To All BCYSL Members,

I hope this finds everyone well and enjoying the additional time with their families.
On behalf of the Berkshire County Youth Soccer League Board of Directors, I unfortunately need to announce the cancellation of our spring schedule. After much consideration and numerous meetings with the Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association (MYSA) and with other league presidents across the state, it has become clear that this decision is in the best interest of the wellness of all players, coaches, referees, families and spectators. With the recent announcement from Governor Baker about the closing of school for the remainder of the year and with many local agencies closing fields, it makes the most sense at this stage to cancel our spring schedule. After a discussion with MYSA this past Saturday morning, it is apparent that we may still be weeks, if not months, away from a return to regular soccer activities.

The BCYSL board is committed to help find a way to get players back on the field as soon as it is safe and regulations allow for it. We will continue to work with MYSA and other leagues to provide potential playing options as bans are lifted. The MYSA website provides frequent updates on the evolving situation with the Coronavirus, and they also provide number of resources for players, parents, coaches and referees while we continue to live in a remote environment. Each club will be responsible for reaching out to their membership with information on reimbursement for the spring season.

On a side note, due to school closings and delays in receiving transcripts. The BCYSL has extended its deadline for 2020 scholarships, open to any high school senior, to June 1. Application forms can be found on the league website.

Matt Naventi
BCYSL President
2020/2021 Age Chart

To determine your age group, find your Year of Birth across the top and then scroll down that column until you are at your Grade in School.

Posted Mar 13, 2020

BCYSL is following all Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association recommendations regarding the coronavirus.

Up-to-date recommendations can be found on the MYSA website.

Posted Feb 17, 2016


On all goal kicks and goalkeeper possession the opposing team must retreat to the midfield line.  Once the ball is put into play by the keeper and is touched by a teammate the retreating team may cross the midfield line to defend.

There is no punting or drop kicking allowed by the keeper.

Coaches and referees are to support and remind the players to retreat behind the midfield line.  The goal keeper may choose to put the ball back into play quickly before the players have retreated to midfield.  
The match official has the right to stop and restart play for any infractions or violations of the spirit of the rule.



The BCYSL board had a discussion with Mass Youth Soccer.  Heading is NOT PERMITTED in U10 OR U12 games.  For a violation, an indirect free kick is awarded to the non-offending team.  If a defending player heads the ball in the penalty area, the result is still an indirect free kick - NOT a penalty kick.



View field dimensions and layouts for all age divisions by click the link below:

2016 Field Layout & Dimensions



No team is to win by more than a goal differential of 7. 

If score differential reaches 5:
U10/U12/U14 – team with the lead must remove 1 player from the field. A Player may return once the goal differential reaches 4.

If score differential reaches 7:
U10 – nothing additional

U12/U14 – team with the lead must remove a 2nd player. A player may return once the goal differential reaches 6.

 Suggestions for Keeping Scores Under Control


MYSA Insurance Information

MYSA Practice Plans



MANDATORY Concussion Training for ALL TC's, Coaches, Asst. Coaches & Volunteers!
Posted Apr 25, 2018

To all BCYSL Town Coordinators, Coaches and Assistant Coaches and Volunteers:

After recent meetings with officials from the Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association (MYSA) it has come to our attention that all coaches are required to take a concussion training course for the safety of all players.

MYSA has recommended two potential avenues for coaches to receive training, both offered as free online training courses. 

NFHS Concussion Course - requires a username and password, but is easy to use and user-friendly.  Your completed online certificate is saved by the NFHS.

CDC Concussion Course - does not require a login, is easy to use and user-friendly.  Does not save your completed online certificate.

When the course is completed the online certificate should be saved by the coach.

U.S. Soccer Connect and Blue Star have announced the ability to upload these certificates into their system for coaches.  It is the responsibility of all BCYSL clubs to ensure that all coaches are up to date with this training and to collect or manage completed certificates.  

BCYSL reserves the right request concussion certificates or an updated concussion report from any club at any point during the season.

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