Needham Soccer Club Policy on Religious Holidays

As a member town of BAYS (Boston Area Youth Soccer) the Needham Soccer Club has adopted the following religious policy for all programs, BAYS Travel games, NSCCL (Needham Soccer Club Champions League), and Junior Academy games:


From time to time, the BAYS, NSCCL, and NSCJA spring or fall game schedule are in conflict with the observance of a religious holiday. Longstanding NSC policy is to allow any coach the option of postponing a game where such a religious conflict may exist.


All BAYS, NSCCL, and NSCJA coaches, and BAYS member towns, are expected to cooperate in assuring that children and their families are able to choose freely, and without pressure, between religious observances and participation in BAYS, NSCCL and NSCJA activities.

It is expected that a child who chooses to observe a religious holiday in lieu of playing soccer will not jeopardize his or her playing time or position on the team in future games as a result of such choice.


In requesting a postponement, the opposing coach and the BAYS Division Director must be notified as soon as possible before the scheduled game date. BAYS and NSCCL Referee and Field schedulers of the NSC should also be notified where necessary and appropriate.

The process and time frames for rescheduling and playing the postponed BAYS game are as set out in BAYS By-Law 9 [Playing the Schedule], Section 6. The BAYS By-Laws are available in the current rulebook or on the BAYS website at:


The process and time frames for rescheduling and playing the postponed NSCCL games can be worked out with NSC Field Scheduler @ The NSCCL Ref Scheduler can be contacted at and the BAYS Ref Scheduler can be contacted at  


Any questions regarding this policy should be directed to: