What is Quabbin Youth Soccer?
Quabbin Youth Soccer (QYS) is dedicated to providing a fun, safe, healthy and competitive soccer environment in which the youth of Quabbin regional towns (Barre, Hardwick, Hubbardston, New Braintree, Oakham and Petersham). The focus is to help players develop their soccer skills, to learn proper attitudes towards competition and sportsmanship, to learn the values of teamwork, respect for the rules, and self discipline, and to gain self confidence through trial and error against strong opponents.
How is Travel Soccer different from Town Recreation Soccer?
The Quabbin Youth Soccer Travel Program traditionally consists of age groups from U8 and older. These teams are selected from open tryouts that are held twice each year. These teams play more competitive soccer against other towns in Worcester County. Although it is encouraged that all players play in each game, playing time may not be equal. A commitment is expected for attendance to all practices and games as the members of the team can only develop when all members are present. Players will be placed on teams based solely on level of skill, not for convenience of transportation, friendship, or parental preference for coaches.
What are the age groups?:
Below are the Age Groups for September 1, 2011 - August 31, 2012.
Two year age grouping for 2011/2012 Season:
UNDER 19: Born on or after AUG 1, 1992 & Younger
UNDER 18: Born on or after AUG 1, 1993 & Younger
UNDER 16: Born on or after AUG 1, 1995 & Younger
UNDER 14: Born on or after AUG 1, 1997 & Younger
UNDER 12: Born on or after AUG 1, 1999 & Younger
UNDER 10: Born on or after AUG 1, 2001 & Younger
UNDER 8: Born on or after AUG 1, 2003 & Younger
UNDER 6: Born on or after AUG 1, 2005 & Younger
How early can early can kids start playing for QYS?
QYS U8 age group consists of 1st and 2nd grade girls and boys. This is an introductory program for players with interest in competitive soccer. We look for players who show average to above average soccer skills or athletic ability. The QYS U8’s must demonstrate an eagerness to learn and grow in the sport of soccer. The mission of this program is to provide a formal instructional environment for pre-U10 players. Players will learn proper soccer fundamentals and a better understanding of team play.
The Spring season is being offered as an advanced developmental training session consisting of practices and scrimmages. This advanced training program is encouraged for all eligible players.
Who does Quabbin play?
The Quabbin Youth Soccer participates in the MAYS – Midland Area Youth Soccer League for Travel Teams (3rd grade and higher). MAYS is a Spring and Fall Youth Soccer League based in Central Massachusetts providing competitive and recreational travel soccer for boys and girls teams from U10-U19 age groups. MAYS membership is comprised of over 25 town organizations such as: Auburn, Charlton, Douglas, Dudley, Grafton, Holden, Leicester, Mendon/Upton, Millbury, Mountain Soccer Club (Princeton), North Brookfield, Northbridge, Oxford, Shrewsbury, Southbridge, Spencer, Sutton, Tantasqua, Uxbridge, Warren, Webster, West Brookfield, and Worcester. MAYS is a member of Mass Youth Soccer http://www.mayouthsoccer.org and is one of twelve Youth Leagues throughout Massachusetts. MAYS is a non-profit and registered as a 501 (c) organization. Visit their website for more information at http://mays.com/
How long is the season?
There are typically 8 games per season with 4 home and 4 away. The Spring season begins in early April and concludes in early June. U10, U12, and U14 teams compete in three distinct divisions –Division1 and 2 are competitive divisions at the ages of U12 and higher. All U10 divisions and Division 3 at all other age groups is developmental. Teams in the competitive divisions compete for playoff opportunities with the Championship team earning the opportunity to compete in the Massachusetts Tournament of Champions (MTOC) held in late June.
The Fall Season begins in early September and concludes the first week of November. All age groups and divisions are developmental in the Fall (no playoffs or standings) though results are taken into account when placing teams in divisions in the spring.
When are the games?
Most games for U10-U16 are held on Saturdays afternoons and U18/19 games are held on Sundays.
Where are the home games played?
U10 games are played at Felton Field or High Plains Field, Barre. U12 & U14 games are played at Roach Field in Hardwick. U16 & U18 games are played in Hubbardston or Roach Field. U8 games will be determined once that age group begins play.
How often are practices?
Typically, there are 2 practices on weeknights for approximately 1.5-2 hours long. Practices are typically held at the home game field locations or where there is open field space available.
How many players play at a time?
U10s play in a 6v6 format (including the goalie), U12 teams play 8v8, and U14 and older play 11v11.
What do I do to register my child to play?
Parent or Guardian must fill out and sign a MYSA registration form. If your child is in 1st grade or higher, also bring a 1 inch by 1 inch picture and provide the child’s signature (no larger than ¼ inch high). Submit a copy of Birth Certificate or Passport for any youth that has not participated on a Quabbin Youth Soccer Travel team in the past.
What are the registration fees?
The cost for registration is 1st youth in same family - $90.00, there is a $10 on each additional registration from one family. Fees are payable at the time of registration. All registration is done online through our SportsManager site. A $25 late fee will be collected for those players who register after registration closes, a spot is not guaranteed, and players will be placed where there is room on teams, if any room exists. Fee includes the cost of uniforms.