The U12, U14, U16, U18 and U19 teams are travelling teams that participate in the Essex County Youth Soccer League (ECYSA).
For the travel teams, the level of competition is determined by the team’s strength. The U12 and up teams have Division 1, 2 and 3 (with Division 1 being the most competitive teams). This is created to best establish good competition that will foster player development and team development.
For the U12 and above travel teams: The Fall season is a building season with no playoffs, where all players should get a chance to try different positions. The Spring season could result in the team going to the Essex county playoffs, typically played at Pingree. The top 2 teams in each group go to the playoffs. Div. 1 and Div. 2 playoff winners go to the state tournament, sponsored by MYSA (Mass. Youth Soccer Assoc.) and is typically played Lancaster MA.
BYSA asks all parents and friends attending the games to cheer all good plays by both teams, to not be yelling instructions to the players on the field (that’s the coach’s job to teach them what to do) and to be good sports and respect all players and referees on the field (this means no yelling at players or at referees). To help facilitate this, all non team members must stand on the opposite side of the field from the team during the game. All parents and friends should know that spectator misconduct may result in game suspension, termination and eventual forfeiture (per FIFA Law V). BYSA and Essex County Youth Soccer have a zero tolerance policy toward negative comments or threats towards players or referees on the field.