In order to participate in MYS activities for the Fall, 2020 season, players, parents and coaches must adhere to the below Return to Play plan (adapted from US Youth Soccer Guidelines):
- No signs or symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days and have not been exposed to someone that has been ill in 14 days.
- Live in a general location for 14 days prior to beginning group training. This requirement reduces the risk of introducing COVID-19 into the training group by someone traveling from a different region.
- Take temperature before going to training.
- Upon arrival to training, coaches may ask each athlete if they are experiencing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19. If the athlete has any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 they should be sent home and instructed to contact their healthcare provider. They will not be allowed to return to training until they are cleared by a healthcare provider. A doctor’s note must be provided.
- Participants, organizers, spectators, volunteers and facility employees in high risk categories should not participate or attend organized sport activities.
- Small group training should take place in an area where physical distancing (6’ apart) can be maintained.
- All spectators must adhere to CDC and DPH assemblage and distance guidelines. Spectators, nonessential visitors, staff, volunteers and activities involving external groups or organizations should be limited as much as possible. Operators are encouraged to mark off spectator/chaperone viewing sites to allow for social distancing.
- Spectators/Chaperones must practice social distancing including wearing face coverings.
- Participants should use their own equipment and be instructed to sanitize their equipment after every training session.
- Each participant will be required to have their own water bottle, towel, and personal hygiene products (hand sanitizer, facial tissues, face coverings). Players are not required to wear face coverings during soccer activities, but must wear them when arriving and leaving a session. Coaches and spectators will be required to wear face coverings by DPH guidelines (currently whenever within 6 feet of others a face covering must be worn). Tissues, wipes, or disposable gloves must be properly disposed in the appropriate receptacles.
- Appropriate personal protective equipment (gloves, face coverings/masks) must be worn as required per DPH guidelines.
- Wear a face covering, when not actively playing and when a player cannot abide by the physical/social distance requirements from coaches, other players and parents.
- Soccer will be permitted to be played by the players under the rules/laws of the sport.
MYS reserves the right to remove players, parents and/or coaches from the program if there is intentional or repeated disregard for this restart plan.
Additional information on the Mass Youth Soccer Return to Soccer Guidelines can be found here: https://www.mayouthsoccer.org/return-to-soccer-activities/