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General FAQs

 

Is BSSC a singles club?
No, but it’s a great way to meet people!  Although the majority of our members are single, BSSC is a lot more than a singles club.  BSSC events are organized so that our participants have an opportunity to meet other people with similar interests and with events in sports, skiing, travel and social, there is something for everyone. With all the opportunities to meet people, many friendships and marriages have “happened”. 

 

Why is BSSC better than some of these other leagues and organizations in the area?
Boston Ski & Sports Club has been orchestrating leagues and activities for active adults in great Boston since 1965.  BSSC began as a ski club and has grown to become the largest, full-service recreation organization in New England.  With a full-time staff of 14, BSSC is solely dedicated to the creation and servicing of thousands of recreational events per year.  With annual registrations totaling over 35K, BSSC remains the biggest and the best way to play in Boston.

 

What is the age/demographic of the average BSSC participant?
BSSC services over 30K participants annually in the greater Boston area.  Members and participants are young, socially active professionals, and evenly split between men and women. Most BSSC participants are 24 – 42 years of age, with a median age of 33 years old.  Different events attract slightly different age groups and genders.

 

Do I have to be a BSSC member to participate in activities?
No, but as a member you receive membership rates – a savings of $5 to $40 per activity. BSSC members also have access to discounts in the Member Benefits Program which is a growing list (now 40+) of retail stores, health clubs, services and more.  Membership is only $65 a year for all theses great savings. Members who keep their membership active can renew for only $50 per year.

 

I don't live in Boston, is that okay?
Of course it is okay!  In fact we have members from Maine to Rhode Island.  While many activities do take place in the greater Boston area, members from all over New England join us when they are in town or on our trips which take place all over New England and the world!

 

Do I have to pre-register for an activity or can I just show up?
For most events you must pre-register, as there is limited space.  For large parties and cruises you can usually buy tickets at the door (they are more expensive), but you should call BSSC on the day of the event to be certain it is not sold-out. Pick up volleyball has no pre-registration, although there is a capacity limit, so if you show up late you may be closed out.

 

How early do I need to sign up for events, trips, leagues?
It really depends on the activity.  Some with limited space sell out within days of being advertised; others are available on the day of the event. Keep in mind that many sports teams fill up quickly, some day ski trips get cancelled mid-week due to low registrations and often airline tickets are released months before the trip leaves, so register early so you don’t miss out.  Please sign up as soon as you are certain you can go and also be sure to familiarize yourself with our cancellation policy prior to registration.

 

How can I find out about upcoming activities?
The BSSC.com website is updated daily and is an excellent source for up-to-date information.  You can also sign up to receive our monthly email newsletter, The BSSC Playbook, or subscribe for e-mails about certain events through "eupdates.”

 

How do I register for a league or activity?
 

    Online:  Simply click on the Register link on the league/activity page and submit the form.  Some activities, due to availability or special information, are not available online.
    Phone:  Call 617-789-4070 and you will be directed to the appropriate program manager.
    Fax:  Print the appropriate registration form and fax to 617-744-5479
    Mail:  Print the appropriate registration form and mail to BSSC, 51 Water Street, Watertown MA 02472 

     

Is the BSSC website secure?
We employ reasonable and current security methods to prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure correct use of information.  Current security includes the use of a 128 bit shared SSL with a certificate issued by Comodo Class 3 Security Services Certification Authority. 

 

What are your office hours?
The BSSC office is open Monday-Friday from 9AM - 5PM, and the
Emergency After Hours Hotline is 617-462-8844.

 

How do I become a member?
Joining the club is easy.  You can mail a completed membership registration form with a check made payable to: Boston Ski & Sports Club.  You can call BSSC at 617-789-4070 with a Visa or Mastercard, or you complete the online registration form in the Membership section of our website.


What is your cancellation policy?
Cancellation policies vary by the type of activity.  Please see our policies for complete information.

 


General Sports FAQs

 

Can I register to play a BSSC sport if I don’t have a team?
Sure!  We will find you a fun bunch of people to play with on an existing team or place you on a team of players who have signed up individually. Some leagues are comprised of mostly full teams (i.e. floor hockey).  In these cases, you should contact the program manager and he/she will put you on a free agent list and look for teams who may have an opening for you. 

 

I want to play on the same team with a couple of friends….how can I do that?
We honor these requests all the time.  When registering as an individuals, each player should put the name of their friend in the “teammate request” field. Choose one main person from your group and have everyone put that name as the requested teammate. 

 

What are the signup deadlines?
All BSSC leagues and clinics are first-come-first-serve.  Some leagues sell out weeks in advance, so it is best to call as soon as you see the posting and know that you want to register.  There can still be room left up to a week in advance of the start date, so if you’re not certain until then, it’s still worth a try.   

 

How will I know my teammates, playing schedule and game location?
If you have signed up as part of a full team with a full roster and captain, BSSC communicates the schedule directly to the captain, who usually then forwards the information to his/her teammates.  BSSC also posts schedules & standings to BSSC.com on the specific league page. 

 

If you have signed up as an individual, you will be emailed the time and place of your first game about a week prior to the start date.  When you arrive at the game, simply check in with the on-site BSSC representative and they will give you everything you need….such as your t-shirt, list of teammates and schedule for the rest of the season.

 

How do I register my full team?
You can register by phone, mail or web.  Each league has a registration form, so simply provide that information and payment by check, cash, Visa or Mastercard.  Registrations are not valid until payment is received.  Returning teams to a league have a right of first refusal and are usually given a month to decide if they are coming back.  If the team is new to the league, they should submit their registration as soon as possible.  These teams are waitlisted and will be accepted into the league once the returning team deadlines have passed.  Remember to register at least one month prior to the start date to receive a $50 discount!  Some leagues fill very quickly, and sometimes there is still space up to week before the start.  Your best bet is to submit your registration as early as possible.


Can I play in a BSSC league if I am not a great athlete?
Yes!  We ask you to rate yourself from 1 to 5 (1= beginner), and we recommend that all players have a basic knowledge of the game.  We then try to make sure that all teams are fairly equal.  Some leagues have multiple divisions where most of the higher divisions are comprised of seasoned BSSC teams.  We usually place teams of individuals or what we call “indy teams” into the lower divisions to give them a chance how to play the game effectively as a team. 

 

I want to play a particular position on the team I join.  How do I do that?
If you have signed up as an individual, you will be placed on a team with other individuals.  BSSC does not coordinate how things work within the team.  Once you meet your teammates on the first night of play, you will work out amongst yourselves who will play where and how the team will run.

 

I have played Division I sports in college.  Will I be able to find competitive enough play in BSSC leagues?
For some sports, different leagues will have different playing experiences.  For other sports, there may be multiple levels available within the same league.  Speak with a BSSC program manager to discuss the best match for your skills and experience.  He/she can talk about the play best suited for your background and interests.  

 

Does BSSC offer any Men’s and Women’s sports (non-coed)?
Yes, while most of our sports are coed and require a certain number of each gender to be playing at one time, we do have Men's Softball, Soccer, Basketball, Flag Football, Volleyball and Women's Volleyball, Field Hockey and Lacrosse.

 

Are the locations of your activities “T” accessible?
Some are.  Check the locations for a specific league or call BSSC with the league/ activity you are interested in. 

 

What kind of cleats can I wear?
Only rubber cleats are allowed.

 

Do I need to bring my own stick, ball, shin guards etc.
BSSC provides game balls and the necessary equipment to play each sport (bases, nets and more). Softball bats, sticks (for hockey and lacrosse) and appropriate protective gear (shinguards, mouth guards, goalie equipment) is the player’s responsibility.

 

I received a team ID and login for my roster.  What do I do now?
Every person playing on your team must be on the roster.  You have 3 weeks from the start date of the league to finalize your roster.  Many captains forward their login information to their teammates so that each player can enter their own information.  It is very important that each player to complete all necessary fields as this information is the way that your BSSC membership status is validated.  If we cannot find a match for a player in the BSSC registration system, then the team will not receive the member discount on the player.


What happens if a league is rained out? When do you make your decision to cancel?
We make every effort NOT to cancel BSSC activities. Activities run as a function of the playability of a field, not the current weather conditions. Players should always be ready to play, and if in doubt, check with BSSC. Cancellations will be posted to BSSC.com or call the BSSC cancellation line at 617-789-4070, ext. 300. Decisions are usually made after 4pm on weekdays and 2-3 hours in advance on weekends.