Masks Still a BAYS Requirement

As you may know, the CDC has eased mask guidelines for vaccinated people and Governor Baker is relaxing the outdoor mask order in Massachusetts. As of April 30, Mass Youth Soccer is awaiting specific guidance from the State about how this policy change will impact current COVID-19 guidelines for youth sports and spectators.

What does this mean to you?

COVID Resources and Modifications Spring 2021

The safety of our communities is our main concern. Every player, coach, referee, and spectator is required to adhere to all published guidelines and protocols, including all revisions made available, from the federal, state, or local government, as well as MA Youth Soccer, MSRC, BAYS, and town soccer organizations.

Spring 2021 brings us almost back to how we played and administered the game pre-pandemic.  For the Spring season, there have been a relaxation of many of the stringent protocols put in place for the fall season. The current season modifications are summarized below.

Spring 2021 Key Dates for Planning

Spring 2021

Celebration of Soccer

The Spring 2021 Season should continue to be about celebrating the kids playing the game, more than strictly results.

Season Requirements, Modifications, Guidance

BAYS and each BAYS organization is responsible for following the regulations and guidance of the following entities in structuring and playing in the Spring 2021 season

  • Massachusetts Youth Soccer 

Laws of the Game Change Summary - 2020

On July 1, 2019 amendments to the Laws of the Game (LOTG) were introduced by IFAB and adopted by FIFA. 

Beginning with the Spring 2020 season, BAYS is adopting the LOTG amendments, with some BAYS modifications as noted. Referees will be expected to understand the current LOTG and to apply them in the matches they officiate. Coaches should also familiarize themselves with these new laws.

Fall 2019 BAYS Sportsmanship Awards

Fall 2019 BAYS Sportsmanship Award


The Concord-Carlyle Monarchs boys’ grade 4 team, coached by Jeff Furman and assisted by Kevin Neijstrom and Matt Kilmartin has been selected to receive the Fall 2019 Sportsmanship Award.  

It should be noted that the team was recognized for demonstrating outstanding sportsmanship throughout the season and that all of the coaches were recognized for emphasizing sportsmanship during their previous coaching seasons as well.

Since the tone is set at the top, Jeff is to be congratulated for setting the proper example for his staff, parents and players every season.  He is a credit to his town organization as well as to BAYS in general.

Nominations can be submitted by referees and opposing coaches this season for teams that exhibit examples of outstanding sportsmanship. The deadline to submit nominations for the Spring 2020 season will be announced once the season start date is confirmed.
After considering all of the submissions, and investigating the comments received, the committee will select the team(s) to receive the Spring 2020 BAYS Sportsmanship Award.  
It should be noted that to be nominated teams should demonstrate outstanding sportsmanship throughout the season and that both coaches’ and parents’ conduct should be considered as well.
In order to submit a nomination, please click on the link along the left margin of the home page labeled “team sportsmanship nomination” and complete the form you will be taken to.

Steve Smoller
Chairman, BAYS Sportsmanship Award Committee