On July 17, 2018, MHYSA board voted on changes to our intown soccer program in accordance to new mandates from our governing body, Mass Youth Soccer.
Starting Fall 2018, all programs will be grade-based, and therefore we will be splitting 1st and 2nd grade. We will also continue to divide by gender also starting in 1st grade, just as we do in travel. Therefore, 1st grade boys will play against each other, as will 1st grade girls, 2nd grade boys and 2nd grade girls.
The other change is by Fall 2019, all grades 2nd and lower must be playing 4v4 without a goalie. In order to make this transition as smooth as possible, we are going to implement some changes this fall, and the rest for Fall 2019.
-Starting Fall 2018, 1st grade will play 4v4 without goalies. There are some rule changes that will be posted shortly under our intown rules tab. 1st grade will also continue to use a size 3 soccer ball, as they did in kindergarten. However the weekly schedule will remain the same as the former U8 schedule. There will be 1 practice during the week and 1 game on Saturday at 9:00 or later that will be officiated by a referee.
-There are no changes for 2nd grade this year. They will continue to play 6v6 with a goalie for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019. However, starting in Fall 2019, 2nd grade will begin playing 4v4 soccer.