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Berkshire Hills Youth Soccer Club

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BHYSC SPRING 2022 TRAVEL DATES

ONLINE REGISTRATION:    Fall 2022 TRAVEL SEASON

OPEN:  June 29,  2022

DEADLINE: JULY 31, 2022


SEASON:

7-8 Game Season

BCYSL Games Schedule Runs

August 15   to   November 31st
      

Out of State Players

Out of State Registration:  Any dual state resident should register for Berkshire Hills Soccer using their Massachusetts address.  Those with out of state residences will need to register as an independent player with their state association in addition to registering for Berkshire Hills and submit either the completed registration form or receipt to [email protected].

BCYSL TRAVEL LEAGUE with COVID-19



Please note with COVID-19,
the Travel Soccer Program with BCYSL may NOT be the same as past seasons.

Participation in Travel Soccer  with COVID-19 may not be the right fit for every family.

We ask that each family review carefully the information shared on our COVID-19 page.

Please know we are available to answer your questions and concerns.

[email protected]


BHYSC is following all EEA and MYSA guidelines.


TRAVEL LEAGUE

TRAVEL League is for players 8 to 18 year old (Grades 2nd - 8th). All TRAVEL players must live or attend a school in the towns of Great Barrington, Stockbridge, West Stockbridge, Richmond or Lee to be eligible for BHYSC travel teams.

If you do not live or attend a school in the towns listed above, you must inquiry and play for the town club for which you reside.

TRAVEL League offers both a FALL and SPRING season. TRAVEL teams practice 2 times per week and play in 1 weekly game, mainly on Saturday or Sunday. A typical season lasts 8-10 weeks with ~8 games on the season schedule.

BHYSC TRAVEL teams play in the Berkshire County Youth Soccer League (BCYSL), traveling throughout the county for games. (Williamstown to Sheffield) This offers players a more intensive experience of practice and matches with other youth clubs.

The travel team is a serious commitment and we ask that all players who sign up make the commitment to the extra time and work that goes into the travel team experience. Depending on the number of players that sign up, the BHYSC Board will make the final decisions about team rosters, the creation of additional teams, and team tryouts, in order to insure the best possible experience for all players.  Please make sure that you sign your child up for the appropriate age group.  Failure to do so could jeopardize the opportunity to play.  

Berkshire Hills Youth Soccer Club has a zero-refund policy.  If a child decides not to play after rosters are due to the league refunds will not be issued.

The fee for BHYSC TRAVEL League players is $135 / per child for the Fall 2021 Season.

Discounts are made available for families with multiple children during the online registration process.

It is the mission of the Berkshire Hills Youth Soccer Club to give every child the opportunity to participate. If the player fee posts a financial hardship for your family, financial assistance is available. Please email: [email protected].

The entire BHYSC is run by volunteers.
If you are interested in volunteering, please email: [email protected].

Travel Team Structure

Explanation of Travel Team Structure

The Berkshire Hills Youth Soccer board is responsible for organizing players on rosters in each age division into appropriately placed teams within the Berkshire County Youth Soccer League each season.  There are often a variety of decisions that need to be made about team placement.  The many variables we face each season make it difficult to have a set structure to place teams appropriately.  The board takes considerable time each season in placing players while trying to accommodate many family requests.  None of the rostering decisions can be made until registration is complete, the board knows the total number of players in each age group, and the league determines how each division will be organized.  Additionally, the board needs to recruit volunteers to help with all aspects of club partially based on the number of teams that we will enter into the league.  Outlined below are some general guidelines that the board uses to make informed decisions on how teams are placed.

Grade 3/4 (U10) – If there are enough players to enter multiple teams at the U10 level, teams are most often divided evenly by grade level and ability.  The Berkshire Hills board is then responsible for entering the approximate ability of the team and submitting it to the league for proper placement within the U10 division.  This is an attempt by the league to avoid too many lopsided games.  Lopsided games will still occur but the frequency is intended to be reduced. 

Grade 5/6 (U12) – Historically this is the age group that has the most variables.  The league often has an ‘A’ division (or MTOC division) and a ‘B’ division (or BCup division).  If there is only one Berkshire Hills teams to enter into the age group, the decision is simply what division they are entered in.  With multiple teams at this age group several decisions need to be made on how they are entered.  There have been cases when Berkshire Hills has entered multiple ‘A’ teams or multiple ‘B’ teams.  Many seasons an ‘A’ team is entered as well as a ‘B’ team.  In some cases numbers work out to have 6th grade players together on the ‘A’ team and 5th grade players on the ‘B’ team.  In seasons where this does not work, board members and coaches from previous seasons evaluate the registered players and determine rosters for that season.  The majority of the time the board and coaches know the player pool well enough to make informed decision about the rosters for that season.  In some exceptions, a one-time tryout has been used to answer questions to help make decisions.  A one-time tryout in most cases is not an effective method for team determination. 

Grade 7/8 (U14) – Over the last couple of seasons the league only has one division for the U14 level.  With a couple of exceptions, Berkshire Hills has only had the player pool to enter one team into the division.  In the event that multiple teams are entered decisions are made similar to the U12 age group.

Contact

Berkshire Hills Youth Soccer Club
PO Box 632 
Great Barrington, Massachusetts 01230

Email: [email protected]

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