The U-14 program includes children that at are U14 and U13. There are multiple teams based on registration, each for boys and girls. Teams of about 15-22 children are formed, with an assigned head coach and 1-2 assistants. The number of teams, size of teams, and variations to program are driven by the number of coach volunteers HYSA has. For teams playing in divison 1 or 2, the maximum team size is 18.
At this age level, the children are in a travel program. Holliston Youth Soccer participates in BAYS.
Each team has two one-hour practices during the week and a game on Saturday. The games are scheduled per BAYS recommendation and field availability. Typically the boys’ games are scheduled for Saturday afternoons and the girls’ games are in the morning.
The game includes two 35 minute halves and a five-minute intermission. The game is 11v11, and this is the first time many of these children first play “full-sided soccer”. There are unlimited substitions, made during any goal kick and a team’s throw-ins. A size 5 ball is used. Travel referees officiate the game. Players wear official Holliston travel uniforms. Players must wear shin-guards, soccer socks and cleats.
The program runs for 10 weeks in the fall and again in the spring.