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.
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.
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.
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.
|Fall & Spring||Spring Only||Fall Only|
|Grade 3 & 4||Grade 5 & 6||Grade 8||Grade 10||Grade 12||High School|
|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|
|Penalty Mark||8 yds||10 yds||12 yds||12 yds||12 yds||12 yds|
|Players Needed to Start||6||7||8||8||7||6|
|Players Needed to Continue||5||6||7||7||7||5|
(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
|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
|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.
|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".|
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.
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.
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. .