Revised: May 8, 2016
The ASC is a member of BAYS (Boston Area Youth Soccer), a youth league fielding over 1,500 teams from 53 eastern Massachusetts cities and towns. The ASC fields over 55 travel teams every season and is one of the largest town programs in BAYS. Our BAYS teams schedules, records, and coaching staff can be viewed here.
ASC BAYS Teams
Teams in this program are comprised of players of equivalent skill and compete against similar teams from other towns. The schedule consists of 10 games per season starting in early September for fall and early April for spring. ASC teams play five of their BAYS games in Arlington and five at the opposing teams’ fields.
The ASC fields travel teams for Grade 3 (former U9) through Grade 8 (former U14) for both the fall and spring seasons, as well as teams for Grade 9 through Grade 12 (former U16 and U18) for the spring season. Effective with the fall 2016 season, teams are based on grade as a primary requirement, with age as a secondary requirement. Grade 8 teams are a combination of 7th and 8th graders.
We field as many teams as necessary to roster all 5th through 8th grade players who register by our deadlines, with no more than two teams in all age groups selected at tryouts and all remaining players assigned to teams. The ASC reserves the right to limit Grade 3 (former U9) and Grade 4 (former U10) travel teams to one team per age group and gender based on age-group enrollment. The great majority our 3rd and 4th grade players compete in our vibrant intown league against other Arlington teams
BAYS teams practice twice a week, scheduled by the associated coach before the season starts. Players are required to attend a minimum of one practice per week, and ideally, two, though we do accommodate players with scheduling conflicts who can only make one practice per week.
Standings and Tournaments
While standings are kept for both seasons, the fall season is for player and team development, and standings are only for purposes of spring placement. The spring season is the competitive season and all spring season section winners in Grade 5 and older win trophies (Grade 5 and Grade 6) or T-shirts (Grade 8 and older).
For the spring season only, teams placed in Division 1 and 2 for Grade 6 (former U12) through Grade 10 (former U16) and Division 1 Grade 12 (former U18) qualify for the BAYS playoffs for the right to represent BAYS at the Massachusetts Tournament of Champions (MTOC) against teams from the other nine town-based leagues in Massachusetts. Grade 6 (former U12) and Grade 8 (former U14) teams playing the spring season in Division 3 can also choose to enter the BAYS President Cup, where they compete against other BAYS towns in a knock-out style tournament. In compliance with the Mass Youth Soccer policies on non-results oriented play for teams playing Grade 4 (former U10) or younger, all Grade 3 (former U9) and Grade 4 (former U10) players competing in BAYS receive participation medals at the end of the spring season.
For more information on BAYS, go to http://www.bays.org/