Matt O’Keefe, Academy Division Director
The Recreational Program is an in-town opportunity for players from grades 5 through 12.
Recreational Program Overview
The FYSA Recreational Program is an in-town soccer option for players in grades 5-12 in Franklin, and is run in conjunction with Norfolk Youth Soccer. The emphasis of the program is on FUN, and creating an environment where players can learn and grow with the game at their own pace. Competitive / balanced play is our goal from week to week.
Typically, divisions are created based on age and gender. Co-ed is the most common model. However, to accommodate registration mix, divisions can be changed. Our typical divisions are:
- 5th and 6th Coed, playing either 7v7 or 9v9
- 7th – 12th Coed, playing either 7v7, 9v9, or 11v11 depending upon numbers
We typically hold 1 practice a week, with games on either Saturdays or Sundays in Franklin or Norfolk.
Safety / Equipment
The safety of the players is the number one priority. Players wearing equipment which is dangerous to other players or to themselves shall not be eligible to participate in any game. The Referee at the field has the final say on what may be dangerous equipment. If a player wants to get their ears pierced, please have them do so in the off-season at least 6 weeks before the next season starts. Players must be able to remove their earrings for games and practices; if they cannot be removed, then the child will not be allowed to play. The following is a summary of prohibited items, per rules from the Massachusetts State Referee Committee:
- Any rigid or semi-rigid cast or splint, regardless of padding. Note that joint braces or supports are generally acceptable; however if they have exposed hinges, buckles, buttons, zippers, etc. they may be considered dangerous and unacceptable by the referee
- Hair control devices of any material other than soft pliable plastic or rubber
- Earrings of any kind, including post earrings, regardless of coverings
- Jewelry of any sort
- Hats or other headgear
Required equipment includes a soccer uniform (blue jersey, soccer shorts and soccer socks), size 4 soccer ball, soccer cleats, soccer shin guards (worn under the socks), plenty of water, mouthguard optional but recommended.
Not only is the FYSA Academy a place to develop young players, it is also a place to train young referees. For many of them it will be their first experience running a game and they will make mistakes. However, it is important that the players learn to abide by the referee’s decisions and it is our job as adults to demonstrate good sporting behavior for our children. All FYSA divisions have a Zero Tolerance Policy regarding interaction between coaches/spectators and the referees. Any violations of this policy will result in immediate ejection from the playing fields, and may result in further disciplinary action pending review by the FYSA Board of Directors. The terms of the Zero Tolerance Policy are as follows:
- No one, except the players, is to speak to the Referee during or after the game. Exceptions: Coaches may ask questions before the game, call for substitutions and point out emergencies during the game, or respond to the referee if addressed
- Absolutely no disputing calls during or after the game, and no remarks to the referee to watch certain players or attend to rough play. No yelling at the referee ever, and no criticism, sarcasm, harassment, intimidation, or feedback of any kind during or after the game
- If coaches or spectators have questions regarding particular calls, rules, or a referee, or wish to give feedback regarding a referee, they should do so through the Referee Coordinator or Division Director