Fall 2020 Key Dates for Planning

The BAYS Fall Scenario Planning Task Force came together several times (virtually) as a diverse group from many different towns and holding a variety of roles and viewpoints including Club Presidents, Registrars, Referee Assignors, Field Schedulers, and BAYS Representatives.

Mike Shepard: North Attleboro 
Desmond Doyle: Mansfield
Richard Swallow: Northboro
Sandy Moore: Sudbury
David Gordon: Natick
Sara Osborn: Weston
Lauree Eckler: Concord Carlisle
Nikki Taylor: Bedford
Evelyn Somers: BAYS/Westwood
Tony Loftis: BAYS/Wayland

Canceling BAYS Spring 2020 Schedule

Hello All Town Presidents, Treasurers, Registrars, Travel Directors, and Referee Assignors,

It is with great reluctance that I share this news. Based on Governor Charlie Baker’s decision to close Massachusetts schools through June, the Boston Area Youth Soccer League’s Board of Directors has decided to cancel its Spring 2020 schedule.

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