For information on COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines for return to play, please click here to visit Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association's COVID-19 Resource page. Christie DaRosa is WYSA's COVID-19 Safety Officer. She may be reached by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Skills Assessments for Players entering Grades 3-8 NEXT FALL
Player evaluations for rising Grades 3 through 8 will be held at Jack Walsh Field in support of Fall 2021 team placement. Please plan your arrival in anticipation of potential traffic, parking, and check-in delays which may shorten your player's evaluation minutes.
3 & 4
3 & 4
5 & 6
5 & 6
7 & 8
7 & 8
Players, please bring everything you'd normally bring to a game (shin gards, hydration, ball, etc.,), PLUS:
all players, please bring your reversible numbered pinnie
2nd graders rising to 3rd grade, please bring both a white and a black tee shirt in lieu of a reversible black/white pinnie
goalkeepers, please bring your gloves (etc.), and identify yourself to the evaluators as a goalkeeper
everybody, please do not be late
consider helping WYSA help your players by volunteering to help WYSA at our Volunteers Table
if weather is good, drop off your player, and pick up your player when his/her evaluation is complete
if weather might possibly require abandonment of evaluations (thunderstorms), refrain from distracting either your player or the evaluators by remaining on the right side of any posted boundaries
Q: This is awfully short notice. Why is that?
A: Yes, sorry. FYI, the COVID limit number of 25 players per playing surface was lifted as recently as May 18th, prior to which evaluations were not contemplated. Presuming no further pandemics, we will provide more advance notice next year.
Q: My player has a conflict, can my player still register and play next year?
A: Yes, of course.
Q: My player has a conflict, what does this mean for team placement?
A: Your player’s coach, having seen your player all year, will make an evaluation with criteria similar to what next week’s evaluators will use. We will use both sets of data for team placement.
Q: My player has a conflict, can my player go to a different night (with a different age group)?
A: Sorry, but no. There are safety issues involved with younger & older players on the same pitch, and the evaluators can better rate/rank players within a given age bracket if they actually see them play within that age bracket.
Q: My player has a conflict, will there be a second or make-up session?
A: Sorry, but no. We will use your player’s coach’s evaluation for team placement.
Q: Should “rec” players also attend?
A: Yes, please. Evaluations will be used for team placement for both the Rec teams and the Travel teams. Also, in cases where a player switches from Rec to Travel or visa versa, the evaluations will be used.
Q: What night does my player attend? What does “rising” mean?
A: We will evaluate according to NEXT season’s age brackets, not this past season’s age brackets. So if your player is currently a second grader, next season the player will “rise” to third grade, so please attend the Grades 3 & 4 session.
Q: My player does not have a reversible black/white pinnie. What to use instead?
A: Please bring both a black and a white tee shirt in lieu of a reversible pinnie. This will help players identify teammates vs opponents. We will provide number cards to be pinned to shorts so that the evaluators can identify individual players.
Q: What equipment does my player need, and where do I get it?
A: Shin guards are a must for evaluations, and they must be worn inside socks which cover the hard material. As the field is natural grass, cleats are a very good idea. Most sporting goods stores carry these in stock. There is at least one specialty soccer retailer in Acton for hard-to-find items (concussion guards, goalkeeper equipment, large selection of youth footwear).
** OPTION ** FOR PLAYERS IN GRADES 3-6 - Players in Grades 3/4 and 5/6 now have the option of registering for the traditional TRAVEL program or the REC program. Players in the REC program will play other Westford teams and possibly teams from neighboring towns such as Acton. Please see the attached flyer for details on the Rec program. Click here for more information.
If you have questions about which age group your player should register for please contact the appropriate division director. See Contacts page for contact info.
Please note the deadline for requesting refunds for the Fall 2021 season is August 1, 2021.
Grade K - follows a clinic-style program. Players and coaches meet on Saturdays for a practice followed by a game. There is no practice during the week.
Grade 1 and 2 - one weeknight practice per week with games on Saturday
Grades 3/4 and 5/6 - ** Option to choose traditional travel or our Rec program. See link above for more information.
Grades 7/8 - 11v11 format. Team sizes for these age groups are restricted by our travel league. While we make every attempt to place every player that has registered by the deadline we may not be able to place everyone due to the roster restrictions. If you are interested in playing please register as soon as possible.
Grades 9-12 - 7v7 format. Team sizes for these age groups are restricted by our travel league. While we make every attempt to place every player that has registered by the deadline we may not be able to place everyone due to the roster restrictions. If you are interested in playing please register as soon as possible.
Click here for more information on the format for all age groups.
Looking for WYSA Members to fill Open Board Positions!
WYSA is a volunteer organization and depends on our membership to keep our youth soccer program running. We have several open board positions that we are looking to fill. If you are interested in any of the positions please email Stephen Jones at President@westfordyouthsoccer.com. Open positions include:
Grade K Division Director - manage/create team rosters, recruit coaches, create game schedules, address concerns/issues for grade K program.
Grade 1 Division Director - manage/create team rosters, recruit coaches, create game schedules, address concerns/issues for grade 1 program.
Field Coordinator - liaison with Westford's Parks and Recreation and School departments. Oversee management of fields including permits, coordination of services including field layout, lining, etc.
Equipment Coordinator - manage/order field equipment including goals, nets and flags. Maintain inventory of soccer balls and coaches kits. Manage contract with vendors for in-town and travel uniforms.
Registrar - manage the WYSA website, setup registration programs, process drops and refund requests
All positions include attendance at monthly board meetings
Note: this soccer clinic is run and managed by Westford Academy Girls and Boys Varsity Soccer teams. For any questions please contact Katie Andjus, Girls Varsity Coach, at Kandjus@Westfordk12.us
This soccer camp is open to BOTH boys and girls GOING INTO grades 1-8. This year's sessions will be held at the WA turf field. All players will work on fundamental soccer techniques and tactics based on their skill level. Each day will focus on a specific aspect of the game: passing, dribbling, shooting, defending and attacking. Players will also get the chance to work in small sided drills and games while having fun!
Players will be coached by the members of the Westford Academy Girls' and Boys' Varsity Soccer team.
Varsity Coaches Katie Andjus and Jeff Lamy will help run the clinics with their varsity soccer players.
REGISTRATION DUE BY JUNE 25TH. We will accept registration afterwards or walk-up registration for last-minute changes of plans, but we would prefer to have solid idea of how many kids are attending by June 25th.
Use this link to register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf1p_WBlaB3CiM1pxROz-RYecft4lP3RLddfMpySc6FTfYBCw/viewform?usp=sf_link
DATES AND TIME:
Monday July 26th-Thursday July 29th
COST: $120 for all 4 days or $35 a day
SIBLING DISCOUNT: $100 for second participant for 4 days. $90 for a third participant for 4 days.
More than three means the rest are free.
WHERE: WA Turf field
Please drop off or mail payments to:
Stony Brook Middle School Attn: Katie Andjus, 9 Farmer Way, Westford, MA 01886
Checks should be made out to: WA BOYS AND GIRLS SOCCER PROGRAM
PLEASE EMAIL ME AT Kandjus@Westfordk12.us if you have any questions.
Pets are not permitted at the Westford Academy Turf Field or any Westford Rec Department fields including Jack Walsh, Old Nab (Captain Hamilton), Frost, and Community Fields (Nutting Road). This is a Town of Westford Ordinance or in the case of Westford Academy a school policy.
Parents - if you bring your pets to soccer games or practices at Blanchard please follow these guidelines:
Please keep animals on a leash (and keep the leash at a reasonable length)
Please keep animals away from the sidelines of the field so they don't distract/scare the players
Particularly on the fields with younger players please keep your pets away from the action
Please clean up after your pets
Please control your pets so they don't run up to people
For travel players – many towns do not allow pets on the fields so you may want to check the town’s soccer website to see if they allow pets.
Thank you for your cooperation!
Westford Youth Soccer
Parents - please do not allow your children to play on the soccer goals. The soccer goals are designed to be used in the game of soccer and not to be used as a play area.
Hanging from the top bar of the goal, doing chin-ups, playing with or walking in the netting and other similar activities pose a safety risk as the goals can tip over or cause other injuries when used in this manner.
There are many documented cases of children ranging in age from very young to high school students who were fatally injured while playing on goals. Please discuss this with your players and their siblings.