Fall 2020 Planning Assumptions - BAYS 4th Grade and older

Walpole Youth Soccer participates in the BAYS league (Boston Area Youth Soccer). Below is a summary of the plans for the Fall 2020 BAYS season.

Go/No Go Overall
For guidance about playing the fall season, BAYS will look to the same sources used to decide the spring season. The Fall season will not start unless all these sources agree that it is safe for children to play outdoor, inter-town sports this fall:

Massachusetts Youth Soccer
Status of schools
Centers for Disease Control & Mass. Department of Health
Federal and state authorities
MIAA – controls high school sports

Season Length/Structure
We decided to plan for a 10 game season structured as normal with tiered divisions and sections
Compress the placement process to push out the date towns needs to register teams by to give towns more time up front to register players given ongoing uncertainties - SEE Key Date Options below
Assume that placements may not be as granular given potential for no/limited player evaluations - SWAP flexibility will be key

Team Registration Open 3-8
7/15 - 8/14

Initial Placement Development 3-8
8/17-8/20

Town Placement Change Requests 3-8
8/20-8/24

General Placement Meeting/FALL INVOICE PAYMENTS Postmarked
8/26

Final Placements Posted
8/27

Fall Schedule Posted Grade 3-8
8/31

Mass Youth Affiliation PAYMENTS DUE for new Insurance binder
8/31

Start of Fall 2020 for Grades 3-8
9/12 ***NOTE - BAYS Grade 4 and older age groups season start has been postponed until 9/19 due to recent health guideline changes***

Approach if Shorter Season is needed:
• 1 or 2 weeks - Make up games during the season - will be hard with expected EEE threat restricting weekday makeups after dusk
• 3+ weeks - Cancel game weeks from 10 week published schedule