Programs

In Town League

Little Tikes Clinic (Pre-K)

The Tewksbury Youth Soccer Pre-K program is for players aged 5 years and under. Sessions take place at the Frasca field complex on Saturday mornings.

As part of the Little Tikes Clinic, players participate in approx. 25 minutes of fun soccer-related drills and activities, led by volunteer parent coaches and older youth players. Following the games/drills portion, players will play a scrimmage for approx. 15-20 minutes.

The Pre-K program is the first introduction to soccer for the majority of TYS players. Players receive a TYSL T-Shirt courtesy of Tewksbury Youth Soccer.

The focus of each session is to learn basic soccer skills, rules, and fundamental athletic movements by playing fun soccer games. TYSL cannot do it without our parent and teenage volunteers. Please consider volunteering your time to help keep our kids focused and engaged.
 

Kindergarten

Rosters for coed Kindergarten teams will be formed and announced at least two weeks before the first game of the season.

In-Town Program Teams practice once per week and play games on Friday evenings or Saturdays.  Practice times, dates and days of the week are not guaranteed and can fluctuate depending upon season, weather, field availability, clinic schedules, make-up dates and coach availability.

 

Components of the Game

Physical: Balance, walking, running, how to start and stop, jumping, hopping, skipping, changing direction, bending, twisting and reaching.

Technical: Dribbling (stop and start) and shooting. Experiment with the qualities of a rolling ball.

Psycho-Social: Sharing, fair play, parental involvement, “how to play” and emotional management.

Tactical: Where is the field? The concept of boundary lines, at which goal to shoot and playing with the ball wherever it may go.

 

Typical Training Session

  • Free play or a warm-up, including movement education challenges and soccernastics. (approximately 15 minutes)
  • Game-like activities, mostly body awareness and maze games. (approximately 15 minutes)
  • Finish with a 4v4 practice game with two goals, no goalkeepers. (approximately 15 minutes)

 

Small-Sided Games

  • Field Size Ranges (yards): Length 25-35, Width 15-25
  • Maximum Goal Size (feet): Height 4, Length 6
  • Players: 4v4, No GK
  • Offside: No

 

1st & 2nd Grade

 

Rosters for Boys and Girls 1st & 2nd Grade teams will be formed and announced at least two weeks before the first game of the season.

In-Town Program Teams practice once per week and play games on Friday evenings or Saturdays.  Practice times, dates and days of the week are not guaranteed and can fluctuate depending upon season, weather, field availability, clinic schedules, make-up dates and coach availability.

Components of the Game

Physical: Agility, eye-foot and eye-hand coordination, balance, leaping, bounding, tumbling, catching, throwing, pulling, pushing, warm-up activities and movement education. Continue education on sports nutrition with players and parents.

Technical: Experiment with the qualities of a rolling or spinning ball. Introduce ball lifting, juggling, block tackle, receiving ground balls with the inside and sole of the foot, shooting with the inside of the foot, toe passing and shooting and dribbling while changing direction. Introduce the push pass.

Psycho-Social: Encourage working in pairs, sportsmanship, parental involvement, how to play, emotional management, creativity, dynamic activities, participation of all players and a safe and fun environment. There is still a short attention span unless the player has peaked (keep interest high). Like to show what they can do – encourage trying new things. Developing self-esteem – activities should foster positive feedback and attainable positive success.

Tactical: 1v1 attack and choosing to dribble or pass. Introduce the names of positions (fullbacks and forwards). Institute games of 2v1, 1v2 and 2v2, playing with the ball with a purpose and promote problem solving.

Typical Training Session

  • Free play or a warm-up, each player with a ball, dynamic stretching and soccernastics.  (approximately 15 minutes)
  • A mixture of individual and partner activities. Add more maze-type games. Introduce target games with a variety of player combinations: 1v1, 2v1, 1v2 and 2v2.  (approximately 25 minutes)
  • Conclude with a small-sided practice game of 4v4, two goals and no goalkeepers.  (approximately 20 minutes)

Small-Sided Games

  • Field Size Ranges (yards): Length 25-35, Width 15-25
  • Maximum Goal Size (feet): Height 4, Length 6
  • Players: 4v4, (No Goal Keepers)
  • Offside: No

 

Travel League

3rd - 11th Grade

The Tewksbury Youth Soccer League (TYSL) Travel Teams participate in the Middlesex Youth Soccer League (MYSL).

Each team will play games both at the TYSL Home Fields located at the Frasca Soccer Complex and away games at surrounding towns with soccer programs that are also members of the MYSL. MYSL is made up of teams from 19 towns and cities within Middlesex County. Games can be as far away as Everett or Charlestown and as close as Wilmington or Lowell.

There are two soccer seasons that comprise a "soccer year"; a fall season (August-November) followed by a spring season (March-June). The fall season generally consists of 8-10 games and there are no playoffs at the end of the season as it is considered a developmental season. The spring season is considered a competitive season. It consists of 8-10 games and MYSL-sponsored playoffs/post-season tournaments for the top teams.

 

Player Placement Process

Tryouts are held in May/June for Grades 3-8 to assign rosters for the next Fall and Spring season. For Grades 9-11, tryouts are held in October/November for the Spring season. Grades 9-11 only play in the Spring season. Times and dates are posted on the TYSL website and broadcast through local and social media.

Tryouts will be conducted over 2 different days and all players must attend at least one tryout. If you are unable to attend tryouts due to a medical problem and still want to be considered for a team, you must notify the Travel Program Director and provide a note from a doctor stating that you cannot participate prior to the last tryout. In order to be eligible to attend tryouts a player must be registered and all registration fees must be paid prior to the tryout date. Onsite day-of-tryout registration is not offered. Selection for the fall team does not guarantee placement on the same spring team. Tryouts are competitive and there are a limited number of roster spots. Once rosters are assigned, you will be contacted by your coach prior to the next season.

 

Games and Practices

Travel teams practice twice a week and play their games on Saturdays or Sundays. Usually, half the games are played at home and half away. In addition, the team may elect to play in a tournament, usually in the fall on Columbus Day and in the spring on Memorial Day weekend or after the conclusion of either season.  Practice times, dates and days of the week are not guaranteed and can fluctuate depending upon season, weather, field availalability, clinic schedules and coach availability.

 

Grade/Age Groupings

The following Age/Grade Groups participate in the Middlesex Youth Soccer League.

Fall Season: Grades 3/4, Grades 5/6, Grades 7/8

Spring Season: Grades 3/4, Grades 5/6, Grades 7/8, Grades 9/10/11

 


Playing Format

  • 3rd & 4th Grade teams play 7 v 7.
  • 5th & 6th Grade teams play 9 v 9
  • 7th-11th Grade teams play 11 v 11

 

Game Cancellation Policy / Information
The MYSL does not cancel games due to inclement weather.  Each town may choose to cancel games if fields are not playable.  Travel coaches will need to confirm with opposing coaches or check the  website for field closure.

 

Travel Program Playing Time (40 % Rule)
Travel program players are required to play at least 40% of both halves of a game with the exception of the town pass, injury or disciplinary action.