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Bridgewater Youth Soccer Association History

Brief History

Year History Description
1969 Bridgewater Youth Soccer was organized as a League. The program started with 4 boys teams between the ages of 8 and 12 and played only in the fall. The first 4 teams were the Hustlers, Sparks, Wolves, and Celtics. There was one soccer field made at lower Legion field that ran from the Skate Park through the Stonedust Field.
1970 Bridgewater Youth Soccer had 60 boys in its program.
1971 Soccer was introduced as a Boys Varsity sport at B-R and a soccer field was built at Scotland Field, where the parking lot now stands, for their home field. There were 80 boys in the youth program.
1972 Bridgewater Youth Soccer expanded to include girls teams in its programs, also between the ages of 8 and 12. The games were played only in the fall and the Recreation Commission allowed BYSA use of the new field at Scotland Field as well as Lower Legion.
1973 BYSA selects its first All-Star teams and they consisted of both boys and girls teams in U-10, U-12, and U-14 age groups. They were entered into the BAYS Spring Travel League. The girls used Scotland Field as their home field and the boys used the Football Field at Legion. Lower Legion could not be used during the baseball season. Bridgewater also traveled to Hazlet, NJ for the first time in the fall with the boys All-Star teams and a new tradition was started.
1974 Hazlet, NJ traveled to Bridgewater in the fall and brought with them both boys and girls teams. Every year continuing until 1980 we alternated travel between the two towns.
1975 The South Shore Soccer League was formed with Boys teams only to start Spring Travel locally. The 6 original towns in the League included Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, Rockland, Abington, Whitman, and Stoughton. The boys teams from BYSA expanded to include U-16 and U19 teams as well. The girls teams were still playing in the BAYS League and the Youth program had grown to 190 boys and 84 girls. On November 6th, the Articles of Organization were signed and the Bridgewater Youth Soccer Association was incorporated as a non-profit organization. Plans were made to add teams to accommodate children over the age of 12 in the Fall League. Soccer was introduced as a Co-Ed sport at the Williams Middle School.
1976 Wood from the barn at Kairit's Milk Farm was donated to the League to build a kick board at Legion Field, so the wood was dismantled piece by piece and the kick board was erected. Now that BYSA had expanded the programs to include ages over 12, additional soccer fields were needed.
Bridgewater Soccer Capital of Massachusetts was put on file at the State House in Boston by Peter Flynn.
1977 The Dream of Our Own Fields. The League was growing, but there were still only 2 soccer fields to accommodate approximately 400 kids. The League again went to the Recreation Commission in search of field space. BYSA was told that it would be losing Scotland Field so that a softball field could be built, but was allowed use of 2 fields for fall only. One was between the Lazaro and Hayes baseball fields at Legion Field and the other was behind the new softball field at Scotland. In the spring, only the football field at Legion was available for use, but Bridgewater State College allowed use of their fields. The Prison also allowed play on one of its corn fields on Summer Street in the Fall, after the harvest. BYSA decided it was time to search for land to build our own fields. Soccer was introduced as a Girls Varsity sport at B-R. The South Shore Soccer League began a Girls Division for U-10, U-12, and U-14 and BYSA added a U-16 girls travel team to play in the Norfolk Soccer League. BYSA traveled to Waterville, Maine with the Boys and Girls All-Star teams in the fall.
1978 State-owned land on Flagg St, part of the State Prison property, was discovered by BYSA and negotiations began with State Officials. BYSA began fundraising to pay for the property, and many donations were received. The property lease agreement was signed on October 13th. Boys and Girls Teams from Waterville, ME traveled to Bridgewater for a weekend of soccer.
1979 Work on the Flagg St fields began in early Spring, the holes for the parking lot retaining poles were dug by hand and installed to keep the cars off the fields. The Girls Spring Travel program added a U-19 team. BYSA was summoned to Boston to explain to the IRS the $20, 000 in raised funds, as that sum was deemed to large for a non-profit organization. The National Guard's Army Corp of Engineers was contracted to begin work on the fields themselves.
1980 Fields 1 and 2 were completed.
1981 The first games were played at Flagg St fields in the Fall.
1982 The first Spring Travel games were played on Flagg St fields for the U-10, U-12, and U-14 teams. The U-16 and U-19 teams were still playing at College and Legion fields, as the new fields were not large enough for this age group, additional fields were still needed. The State asked BYSA to organize and run the first Special Olympics Soccer Program.
1983 Preparations were made to begin work on Field 3. The South Shore hosted it's first Referee Licensing Course.
1984 BYSA hosted the StateTournament using Legion and College fields in addition to the Flagg Street fields. Construction began on field 3.
1985 Field 3 was completed.
1989 Field 4 was completed.
1991 BYSA started a Summer Instructional League for 4 to 6 year old players.
1992 BYSA hosted the Inaugural Bridgewater Challenge Cup Tournament at the Flagg St fields.
1993 Field 5 was completed.
1999 Field 6 was completed.

Past Presidents

Year President
1970 - 71 John Heslin
1972 - 73 Mike O'Neil
1974 Bob Dearing
1975 - 77 Chic Chicoine
1978 - 80 Mike Kent
1981 Frank Smith
1982 Mike Kent
1983 Dave Hathaway
1984 - 85 Peter Chase
1986 - 87 Phil Sheridan
1988 Bob Tatro
1989 - 90 Ken Lappin
1991 - 93 David Noyes
1994 - 95 Joe Powers
1996 - 97 Kevin Whittington
1998 - 99 Mac Mackinnon
2015Ron Barron
2016Jim Frazier
2017 - 18
Bryan Berry
2019 - 20
Jim Loonie

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