Religious Holiday Policy

Juniors and City Programs

From time to time, soccer games, practices, and other team events will conflict with religious observances.  Whenever a game falls on a religious holiday, NGS gives coaches the option either to cancel the game, to continue to play if they have enough players, or to combine with another team to play.  For practices or other team events, NGS asks coaches either to cancel the event or to excuse any player who can’t make it for religious reasons.  NGS players and families are always free to choose religious observances over playing soccer. No girl will ever jeopardize her position on the team for making this choice.

To best accommodate players who hold a wide range of religious beliefs and to maximize our time on the field, we have chosen to let parents make their own choice about participation rather than to cancel the games entirely.  This practice is consistent with the surrounding town leagues, as well as the Boston Area Youth Soccer travel soccer league.

Players and parents who will miss a team activity because of a religious holiday should reach out to their coaches.

Coaches should reach out to their grade coordinator for assistance if they will have low attendance due to a religious holiday.  We can adjust the schedule and/or combine teams so that players not observing the holiday will still have a chance to play.

Travel Program

For practices or other team events, NGS asks coaches either to cancel the event or to excuse any player who can’t make it for religious reasons.  NGS players and families are always free to choose religious observances over playing soccer. No girl will ever jeopardize her position on the team for making this choice.  Players and parents who will miss a team activity because of a religious holiday should reach out to their coaches.

For games, travel teams follow the religious holiday policy established by BAYS:

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

All BAYS 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 activities.

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

The BAYS By-Laws are available on the BAYS website at www.bays.org. 

Academy Program

For practices or other team events, NGS asks coaches either to cancel the event or to excuse any player who can’t make it for religious reasons.  NGS players and families are always free to choose religious observances over playing soccer. No girl will ever jeopardize her position on the team for making this choice.  Players and parents who will miss a team activity because of a religious holiday should reach out to their coaches.

For games, academy teams must follow the postponement policy established by NEP.