November 6, 2020 - The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) has updated Reopening Standards for entities providing Youth Sports Activities.
Mass Youth Soccer has developed an Indoor Soccer Protocols Document - Dated November 19, 2020 and updated Soccer Activities Protocols to assist Member Organizations with their planning and implementation off soccer during Winter months. Mass Youth Soccer's Soccer Activities Protocol document has also been updated based on recent EEA Guidance.
Game Modifications are no longer required as long as Mandatory Facial Coverings requirements in EEA documentation are adhered to. Mass Youth Soccer recommends that sanctioned leagues continue to utilize game modifications to complete current Fall League schedules.
To assist member organizations and players impacted by the amended EEA Memo, Mass Youth Soccer has developed an Out of State Travel Q&A Document
Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Memo - November 7 (Updated November 12, 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 Update - November 6, 2020
Soccer Activities Protocols - UPDATED November 19. 2020
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
Each COVID-19 Safety Officer must sign an agreement and submit to Mass Youth Soccer.
Checklist 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
Resources for Coaches
The Mass Youth Soccer Technical Department has developed resources to assist coaches during Phase 3 Reopening Massachusetts.
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