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2016 President's Cup

The BAYS President's Cup Competition concluded at the Wheelock School Fields in Medfield.  Congratulations to all of the teams who played in the finals.


Age Group/Division Champion Score Finalist
GU-11 Div 1 Framingham Flyers 4-3 Newton Strikers
GU-11 Div 2 Newton Golden Eagles 6-2 Newton Fire
GU-11 Div 3 Wellesley 3-2 Natick
BU-11 Div 1 Needham Force 4-3 Milton Wanderers
BU-11 Div 2 Parkway Blue 4-3 Acton-Boxboro United
BU-11 Div 3 Mansfield Hornets 1-0 Dedham Fury
GU-12 Div 3 Wayland Raiders 2-1 Millis
BU-12 Div 3 Ashland Revolution 3-1 Watertown Wolverines
GU-14 Div 3 Parkway 3-1 Franklin
BU-14 Div 3 Ashland 2-1 Milford-Hopedale

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.

Bays Sportsmanship Award – Spring 2016

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 will be 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 will receive special T shirts and a team picture will be posted on the BAYS website in recognition of this honor.  The Fall 2015 award recipients are pictured on this page.

Nominations can be submitted by referees and opposing coaches this season for teams that exhibit examples of outstanding sportsmanship. The deadline to submit nominations is 5 pm, Sunday, June 19, 2016.

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.

For this spring, 2016, we expect 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.

Revised: 2016-03-22 Fall & Spring  Spring Only Fall Only
U9/U10 U11/U12 U14 U16 U18/19 High School
Format 6v6 8v8 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 5 6 8 8 7 6
Players Needed to Continue 4 5 7 7 7 5
Player Cards Never Spring: U12 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
Special U9/U10 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".

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.

Security Message to Referees

Click here for the IRS rules for independent contractors.

"If you’ve made the determination that the person you’re paying is an independent contractor, the first step is to have the contractor complete Form W-9 (PDF), Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification. This form can be used to request the correct name and Taxpayer Identification Number, or TIN, of the worker. A TIN may be either a Social Security Number (SSN), or an Employer Identification Number (EIN). The W-9 (PDF) should be kept in your files for four years for future reference in case of any questions from the worker or the IRS."

The rules require that we have the social security for all referees. We are requiring all referees to enter their social secuity number before any payments are made. The entry field is encrypted and will only be used if a referee earns $600 or more in a calendar year.

If a referee does not want to enter this information, the alternative is to download this W-9 form, fill it in and mail it to:

BAYS Referee Reporting, PO Box 536, Dover, MA 02030.

Once it has been verified, the referee may file online game reports.

Form W-9

BAYS Mandatory Concussion policy- Updated with Additional Link

BAYS now requires that all coaches complete mandatory concussion training prior to coaching in BAYS. This training can be done in the home on any computer. It will take 20 to 30 minutes to complete.  The certification is good for 3 years in BAYS and then must be retaken.

At the end of the training session there will be a list of questions you need to answer and when you are done a certificate will pop up. You type in your name and save the pdf file or you can print it. It is probably wise to do both. Note: once you log out your information will NOT be saved at the CDC site but be saved if you register and use the NFHS website. Registrars will be expected to have these certificates in hand before allowing a coach or assistant to work with their team.

Click here for the link to CDC concussion training.

Click here for the link to the National Federation of State High Scool Associations. Requires registration. .