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Hello Braintree Youth Soccer Families,

I am writing today to provide an update on the Fall 2020 season of Braintree Youth soccer.

On July 24, 2020, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs has amended the Safety and Reopening Standards for Business and other Entities Providing Youth and Adult Amateur Sports Activities – Phase III, Step 1.

Soccer is now classified in the Moderate Risk Sport category, member organizations are permitted to participate in Level 1, 2 and 3 type of play.

Type of Play: The following types of play are defined by level from least to greatest risk.

Level 1: Individual or socially distanced group activities (no-contact workouts, aerobic conditioning, individual skill work, and drills)

Level 2: Competitive Practices (Intra-team/group games, contact drills and scrimmages)

Level 3: Competitions (Inter-team games, meets, matches, races, etc.)

Level 4: Tournaments (Outdoor only) NOT PERMITTED IN PHASE III, STEP 1

Even though this news is exciting for soccer, we cannot stress enough the importance of the responsibilities we have to our children and all families involved in our sport for their health, safety and wellbeing. This is a privilege we have been given and we must stay true to our word that we will follow the CDC, State DPH, US Soccer and local guidelines in all that we do.


  • Braintree Youth Soccer opened registration for the Fall 2020 season on 7/1/20
  • To register for the Fall 2020 season visit:
  • Braintree Youth Soccer will close registration on 8/23/20
  • ALL PLAYERS MUST BE REGISTERED BY 8/23/20 @ 11:59 pm

Refund Policy:

  • If the season does not start due to an infectious disease outbreak or additional changes to the Commonwealth Reopening Plan, refunds will be given to all registrants in full
  • If the season starts as scheduled on 9/19/20, there will be no refunds given

2020 Spring Soccer Registration Credit:

  • As stated in the previous email, credits will be applied to the players account once their current Fall 2020/Spring 2021 registration is verified
    • Fall Registrations are verified between 8/23/20 and 9/12/20
    • Spring Registrations are verified between 10/1/20 and 10/30/20
  • Also stated in the previous email:
    • Fall 2020 registrants will receive credit to their account by 9/30/20
    • Spring 2021 registrants only will receive credit to their account by 11/30/20

New Safety Protocols/Measures for BYS Fall 2020 season:

Braintree Youth Soccer is governed by Massachusetts Youth Soccer and adheres to all guidelines set forth by US Youth Soccer and Massachusetts Youth Soccer. Massachusetts Youth Soccer has implemented safety standards for all Massachusetts soccer programs regarding COVID 19 (except High School, MIAA). Braintree Youth Soccer is also currently working with Braintree Department of Parks and Recreation as well as the Braintree Board of Health to ensure that we are in compliance with our town requirements for safety measures regarding COVID 19.

  • BYS will assign a COVID 19 Safety Officer to comply with MA Youth Soccer standards
  • All visitors to any soccer complex (East, South, Thayer, etc.) must wear a mask or neck gator
  • All spectators must remain wearing face protection for their entire visit to the complex
  • Players may remove their mask once they are on the playing surface but must wear their mask when on the sideline
  • Players that choose to wear a mask during game play:
    • Masks must be of the type that hooks behind the ears
    • Neck gators and masks that hook in the back of the head are NOT allowed
      • This is deemed unsafe equipment by MA Youth Soccer
  • ALL coaches, staff, referees and directors must wear a mask and maintain social distancing at all times. This includes during active coaching and instruction.
  • Referees will use electronic whistles to ensure face mask stays on and no saliva is spit in the air
  • Parents will self-certify their child is not ill or injured prior to each game, however, BYS has the authority to not allow a player to participate if they appear very ill or injured
  • For this season only, spectators will be allowed to sit 6’ behind the goal line, on each side of the goal from the goal box outer line to the corner flag
    • This will allow for social distancing and maintaining 6’ between spectators
    • Spectators will still NOT be allowed on the player’s sideline
  • BYS will have hand sanitizer available in various locations throughout each complex
  • BYS will have signage to remind parents, coaches, volunteers and players to wear masks, practice proper hygiene and maintain 6’ of social distancing
  • Contact tracing/attendance must be taken at all Braintree Youth Soccer sanctioned/insured events for ALL players AND coaches.
    • Referees will disinfect these soccer balls and introduce a clean soccer ball for game play

Game Modifications:

  • Coaches
    • Must wear a mask/neck gator at all times
    • Must stay in the coach’s box at all times
    • Must maintain 6’ – 10’ of social distancing from all players at all times
      • Except upon injury to a player
    • Must fill out a roster of all players and coaches in attendance at each game
      • Roster copies will be provided to coaches by BYS
      • Coaches must hand rosters to referees by half time with attendance noted
    • Must carry BYS provided hand sanitizer for proper disinfecting of player hands during gameplay as needed and at completion.
  • Referees
    • Must wear a mask/neck gator at all times
    • Must practice proper hygiene and social distancing at all times
      • Except upon injury to a player
    • Responsible for disinfecting soccer balls after each game
    • Must use an electronic whistle
    • Must return rosters from each game to designated location at each facility
  • Players/Gameplay
    • No throw ins
      • Any ball passing over the touch line will result in an indirect free kick
      • Eliminates field players from touching soccer ball with their hands
    • Modified corner kicks
      • Specific rule modifications to come per division
      • Eliminates crowding in the penalty box/goal box
    • Goal Keepers
      • No shared gloves
      • All players wishing to play goal keeper must bring their own gloves
      • If using bare hands, properly sanitize upon leaving the field for substitutions, half time or full time
    • Scheduling
      • Game durations will remain the same
      • More time will be added to field time slots to allow for warm up/practice prior to each game (except micro soccer, K-1 which will remain the same)
      • Players and spectators must NOT arrive more than 5 minutes prior to the scheduled time slot
      • Players and spectators must leave the complex promptly following each game and not loiter at the fields

Massachusetts Youth Soccer:

  • Braintree Youth Soccer is governed and insured by Massachusetts Youth Soccer
  • Massachusetts Youth Soccer guidelines and resources can be found at
  • Massachusetts Youth Soccer COVID 19 guidelines and protocols can be found at
    • The webinar at the bottom of this link is a little lengthy, but extremely informative and may answer any questions you may have regarding soccer and return to play

Braintree Youth Soccer E-Board and Board of Directors have been busy contacting unregistered players from last season, confirming coaches, securing safety supplies, securing uniforms and many more tasks to hopefully provide another memorable season of Braintree Youth Soccer for all of the players. As this email was extremely long, I would like to reiterate a few key points:

In closing, I would like to reassure you that Braintree Youth Soccer is working with MA Youth Soccer and the Town of Braintree to make sure that all involved in Braintree Youth Soccer activities have the safest and most enjoyable experience possible. I look forward to seeing many of you on the pitch this fall and am eager to start the Fall 2020 season of Braintree Youth Soccer.

Thank you.

Mike Norton

Braintree Youth Soccer, President

(Updated 8/11/2020)

Welcome to 2020 Fall Soccer registration. This is a town-based recreational league for boys and girls in grades K-8 who reside in or attend school in Braintree. The goal of the league is to promote the game of Soccer and to allow everyone to enjoy the game and have fun.

2020 Fall BYS Prices

1st Family Member $90.00

2nd Family Member $55.00

3rd Family Member $30.00

Family Max $175.00

*All players must be registered together at the same time to receive the family discount! Discount applied at checkout*

**New this year**: The pay by check option has been eliminated- You must pay in full via credit card at the time of registration!

The league is organized into boys and girls divisions by grade. This allows the players to be grouped with others of similar skill level and size, ensuring fairness of play. The divisions are

  • B-K (Boys Kindergarten), G-K (Girls Kindergarten), B-1st Grade, G-1st Grade, B-2, G-2, B-3, G-3, B-4, G-4.
  • Grades 5/6 and 7/8 are combined into B-5/6, G-5/6, B-7/8 and G-7/8.
  • We also offer a High School Division for any High Schoolers who are not playing HS soccer and wish to continue their BYS experience.

The format for the Kindergarten and 1st Grade Divisions is Micro Soccer. This is played on a small field with only 4 players per side, allowing all players an opportunity to touch the ball as much as possible. Games are fast moving and free flowing.

The 2nd, 3rd and 4th Grade Divisions play on medium sized fields with small goals. At this level traditional soccer rules are applied, positional play becomes important and boundaries are enforced.

The 5/6 Grade Divisions and 7/8 Grade Divisions play on larger (5/6) and full-size (7/8) regulation fields. Some of these games even occur at night. This is the big leagues, with a draft, standings and play-offs.

Play begins on the first Saturday after Labor Day in September for all grades. The season ends at the end of October / beginning of November for Divisions K-4, and early- to mid-November for Divisions with play-offs.

All games are played on Saturday at either East Middle School or Thayer Academy South Athletic Complex. A few evening games are played at Braintree High School for players in 5/6 or 7/8 grade Divisions.

A coach will contact you in late August with information regarding your team and schedule.

Practices are scheduled at the coaches discretion.

Volunteers are needed!

Please consider volunteering as a coach, assistant coach, director or field crew! You don't need to be a soccer expert to coach - and, we pay for your training!

Attention High School Students:

Do you miss BYS? Do you still want to play rec soccer? If you are not playing on a high school team then join our HS division. Games are on Saturday mornings at South Middle School-no practices, just games. We began this division in 2015 and had a blast! Watch for more info in the fall...

Please Note -

When registering, please make sure that all account information is correct - email, phone, address. This is where we get your contact info from. If your account has incorrect/old contact information then we will not be able to contact you!

Any questions please email

(Updated 7/3/2020)

Eighth Grade Night - 2019!

Fall Soccer Reminder: No Earrings

Parents - here is your annual reminder to avoid getting your player's ears pierced for the beginning of the school year. No earrings or jewelry of any kind may be worn (exception: jewelry expressing a medical condition). No, you may not tape over the earrings; they must be removed in order to play.

Also: Footwear

For safety reasons please wear only soccer shoes, or sneakers.

Per BYS Rule of Play / Section 2.4 Equipment:

  • 2.4.8 ONLY soccer style footwear will be allowed during the games. “Soccer” footwear consists of soft toed footwear with rubber style cleats, indoor type soccer footwear or tennis shoes/sneakers. NO football, baseball, or any footwear that has a cleat in the middle of the front toe box area. NO METAL cleats will be allowed.

Ned Wilson, our unofficial mascot, has gone to chase rabbits in heaven. He was part of the BYS family for 14 years and the happiest and friendliest member of BYS. We will miss him always.

Parking at East Middle School

There will be continued challenges due to construction at East this year. We would like to thank everyone in advance for their help with all listed below:

  • Please be courteous to our neighbors
  • There is only one vehicular entrance to the East fields this season (gate next to the gymnasium) which means there is only one way to get an emergency vehicle onto the fields if necessary. Please respect the coned off areas in the East parking lot and make sure there is enough room for an emergency vehicle to get through. This is a major safety concern for the Town of Braintree and Braintree Youth Soccer.
  • Police detail/patrol will be hired for the first 4 weeks of the season, violations will be handed out as they see fit
  • Gates will be open at Marshall Street and Greenhouse Way – drop off area will be coned off
  • Cones will line Marshall Street and Greenhouse Way at driveways to prevent encroachment
  • Cones will also line the two islands at Greenhouse Way
  • The Town of Braintree and Braintree Youth Soccer are asking that families carpool as much as possible. Overflow parking/park and ride option is Braintree Council on Aging, located at 71 Cleveland Avenue, Braintree. The town has given us the go ahead to park on Penniman Field if the lined spots are all taken.
  • One option: park at the Braintree Council on Aging, stop by MaryL**'s and pick up an iced coffee, then enjoy a nice leisurely walk to the fields!

East Middle School Fields

In case of inclement weather, be sure to check the BYS Web Site

The primary goals of Braintree Youth Soccer are to foster, encourage and educate the youth of Braintree in the sport of soccer. We provide the opportunity for the youth of Braintree to develop and participate in recreational activity in order to instill in all young people the ideals of good sportsmanship, loyalty and courage

Source: BYS Articles of Organization

All coaches, referees, parents, spectators, and most importantly, players are expected to encourage and promote sportsmanship.

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