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
MYS Board of Directors