Congratulations – Walpole Blue Angels Girls U14 team – BAYS Section and President’s Cup Champs!

The GU14 Walpole Blue Angels posted an impressive Spring season record of 13-0-1, capturing the BAYS section title and winning a place in the coveted President’s Cup post-season tournament. The Angels conceded a single goal while netting 14 of their own during the 5 round, single-elimination playoff. The Angels faced heavy competition including Acton’s section-winning, A-level team and convincingly disposed of them 5-0, earning a spot in the finals against old section rivals Mansfield. A lengthy and well natured rivalry existed between these two teams, who respected each other immensely. An intense dogfight ended in the 86th minute as the Blue Angels soared through the seemingly impenetrable Mansfield defense scoring the game winner, earning a hard fought 1-0 victory. The coaches are incredibly proud of the teamwork, sportsmanship, skill development and resiliency demonstrated by the Blue Angels all year.

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Spring Tryouts and Registration for Fall 2015 travel teams – dates announced

Registration for ‘Fall Only 2015’ and ‘Fall 2015/Spring 2016’ (benefitting from the full-year discount) will open May 29th and remain open until June 30th for all players going into 4th Grade through 8th Grade this Fall. Thereafter, Registration moves to Waitlist Status – players will be placed on rosters IF and when openings are available, and a late fee is charged. Registration is available through www.walpolesoccer.org – in the upper left hand corner of the home page.

Younger players – going into 3rd Grade and below in the Fall will have longer to register, as their teams do not need to be registered with the BAYS travel league. The date Registration moves to Waitlist Status for players going into 3rd grade is Aug 1st. For those players going into Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade this Fall, Registration goes to Waitlist Status on Aug 15th.

All players wishing to tryout for 4th grade and older Select travel teams must be registered 24hrs prior to their tryout. The following dates are being used for tryouts the Fall 2015 teams, all held at Mylod fields;

Tue June 9th ** 6/9 Tryouts Completed **
Girls U11 5-6.30pm (current 4th graders)
Girls U12 6.30-8pm (current 5th graders)

Thu June 11th
Girls U10 6-7.30pm (current 3rd graders)

Fri June 12th – Early release day for the public schools
Boys U12 3-4.30pm (current 5th graders)
Boys U11 4.30-6pm (current 4th graders)
Boys U10 6.30-8pm (current 3rd graders)

Wed June 17th
Boys U14 5-6.30pm (current 6th AND 7th graders)
Girls U14 6.30-8pm (current 6th AND 7th graders)

Tue June 23rd
Boys U14 5-6.30pm Call-backs (current 6th AND 7th graders)
Girls U14 6.30-8pm Call-backs (current 6th AND 7th graders)

There are a significant number of concerts/recitals/camps/dinners/dances etc this Spring. Every effort has been made to avoid conflicts, but if you are aware of an event that will prevent a number of players from participating, please let one of the board members know as soon as possible.

All players wishing to play travel soccer in the Fall are encouraged to attend, and MUST be registered 24 hrs prior to their Tryout. Registration will open May 29th at www.walpolesoccer.org and we suggest that players register for both Fall & Spring soccer to benefit from our 2 season discount – each season is priced individually, but by registering for both seasons upfront we offer a significant discount (which eliminates a huge amount of volunteers time to reprocess and re-register players and teams).

Full tryout details available at www.walpolesoccer.org – under the Tryouts link listed under the Programs menu listed at the top of the homepage.

There will be a parent information meeting night – for parents wishing to learn more about the tryout process (particularly for parents of current 3rd grade players, and those of current 6th grade players, who are either new to BAYS League play or new to combined U14 play) on Wed June 3rd at 7pm at Napper Tandys (downstairs).

Players are asked to arrive 15 minutes early for their tryout to register, and wear shorts, cleats, shin pads and bring water and a ball to warm up. They will be provided 2 numbered shirts for the tryouts.

Tryouts are drop off only. We ask all parents to return 10minutes before the end of their player’s session for pick up.
Teams will be created based on coach’s evaluations from the prior season(s) and the results of the tryouts. Tryouts themselves only constitute a portion of the decision making. Other factors in determining the number of teams include the number of players registered, number of volunteer coaches and slots in the league.
Current 3rd grade parents – please be sure to register your players NOW! Spots for travel soccer in the 4th grade is restricted by the BAYS league’s registration system. You need to be registered before the June league deadline to play.
Current 6th & 7th grade parents – Decisions about blending players onto teams from each grade (for Fall u14 soccer) will not be made until the number of players and depth of competitiveness has been determined. We will use a ‘call back night’ to determine the best composition of teams and players. We will endeavor to keep everyone playing with friends from their grade, while providing opportunities for teams to plays as competitively as reasonable.

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Spring High School Soccer

BAYS Spring High School Soccer
A BIG thank you to all who registered for High School Spring Soccer
Girls u16 – we are looking for a few additional player to fill up this team – please register online
Girls u18 – we did not have enough players to make a…

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Fields in Walpole are CLOSED for Apr 11/12th

Walpole soccer fields are CLOSED on the weekend of Apr 11th and 12th. The fields and parking lots are still largely snow covered, and even anticipating further mild temperatures there is now significant rain and snow in the forecast next week. There is little/no chance that our fields will melt, dry and be ready for play by Apr 11th weekend.

BAYS coaches – please reach out to your opponents and let them know that Walpole’s fields are closed and ask to reschedule. Remember to let our ref coordinators Rachel Hanson and Beth Schultz, as well as Callum MAclean (field coordinator) know your requests. Sunday mornings are generally good.

INtown program – Kindergarten and U8 – we are contemplating postponing the start of the season until Apr 26th (2 weeks late) and running until June 21st or 28th to give the fields a chance to grow and avoid conflicts with April vacation week.

U9 Ltd Travel League coaches – your first 2 weeks of games are generally intra-Walpole games (for just this reason) – you may reschedule those games later in the season, but our first priority will be to get the older-age group league games scheduled. Please look to reschedule your games up sometime in May or later to allow us to have enough field space and refs to accommodate all of the inevitable make up games.

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Group Training Nights for age groups U9 – U12

Coaches from age groups U9 – U12 (3rd thru 6th grade) are asked to bring their team to a designated practice, use a curriculum (provided in advance) to help improve each player’s technical play, with the support of 2 Revs coaches. Coaches may then sign up for a second team-specific practice – and may chose to continue to work on those skills, or tactical issues at their discretion.

The purpose is to improve the experience for players and coaches alike. Coaches do not need to develop a practice plan, but will be able to review the evening’s plan in advance (including online videos), and the players will learn skills, terminology and tactics as part of a natural progression.

Walpole team coaches (or assistant coaches) need to attend the Group Night practice and run their team through the curriculum. The REVS coaches are not there to do it for us, but to step in and demonstrate or offer guidance whenever helpful. Please arrive a few minutes early for Group Night to get set up and make full use of their expertise.

Group Training Night schedule (times may be adjusted to allow for daylight):
Boys U9 Mon 5-6pm
Girls U9 Mon 6.15-7.15pm
Boys U10 Tue 5-6pm
Girls U10 Tue 6.15-7.15pm
Boys U11 Wed 5-6pm
Girls U11 Wed 6.15-7.15pm
Boys U12 Thu 5-6pm
Girls U12 Thu 6.15-7.15pm

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Fall 2014 Teams Announced

Please find the Fall 2014 BAYS travel teams for ages U10 to U14 listed in the attachments below.

All players who registered for travel soccer before the registration deadline have been placed on a team. Some teams will have a coach already in place while WYSA will work through the summer to find coaches for others. Players can expect to be contacted by their coach by early August.

The number of teams at each age-group is determined by how many players register, the number of players needed (different size teams play at each age group ie U10 teams play 6 versus 6, while U11 & U12 teams play 8v8 and U14 teams play 11v11 games), as well as the number of volunteer coaches that offer to help. To this extent, the size of each team’s roster can vary. Ideally, we limit the number of players to allow teams to offer each player substantial playing time.

Teams will be placed in BAYS Divisions for the upcoming season based on past performance, the recommendation of the Travel Directors and BAYS own evaluations from the previous season. Our goal is to place each team in league with teams of similar commitment, ability and skills.
BAYS goal is to have each team play to a .500 record. To this extent, they will periodically move teams up or down midseason to keep them challenged appropriately.

WYSA depends upon parents to volunteer as coaches. If you think you might be interested, we encourage you to start coaching in our Intown program. But, please don’t be reluctant to volunteer, even if you’re not athletic and know nothing about soccer. Many of our most successful coaches never played soccer and are learning the sport along with their children!

Of course, because most of our volunteer coaches are not professional educators or soccer players, occasionally some parents feel their children are not receiving the best soccer instruction. If you find yourself in this situation, we suggest you pick up a book on soccer, come to a coaches’ clinic, and volunteer your services. We can always use assistant coaches, and you will quickly discover the joy of watching the children improve their skills under your guidance.

WYSA will assist coaches who are taking or have completed licensing courses. You can contact the Administrator for more information about licensing courses.

Keep in mind that WYSA engages the services of professional coaches to provide support services for players and coaches of all WYSA teams, both Intown and Travel teams.


* Players MUST be have been registered (by noon on the day before the tryouts) to tryout for a Select team.
* All players who wish to be considered for one of the Select teams MUST attend tryouts.
* It was NOT necessary to attend tryouts to be placed on a Balanced team; all a parent needs to do is register his/her child for the program prior to the registration dealine. Placement on a balanced team is automatic.
* If your player COULD NOT tryout on the assigned date for their age group, due to injury or a major conflict, they were asked to notify the appropriate Boys or Girls Travel Director, and their current coach IN ADVANCE.
* Evaluations were based on each player’s season-long review by their coaches from the prior season, as well as the results of their individual tryouts. Greater weight is given to the season long evaluations.

What if I think my player was deserving of a higher placement level?:
Walpole Youth Soccer strives to fairly and objectively place each of our 1,000+ players on a team appropriate for his/her competitive level. We do our best to ensure that each player has an opportunity to play at a level at which they are competitive and comfortable, within the confines of our total numbers enrolled, the size/balance of teams at each age group and the league format that we play within. WYSA understands that player placement is not an exact science and that it is impossible to please everyone with its decisions. Players unhappy with their placement are encouraged to continue playing and develop with their assigned teams. Players will have the opportunity to earn a higher team placement at the following year’s tryout. A disappointing placement can be utilized as an opportunity to teach young people how to persevere in the face of adverse circumstances.

What is the policy on playing with your age group v. “playing up”?:
Players in BAYS are divided into age groups from 8/1 to 7/31 each year. Players are expected to play with their grade. Exceptions occur when a player is too old to play with their grade. Under BAYS bylaws, they may be required to play on an older team.

A player that is young within their school grade CAN play with their grade and it is not considered “playing up”.

What should I do if the coach hasn’t contacted me by the middle of August?:
Please feel free to contact the WYSA Boys or Girls Travel Director, or a board member, if the team coach has not contacted you by the middle of August. It might simply be that your contact info was not communicated clearly. Whatever the case may be the your Boys and Girls Travel Directors will want to help players and coaches get on the same page.


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