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WAYS Policy on Religious Holiday Observance

It is the policy of WAYS (Wayland Youth Soccer) that we do not hold formal soccer events on major religious holidays. This means we do not play league games, do not hold clinics or intramurals, do not run organized WAYS events if they present a conflict.


  1. The choice by any WAYS participants to refrain from WAYS activities because of religious reasons shall be respected by coaches, players and the organization. 
  2. All WAYS coaches are expected to cooperate in assuring that children and their families are able to choose freely between religious observances and participation in WAYS activities. There is no exception, even if it is believed that no players on the team observe a given holiday. There is to be absolutely no polling of the team regarding whether such holiday is observed.
  3. It is expected that a child who chooses to observe a religious holiday in lieu of playing soccer will not jeopardize his/her playing time or position on the team as a result of such choice.
  4. WAYS follows Wayland Public Schools holiday observance practices:  if there is no school because of a holiday, no formal WAYS activities will be scheduled.

Expected Protocol and WAYS Practices in Observance of Religious Holidays

  • BAYS Games:
    • Must be rescheduled if they fall on a major religious holiday.
    • BAYS policy is to give participating towns the option to reschedule games where such a conflict exists. BAYS preference is that you pre-play ("pre-pone") games. BAYS coaches should coordinate with opposing teams giving ample lead time.
    • There should also be no attempt to reschedule games on a holiday. 
  • Intramurals: will NOT run on major religious holidays, and will not be made up under such circumstances.
  • Clinics: will NOT be scheduled on major religious holidays
  • Practices: are OPTIONAL on major religious holidays

updated 2/13/20