Following are the BYSA Return to Play Guidelines in conjunction with the State of MA. They will be updated as MA updates its guidance.
We hope you are excited for our 2021 Spring Travel Soccer Season. Countless volunteer hours have gone into getting this season off the ground, both in the normal course of getting a youth sports season started as well as the additional requirements of managing this season according to the Covid Guidelines established by the state of Massachusetts.
These guidelines establish responsibilities for players and fans, and we need to ask each BYSA family to adhere to them to ensure the safe continuation of our season.
When you get to the fields tomorrow:
- Please always wear a mask.
- This includes players who are required to wear a mask when playing and can remove it only occasionally when in a socially distant position to catch their breath and take a drink/eat. For players, only a face covering which attaches around the ears will be allowed, so as not to cause any injury if accidentally tugged or pulled on. No around the head or neck face coverings will be permitted during contact play.
- Maintain a 6 foot social distance between families when walking to and from your spectator area and when watching the games
- Families are asked by the guidelines to limit viewers to one adult supporter per player.This does not include children under 18 who may be in the care of that supporter.
- Keep in mind that the rules of the game have changed for this season.This includes no throw ins, drop balls, traditional corner kicks, and more. Our refs have been trained in these rules and are the final authority on the games, without question.
- Make sure that if you sent your player to the sidelines with a water bottle, they bring it back with them after the game.This includes disposable water/energy drink bottles which are often left laying around after games.
- Start times for games are staggered to limit crowding while walking onto the fields. Once your game is over and you have gathered your player, please head directly away from the fields to allow the next game to approach and begin on time.
- There are defined spectator areas in the middle of Fields 2A/2B (Upper Right) and Fields 5A/5B (First on left). Players will be on the outsides, supporters in the middle. All supporters should stay behind the blue painted line. We are allowing supporters on the end lines this season if necessary, to create adequate social distance. If you are on the end lines, please be mindful of the goalies and avoid coaching from them (Don’t yell “Shoot”!, etc.). At no time should any supporters be on the same sideline as the players and coaches.
Everyone is doing their best to make this season a reality for our children- please help us by reviewing the guidelines if you have a chance, but most importantly reading the following Parents Guidelines which we are all used to from many other “Return to” guidelines:
• Ensure your child’s health. Take temperature daily. The average normal body temperature is generally accepted as 98.6°F (37°C). Some studies have shown that the “normal” body temperature can have a wide range, from 97°F (36.1°C) to 99°F (37.2°C). A temperature over 100.4°F (38°C) most often means you have a fever caused by an infection or illness.
• If your child has any symptoms, even mild ones, do not send them to practice or a game. Public health urges you to stay home and isolate until:
• You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (without the use of medicine) AND
• Other symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) have improved AND
• At least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.
• Anyone in your household that you have had close contact with (within six feet for approximately 10 minutes) should self-quarantine for 14 days, even if you haven’t been tested for COVID-19.
• Notify the club immediately if your child has become sick.
• Adhere to physical/social distance requirements posted by the organization. These are based on state and local requirements. When at training, wear a face covering if you are outside of your car.
• Ensure that your child has a water bottle, equipment (ball and GK Gloves if necessary), light and dark shirt (no shared scrimmage vests will be provided).
• Ensure your child’s personal equipment, cleats, balls, shin guards etc. are cleaned and sanitized before and after every training.
• Ensure your child’s clothing is washed after every session.
• Do not assist the coach with equipment before or after a training session.
• No carpooling with other members of the team.
• Be sure your child has necessary sanitizer with them at every session.
• Ensure athletes arrive dressed for practice and leave immediately after practice. No recreational play, or loitering is allowed.
• A face covering will be required per the most recent EEA guidelines while actively playing and while on the sidelines. A face covering should be worn during arrival and departure from the field. Only a face covering that loops around a player’s ears will be considered acceptable. See PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT AND FACIAL COVERINGS section for full description.
See you on the field!