Travel Soccer

Spring 2014: Saturdays, 4/5 – 6/14 – no Memorial Day games

Beginning in the spring of third grade, players from Lexington have the option to play on travel teams, which participate in the Boston Area Youth Soccer league (BAYS). Teams play for 10 Saturdays each fall and each spring, with 5 home games and 5 away games.  All travel teams have 2 practices per week. The schedule is determined by the coach, and is posted on this website under the schedules tab.

Boston Area Youth Soccer

BAYS is organized into four divisions, with Division 1 being the most competitive, and Division 4 the least.  Each division is further stratified into section A, B, C, etc., with section A being the most competitive.  Accordingly, LUSC stratifies its players onto teams according to ability, and places teams in the appropriate BAYS division/section to achieve a competitive challenge.  A player’s ability is judged based on evaluations by outside coaches held in May (November for U9), supplemented by rankings from LUSC coaches based on team play; the process is described in detail here: Team Formation.

When BAYS forms sections of teams that will play against each other, their first priority is to group teams by ability.  Beyond this, they place teams geographically to minimize travel distances.  Typically, LUSC teams do not travel beyond the following perimeter: Winchester and Cambridge to the east, Bedford and Acton to the northwest, Marlboro and Framingham to the southwest, and Needham and Brookline to the south.  Division 3 and 4 teams tend to have even shorter travel distances: Arlington, Bedford, Winchester, Belmont, etc.

Registration

All players who register for travel by the registration deadline will be accommodated. After the deadline, placement cannot be guaranteed, and will depend on team sizes.  Players who cannot be accommodated may choose to play LUSC in-town soccer, for those age groups where it is offered.

LUSC Travel Program Offerings:

Division/
Age Group

Corresponding Grade*

Format

Comment

U9

3

6v6

Spring only

U10

4

6v6

U11

5

8v8

U12

6

8v8

U14

7 and 8

11v11

Combined grades

U16

9 and 10

11v11

Spring only

U18

11 and 12

11v11

Spring only

* Each division is segmented by birthdates from Aug. 1 to July 31 of the typical corresponding grade year.
For more information on age requirements for each division see the Age Group Policy, especially for children born in August.

High School (U16/U18) Programs

The U16 and U18 high school age groups are organized somewhat differently; see High School Programs for more information.