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Berkshire County Youth Soccer League

NSCAA Level 2 Coaching Course - August 10

Designed to help coaches implement developmentally appropriate training games to improve skill levels in a fun, safe and challenging environment. The Diploma has three parts, classroom with theory of coaching U8-U10, field work with coaches and field work with U8-U10 players. Coaches not working at this age group would benefit greatly from an appreciation of the developmental abilities and needs of this important age group.

The Basics

  • Date: August 10, 2014 from 9AM to 4PM. Hour break for lunch.
  • Location: MCLA in North Adams. Field session will be on the Turf field at MCLA. Classroom session is TBA
  • Cost: $50
  • Level: 2 (you DON'T need prior certification to take level 2)

Registration and More information
Scroll down to North Adams course

Referee Grade 8 Entry Level Course and
Referee Grade 8 for Grade 9 Referees Course

Fall Season Deadlines & Dates

  • July 15, 7P, Lenox Community Center
    Team Registration Meeting
  • Aug 5, 7P, Lenox Community Center
    Coaches Meeting on
  • Fall Season opens on Sept 6th
  • No League play on Columbus Day Weekend (Oct 11th & 12th)
  • League will allow 2 additional reschedules for 3v3 Tournament in BH (9/20); and for Yom Kippur (Oct 4th)
  • Fall Season ends on Nov 2nd

Forms for Fall 2014

U10 Team Entry Form due 7/15

U12 & U14 Team Entry Form due 7/15

Club Coordinator Form due 7/15

Field Availability Form due 7/15

Player Waiver (town-to-town) due prior to 8/5

Age Waiver

MTOC Playoff Tournament Schedule

Note this is subject to change. The current, updated schedule is always available on Arbiter.

MTOC Playoff Schedule [pdf] posted 6/21, 10:30P

Berkshire Cup Results!

U12 Girls Champions - Lenox Gold

U12 Boys Champions - Lenox Gold

U14 Girls Champions - Adams Jr Ladycanes

Lightning Safety

Player Waivers

Waiver requests are due to the registrar prior to the August 5 registration meeting.

Waivers are in effect for one year, August 1, to July 31 each year. If a player played for your club in the fall, they do not need a new waiver for the spring season.

New procedure

Club requesting waiver downloads waiver form from BCYSL website. (Waiver form is an editable pdf.)***

Note that the new form will accommodate multiple requests from one club to another (up to 10 players per form). You will need a separate form for each town to which you are making the request, but not a separate form for each player.


Download the waiver form and save a copy for each town to which you will be making a request. Use the following convention for naming your copies.


Fill out each copy of the form as appropriate and save the completed form (using naming convention above).

Email the forms to the club coordinators of the clubs to which you are making the requests.

Waiving clubs complete form (die "signs" and dates) and saves form without renaming it.

Waiving clubs returns forms to club making request.

Club making request, collects all forms they have initiated and sends as attachment, via email to the registrar.

notes:  1) Waivers are only accepted from club officials, not individual coaches or families. 3) Typed entries will be accepted as "signatures" providing the forms are submitted via the email address of record for the club official.

Alternately, clubs may print forms and run them around the county for signatures, but remember they must be received by the registrar prior to March 25.

*** Note: PDF may not display properly with some browser plugins (ie Firefox builtin viewer). Works best with Acrobat Reader. If you are unable to edit and save in your browser, save file, use windows explorer, find file and open with Acrobat.

Safety Protocol Clarification

There appears to be some confusion regarding the newly stated safety protocol.

  • If it is a head or neck injury, or possible concussion. Stop play immediately and cede authority to, and heed a 1st responder if there is one.
  • HOWEVER, if there is a player that goes down and it is not a head or neck injury and a goal scoring opportunity, let play continue.
  • IF a player goes down holding an ankle or knee OR a player loses a shoe, play continues especially if its a possible goal scoring opportunity. If it is NOT a goal scoring opportunity youth players should be encouraged to play the ball out of bounds.

More about keeping the score under control [PDF] < required reading for all coaches!

New Scoring Policy < please note

Goal Kicks (U10 only) – On any goal kick, regardless of score, all players on defending team must retreat to their own end of the field. Normal play resumes when kicking team touches the ball outside of the penalty box or the ball passes the midfield line.

If score differential reaches 5:

  • U10 – team with the lead must remove a player (field player or goal keeper)
  • U12/U14 – team with the lead must remove 1 player from the field

If score differential reaches 7:

  • U10 – nothing additional
  • U12/U14 – team with the lead must remove a 2nd player

Player(s) or Goalie return to field after goal is scored by other team.

More about keeping the score under control [PDF] < required reading for all coaches!

Current Bylaws updated

Concussions and Sports - Information Page at Massachusetts Youth Soccer



Game Day Reminder

  • Home team is the only one that can cancel a game due to weather/field conditions. This decision must be made no later than 2 hours prior to match time. Home coach is responsible for notifying the opposing coach and the official. After the 2 hour mark, only the match official may cancel a match.
  • Home team is responsible for providing secure goals with nets, a properly marked field and corner flags.
  • At U12 and above, the home team is responsible for supplying a score card which must be signed by the match official and both coaches and then kept on filed with the club.
  • Each team is responsible for 1/2 of the officials fee ($15 each for U10, $20 each for U12, $50 each for U14/U16, $60 each for U18). Cash only please!
  • important> Both teams are responsible for reporting the final score as well as any cards issued to their club's score reporter, who is required to report all club scores to the BCYSL Score Keeper. Failure to report scores in a timely fashion is a fineable infraction.