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).
MYS Board of Directors