 requests per second from our membership from teams that are no longer active.  This places a huge demand upon our server, costs additional funds for traffic, and frankly reduces the performance to this web site.

There is no industry method to FORCE these deletions otherwise we wouldn't ask for your involvement.

How do I delete my calendar?

If you google "Delete Calendar Subscription on [my device]" you will get great answers.

Proposed By-Law changes Passed at AGM 11/9

The Ratification of By-laws passed by the BAYS Board of Directors was confirmed at the AGM. Click here for a copy of the By-law changes.

Changes To The Laws of The Game – Delayed Implementation

The 2016-2017 version of the Laws of the Game reflect what has been described as the most comprehensive revision of the Laws in 130 years. Those changes take time to digest. The “summary” is 65 pages. BAYS has voted not to implement those changes until the Spring 2017 season which will provide the Massachusetts State Referee Committee an opportunity to educate referees on the latest changes during their winter referee recertification classes. The 2015-2016 version of the Laws will be used until then. So, sorry, no backward kickoffs until the spring.

Grade 8 Div 1 & 2 Roster Limit Increase

The current rulebook lists 18 as the maximum roster size for Grade 8 Division 1 and 2 for both the Fall and Spring Seasons.  This was based on the MTOC rule of 18 maximum.  After the BAYS Rulebook was published, the Leagues Committee (which sets the rules for MTOC) made a change to align the rules for Grade 8 with Grade 10 and 12.  

Grade 8 teams now may carry a roster of up to 22 at MTOC with 18 players eligible for each game.

BAYS intends to adopt the new rule at the October AGM.  For this Fall, waivers will still be required for players 19-22 will be automatically granted by the Competition Committee.  Waivers for players in excess of 22 will be reviewed and voted on by the Competition Committee.

BAYS New Grade & Age Groupings for Fall 2016 - Spring 2017

BAYS’ programs have changed in response to the recent US Soccer mandates.  The old U9, U10, U11, etc. have been replaced with Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, etc.  More details can be found here.

Click here for the BAYS Grade/Age Group calculator.

Heading Rule Changes Effective NOW

As a result of the United States Soccer Federation’s Recognize to Recover initiative, BAYS has adopted the following heading rules:

Heading in Games:     Heading will be prohibited in U12 and younger games.

Heading in Practice:    Heading will be limited in practice for players age 11-13 to a maximum of 30 minutes per week with no more than 15-20 headers per player, per week.

The following playing rule will be in effect in all U12 and younger games:

In U12 and younger play, if in the opinion of the referee, a player deliberately heads or attempts to head the ball, an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team.  If that deliberate header or attempt to head occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick will be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred.  If, in the opinion of the referee, a player does not deliberately head or attempt to head the ball, then play should continue.

Saturday Game Times

Click here for the BAYS standard game times.

BAYS expects girls' games to start before noon and boys' games after noon.

Permission must be obtained from the section division director for exemptions.

Game Summary for Referees, Coaches and Parents

Several parents, coaches and referees have expressed frustration at being able to find BAYS-specific rule without having to wade through the rule-book, one by one.  Following is a summary of BAYS-specific rules which can also be found under the Referee tab.  For pdf version click here.

Revised: 2016-08-09


Fall & Spring  Spring Only Fall Only
Grade 3 & 4 Grade 5 & 6 Grade 8 Grade 10 Grade 12 High School
Format 7v7 9v9 11v11 11v11 11v11 7v7
Time 2 x 30 min 2 x 30 min 2 x 35 min 2 x 40 min 2 x 45 min 2 x 30 min
Heading No (attempted or actual) - IFK for team not in violation  Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ball Size #4 #4 #5 #5 #5 #5
Off-Side no yes yes yes yes yes
Penalty Mark 8 yds 10 yds 12 yds 12 yds 12 yds 12 yds
Referee Fee $25 $35 $45 $55 $65 $50
AR Fee n/a n/a $25 $35 $40 n/a
Players Needed to Start 6 7 8 8 7 6
Players Needed to Continue 5 6 7 7 7 5

Max Roster

(For those with limits - can be increased with waivers)


Grade 6 Div 1 & 2: 16

Grade 6 Div 3 & 4: N/A

Grade 5: N/A

Div 1 & 2: 18

Note: moving to 22 Spr 2017

Div 3 & 4: 22

22 22  N/A
Player Cards Never Spring: Grade 6 Div 1 & 2 Spring: Div 1 & 2 Div 1 & 2  All No
If required, player passcards must be in color and resemble the player but do not need a current season sticker
Substitutions With the permission of the referee
  • * after a goal, prior to a goal kick, prior to the start of the 2nd half - unlimited both teams
  • * on a throw-in - the team with possession may sub unlimited and if they choose to sub then the defending team may sub unlimited
  • * if an injured player(s) are substituted, then the opposing team may sub on a 1 for 1 basis
  • * after a caution, the offending player must leave the field and cannot return until the next substitution opportunity; a substitution is allowed (but not required) for the carded player
  •      - a team who is already at the minimum number of players needed to continue play may temporarily play at below the minimum
  • * any player that is bleeding must be substituted immediately and may return only when bandaged; bloody uniforms may not be worn
Rosters Two (2) printed copies (one for the referee, one for the opponent) and signed by the coach; electronic versions are not valid. All rosters must be typed/printed with no hand-written additions except for jersey numbers. The referee is not responsible for ascertaining the roster size or eligibility of players 
Coaches & Coaches Cards

All adults on the sideline (to a maximum of three) must have a USYSA coaches card (in color) with current season BAYS sticker.  Adults on the coach sideline need not be on the roster

All adults on the sideline must stay within the technical area (if marked) and if not marked within an area designated by the referee.

Equipment Casts (even if padded) and jewelry (including earrings) of any kind (except for medical bracelets) are not allowed. All other equipment is at the discretion of the referee


Grade 3 & 4 Rules

Goal Kick: defenders must retreat to the half-line, but the opposing team may kick before all defenders have retreated.

On a PK all players except the kicker and the goalkeeper must be on the kickers defensive side of the half-line.

On a goal kick or goalkeeper save, the resulting punt or throw must touch a player or the ground in the goalkeeper's defensive half of the field; - if the ball lands or is touched first in the kicking teams offensive half the defending team will be awarded an indirect free kick from the half-line

Zero Tolerance Coaches may only address the referee to request a substitution or to direct attention to an unsafe condition (e.g. player injury, lightning). Spectators may only address the referee to direct attention to an unsafe condition.
  1. minor violations should result in a warning to the offending adult
  2. repeated and/or more serious behavior should result in a caution to the offending adult
  3. extreme, violent or additional violations subsequent to a caution should result in an ejection of the offender who must leave the game area
Game Reporting All referees (including AR's) must fill out an on-line game report by Nov.30 for the fall and June 30 for the spring in order to be paid. A narrative must be provided in any instance where a serious injury has occurred, where a player, coach or spectator has been ejected or where any partipant's behavior has been given a zero tolerance rating of "2" or "3".

Fall 2016 Sportsmanship Award Winner







The Fall 2016 Award Winner is pictured above.  The Spring 2017 nominatiopns will open up once the season begins.


While BAYS expects all of its members to practice good sportsmanship as a general rule, we believe examples of outstanding sportsmanship should be recognized and rewarded.

Accordingly, BAYS has established a Sportsmanship Award which is presented to those teams that have been nominated and subsequently selected by the sportsmanship award committee to receive the award.  Teams that earn the award receive special T shirts and a team picture is posted on the BAYS website in recognition of this honor.

Nominations were received from referees and opposing coaches this season and there were a number of teams that exhibited examples of outstanding sportsmanship.

After considering all of the submissions, and having investigated the comments received, the committee has selected the Natick boys’ grade 7/8 team, coached by Robert Bauer, assisted by Kevin Johnson and Jeannette Christensen to receive the Fall 2016 BAYS Sportsmanship Award.  

It should be noted that the team was recognized for demonstrating outstanding sportsmanship throughout the season and that the coaches were recognized for emphasizing sportsmanship during their previous coaching seasons as well.

How to Update Town Officials and Coaches

Please review your members and fix any discrepancies.

Please make sure the correct people are listed as the Registrar, President, Boys & Girls Directors, Referee & Field Schedulers.

Go to the Organization menu and choose Update Members. Please remove the registrar role for those that are not current.