Dorchester Youth Soccer. Boston, Dorchester, Roxbury,

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The Fall 2018 Travel League Season will begin in September.  The travel league will run for 10 consecutive weeks, including Columbus Day weekend. Season ends in November 2018.

Dorchester Travel Soccer is for children who are able to participate in a more competitive soccer environment. It's the next step up from the House League, and thus there is a greater commitment level with both practice frequency and the need to travel to other communities five times during each season.  The travel teams participate in a town league known as the Boston Area Youth Soccer League (BAYS),where they play other travel teams from towns in the Boston metro area.   

Grade 3-8 play two seasons (Spring and Fall). Each season consisting of 10 games.

Grade 9-12 play only one season (Spring) consisting of 7 games.  

Each age group is split into multiple divisions - Division 1 being the most competitive, Division 2 less so, and so on.  Each division is further broken down into a number of Sections based on strength and number of teams registered. 

Grade 6-12 Division 1 and 2 teams that win their sections in the Spring season are eligible to compete in BAYs league playoffs, and if they prevail they advance on to the state wide Massachusetts Tournament of Champions (MTOC).

The cost for the travel program is $75 per season.  Additional costs include the purchase of a uniform (~$40). 


The new Grade/Age groupings that will be used commencing with the fall 2016 season are shown in the following list along with the grade and date of birth criteria used to determine player eligibility.

Grade 3 (formerly U9) 3rd Grade AND born on or after 1/1/2007

Grade 4 (formerly U10) 4th Grade or Lower AND born on or after 1/1/2008

Grade 5 (formerly U11) 5th Grade or Lower AND born on or after 1/1/2007

Grade 6 (formerly U12) 6th Grade or Lower AND born on or after 1/1/2006

Grade 8 (formerly U14) 8th Grade or Lower AND born on or after 1/1/2004

Grade 10 (formerly U16) 10th Grade or Lower AND born on or after 1/1/2002

Grade 12 (formerly U18) 12th Grade or Lower AND born on or after 1/1/12000

Without waivers, players must meet both criteria in order to be eligible for a program. For example, a player in the 6th grade born January 2, 2005 is eligible for the Grade 6 program because he meets both the grade and date of birth requirements. A player in the 6th grade but born on December 30, 2004 must play in the Grade 8 program because he does not meet the date of birth requirement for the Grade 6 program.

Additional considerations:

• The BAYS Grade 2 Policy (formerly BAYS U-8 policy) provides that in Fall 2016/Spring 2017 (a) players born on or after 1/1/2008 may not play on a BAYS team unless they are in the third grade (or higher), and (b) children born on or after 1/1/2009 may not play on a BAYS team no matter what grade they are in.

• The BAYS Board has voted to establish a “Grade-Down” waiver that will permit players in a higher grade to “play down” with their age group. For example, a player in the 8th grade who was born January 4, 2004, wouldn’t be able to play with similarly-aged children (who commonly will be in Grade 6) because of the player’s advanced academic standing. The Grade-Down waiver, which will be an automatic waiver, will allow the player to play with other children of the same age and physical development. This waiver will be valid for all levels of play.

• The BAYS Board has voted to establish a Grade-Appropriate Older Player discretionary waiver which will permit older players to play with their classmates. A player that meets the grade requirement but is older than the age requirement (for example, a grade 6 student born on or after 1/1/2003, may apply for this discretionary waiver to play in grade 6 even though the player does not meet the age requirement). This waiver will require the approval of the BAYS Competition Committee and is valid for any level of play



Game Summary for Referees, Coaches and Parents

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.

Revised: 2015-08-17 Fall & Spring  Spring Only Fall Only
U9/U10 U11/U12 U14 U16 U18/19 High School
Format 6v6 8v8 11v11 11v11 11v11 7v7
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
Ball Size #4 #4 #5 #5 #5 #5
Off-Side no yes yes yes yes yes
Penalty Mark 8 yds 10 yds 12 yds 12 yds 12 yds 12 yds
Referee Fee $20 $30 $40 $55 $65 $50
AR Fee n/a n/a $20 $35 $40 n/a
Players Needed to Start 5 6 8 8 7 6
Players Needed to Continue 4 5 7 7 7 5
Player Cards Never Spring: U12 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
  • * after a goal, prior to a goal kick, prior to the start of the 2nd half - unlimited both teams
  • * on a throw-in - the team with possession may sub unlimited and if they choose to sub then the defending team may sub unlimited
  • * if an injured player(s) are substituted, then the opposing team may sub on a 1 for 1 basis
  • * after a caution, the offending player must leave the field and cannot return until the next substitution opportunity; a substitution is allowed (but not required) for the carded player
  •      - a team who is already at the minimum number of players needed to continue play may temporarily play at below the minimum
  • * any player that is bleeding must be substituted immediately and may return only when bandaged; bloody uniforms may not be worn
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
Special U9/U10 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.
  1. minor violations should result in a warning to the offending adult
  2. repeated and/or more serious behavior should result in a caution to the offending adult
  3. extreme, violent or additional violations subsequent to a caution should result in an ejection of the offender who must leave the game area
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".


Important Rule Changes:

Division 1 and 2 will continue to be age based per USSF (United States Soccer Federation) with rare exceptions, while Division 3 and 4 player participants will be inclusive "grade or age based". This means that older players in your child's grade may be playing on your child's team or the opponent's team. Please review the changes in by-law 5 Age Groups

There are two important BAYS rules changes from the Spring that coaches need to be aware of:

  1.  Each team is allowed not more than three coaches or adults on the players' side of the field.
  2.  All adults/coaches on the players' side of the field must have their coach's passcard in their possession and must present it to the referee prior to the start of the game.

Any adult or coach unable to present a valid coach's pass card may not participate in the game as a coach and may not remain on the player's side of the field during the game. As always, all coaches pass cards must be laminated and have a current season BAYS sticker.

Heading Rule Changes Effective NOW

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.

CONTACTS: DYS is looking to expand the number

of travel teams.  If your child is interested in playing travel soccer or you are interested in coaching please contact one of the below people:

Girls Travel Coordinator:
Lisa Jackson

Boys Travel Coordinator
Lisa Jackson



Leslie Candy
Mark Hegarty