General Program Information
The MYS travel program begins in 3rd grade and continues through 8th grade. The purpose of this program is to continue to develop player skills while providing an opportunity to play at a more competitive level. Players are placed on teams with other players that have a similar level of abilities and teams are placed in league divisions with other teams from Massachusetts that are at a comparable level. Games are on Saturday in the Fall and Spring and requires traveling to other towns in Massachusetts. Teams practice 1 or 2 nights a week, based on the coaches discretion.
Below is an overview of the Travel Program. Any further questions may be directed to our Travel Committee via email.
Our travel program is associated with Massachusetts Youth Soccer (MYSA) and we participate in the BAYS League (Boston Area Youth Soccer, Inc.).
Evaluations and Team Placement
Each year travel teams are announced in the summer before the Fall season and mid-March before the Spring season. The number of teams is determined based on the number of registrations in each age group. Teams are formed by placing players of similar ability together. This is determined based on three sources of information: Blind Evaluations, Coach Evaluations and Game Evaluations. More detailed information on the evaluation process can be found here.
Team placement into BAYS is determined by the BAYS placement committee and is based on recommendations by the Travel Committee and historic team data/records where available. Mid-season swaps are an option if a team is determined to be in the wrong division.
Game Guidelines, Rules and Expectations
This section of our Travel page answers questions like: what is the game schedule? What is the length of games for my player’s age group? What are the rules and expectations for my player?
- Travel Uniform which consists of a Jersey, Socks and Shorts. You must have a number assigned to you by the Equipment Director to purchase a Travel Uniform.
- Shin pads
- Sneakers or Cleats (Cleats are not required, but are recommended and cannot be metal.)
- Appropriate size Soccer Ball (labeled with your name)
- Water Bottle (labeled with your name)
- NO jewelry is allowed including bracelets, necklaces and earrings
- Soft hair accessories ONLY
You must have a number assigned to you by the Equipment Director to purchase a Travel Uniform. Visit our Uniform and Apparel page for ordering information and link.
Travel Schedules & Commitments
The MYS travel program is played in the Fall and the Spring. Typically, the first game of the Fall season is the Saturday after Labor Day and the first game of the Spring season is the first or second Saturday in April. The BAYS league runs for 10 weeks.
Travel Teams may also participate in tournaments. Typically, teams will participate in the MYS Columbus Cup over Columbus Day Weekend (open to all grades and all divisions).
Teams in Grades 5 – 8 are also eligible to participate in season ending tournaments in the Spring:
- President’s Cup (BAYS Sponsored Tournament)
- Grades 5: All divisions
- Grade 6 – 8: Division 3
- Massachusetts Tournament of Champions (Mass Youth Soccer Sponsored)
- Grades 6 -8: Divisions 1 & 2
If you are interesting in becoming a Travel Coach or an Assistant Coach, please visit the link above for more detailed information. Travel Coaches MUST submit a request to be considered for a coaching position. All volunteers much complete the CORI background check and required training.