Parents/Players

New to BYSA? Check out the links under the Information Center for important information and helpful hints to make the season a success for you and your player.

New to soccer? Check out our Soccer 101 section in the Information Center!

We are always looking for coaches, especially between the Pre-K to U8 programs. Consider volunteering - it's fun, rewarding, and you get to spend even more time with your children, doing something fun!

BYSA offers the following programs each season*:

Instructional ProGRAM:

Our Instructional Program welcomes children in the following age brackets:

  • Coed Preschool (Born 8/1/13-7/31/14)
  • Coed Pre-Kindergarten (Born 8/1/12-7/31/13)
  • Coed Kindergarten (Born 8/1/11-7/31/12)

Intramural Program

Our Intramural Program welcomes kids in the following age brackets:

  • Grade 1/2 (U8) Boys/Girls
  • Grade 3/4/5 (U11) Boys/Girls
  • Grade 6/7/8 (U14) Co-ed

Travel Programs

Our Travel Programs place players via tryouts (held in May/June) into the following brackets to compete in the Middlesex Youth Soccer League:

  • Grade 3/4 (U10) Boys/Girls
  • Grade 5/6 (U12) Boys/Girls
  • Grade 7/8 (U14) Boys/Girls

Information Center

General Registration Information

BYSA follows a modified version of the US Soccer Birth Year mandate for grouping players.

BYSA uses August 1st as the cut off date when determining divisions - the same date Billerica Public Schools uses for grade divisions, ensuring that your player will play with their peers.

* Programs run based on minimum enrollments, so not all programs will run every season.

What you'll need

One of the reasons soccer is the most popular sport in the world is it's low entry price - at it's most basic level, if you have a ball, you can play!

To fully participate in BYSA soccer, we recommend the following:

Pre-K through U8

  • Size 3 soccer ball
  • Shin Pads
  • *Sneakers 

U10 - U12

  • Size 4 soccer ball
  • Shin Pads
  • Soccer cleats

U-14 - Adult

  • Size 5 soccer ball
  • Shin Pads
  • Soccer cleats

In addition to the basics above, consider the following depending on the time of day, weather, etc.:

  • Water
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellant
  • Post practice/game snack
  • Appropriate clothing for the conditions

BYSA provides a game kit for all players that may include a shirt, shorts, and socks, depending on the age level. See the FAQ section for more information.

 

*At these ages, soccer cleats are optional. and the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons recommend kids this young should not wear cleats due to undeveloped knee and ankle joints. As your player grows and progresses to full soccer cleats, an excellent alternative are soccer shoes made for artificial turf - they have smaller studs that provide excellent traction, but do not "stick in" as much, reducing the risk of twisting injuries.

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    Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q)

    When are games played? 

    Most games are played on Saturday, but a few games or divisions play on Sunday, due to field restrictions.

    When is practice? 

    U4-U6: Teams practice half hour before game time on Saturday.
    U8: One practice per week. Day and time chosen by coach.
    In-town U11 : One practice per week. Day and time chosen by coach.
    In-town U14 Coed: One practice per week. Day and time chosen by coach
    All in-town practices are held on the same field as games are played on (except U14 Coed). 

    U10, U12 & U14 travel teams : Practices at the VVP. Day and time chosen by coach. 

    What do I wear? 

    No jewelry allowed, including earrings. All jewelry must be removed before play. NOTE: Earrings of any kind (including studs) are not allowed. Please be advised NOT to have ears pierced close to or during the soccer season. 

    U4-U6: Uniforms are provided for all players at the beginning of the season. This shirt is to be worn at all games. Shin guards and socks to cover them must be worn.  Sneakers are fine at this age. Long-sleeved shirts/light jackets are allowed, but team T-shirt must be worn over them. Long, lightweight pants are allowed in cooler weather. 

    U8, U11, and U14 Coed In-Town: Uniforms are provided at the beginning of the season. Shin guards and socks to cover them must be worn. Long-sleeved shirts/light jackets are allowed, but uniform must be worn over them. Long, lightweight pants are allowed in cooler weather. 

    All travel teams: Shin guards and socks to cover them are mandatory. Soccer cleats are required (no metal cleats). Players must purchase a BYSA uniform that is to be worn at all games. For ordering, contact the Equipment Coordinator. Altering the uniforms in any manner (ie. putting names on) is not allowed by BYSA . 

    What do I bring to practice/games? 

    All players should try to bring their own ball to practice (size 3 for U8, size 4 for U10, U11, and U12, size 5 for U14 and up) and should bring an appropriate amount of drink according to weather. Shin guards must be worn along with socks to cover them. Sneakers or soccer cleats, and comfortable shirt and shorts are to be worn. Non-soccer cleats are not allowed.

    How can I register? 

    You can register on-line using a credit card from the button at the top of this page, as long as registration is still open. If you cannot do this, registration forms are available. Forms are to be mailed to the address on the registration form, along with the appropriate registration fee. Make checks payable to BYSA. 

    When will I hear from a coach? 

    As soon as possible before the start of the season. Check the website for updates. 

    Who do I contact if I have a question? 

    If you have a question, ask your child's coach. For further information, feel free to contact the appropriate person on the board. A complete list is provided under the About BYSA menu.

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