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).