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Updated Mask Policy - Travel Soccer 9/14/20

Hello Medway Youth Soccer Travel Families,

 

Medway Youth Soccer continues to receive updates from our governing bodies regarding the requirements for this fall season.  Our league, Boston Area Youth Soccer (BAYS), has notified us that they too will require masks to be worn by all travel players on the field.  They have also noted that medical exemptions are permitted, but have established the below requirements for managing and communicating those exemptions.  While these requirements may be viewed as being overly prescriptive, it is important to note that BAYS is doing their best to avoid any game day confusion or issues about players that have medical exemptions.

 

1. Any player requiring a medical exemption must submit a Doctor's note to our Registrar ([email protected]) by Wednesday, 9/16, to be eligible to play in games on 9/19.

2. Coaches must notify their opposing coach of any exemption(s) each week by the Wednesday prior to Saturday's game.

3. Coaches who are notified must in turn notify their players' parents of the opponents exemption(s).

4. Coaches will then determine if they will have enough players to play in Saturday's game.

5. Any games that cannot be played will be marked as 'No Game' and will not count as a forfeit.

 

MYS appreciates everyone's continued cooperation as the regulations for this season continue to evolve.  

 

I have also included the previous email update on mask guidelines from Friday (below) in case anyone needs to reference it.

 

MYS Board of Directors

 

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Hello Medway Youth Soccer Families,

We hope this email finds you continuing to stay safe and healthy as the summer winds down and the fall soccer season approaches. The MYS Board of Directors would like to make all families aware of a change to the mask policy that had been previously published. 

Please see below for the revised guideline notice:

The Medway Board of Health has reviewed the MYSA guidelines and in conjunction with Medway Youth Soccer, the following guidelines have been issued in order to play soccer this fall:

All players and coaches will be required to wear masks for all games and practices, at all times. This is for on the field and off the field of play. Masks can be pulled down to assist in catching one’s breath when an individual is socially distanced from others.

Any player who is not able to wear a mask for any reason can request an exemption with documentation through the Medway Youth Soccer Board of Directors. That process can be started by informing your respective coach of this request.

If you have any further questions, please reach out to the board of directors. The contact list can be found here: https://medwaysoccer.com/board.

Thank you,

MYS Board of Directors

Updated Guidelines for MYS Fall 2020 Season - 9/11/20

The Medway Youth Soccer Board of Directors continues to follow developments that will impact the fall soccer season and is committed to sharing the latest developments to help ensure that everyone is aware of the latest information.  Much of what is included below is available at https://www.mayouthsoccer.org/return-to-soccer-activities/ so please feel free to visit the site to read in more detail.  MYS is actively working with Boston Area Youth Soccer (BAYS) to review, interpret and develop guidelines to be implemented based on state directives and guidance from our governing body (MYSA) to ensure that we are compliant and that the fall season is as successful as possible.

 

The Medway Board of Health has reviewed the MYSA guidelines and in conjunction with Medway Youth Soccer, the following guidelines have been issued in order to play soccer this fall:

All players and coaches will be required to wear masks for all games and practices, at all times. This is for on the field and off the field of play. Masks can be pulled down to assist in catching one’s breath when an individual is socially distanced from others.

 

Any player who is not able to wear a mask for any reason can request an exemption with documentation through the Medway Youth Soccer Board of Directors. That process can be started by informing your respective coach of this request.

 

Additionally, MYSA has created a list of modifications that must be implemented in accordance with this directive.  The major points are summarized below.  Non-compliance to these guidelines may result in the season being suspended. 

 

  • Throw ins and Corner kicks will be suspended for the fall season.  They will be replaced by Kick-ins.  Kick-ins will require 10 yards of space and cannot be played directly into the opponent’s penalty area.
  • Heading and Slide tackling will be suspended for the fall season.  Any infractions will result in an Indirect kick for the opposing team.
  • Shoulder to shoulder contact will be suspended for the fall season.  Any infractions will result in an Indirect kick for the opposing team.
  • All restarts (e.g. kickoffs) will require social distancing between teammates and opponents.

 

 MYSA has also update the following guidance for coaches, referees and spectators. 

 

  • All coaches and referees are required to wear masks and social distance.
  • Spectators will be limited to 1 per player. 
  • Spectators will be required to wear masks and social distance.

 

The MYS Board of Directors understands that the above modifications will have an impact on the game as we know it, but we are aligned in our belief that it will be better to play soccer with these modifications then not to play at all.  We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will share any new information when it becomes available.

 

Please feel free to reach out with any questions.  The list of contact information can be found at the following site (https://medwaysoccer.com/board).

2020 Equipment Swap

Medway Youth Soccer is excited to announce our 2020 Soccer Equipment Swap.

This Fall, we'll have two occasions - Thursday 9/3 from 5:30 - 7:30 and Saturday 9/5 from 9:00 - 11:00 am - at the Medway Middle School parking lot. Of course, MASKS will be required to attend. We're asking all Medway soccer families to dig through their attic, garage and closets to gather up any unwanted new or 'gently used' soccer equipment to donate to the drive. We'll accept anything soccer related - jerseys, shorts, shin guards, balls, cleats, socks, bags, goalie equipment, pinnies, cones, etc.

You're welcome to donate any of the above named items by leaving them on the front porch of my home any time at 3 Rustic Road (behind Restaurant 45) or coming to either of the swap days. You certainly don't need to donate equipment to benefit from the swap as we encourage everyone to take advantage of getting additional use out of the unwanted items. If you're able to donate equipment, we ask that you do your best to clean up the equipment, tie cleats together in pairs and put any clothing contributions through a wash cycle before donating.

Our primary intent is to share the donated equipment within our community. In years past, we've kept many of the leftover items for future swaps as well as donated some to other worthy causes. If you have any questions at all, please direct them to Rob Condon at [email protected]

Thank you for your support of our soccer community!

Start of the Fall 2020 Season

Medway Youth Soccer is excited to announce the start of our fall 2020 season!  Both In-Town and Travel will begin on Saturday, September 19th, 2020.  Please make sure that you read the most recent COVID-19 guidelines that we sent out, as required by Mass Youth Soccer.  We are looking forward to a fun, safe, and healthy season this fall.  We thank you, in advance, for adhering to the new guidelines for the season.  Go, Medway!

Updated MYSA Guidelines for the Fall 2020 Season

Hello MYS Families,

 

The Medway Youth Soccer Board of Directors continues to follow developments that will impact the fall soccer season and is committed to sharing the latest developments to help ensure that everyone is aware of the latest information.  Much of what is included below is available at https://www.mayouthsoccer.org/return-to-soccer-activities/ so please feel free to visit the site to read in more detail.  MYS is actively working with Boston Area Youth Soccer (BAYS) to review, interpret and develop guidelines to be implemented based on state directives and guidance from our governing body (MYSA) to ensure that we are compliant and that the fall season is as successful as possible.  Below is an excerpt from the latest guidance.

 

"Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association (MYSA) has reviewed the latest directive from the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) and has issued the following guidelines that must be followed in order to play soccer this fall.

 

Firstly, facial coverings are required to be worn by all participants except:

 

  • During high intensity aerobic or anaerobic activities.
  • When distancing of 6 feet or more is possible between participants whenever feasible; or
  • For individuals that are unable to wear a face covering due to a medical condition or disability.

 

Otherwise, Activity Organizers must require facial coverings to be worn while engaged in an activity wherever possible.  Some sports by their nature involve intense aerobic activity throughout play.  For these sports it is required that players use facial coverings when possible, taking frequent breaks when they are out of proximity to other players using caution to avoid touching the front or inside of the face covering by using the ear loops to remove and replace.  For example: soccer players should have facial coverings with them at all times and where possible play with the facial covering on, removing it for long runs down the field, for plays without close contact, and in the goal.  Participants for all sports must wear facial coverings while on the sidelines at ALL times and in any huddles or time-outs."

 

Additionally, MYSA has created a list of modifications that must be implemented in accordance with this directive.  The major points are summarized below.  Non-compliance to these guidelines may result in the season being suspended. 

 

  • Throw ins and Corner kicks will be suspended for the fall season.  They will be replaced by Kick-ins.  Kick-ins will require 10 yards of space and cannot be played directly into the opponent’s penalty area.
  • Heading and Slide tackling will be suspended for the fall season.  Any infractions will result in an Indirect kick for the opposing team.
  • Shoulder to shoulder contact will be suspended for the fall season.  Any infractions will result in an Indirect kick for the opposing team.
  • All restarts (e.g. kickoffs) will require social distancing between teammates and opponents.

 

 MYSA has also update the following guidance for coaches, referees and spectators. 

 

  • All coaches and referees are required to wear masks and social distance.
  • Spectators will be limited to 1 per player. 
  • Spectators will be required to wear masks and social distance.

 

The MYS Board of Directors understands that the above modifications will have an impact on the game as we know it, but we are aligned in our belief that it will be better to play soccer with these modifications then not to play at all.  We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will share any new information when it becomes available.

 

Please feel free to reach out with any questions.  The list of contact information can be found at the following site (https://medwaysoccer.com/board).

 

Best Regards,

 

MYS Board of Directors

In-Town Fall 2020 Registration

In-Town Fall 2020 Registration is going on now.  If you wish to register your child for any of our in-town programs, please due so by August 28th.  Click the blue "Register Here!" button to register your child now!

We look forward to seeing you on the field this fall!

Travel Evaluations Guidelines & Registration Deadline 7/31

Hello MYS Families,

As many of you know by now, on July 24th the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs downgraded the risk level for soccer from High to Moderate.  This change allows for contact drills, scrimmages and games to be played.  While this change is a positive step for resuming normal soccer activities the MYS Board of Directors is mindful that this change may not be permanent and there are no guarantees that games will be played this Fall.  If for some reason the Fall season is cancelled, we will issue full refunds to everyone who is registered.  With that being said, we are moving forward with our Fall Travel Evaluations (for grades 4-8), as planned, starting next week.  The evaluations will be held the weeks of 8/3-8/7 and 8/10-8/14.  The purpose of this email is to share with you the guidelines for those evaluations.

As can be expected overall registration numbers are lower than previous seasons, so we will only be conducting evaluations where we have enough players in an age group to create more than one team.  Any age groups with only enough players for one team will not have evaluations.  Taking this approach requires that we close registration prior to the start of evaluations which means that players will not be guaranteed a place on a team if they do not register by 5pm on Sunday, 8/02.

We will be implementing guidelines aimed at reducing the amount of contact between players so that we can provide a safe environment for these evaluations.  However, our evaluations have traditionally included a level of contact that we feel is appropriate to properly evaluate players and is reflective of game situations that our players will experience in September.  Our plan is to include contact drills during the next two weeks, but to structure our evaluations in such a way that those parents and players who are not comfortable have the option not to participate in those activities. To that end we will be decreasing the length of our evaluations from 90 minutes to 60 minutes.  The evaluations during the first week will consist of 45 minutes of non-contact drills, followed by 15 minutes of a 1:1 drill.  The evaluations during the second week will consist of 15 minutes of non-contact drills followed by 45 minutes of small sided scrimmages (e.g. 3v3 or 5v5). 

We ask that any parents who do not want their children to participate in contact drills pick up their children after the non-contact drills have been completed (15 minutes early for the first evaluation).  We also suggest that those players do not participate in the second evaluation as most of it will focus on small sided scrimmages.  As always we will be leveraging coaches evaluations from past seasons to help provide a more complete view of player performance and to aid in the decision making process.

All adults participating in our evaluations will be required to wear masks.  Players are required to wear masks when arriving or departing the fields, however they are not required to wear masks during evaluations.  Players are allowed to wear masks during evaluations if they choose, but they must wear a traditional ‘surgical style’ mask with loops that slip over the ears.  Gators will not be permitted as Mass Youth Soccer considers them a choking hazard.  Social distancing will also be enforced whenever possible.  We ask that parents do not stay to watch the evaluations.  If you feel the need to stay then we request that you remain in your car.  If you are not able to stay in your car then we require that you wear a mask and social distance.  Below are additional guidelines for the evaluations.

·       Pinnies will be used to identify players.  They will be sanitized before the first evaluation and players will take their pinnie home with them if they are participating in the second evaluation.

·       Evaluation coordinators will have hand sanitizer available for players to use.

·       Players should bring their own soccer balls.

·       Players should not touch soccer balls with their hands.

·       Evaluation coordinators will disinfect shared soccer balls whenever possible.

·       Other equipment and water bottles cannot be shared by players.

·       All player backpacks and equipment will be spread out and have 6 feet of spacing.

 

Medway Youth Soccer’s goal is to provide a safe environment to conduct evaluations in advance of the Fall soccer season.  We are working with state and town officials to ensure that we are taking all necessary steps to do so.  We appreciate that people have different perspectives and opinions regarding the pandemic and not everyone will be comfortable participating in part, or all, of the evaluation process.  If you are planning to play soccer this Fall you must register by the 8/02 deadline to be guaranteed a place on a team.  If you are not planning to, or are not able to, participate in part or all of the evaluation process then please notify your travel director.

 

Girls Travel Director - Mike Calnan ([email protected])

Boys Travel Director - Brian Heney ([email protected])

 

The evaluation schedule can be found on our Facebook page or by visiting the following link on our website.  Please check Facebook or this site 24 hours before your evaluation session as any changes will be finalized one day prior to the session.  https://medwaysoccer.com/travel-evaluations

 

Sincerely,

 

MYS Board of Directors

Travel Evaluations Update 7/26

On Friday, July 24th the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs updated the Safety and Reopening Standards for Business and other Entities Providing Youth and Adult Amateur Sports Activities for Phase III, Step 1, changing the classification of Soccer to the Moderate Risk category.  Under the Moderate risk category we are now permitted to conduct competitive practices and inter league games.  

 

As a result of this change we are moving forward with our plan to conduct our traditional travel evaluations starting Monday, 8/3 and running through Friday, 8/14.  We will be working with BAYS, MYSA and the Town of Medway over the next week and will share the necessary guidelines with you prior to the start of evaluations on 8/3.

 

Unlike previous years, the end of evaluations will coincide with the registration deadline for BAYS, so it is important that anyone planning to play travel soccer this fall is registered no later than 8/07 and attends at least one evaluation session If you are unable to attend one of the evaluation sessions then please reach out to your appropriate travel director. 

 

We are looking forward to seeing you soon!

Travel Evaluations Update 7/16

 

We hope everyone is having a great summer and staying safe.

 

We wanted to send another message out informing you that we are keeping up to date with the latest guidelines for in person soccer. With that, we are going to be moving try-outs for travel back to the first two weeks in August, the weeks of August 3-7 and August 10-14. We hope by this point we will be able to have a safe evaluation.

 

 As a reminder, the deadline to register for travel will be August 6 and in town will be August 15.  After these dates a late fee will be charged.

 

In line with the spring season, if we do not have a season, we will offer full refunds for anyone who has registered. 

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. 

 

Thank you and we hope to see you on the field soon!

 

 

Medway Takeover

Join Medway Youth Soccer on Instagram @medwayyouthsoccer as we partner with the Medway High School soccer teams for a Player Takeover and Friday Footskills Challenge each week.  Find out what a day in the life of a MHS soccer player is like.  We have players taking over from both the boys team and girls team.  Come check it out!!

 

https://www.instagram.com/medwayyouthsoccer/?hl=en