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Return to Soccer Activities

August 15, 2020 - In accordance with COVID-19 order no 43 issued by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on July 6, 2020, with amendments to supporting documentation issued on August 13, 2020 by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA), Mass Youth Soccer has determined the need to require specific modifications in order for Soccer to be continued to be played as a Moderate Risk Sport under the expansion of Phase III, Levels 1, 2, and 3.  

Updated Return to Play Guidelines and modifications to all Mass Youth Soccer sanctioned soccer activities will go into effect on Monday August 17, 2020.

Mass Youth Soccer requires all adults involved in soccer activities to read, understand and conduct themselves in accordance with the Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association COVID-19 Return to Soccer Activities Guidelines as provided by this web site. 


Return to Soccer Activities Guidelines UPDATED October 5

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Note to Member organizations, please use the link mayouthsoccer.org/returntosocceractivitiespdf/ in registration forms to ensure you are linking to the most current version of this document.

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Massachusetts Youth Soccer is dedicated to protecting the health of all people in and outside of our community.  In an effort to assist our players, coaches and parents with their efforts to return to play after the recent suspension of activities, due to COVID-19, Massachusetts Youth Soccer has put together the Return to Soccer Activities guidelines for our affiliate members to use. Mass Youth Soccer requires all adults involved in soccer activities to read, understand and conduct themselves in accordance with these Guidelines.

Given the nature of this pandemic, this framework may change at any time based on the most recent CDC and or Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) guidelines. Please keep in mind that local municipalities may have additional guidelines in place that will need to be adhered to. Once this order has been relaxed, please be aware that individual counties and jurisdictions may have additional restrictions in place that affect your decisions.  


Member Organization COVID-19 Safety Officer

Based on strong recommendations from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, U.S. Soccer, US Youth Soccer and other governing entities, Mass Youth Soccer requires all Member Organizations to appoint an individual(s) to act as their COVID-19 Safety Officer(s).  The COVID-19 Safety Officer(s) will be responsible for communicating policies organization-wide, to coaching staff, administrators, parents, and players.
 
 
This person(s) can be the current organization's CORI Submitter/Risk Manager or another person(s) appointed by the member organization's board.
 

COVID-19 Safety Officer Webinar - October 8, 2020

 

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Each COVID-19 Safety Officer must sign an agreement and submit to Mass Youth Soccer.  
 

Return_to_Soccer_Activities_-_Member_Organization_Checklist_-_Front_PageChecklist for Member Organization Leaders

This document provides a simple checklist for Member Organizations to use as they prepare to return to soccer activities.  All Mass Youth Soccer member organizations must follow the association’s guidelines.  In addition, each organization may adopt additional protocols consistent with their specific needs and circumstances to help protect the health and safety of all members, employees, volunteers, and participants. 

Click here to download the Member Checklist for Organization Leaders


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Resources for Coaches

The Mass Youth Soccer Technical Department has developed resources to assist coaches during Phase 3 Reopening Massachusetts. 

Coaches Toolkit

Physical Distancing Session Plans

 


Mandatory use of Waiver Registration Language

New waiver language that must be included in all registrations for all player and adult registrations.  This language can be found on the Member Toolkit page of our web site mayouthsoccer.org/member-toolkit/ Scroll down to the bottom to see the links for Waiver Language. 


Pre-Recorded Webinar - Return to Soccer Activities Update October 7, 2020

To view previous recorded webinars listed below , please visit the following page: mayouthsoccer.org/rtsa-webinars/

Liability and COVID-19 - September 6, 2020

Phase 3 - Pre-Recorded Webinar - August 17, 2020

Phase 3 - Live Q&A - August 19, 2020

Return to Play Documents
Mass Youth Soccer Return to Soccer Activities Guidelines - October 5, 2020
Member Organization Checklist - September 4, 2020
Coaches Toolkit - September 4, 2020
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions - September 30, 2020
Modifications to Game - Infographic
Clarification for use of Face Coverings - October 7, 2020
COVID Exposure Notification Procedures
COVID-19 Reporting Procedures (What to do if you receive notice of an exposure)
COVID-19 Exposure Reporting Form (To Notify Mass Youth Soccer)
COVID-19 Notification Form -  Positive Diagnosis (To send to players/parents of affected team)
If an athlete had COVID-19 when can they return to play?
Compliance Waivers
Compliance Waiver - Adult Member
Compliance Waiver - Player
COVID Safety Officer
COVID Safety Officer Role and Responsibilities
Member Organization COVID Safety Officer Enrollment Form
Team COVID Coordinator Checklist
Commonwealth of Massachusetts Communications
EEA COVID Guidance Documents
Resources
Gloucester Bio Hand Sanitizer Offer
Out of State Travel Insurance Policy
PPE / Hygienic Products - Vendors and Manufacturers List 
Facility Signage Recommendations
Field Infographic
Physical Distancing Session Plans
Phase 2 - In Person Meetings Guidance
Sample Email for Parents - Generic
Sample Email for Parents - Arrange Zoom Meeting

Reopening Massachusetts (Mass.gov site)

Center for Disease Control - Coronavirus Disease 2019

CDC Considerations for Youth Sports

CDC Guide to Mass Gathering

EPA Recommended Disinfectants

WHO Handwashing Video

FIFA COVID-19 Resources

US Soccer Play On

US Soccer Recognize to Recover

US Youth Soccer Return to Activity Notice

Aspen Institute - Coronavirus and Youth Sports
CDC Coping With Stress
Aspen Institute - How do I know that my child is ready to Return to Sports? 
AAP Flowsheet - Return to School after Covid
KNVB Research - Social Distancing in Soccer

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