BAYS Travel Soccer

Newton Youth Soccer ("NYS") participates in BAYS, the Boston Area Youth Soccer League. BAYS is one of several regional leagues across Massachusetts that provide "travel" soccer, allowing teams from different towns to play one another. Each season, Newton fields about 40-50 teams from age U9 (under nine) through age U19 (under nineteen).

BAYS teams are organized by age groups depending on a player's date of birth. In the fall season, NYS has teams that compete in the following age groups: U9, U10, U11, U12, U14 (U14 includes U13) and a BAYS league for high school students in grades 9-12. In the spring, teams compete in all the same age groups as well as U16, U18, and U19. Within each age group, players are placed on teams based on a variety of factors including player performance at tryouts and player evaluations by IM or BAYS coaches from the previous season.

The 2015 spring BAYS season runs for ten weeks from April 11th to June 13th. BAYS games are played on Saturdays for U9 - U14 age groups.  The BAYS U16-U18 age groups play games on Sundays. Half of the games are played in Newton and the other half are played in nearby towns. The longest travel for an away game will be 45 minutes, but most away games will only be 15 to 30 minutes away. In addition to the weekly games, teams generally practice two times per week at a field in Newton. In the fall, teams typically compete in a tournament over Columbus Day Weekend and, in the spring, teams compete in a tournament over Memorial Day Weekend.

In the U9 and U10 age groups, teams compete in 6v6 soccer and team rosters have between 11 to 13 players. In the U11-U12 age groups, teams compete in 8v8 soccer and team rosters have between 12 to 14 players. In the U14-U19 age groups, teams compete in 11v11 soccer and team rosters have between 16 to 18 players. 

 BAYS 9-12 is a program for high school freshmen to seniors in the fall. There are seven games played between September and November. The 7x7-format games are played on Sunday afternoons. The program is open to any player of high school age, including those who play on high school teams and would like more soccer, and those who do not play on high school teams but would like to continue playing soccer. It is a great way to have fun playing the game you love, while keeping up your skills in preparation for the winter indoor season or the spring season.  If you have any questions regarding the 9-12 league, please contact

BAYS Tryouts:

BAYS tryouts for Newton Youth Soccer are held once a year in the spring for the U9 thru U14 age groups. Tryouts for the U16 thru U19 age groups happen in the late fall. The BAYS 9-12 high school players do not have tryouts.  Spring tryouts are typically scheduled in early June. Once these dates are confirmed, information will be posted on this website and the NYS registrar will send out tryout information to all families. In order to participate in tryouts, players need to officially register for the upcoming season on the NYS website.

Once registered, your child will receive a tryout time.  You will receive notice of this tryout time approximately 1 week prior to the tryout date. 

Due to the large number of players involved, NYS does not offer make-up tryouts. If your child has an unavoidable conflict, please speak with your current coach and Age Group Coordinator.

Age Groups for BAYS Travel

For BAYS Travel the players are separated into strict age groups - these are defined as U9, U10, U11, etc. - where the "U" stands for "under" as in a U9 player was under the age of 9 at a certain date.  U14 includes U13 and U14.  These date ranges are defined by BAYS below:

For U-19, U-18, U-16, U-14 (Div 1 & 2), U-12 (Div 1 or 2), U11 (Div. 1 or 2), U-10 (Div 1 or 2) and U-9 (Div 1 or 2)  all players must be under the specified age on July 31st preceding the start of the season.

For “Grade 8 or U-14 (Div 3 or 4)”,   “Grade 6 or U-12 (Div 3 or 4)”, “Grade 5 or U-11 (Div 3 or 4)”,  “Grade 4 or U-10 (Div 3 or 4)” & “Grade 3 or U-9 (Div 3 or 4)” all players on a roster shall be under the specified age on July 31st preceding the start of the season or if in the grade specified and not more than one year older.  For example a U-11 eligible age player in the fourth grade may play in “Grade 4 or U-10 (Div 3 or 4)” while a U-12 eligible aged player in the fourth grade may not.

In compliance with US Youth Soccer and Massachusetts Youth Soccer requirements no exceptions will be approved to permit players older than the specified age to play in any age group except that:

  1. An age exception may be granted under bylaw 3 (ADA waivers);
  2. For the fall season only, the Competition Committee may grant an age waiver (at the request of a town only) to a U-15 age Grade 8 player to play on a U-14 Division 1 or 2 team.
  3. A player having a waiver under section 5A  that is on a team that transfers, during the season, into a division that does not allow age waivers, may remain on the roster and continue with the team for the remainder of the playing season. See section 6D for more details.
  4. U8 and younger players are not permitted on BAYS teams unless in the third grade.  They may play in U9 (or U10 if the club does not offer U9) only.
There are situations where a child's birthdate falls outside the ranges for the age group associated with their school grade.  In these cases there are exceptions allowed for the player to play with his/her school grade as an exception as long as they do not play in division 1 or 2.  When registering your child there is an option to identify your child who fits this criteria and we will move them to the appropriate group.