Waterbury Youth Soccer - Registration Open!

posted Jul 27, 2017, 6:19 PM by Sarah Squirrell

We are excited to get the 2017 Fall soccer season underway!  Please click here to register now!  Registration is $35 per child for the Kindergarten program, $45 per child for 1st-2nd grade program, and $50 per child for the 3rd-6th grade program. Program fee increase after August 27th, so act now! 

Kindergarten League 
For our youngest soccer stars! The Kindergarten League starts Saturday, September 9th and runs for 6 weeks with a final jamboree on October 21st. 

1st-2nd Grade League
We have a dynamic and fun 1-2 crew of players, join us! The 1-2 League starts Saturday, September 9th and runs for 6 weeks with a final jamboree on October 21st. 

3rd-6th Grade League
Our seasoned soccer superstars! 3-6 players will start their season on Saturday, September 9th and runs for 6 weeks with a final Gary Griffith Invitational Tournament on October 28th!

Please review the Program Information section of our website for more detailed information. Please don't forget to volunteer and support our amazing community Waterbury Youth Soccer League!

Waterbury Youth Soccer Referee Clinic - Saturday, 8/26 11:00 - 12:00

posted Aug 23, 2016, 5:31 AM by Sarah Squirrell   [ updated Jul 27, 2017, 6:33 PM ]

Waterbury Youth Soccer Referee Clinic is scheduled for Saturday, August 26th from 11:00 - 12:00 at Hope Davey field. This is for all Waterbury Youth Soccer Referee's!

Coaches Meet & Greet | Coaches Clinic - Scheduled Thursday, August 31st, 2017 5:45 - 7:30

posted Aug 11, 2016, 6:13 PM by Sarah Squirrell   [ updated Aug 23, 2017, 6:01 PM ]

For those of you that have signed up to coach we have scheduled the Coaches Meet & Greet for Thursday, 8/31 from 5:45 - 6:30 at Thatcher Brook Primary School Gym. You will receive your uniforms and equipment at this meeting! This will be followed by our Coaches Clinic from 6:30 - 7:30! Mike Langlais will be leading you through all the essentials to coach and support your team this year. Please bring athletic  shoes, a ball and water bottle, you will be running doing drills!

Opening Day Kindergarten 1st/2nd Grade League - Saturday, September 9th, 2017!

posted Aug 13, 2014, 9:08 AM by Sarah Squirrell   [ updated Jul 27, 2017, 6:36 PM ]

Waterbury Youth Soccer is excited for the opening day of the Kindergarten 1st/2nd Grade League! Our opening day kick-off is set to start at 9:30 sharp on Saturday, 9/9 at Hope Davey Fields. Please arrive a bit early and check-in at the pavilion to ensure a smooth start the season. We will be hosting a cleat swap at 9:00, bring those old cleats to trade for your budding soccer star. Please be sure your young player has cleats, shinguards, comfortable shorts/pants and water. Looking forward to a great season!

Opening Day 3rd/4th and 5th/6th Grade League - Saturday, September 9th 2017!

posted Aug 13, 2014, 8:57 AM by Sarah Squirrell   [ updated Jul 27, 2017, 6:37 PM ]

Opening Day is scheduled for Saturday, September 9th! The 3/4 5/6 League will run for 7 weeks with a final tournament on October 28th! Schedules are still in the works and as soon as the season schedule is set, it will be posted to the Google Calendar at Updates may be made during season, so please check in regularly to confirm your games.

Thunder and Lightning Policy

posted Oct 7, 2012, 9:12 AM by Scott Cunningham

Guidelines to follow regarding Thunder and Lightning from US Youth Soccer can be found here  The contents from this link are copied below.

Lightning Safety Outdoors

Each year, about 400 children and adults in the U.S. are struck by lightning while working outside, at sports events, on the beach, mountain climbing, mowing the lawn or during other outdoor activities. About 80 people are killed and several hundred more are left to cope with permanent disabilities. Many of these tragedies can be avoided. Finishing the game, getting a tan, or completing a work shift aren't worth death or crippling injury.

· All thunderstorms produce lightning and are dangerous. Lightning kills more people each year than tornadoes.

· Lightning often strikes as far as 10 miles away from any rainfall. Many deaths from lightning occur ahead of the storm because people try and wait to the last minute before seeking shelter.

· You are in danger from lightning if you can hear thunder. If you can hear thunder, lightning is close enough that it could strike your location at any moment.

· Lightning injuries can lead to permanent disabilities or death. On average, 20% of strike victims die; 70% of survivors suffer serious long term effects.

· Look for dark cloud bases and increasing wind. Every flash of lightning is dangerous, even the first. Head to safety before that first flash. If you hear thunder, head to safety!

· Blue Skies and Lightning. Lightning can travel sideways for up to 10 miles. Even when the sky looks blue and clear, be cautious. If you hear thunder, take cover. At least 10% of lightning occurs without visible clouds in the sky.

The Single Most Dangerous Place 

Outdoors is the most dangerous place to be during a lightning storm. When lightning is seen or thunder is heard, or when dark clouds are observed, quickly move indoors or into a hard-topped vehicle and remain there until well after the lightning storm ends. Listen to forecasts and warnings through NOAA Weather Radio or your local TV and radio stations. If lightning is forecast, plan an alternate activity or know where you can take cover quickly.
The U.S. lightning season is summer but lightning can strike year round! The Fourth of July is historically one of the most deadly times of the year for lightning. In summer, more people are outside, on the beach, golf course, mountains or ball fields. Outdoor jobs such as construction and agriculture, and outdoor chores such as lawn mowing or house painting are at their peak, putting those involved in danger.

Safety Rules

1. Postpone activities promptly. Don't wait for rain. Many people take shelter from the rain, but most people struck by lightning are not in the rain! Go quickly inside a completely enclosed building, not a carport, open garage or covered patio. If no enclosed building is convenient, get inside a hard-topped all-metal vehicle. A cave is a good option outside but move as far as possible from the cave entrance.
2. Be the lowest point. Lightning hits the tallest object. In the mountains if you are above tree line, you ARE the highest object around. Quickly get below tree line and get into a grove of small trees. Don't be the second tallest object during a lightning storm! Crouch down if you are in an exposed area.
3. Keep an eye on the sky. Look for darkening skies, flashes of lightning, or increasing wind, which may be signs of an approaching thunderstorm.

4. Listen for the sound of thunder. If you can hear thunder, go to a safe shelter immediately.
5. If you see or hear a thunderstorm coming or your hair stands on end, immediately suspend your game or practice and instruct everyone to go inside a sturdy building or car. Sturdy buildings are the safest place to be. Avoid sheds, picnic shelters, baseball dugouts, and bleachers. If no sturdy building is nearby, a hard-top vehicle with windows closed will offer some protection. The steel frame of the vehicle provides some protection if you are not touching metal.
6. Listen to NOAA Weather Radio. Coaches and other leaders should listen for a tone-alert feature during practice sessions and games.
7. If you can't get to a shelter, stay away from trees. If there is no shelter, crouch in the open, keeping twice as far away from a tree as it is tall.
8. Avoid leaning against vehicles. Get off bicycles and motorcycles.
9. Get out of the water. It's a great conductor of electricity. Stay off the beach and out of small boats or canoes. If caught in a boat, crouch down in the center of the boat away from metal hardware. Swimming, wading, snorkeling and scuba diving are NOT safe. Lightning can strike the water and travel some distance beneath and away from its point of contact. Don’t stand in puddles of water, even if wearing rubber boots.
10. Avoid metal! Drop metal backpacks, stay away from clothes lines, fences, exposed sheds and electrically conductive elevated objects. Don't hold on to metal items such golf clubs, fishing rods, tennis rackets or tools. Large metal objects can conduct lightning. Small metal objects can cause burns.
11. Move away from a group of people. Stay several yards away from other people. Don't share a bleacher bench or huddle in a group.

What to do if someone is struck by lightning:

· Call for help. Call 9-1-1 or your local ambulance service. Get medical attention as quickly as possible.
· Give first aid. If the victim has stopped breathing, begin rescue breathing. If the heart has stopped beating, a trained person should give CPR. If the person has a pulse and is breathing, address any other injuries.
· Check for burns in two places. The injured person has received an electric shock and may be burned. Being struck by lightning can also cause nervous system damage, broken bones, and loss of hearing or eyesight. People struck by lightning carry no electrical charge that can shock other people. You can examine them without risk.

Stay Informed About the Storm

Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or local media for the latest severe thunderstorm WATCHES and WARNINGS. Severe thunderstorms are those storms with winds in excess of 58 mph or hail larger than 3/4 inches in diameter. When conditions are favorable for severe weather to develop, a severe thunderstorm WATCH is issued.
Weather Service personnel use information from weather radar, satellite, lightning detection, spotters, and other sources to issue severe thunderstorm WARNINGS for areas where severe weather is imminent. Remember, however, that ALL thunderstorms produce deadly lightning.
For more information visit the National Weather Service web site at

Waterbury Youth Soccer Heading Information

posted Aug 13, 2012, 7:39 PM by Scott Cunningham   [ updated Jul 15, 2015, 4:28 PM by Sarah Squirrell ]

Heading Information:

WYS recognizes the need to build awarenes and education around "heading the ball". Currently the WYS league does not have a formal policy on "heading the ball". There is currently no stipulation or rules in the VSL or USYSA or AYSO against heading the ball. In an effort to be proactive we are providing the following protocol below to be followed by all coaches based on national standards and recommendations:

WYS Heading Protocal:

  • U8 (1/2) & U6 (K) players should NOT do headers or be coached on headers

  • U10 (3/4) players should be discouraged from doing headers, but introduced and made aware of how to head the ball safely.

  • 5/6 should be coached and practice how to correctly head the ball.

  • If a player does not want to be coached in heading and is uncomfortable, then they should not have to be involved with the session

  • Header sessions should be only a couple of touches max per session for the younger players

Heading the ball is a component of the game of soccer and will happen at some point. Players who are taught to head the ball correctly are less likely to become injured from a header. Players are more likely to get a concussion from head to head, head to ground or head to goal post than doing a header with a ball. Please follow the age specific considerations for heading the ball as outlined above.

Here are two articles on the subject.

AYSO is heading safe:

US Youth Soccer heading the ball and coaching Points

Thank you very much for your cooperation and attention to keeping our youth league fun and safe.

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