Columbus Day Friendlies

Columbus Day Friendlies

Thank You!


Thank you to all the players, coaches and families all who made this weekend a smashing success. Despite, the current conditions the event attracted over 160 teams and 2,000 players. The event was played in great spirit and lots of memories were made.
Thank you to all of our teams, officials and especially our OVER 100 volunteers who provided a safe environment for kids to get out and compete this weekend. #BCC2020

Bolts Columbus Event 2021


The Boston Bolts would like to welcome you and your team to the Bolts Columbus Day Friendlies which will be played Columbus Day Weekend, 2021.  All teams will play three competitive matches grouped in separate brackets for scheduling purposes within the scheduling software being used for this event.

This event will be open to boys and girls teams from 2007-2013 (U9 to U15). The Boston Bolts Columbus Event will host teams from throughout the Northeast Region with a strong reputation for player development, fair play, and success at state, regional, and national levels.  All games will be played on top level turf facilities.

Boston Bolts Event Director, Don Whitaker, at

Important Dates

  • Team Registration Opens: TBC
  • Registration Deadline: Sept 25, 2021
  • Acceptances: Sept 28, 2021
  • Schedule: October 2nd, 2021

Fast Facts

  • Competitive Friendlies
  • Saturday, Sunday and Monday Schedules.
  • One Game Each Day.
  • We have secured all turf fields at Union Point, Lovell Field and Legion Field in Weymouth.  If we need to expand this we will expand to only fields on the South Shore so that families and coaches with multiple teams can easily get from field to field.
  • All games on turf including two fields under the bubble at Union Point.  The bubbles will not be coming down this year due to the COVID crisis and the cost associated with taking the bubble down.  This will provide shelter in the case of poor weather for all players and families.
  • All teams guaranteed three games.
  • Event Apparel Available through Fine Designs at all locations (see event logo attached to this email).
  • Food services available at Lovell Field, and new this year at Union Point provided by the Barrett Restaurant Group.
  • $50 off per team for any club entering 8+ teams.

Team Registration Pricing and Format

Age Group Format Fee Game Length
2012 7v7 $795 2 – 30 minute halves
2011 7v7 $795 2 – 30 minute halves
2010 9v9 $825 2 – 30 minute halves
2009 9v9 $825 2 – 30 minute halves
2008 11v11 $900 2 – 30 minute halves
2007 11v11 $900 2 – 30 minute halves
2006 11v11 $900 2 – 30 minute halves

Event Rules


  U8-U10 U11-U12 U13-U15
Field Size 7v7 9v9 11v11
Ball Size 4 4 5
Roster Size 15 max 16 max 18 max
Half Length 30 minutes 30 minutes 30 minutes
Offside Yes Yes Yes
Minimum # Games 3 3 3
Playoffs No No No


State Regulations Pertaining to Covid Return to Play:

All games will follow the guidelines set forth by the state reopening committee as it pertains to competition in youth soccer.  The below rules will be in effect for the duration of the event:

  • No heading of the ball
  • Throw ins will be replaced by kick ins
  • All players MUST have a mask at all times. When players are in space and can pull their mask down, they are able to do so.
  • Masks MUST be worn for all restarts (indirect free kicks, corner kicks, after a goal, etc).
  • All coaches and spectators MUST wear a mask at all times. Failure to comply with this will result in removal from the facility.
  • Players on the bench should be Social Distanced from one another (6’ of space between each player).
  • Gaiters cannot be worn by the players on the field of play.
  • Spectator to player ratio should be a maximum of 1:1 with a maximum of 50 spectators allowed per game. More information related to each individual facility and where spectators should watch from will be forthcoming.
  • All players and spectators on Field 1 (the bubble) at Union Point must have their temperature checked by event staff prior to entering the field area.


Qualified officials will officiate each game. For 7v7 and 9v9 games you should expect only one official for the match.  For our 11v11 matches, the three person system will be used.  This Boston Bolts Event has a Zero Tolerance Policy, which is in effect for the duration of the event.

Heading Rules

In alignment with state regulations, intentional heading of the ball will not be allowed at any age.  Intentional heading of the ball will be penalized with an indirect free kick for the opposing team.

7v7 Playing Out of the Back

In 7v7 competition, the opposing team must be behind the halfway line for goal kicks to promote playing the ball out of the back.


This event will follow FIFA rules where substitutions can be made at ANY stoppage with the consent of the official. This includes, free-kicks, corners and opposition stoppages such as the other team’s throw- in.


In the case of inclement weather every attempt will be made to play all scheduled games in the tournament. At the sole discretion of the tournament director/committee, some games may be declared a 0 – 0 tie and not made up. The following priority will be given to making up games:

  • Teams that have not yet played a game.
  • Teams that have only played one game.

The lightning policy for the event is as follows: At the first visible sign of lightning (regardless of the estimated distance from the field) all play will be stopped and players and spectators will be asked to move to a safe location. For all games that were in progress the game clock will continue to run. If time runs out and the game was at or past half time when play was stopped, the result at the time of play being stopped will stand. If 5 minutes or less remain in the first half and the score has 2 or more differential the game will be declared final.

If the game had not reached 5 minutes or less before half time every attempt will be made to make up the game at a later date and time.

Play will not resume until 30 minutes after the last visible lightning strike seen (regardless of the estimated distance from the field). When play is resumed, the game, which was scheduled closest to the re-start of play, will begin. For example, if play is stopped at 2:50 pm and restarted at 5:20 pm, the teams scheduled to play closest to 5:20 pm will play, NOT the teams scheduled to play at 2:50 pm.

Every attempt will be made to make up the 2:50 pm game at a later date and time. When play is stopped, or resumed, due to lightning, it is at the sole discretion of the referees and the event director. Both referees and event officials will enforce strict adherence to the above policy. No appeals will be allowed. Personal safety is the number one concern of this event and it will supersede any game situation.

Maximum Goal Differential

All games will have a maximum goal differential of 4 – even if the margin of victory was greater than 4 goals. Tournament director and staff will have all official scores – but a 4-goal differential will be recorded in the results

Player Safety

It is expected that coaches will keep players who have sustained injuries off the field. Referees and coaches must not allow anything dangerous to be worn that could be harmful to a player or an opponent on the field. The referee’s judgment shall determine what is safe and what is dangerous. Some examples of items that are considered unsafe (but not limited to those stated) are braces, splints, prior injuries, jewelry, hats, barrettes, and faulty cleats. CASTS –Will be allowed if the cast has been properly wrapped in bubble wrap and it is determined to be safe by the Site Director and Referee Coordinator.

Player Deportment

Shirt must be tucked inside shorts. Shin guards must be firmly in place and covered by socks. The Referees’ Committee will continue to be the sole arbiter as to what is legal and what is not legal.

The issuance of all red and yellow cards and other matters involving the conduct of a team, its players, coaches or supporters will be recorded and reported immediately to the home state association and the home/club league.

A player receiving two cautions (yellow cards) in a single game is considered to have been given an ejection (red card). A player who has been ejected (sent off) will not be replaced. A player who has been ejected will not return for that game and will not be allowed to participate in the next scheduled game.

A coach who has been ejected (sent off) will not be allowed to participate in the next scheduled game.

Any player or coach ejected (Red Card) from a game shall be ineligible to take part in any further in action with the team during that match.

The referee, referee coordinator and Event staff/director will assess the ejection and decided upon further suspension. The discretion will be solely down to the tournament director and referee coordinator.

Assault or abuse by players, coaches, or supporters will result in immediate suspension for the balance of the event.

Field Marshals

Field Marshals will be present at all fields. All participants should be aware that the Marshals have the authority and right to remove any unruly or uncivil spectators from the game field perimeter and/or the field complex area.

Event Committee

In the event of conditions beyond the Event Committee’s control, final decisions with respect to game cancellations, shortenings or terminations shall lie solely with the Event Committee and director. The Event Committee/Director, in conjunction with the Referees’ Committee/Coordinator, reserves the right to change field assignments. In addition, the Event Committee/Director reserves the right to change sectional and divisional assignments in the interest of fair and balanced competition.


No protests will be considered.


In the event that the entire event is cancelled due to weather prior to your first scheduled match, Boston Bolts will either partially or fully refund your team once all event expenses have been fully covered. If weather curtails the event thereafter, every reasonable attempt will be made to assure teams play at least 2 games but no refunds will be given.