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Opening Day for the Fall Recreational season couldn’t have kicked off any better amidst a beautiful sunny day. Over 650 players on 62 teams are participating this Fall. Many literally stepped onto the field for the first time last Saturday due to the many rained out practice days! In addition to the 650+ NYS players, 94 players from the Norton Parks and Recreation U5 Strikers program, who are in part supported by NYS, also played on Saturday.


From all accounts, the first day of the Fall Recreational season went very well. Below are some important notes:

  • Picture Day is this Saturday (9/17). Your coach will inform you of your team’s photo shoot time. The schedule is also posted on the NYS website. Please arrive at least 15 minutes ahead of time. Also be aware that parking may be challenging on Saturday so plan for extra time. 
  • The Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge will take place this Saturday from 11-2 where your child will be able to test his/her soccer skills. All players are welcome regardless of age. Players ages 10-14 will be eligible to advance to district, state, and even national competitions. 
  • Please make sure fields are cleaned up after every game and practice. Remember, these are your fields too! 
  • Please make sure bug spray is applied to your child before every practice. EEE and West Nile Virus have been detected impacting people in our area. 
  • If you have any questions about our Fall program or would like to help in some way, you can email


We have received so many compliments on the renovated fields. Last year marked the first year where the newly renovated fields were opened and used during the Fall Rec and Competitive Travel seasons. It may not be apparent, but a great deal of work is being done on the next phase. A new well has recently come online with plenty of water pressure to service the remaining fields. In the coming weeks, work will begin in earnest on the area to the far right of the Middle School fields. This area consisted of an 11v11 field (Field 8). Our hope is to have this area seeded in the next few weeks. Once that is complete, we can focus our attention to the middle fields (Fields 4 and 5) and finally the field in the very rear of the complex (Field 7). Norton Youth Soccer would like to thank those families who contributed to the Field Restoration Project through online registration of our Competitive Travel and Fall Recreational programs. Through just this fundraising effort, 177 families contributed $3,665. These families have been recognized on the Friends of NYS page on the NYS website. In addition, this summer’s NYS soccer camp was wildly successful, filling to capacity at 125 players. Proceeds from the camp totaled $8,477.01 and went directly to the Field Restoration account. While the amount of funds raised seems like a lot, in the grand scheme of things, we’ve still got a long way to go. We would like to thank all those who participated in the Sports Authority fundraiser. We are currently running a fundraiser with the Chateau Restaurant where 5% of all proceeds goes to the Field Restoration fund from the sale of gift cards purchased online at the Chateau’s website. To purchase a gift card, click on the Chateau Restaurant ad at the NYS website. Coming soon will be a calendar raffle which will be an important fundraiser toward the fields.


While all thoughts seem to be on the Fall Recreational season, the NYS Board has been busy planning for the Competitive Travel season. Teams are selected through tryouts with each team playing other towns in the Winter and Spring months. Last Spring, almost 3/4 of the Norton teams made it to the playoffs with two teams winning South Coast championships and advancing to the State tournament. Tryouts are scheduled for the weekends of Sept 24/25 and Oct 1/2. More details and exact dates/time will be available shortly. If you have any questions around the Competitive Travel program, please send an email to


Finally, NYS is planning to offer its U6-U8 Indoor Program. This program has been offered in the past as two 6-week sessions (Nov-Dec and Jan-Feb) on Sunday afternoons. Each Sunday consists of 15 minutes of practice and a 40-minute scrimmage. This is a recreational division available to any U6 to U8 player not on a competitive team. The program cannot be offered unless we have someone serve as director. If you are interested, please send email to


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Posted by NYS Registrar, Created Thu Sep 15, 2011

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