"WHAT IS TRAVEL SOCCER?"
The Barnstable Youth Soccer Association (BYSA) Travel soccer program is a competitive soccer program affiliated with the South Coast Soccer League (SCSL). Our Travel program offers players a unique opportunity, beyond that of Instructional soccer, for player development and competition in a statewide system of age-level play. The SCSL is a competitive league with the goal of promoting the game of soccer in a competitive environment.
The BYSA Travel program is made up of a Fall and Spring season. The Fall season starts in September and finishes in November, with the Spring season starting in April and finishing in June. Each season consists of an eight week regular season, with four home games and for away games. Home games are held at both the Ellen McBarron Recreational Facility in Marstons Mills and at Cape Cod Community College. Away games are held both on Cape and off, depending on league participation by other youth soccer organizations. Games are primarily held on Saturday, with Sunday games sometimes being scheduled by the League in the event of a prior game cancellation or postponement due to weather or adverse field conditions. BYSA Travel teams also hold two team practices each week. The day and time of team practices are set by each individual Travel coach, based on the availability of the coach and of the players.
SCSL affiliated Travel programs are suitable for U9-U14 players, with the minimum grade level being Grade 3 or approximately eight years of age. Teams are based on age appropriateness set forth by the Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association, as well as by grade level (click below for the 2017/2018 Grade and Age Grouping Matrix). Teams of combined age levels are done so should there not be enough players to field a team according to registration sign-ups.
The underlying goals of each Travel season are to:
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