Fall 2022 Opening Day Information
Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Greetings Coaches, Players and Parents!

Our 2022 Soccer Season is set to start on Saturday, Sept 17th! We are starting the season with over 570 players – ages 3-17!!! THANK YOU!!!

We are starting a week later this year due to the Maryland Fleet Week and Flyover Festivities. The event takes place Sept 7th to 13th. We hope you will be able to take part in the FREE and fun activities at the event. Go to www.visitmaryland.org for all the information.

The Fall 2022 Planning Committee worked very hard to make this season enjoyable for all our players. We have extended our Girls League to 3 age groups, focused on more fundamentals and skills building in our younger age groups and made smaller teams so all players have more advantages to engage in the game.

By now you should have heard from a Coach. If not, please contact the league!!

Your Coach has picked up uniforms and should be distributing them to you this week. All our players will be receiving a long sleeve black shirt as a player gift from the league. This can be worn under uniform jerseys when the weather starts getting cooler.

 

**OPENING DAY – SEPT 17, 2022***

All age groups will play on Saturday. Please note the following: 

The Locust Point Festival is also Saturday. The park will be filled with vendors and activities for the kids. Come before your game or stay after and enjoy the festival. 

The parking lot at Banner Field is off limits to SBYSL until 12 pm to allow the Vendors for the Locust Point Festival the space to park to unload for the festival. 

SBYSL will have a booth at the Festival! Darlene and Cindy will be manning the booth selling Walking Tacos! Stop By and Say Hi!

 

COVID-19:

This virus is still lingering. SBYSL is committed to the safety of our players and volunteers.

  • Please, if you or your child are not feeling well, STAY HOME
  • Players and volunteers have the option to wear masks on and off the field.
  • There will be no team huddles
  • Players should not be sharing water bottles, snacks or equipment
  • There will be no handshakes or high fives during & after games. At the end of each game teams will line up and acknowledge each other with “Good Game”
  • For our younger teams who do snacks – please make sure they are pre-packaged snacks and only 1 person distributing.

 

All Game Days:

Players should arrive 15 minutes prior to game time in full uniform (shirts, shorts, shin guards, socks and cleats (sneakers for our younger kids)), a bottle of water, and ready to play. SBYSL has hired someone to set up our fields in the mornings and to take down in the afternoons. However, we will need our Coaches, Parents and Players to assist in keeping our fields clean by picking up and disposing all trash after games.

Parking:

Parking is available along Andre Street (by the tennis courts), on the Parking Lot next to the Banner Field, and Decatur Street (along the street, on school parking lot and limited parking behind school). PLEASE DO NOT park on Latrobe Park Terrace (the small street along the park - the one closest to the fields). The residents have limited parking as it is, so we do not want to take up their parking.

Construction is ongoing at the housing development project on Decatur St. Please use caution when traveling on Decatur Street.

Concessions:

We do not have a food vendor, however we will be reaching out the Local School PTO's for fundraising opportunities for them.

 

Bathrooms:

The Locust Point Rec Center is supposed to be open on all our game days as well as the bathrooms in the field house close to Banner Field.

 

Fields Behind FSK:

This season you will notice some improvements FSK and their PTO have made to benefit their students and staff. We have a message from the school and PTO:

The FSK PTO is working to make improvements to the rear of the school. One of the first elements of that plan was to install eight large, blue umbrellas and a pergola on the "student picnic patio" on the blacktop behind the school. Students and teachers use that space to eat lunch outdoors and for shade during recess. Please be respectful of that space while you are engaged in SBYSL activities on the fields behind FSK. If you use the picnic tables, clean up your trash and take it with you, clean up any spills or food on the tables, and please put the umbrella shades down and close the draw strings so the umbrellas aren't carried off in storms or high winds that may come after your use. With your help, we can ensure a continued partnership with the school that allows us to use that space for our SBYSL families during their game times. Please be aware that picnics and meals are not encouraged as it is still school property and should be used only for very limited time periods before or after your game times. If you see any issues please report them to the FSK PTO at fsk076@gmail.com.

 

TURF FIELD RULES:

  1. NO PETS OF ANY KIND
  2. NO FOOD OR BEVERAGES, INCLUDING GUM, SEEDS, NUTS,SPORTS DRINKS OR SOFT DRINKS. (ONLY PLAIN WATER IS ALLOWED)
  3. NO SMOKING OR TOBACCO PRODUCTS OF ANY KIND
  4. NO GLASS BOTTLES OR GLASS CONTAINERS OF ANY TYPE
  5. NO PLAYING GOLF
  6. NO FOLDING CHAIRS OR ANY OTHER TYPE OF OUTDOOR FURNITURE.
  7. NO CANOPY OR TENTS. (NO STAKING ANYTHING INTO THE TURF)
  8. NO METAL SPIKES AND/OR CLEATS
  9. NO BIKES OR STROLLERS
  10. DO NOT DRAG COOLERS, BLOCKING DUMMIES, OR ANYOTHER ITEMS ON THE FIELD.
  • DO NOT PICK OR PULL GRASS FIBERS OR INFILL MATERIALON FIELD.

 

We would like to THANK our LEAGUE SPONSOR - Harris Teeter, Neighborhood Food & Pharmacy for their generous contribution to our league this year.

 

We would also like to Thank our many Community Sponsors for supporting us this year.

 

MANY THANKS to the parent volunteers this season. SBYSL truly appreciates our parents taking time from their busy schedules to assist in our league.

 

Upcoming Events:

Sept 24th – Picture Day. Separate schedule and photographer information coming soon.

Nov 5th – (tentatively) Season Ends (we are hoping to extend season to Nov 12th if permits allow)

 

See you at the fields!!

 

SBYSL Board

 

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