At its May 5, 2013 meeting, the NVYSL board voted to implement the following policy effective with the Fall 2013 season to comply with Mass Youth Soccer regulations. Bylaws updated with wording similar to the following will be available in advance of the season. Town soccer clubs need to make sure that player's families know about this change before players are registered.
The NVYSL age groups are as follows, such that all players
on a roster shall be under the specified age on July 31st preceding the
start of the season:
U-19, U-18, U-16, U-14, U-12, and U-10 years of age
To meet US Youth Soccer and Mass. Youth Soccer
requirements no exceptions will be approved to permit players older than the
given age to play in any age group except that:
An age exception may be granted under the Americans with
Disabilities Act, subject to formal documented proof.
The NVYSL Roster Registrar may grant an age waiver (at the
request of a town only) to a child who is grade-appropriate for the age group
but is otherwise too old for the age group, subject to two conditions:
The team on which the child plays is placed in Division 3
The age group in which the child
is playing is U-14 or younger.
For purposes of determining grade-appropriateness, a child
who is not age-appropriate must be in Grade 8 or below to play in U-14, Grade 6
or below to play in U-12, or Grade 4 or below to play in U-10.