September 2018 BCYSL Newsletter
Posted Sep 26, 2018

Just For Kicks Newsletter

September 2018


MYSA Play, Practice, Play:

For any coach interested in some practice ideas.  The Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association has practice plans available for individual sessions and for planning an entire season.  Practice Plans from MYSA 


MYSA Workshop Weekend:

For coaches and club administrations interested in coaching education and club development ideas MYSA is holding a workshop weekend on January 25-27.  An outline of the workshop from last year and updates on the events for this year can be found by visiting the MYSA website.


Grassroots Coaching Course:

MYSA is willing to come to Berkshire County over the winter to run a grassroots coaching course.  If this is of interest to you, please reach out to your town board.  If there is enough interest the BCYSL board will schedule a date for the course with MYSA and organize details for everyone interested.


Pregame Fair Play Pledge Reminder:

The BCYSL started a pregame procedure in the spring.  Players or coaches from the home team read the statement to all of the fans prior to a game as a reminder to everyone to support fair play and the spirit of the game.  This statement should be read prior to each BCYSL game at all levels. 


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



BCYSL August 2018 Newsletter
Just For Kicks Newsletter - August 2018

MYSA Roadshow – Tuesday, August 28 at 6:30 pm at the Lenox Community Center.

MYSA is coming to the Berkshires for an informational meeting as part of other BCYSL events that evening. All BCYSL and Town Club board members are asked to attend. All coaches and other volunteers are also welcome to attend.

Topics for discussion will include:
· Update on Mass Youth Soccer Initiatives, Programs and Events
· Soccer Education Programs (Coach, Player, Referee)
· Understanding US Soccer’s Player Development Initiatives
· Risk Management
· Registrar and CORI Submitter duties

The BCYSL coaches meeting will take place prior to the MYSA meeting at 5:30 pm at the Lenox Community Center. The TC reschedule meeting will take place at 8:30 pm at the same location.

The BCYSL coaches meeting agenda is posted at the end of the newsletter.

Local Tournament Action: Please check out the following websites to register and support our local soccer tournaments.

Berkshire Kickoff Classic –

Monument Cup 3v3 Tournament –

Dalton Just for Kicks Tournament -


1. Welcome and introductions
2. 9/8 is the first game date. Coaches were encouraged to check school calendars (graduations), plays, trips, etc. Changes after the coaches meeting are subject to league fines.
3. U10 Rule Change – Build out rule at midfield.
4. Peter Harrison – Blue Star/Stack Sports Updates
5. Clubs should Update Blue Star/Stack Sports with their contact information such as cell numbers and emails...important for questions and cancellations
6. Anthony Pedolzky – Referee Assignor Updates. New Referees. Referee assessment. Referee contact information is available as soon as referee accepts game.
7. Nigel Gayle – Head Referee Updates. Rule changes. Weather conditions... please be aware of procedure. No casts or any hardware. Coaches must wear MYSA credentials.
8. New coaching cards, new pregame requirements to help with ZTP, MTOC credentials.
9. Rosters changes. Make sure that notification has been made before the game...penalties may be assessed if not done properly. Players can be guest rostered at the beginning of the season to avoid last minute scrambling.
10. Coaches only 3 coaches on sideline at a time, all must be listed on the roster.
11. Last play date 11/4/18

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.

Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 Age Chart
Posted Jul 20, 2017

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.

Letter to All Participants within BCYSL
January 20, 2018

To all Town Coordinators, Coaches, and those who volunteer for the BCYSL,

We hope this letter finds you in good spirits and health as the next Berkshire County youth soccer season is in our sights. We want to extend our sincere gratitude to you for volunteering in your community and helping to support the mission of youth sports. We believe that youth sports, and soccer in particular, present both short term and lifelong benefits to players, families, and also volunteers. Programs like ours rely on volunteers and count on the valuable assets that they offer to their communities.

As a board reflecting on the fall 2017 youth soccer season, we feel that the objectives of the BCYSL are becoming less visible. We want to assist in making the objectives and the mission of the BCYSL easily observable in each practice session and game in which our young players, coaches, referees, and families participate. Our hope is to help each club take a closer look at the objectives of the BCYSL and promote a better understanding of the goals that youth soccer in Berkshire County should aim to attain.

Everyone involved in the BCYSL volunteers because we love the game of soccer, and we see its benefits to all who participate. We must remember that many will continue to play the sport we all appreciate and some will eventually move on to other interests and passions. Therefore, we need to understand that the lessons they will take with them are not only based on “foot position on the ball” or what “off-sides” is, but more significantly based on the deeper lessons of fair play, teamwork, commitment, learning to compete, and how human relationships work. It is important to teach the skills and strategy of the game, and it is important to thrive on competition and success, as well as to learn from losses and mistakes. These lessons are important because they help us put the puzzle of life together; they help us to grow and prosper as humans and citizens and workers and students. Coaches are key in helping players grow and prosper from young individuals into well-rounded athletes. We must all understand that all our BCYSL coaches are volunteers that face the monumental task of teaching lessons and instilling values around sportsmanship, teamwork, and fair play that are the pillars to a successful community. This is a responsibility that we also welcome when we volunteer.

In closing, we as an organization in partnership with you, hope to become transparent with the goals and objectives of the BCYL as we look to enhance athlete development and grow our programs. We hope that these goals of teamwork, fair play, growth and development, education about and appreciation for the game of soccer, and most importantly joy in what we do as part of this game, become obvious and evident in all who watch soccer in Berkshire County. Please join us in this challenge and share this statement or your own version of the sentiment of it with your club’s volunteers and families.
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