Mid-Season Swaps Explained

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The following document is an explanation of the mid-season swap process and contains all the text below.


Information for City/Town Organizations Regarding



The BAYS team placement process results in appropriate placements for the vast majority of teams.  However, despite the fact that BAYS has a placement system that is heavily based on the judgment, input and evaluation of teams by those who know them best – the town organizations – there are times when a team is significantly misplaced.  For those teams, BAYS has a mid-season swap process designed to offer relief to the most seriously misplaced teams.


How Does the Process Work?


BAYS Division Directors monitor the competitive results in their assigned sections.  After the third week of competition they begin to review the results to determine if there are any teams that may have been seriously misplaced.  If any teams are identified, the Division Director then examines the sections above and below that team’s section to determine if there are any obvious swap partners.  In most cases, swaps are initiated by BAYS.  However, a town organization’s President or Travel Director may also contact the Division Director or appropriate BAYS Vice President to request that a team be moved. 


Once a team has been identified as a swap candidate, the Division Director will attempt to determine whether a swap is needed or warranted.  The Division Director may review competitive play with the Section Captain, discuss the possibility of a move with the team coach and the town’s President or Travel Director, and also try to identify a “swap partner."  For every team that is moved down, a team must be moved up.  A swap cannot be made unless an appropriate swap partner can be found. 


Swaps are kept as simple as possible.  Most involve two teams swapping sections.  On occasion, BAYS may approve a three-team swap.  All swaps must be approved by the appropriate BAYS Vice President.


The following BAYS Vice Presidents approve and implement the swaps:

     The Second Vice President oversees U12 and above Divisions 1 and 2

     The Third Vice President oversees U12 and above Divisions 3 and 4 

         The Fourth Vice President oversees U9 to U11, all Divisions 


When Do Swaps Take Place?


Conceivably, a swap could occur at almost any time during the season.  However, the vast majority are scheduled to be effective in week 6 of the playing season. 


Are All Teams Eligible to be “Swapped?”


Again, this process is only intended to provide relief for the most seriously misplaced teams.  BAYS will not engage in wholesale modifications to team section assignments except under the most extreme circumstances.  BAYS rarely moves teams in U12 & U14 Divisions 1 and 2, which are MTOC-eligible sections.


What if I think my Team Needs a Section Change? 


If your team is seriously misplaced, you should first contact your town organization’s President and/or Travel Director.  Swap requests that are initiated by a team will not be recognized unless they are approved and submitted by the town organization.  The President and/or Travel Director should then contact your BAYS Division Director to request a swap.


What if BAYS has asked my Team to Swap with Another, but We’d Prefer to Stay in our Current Section?


Teams that are contacted to participate in a swap should carefully consider the request being made.  A change in your competitive section may be good for the players, accelerate their growth and increase their enjoyment of the game.  It also may allow you to make a better decision about their placement for the next competitive season.  BAYS tries to craft swaps where both teams agree to the change.  However, while you may certainly indicate that you would rather not make the change, you may not refuse to make the change if your Division Director indicates that it will be made.  All section assignments are made by BAYS, and it reserves the right to change a team’s section assignment where it believes that the change will enhance competitive play.  BAYS’ decision in this matter is final. 


What Should I do if my Team is Part of a Swap?


First, any games that you were originally scheduled to play prior to the effective date of the swap must be completed even if they have been postponed to a date after the swap’s effective date.  Generally, this means that your team will complete its games scheduled for weeks 1-5 in its “old” section and will play the week 6-10 schedule in its “new” section.  Similarly, games from the team’s “old” section that were originally scheduled to be played after the swap effective date but preponed to a date before the effective date (for example, games scheduled for Columbus Day and Memorial Day weekends that you have agreed to prepone so that your team may play in a tournament) are no longer part of your schedule and do not need to be played.  Second, you should immediately contact all teams in your new section, confirm your game schedule and provide your contact information, including cell phone numbers and email address.  Make sure that your contact information published on the BAYS website is correct.  You should let your new opponents know how field closures are decided and communicated in your town.  Third, confirm your new schedule with your town organization and confirm that you’ll have the field and referee assignments that you need.


We’ve Been Asked to Participate in a Spring Season Swap, but my Team is Leading its Section.  Will the Team Still Receive End-of-Season Awards? 


Awards are only given to section-winning teams during the spring season – none are given during the fall.  If your team is asked to move during the spring and on the effective date of the swap it is leading its original section, the team will still receive the awards (tee shirts or trophies) that it would have received had it remained in and won its original section.  Contact the Division Director of your original section by June 1 to confirm arrangements for the shipment of your team’s awards.


If We’ve Won or Lost All of Our Games, Does That Mean That We’ll be Moved?


Winning or losing your first five games, or having a very positive or negative goal differential, alone, is not enough to make your team a swap candidate.  Division Directors recognize that swaps are disruptive and will take all factors into consideration before suggesting that a team be moved.  The swap process is not intended to benefit teams looking to fine tune their section assignments.  It’s designed to provide relief for completely overwhelmed teams and to move those select teams that are completely overwhelming everyone else in their section.


When is a Team Swap “Official?”


Swaps are “official” when the updates/swaps are reflected on the BAYS website.  Contact your Division Director if you have been informed that the swap has been approved but it is not shown on the BAYS website.


How Will I Receive Notice that the Swap has been Approved?


Generally, swap approvals are communicated to the involved coaches, club officers and other Division Directors by the Division Director who is most directly involved in the swap.  Once the appropriate BAYS Vice President approves the swap request, notice should be sent by the BAYS website to the impacted coaches, their Section Captains and their town field and referee assignors.  If in doubt, contact the Division Directors for your old and new sections.



Last Edit 11-Sept-2013

Maura Doyle 4th VP