Club Registrars or Club Presidents must apply for a player-specific waiver if a player on one of their organization's teams:
- Does not reside, have a parent/guardian reside, or go to or has gone to school in the submitting town
- Additional waiver requirements exist for non-BAYS league towns
- Requests to play on a Division 1 team also have separate waiver requirements
- Is older than the stated grade-specific age range*
- Is in a higher grade than the BAYS playing grade group requested (This is only in existence for the rest of Spring 2021 and then not available)
- Plays on a team that exceeds the stated grade-specific roster size limits
- Qualifies for an Americans with Disabilities Act accommodation
*The approved BAYS Grade and Age Groupings for the current soccer year can be found here: https://www.bays.org/content/grade-age-groupings-current-soccer-year
The player’s approved waiver number, which is assigned by BAYS and provided to the Club Registrar, must be listed on the official team roster, which then has to be submitted and approved by the appropriate the Division Director through the Roster Managment system, BEFORE the player can play.
Towns are strongly urged to apply for waivers as soon as they are aware that the need exists. In order to ensure that all waiver requests are processed in time for players to be eligible for the first game of the season, see the submission due dates below:
Submission Due Dates
Submission due before the start of the first game.
NOTE: Late submissions will be considered but may not be processed with enough time for the player to play in the first game of the season. Some waivers, especially those relating to MTOC-eligible teams, require additional consideration that may increase the time needed for the approval process.
Waiver Application Process
Club Registrars and Club Presidents are the only individuals able to submit a waiver application at their Waivers—>Waiver Application online menu after logging into the BAYS website. All required information, depending on the waiver type, must be included.
A list of existing waivers carried over from the fall and still valid for the next Spring season can be found at Waivers—>Club Waiver Management. If you want to see a complete list of waivers for any prior season, just change the season at the top left of this page.
Waiver Decision Process
The waiver decision process is a multistep process:
- Registrar/Club Presidents determines the need for a player waiver and submits a waiver application online. Waiver submission is confirmed with a green banner on the top of the screen.
- The waiver application is electronically routed to the BAYS Waiver Directors
- A BAYS Waiver Director evaluates each waiver application:
- If needed, the Waiver Director will contact the submitter to clarify incomplete information.
- Depending on the type, some waivers can be automatically approved, while others may need to be routed for additional review and consideration by the BAYS Placement Committee per the BAYS Bylaws.
- Waivers remain Pending until a Waiver Director updates the waiver status to one of the following:
- Incomplete Information
A status change will generate a BAYS Waiver Status Change notification email to the submitter. The submitter can view the current waiver status, by logging into BAYS.org and using the Waivers->Club Waiver Management menu functionality.
If a waiver has been approved, you will be able to see the assigned waiver number to list on the team roster. If denied, the waiver decision is appealable to the BAYS Board of Directors and then to Mass Youth Soccer.
Effective Time Period
Waivers may be granted for a single season, either fall (F) or spring (S), or be granted for an entire soccer year (A). However, all waivers expire at the end of the soccer year (spring season) and MUST be reapplied for in the next soccer year (fall season), even if the conditions underlying the waiver request have not changed.
Interleague Waivers (Massachusetts Residents Only)
Interleague waivers are REQUIRED for ALL PLAYERS who live in a non-BAYS town and extra steps are necessary. See the online Waiver Application for detailed instructions. This process has been revised so please review the instructions carefully.
There are two tracks within Interleague waivers, each with a different process and requirements. Both tracks now START with the submission of an online BAYS Waiver Application.
- Players who want to play on an MTOC eligible team (Div. 1 and Div. 2 in Grades 6 and above, except Div. 2 Grade 12)
- Players who want to play on a Non-MTOC eligible team (All divisions for Grades 3, 4, 5, and 9/12 7v7; Div. 3 and Div 4 for Grades 6 and 8; Div. 2 Grade 12)
Some useful contact information for non-BAYS towns/leagues can be found at the MYSA website: www.mayouthsoccer.org click on the "About/Affiliated Leagues" and select the League of interest. Each league page has links to the towns that it serves.
Interleague player transfers onto MTOC-eligible rosters are not permitted (are “frozen”) after April 30 of the seasonal soccer year.
Interleague Waivers (non-Massachusetts Residents)
There are three categories to consider, Resident of U.S. States with reciprocal relationship with Mass Youth Soccer, Resident of U.S. States without reciprocal relationship with Mass Youth Soccer, and International players.
Contact Mass Youth Soccer for a list of those states with reciprocal relationships. At the time of this writing, all six New England states have reciprocal relationships.
For a resident of a state with a reciprocal relationship, the player is treated as if they were a resident of a BAYS town. The club needs to secure a waiver based one of the BAYS Residency bylaws. The player is then affiliated with Mass Youth Soccer along with all the players. The player does not register with the state of residence.
For a resident of a state without a reciprocal relationship, the player first needs to register with the state of residence and fill out the transfer form from that state and submit to Mass Youth Soccer for processing. Once the interstate transfer is complete, the club may apply for a BAYS residency waiver. The receiving club still needs to affiliate the player with Mass Youth Soccer.
For international players, USSF rules require an international release. In practice, since the highest level of competition for BAYS is MTOC which is entirely within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Mass Youth does not require BAYS to seek International clearance. For details about players without a U.S. birth certificate, click here: https://www.bays.org/content/international-waivers