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|Toddler (2T/3T)||Pre-K/Kindergarten||Grade 1 & 2||Travel (Grades 3+)|
|Minimum Age||Must turn two by 8/31/2020||Entering Kindergarten in Fall 2021||Entering Grade 1 in Fall 2020||Entering Grade 3 in Fall 2020|
|Maximum Age||Entering Kindergarten in Fall 2022||Entering Kindergarten in Fall 2020||Entering Grade 2 in Fall 2020||Entering Grade 8 in Fall 2020|
|Practices begin||September 8||September 8||September 8||August 24|
|First games||-||September 19||September 19||September 12|
|Season ends||November 1||November 1||November 1||November 1|
|Primary field(s)||Tufts Triangle (Wednesdays); Hogkins (Saturdays); TBD near Union Square (Saturdays)||Tufts Triangle||East Somerville, Winter Hill, Nunziato||Capuano (Grades 3 & 4); Argenziano (Grades 5 & 6); Dilboy Stadium (Grades 7 & 8)|
|Practices||one 60-minute session on Wednesday evenings or Saturday mornings||one 60-minute weeknight session per week||one 60-minute weeknight session per week||two 60- to 90-minute weeknight session per week|
|Games||-||one 40-minute game on Saturday mornings||two 20-minute halves on Saturday mornings||two 25-minute halves (Grades 3 & 4); two 30-minute halves (Grades 5 & 6); two 35-minute halves (Grades 7 & 8) -- usually on Saturday mornings; half of games in Somerville and half in nearby towns|
|Uniform||not required||In-Town uniform (reversible blue/white shirt, red shorts, red socks)||In-Town uniform (reversible blue/white shirt, red shorts, red socks)||Travel uniform (blue shirt, red shirt, blue shorts, blue socks)|
SYSL offers an intramural In-Town program, with an emphasis on fun, growing a love of the game, maximizing playing time and touches, and inclusion. All In-Town programs use a size 3 soccer ball (these balls are generally 23-24 inches in circumference and weigh between 11-12 ounces).
The Toddler program consists of a weekly hour-long session, with parents frequently taking part alongside their children. The goal is getting youngsters familiar with the game while keeping them engaged and entertained. For more information, and frequently asked questions, see the Toddler program page.
Grade Pre-K & Grade Kindergarten (U5/U6)
We introduce Saturday games at Triangle Field -- with no score being kept -- in addition to a weekly practice for co-ed teams split by grade level. Games are small-sided (4 v 4, with small nets and no goalies) and there is a continued emphasis on getting kids as many touches as possible.
Grade 1 & Grade 2 (U7/U8)
Teams are split into Boys and Girls, with the Boys split by grade level. Each team practices once a week and plays one un-scored game each Saturday, with the introduction of the concepts of passing and teamwork. Games remain small-sided, with slightly larger nets, and in grade 2, the introduction of goalies.
Our Travel program continues player development with competitive, scored games against other Middlesex Youth Soccer League (MYSL) towns. Players are placed on teams based on skill level, as determined by evaluations. Teams practice twice a week on weeknights and play games generally on Saturday mornings, with half of the games here in Somerville and half in nearby towns.
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