Annual Meeting Back to Weds June 20th

We are sorry about all this confusion, but with renovations at the Town Hall, and a large meeting about the High School scheduled, we were bumped last minute from our assinged room. We were able to talk to the right people at Town Hall, and explained the issues with moving the date, and how it would violate our bylaws to delay the Annual Meeting from it's posted date, and they were nice enough to accommodate us in a room that is not usually used for community meetings.

So - the Annual Meeting will be held on Weds, June 20th, as originally posted, from 7-8:30pm. The location will be the Cafeteria of the Town Hall, located on the lower level. The easiest access to that room is via the right side of the building, down the ramp.

Please be prepared for the fact that the parking will be limited due to the High School meetings taking up the rest of the space in the Town Hall. They expect a heavy turnout.

Picture Night Dates Updated

Due to several conflicting events in town, Picture Night has been changed to Friday, June 1st, and Wednesday, June 6th.

Your coaches will be picking the specific date and time to report in the near future, but for now, save the date(s) and pick out your photo package now by visiting Lifetouch Sports Photography

Please communicate with your coaches for specific conflicts.

Coaches - the link for your sign up will go out shortly via TeamSnap email.

Donations Wanted - Cleats 4 Kids

Carol MacLeod and her family are, for the second year in a row, collecting new and gently used soccer equipment. Carol is a former board member, and active coach of a U12 and U14 team in town.

Please read the details below, and help support this cause if you can:

CLEATS 4 KIDS

Cleats 4 Kids is a program that accepts soccer equipment to be donated to young athletes in need so we can all play the game we love. We feel every child should have access to sports equipment.  However, there are many kids that cannot afford these items that we take for granted.  Sports build character and help develop a child’s confidence and we want to play a part in making a difference.  Soccer means a lot to us. The game has led us to great friendships and has taught us so many life lessons on and off the field. 

Our family has decided to initiate this program within BYSA and we would greatly appreciate all your support.  

We will be collecting gently used soccer equipment.

  • Equipment should not be ruined, torn or excessively dirty. Having used gear is better than no gear at all!
  • We will take anything a soccer player can use - jerseys, shorts, socks, cleats, balls, bags. Jerseys do not have to be in a complete set and it is ok if there are logos or numbers. 
  • Equipment will be shipped to Haiti and inner cities within the US.  
  • There is a drop off box located at 27 Moran Rd. Billerica. All donations can be left on the front porch in the bin. If there is no bin you may leave right on the porch.

Thank you for your support 

Caitlin, Amanda & Sara MacLeod

Please contact us at carolmac27@verizon.net with any questions.

Zero Tolerance Policy

Dear BYSA Parents:

This weekend, we had 2 incidents on the fields where parents/spectators became involved with referees during and/or after a game.

BYSA, Middlesex Soccer, and Mass Youth Soccer all have a Zero Tolerance policy towards spectators addressing referees, players, and other game officials in any way.

BYSA’s Zero Tolerance Policy can be located at https://www.billericasoccer.org/zero-tolerance-policy, and will be included below.

Bottom line: Under no circumstances are spectators to address game officials in any way before, during, or after a game. You are there to watch a kids game, officiated by (many times) kids themselves. Everyone on the field is there to learn - you are there to set a good example and cheer your player on.

Please also take the time to read this excellent article: https://www.soccerparenting.com/can-better-youth-soccer-referees-need-support-harassment/

ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY

The aim of Billerica Youth Soccer is to encourage and engage in athletic recreational soccer games that foster and promote the qualities of physical fitness, competitive and spirited team play, and good sportsmanship by providing soccer instruction to its member families and by making available to them opportunities to participate in team competition both on an intramural and competitive basis against teams from other communities. Our program depends upon volunteers from our member families and other local persons recognized as knowledgable in the rules and guidelines of the game of soccer in order to provide a rewarding and fulfilling experience to all the participants in our program. By providing a positive experience for all of our members our hope is to further the interest in soccer to all the participants in our program and promote personal growth through team play and good sportsmanship modeled by the coaches, players, families and directors of Billerica Youth Soccer. A zero tolerance policy towards violations of this intent is expected at every function that is sponsored by Billerica Youth Soccer. 

To clarify expectations of conduct, we jointly expect all coaches, players, member families, and visitors to conform to this Code of Conduct: 

  • Before, during and after the game, be an example of dignity, patience and positive spirit. 
  • Before a game, coaches introduce yourself to the opposing coaches and players. 
  • During the game, coaches are responsible for the sportsmanship of your players.  
  • During the game, coaches are responsible for the conduct of the parents of your players. Family members are expected to respect supporters of an opposing team. Do not allow them to engage in any conversation that is derogatory or insulting.  
  • Applaud and cheer for good plays by either team. Yelling at opposing players and the referee by member families or BYSA supporters will not be tolerated at any time.
  • Coaches, if you have an issue with the referee discuss it with him/her calmly and patiently after the game. Yelling at a referee will not be tolerated at any time. The referee is correct 100% of the time. 
  • If you have a major complaint, or if you think the referee was unfair, biased, unfit or incompetent, report your opinion to your League. Your reactions will be taken seriously if they are presented objectively and formally. 
  • After the game, thank the referee and ask your players to do the same. Member families are encouraged to congratulate both teams on a game well played. 

Coaches, players and member families who don't follow the expectations described above will be disciplined or removed from the field of play as deemed appropriate by a BYSA board member or by consensus of the BYSA board upon review of the incident.

BYSA Board of Directors