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Sep 25

WSA President’s Letter to the Membership

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Remaining Vigilant and Keeping Each Other Safe

Dear Wakefield Soccer Families,

We hope this communication finds you, your family, and your friends healthy and staying safe. In August, we were pleased to hear that the Governor of Massachusetts announced reopening plans for the state that included the phased reintroduction of outdoor recreation and youth sports activities. 

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Wakefield Soccer Association (WSA) has worked very closely with Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association (MYSA) to prepare for a season that follows their requirements and the state of Massachusetts’ requirements for a safe return to soccer related activities.

 I know adhering to these extra steps over a long period of time is difficult, but the risk of an outbreak is a constant challenge. There have been recent COVID-19 outbreaks linked to asymptomatic members of communities across the state, and as members of WSA and the Wakefield community we must do our part in prevention.  Please be sure to follow the guidelines below. Following these protocols goes a long way in helping to reduce the spread.

All members are required to: 

  • Perform daily symptom monitoring and stay home if feeling ill.
  • Wear a face covering or mask over your nose and mouth at all times while at our venues, regardless of proximity to others..  Put it on and leave it on.
  • Limit the number of spectators to (1) during weekend games, and no spectators during practices.  
  • Always maintain a 6 foot distance between everyone present.
  • No spectators are allowed on the playing surface, spectators must stay to the outside of the fencing.
  • Always perform hand hygiene. 
  • Work together. Ask/tell one another:  “Keep your mask on, stay off the playing surface”,  etc, we all have a role to play in keeping one another and our children safe from Covid-19.

WSA has been at work for months to get our players out on the field. Let’s all follow the guidelines and keep them there.

In the event guidelines are not adhered to, spectators or players will be asked to leave the venue.

Thank you for your diligence and for continuing to care for each other.

 David Dube’

President

MYSA Guidelines – Updated 9/4/20

COVID-19 – What you need to know

Sep 14

FALL 2020 WEEKLY REMINDERS – 9/14/2020

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This message will be sent out weekly with the latest information and reminders for our Fall 2020 season. Please acquaint yourself and your player with the information within. 

For all WSA activities in Fall 2020, if your player is not feeling well – keep them home. (COVID 19 SYMPTOMS)

GENERAL – PRACTICES

  1. Practices are 1 hour in duration. Do not arrive at the field location until 5 minutes prior to the start time. There is no socialization before or after the practice. Players must leave fields immediately.
  2. At Mullen/Walton, please follow the drop off/pick-up process outlined in this diagram.
  3. Upon arrival, find your team’s location and COVID Coordinator for check-in. COVID Coordinators will have a badge (and have registered with MYSA and received a CORI check). Players will be asked general health questions, ensure that they have appropriate PPE and will sanitize their hands.

PLAYER REMINDERS

  1. Wear a mask entering and exiting the field, as well as during play. Masks must have ear loops – they cannot be a buff, bandana or have straps that wrap around the head. 
  2. Bring a light and dark shirt for drills – pinnies will not be handed out.
  3. Belongings must be consolidated in a bag – it is not recommended to have loose articles on the playing field.
  4. Do not bring any equipment. Sanitized equipment will be provided by WSA and Head Coaches will be responsible for managing equipment.
  5. Benches will not be utilized, chairs cannot be placed on the turf – players should bring a small blanket or towel if needed.

SPECTATORS

  1. No spectators for practices, and there is a 1 spectator per player limit for Saturday games. Spectators are required to check in at the Covid Coordinator desk upon arrival. 
  2. 6’ social distanced spacing is required. Seating around the field will be marked for social distancing. 
  3. No chairs can be placed on the turf.

MYSA INFORMATION

Temporary Rule Modifications

Return to Soccer Guidelines

WSA INFORMATION – BOOKMARK THIS LINK, IT WILL BE UPDATED REGULARLY

WSA COVID Page

Thank You

 

Aug 17

MYSA Return to Soccer Activities Guidelines

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On July 24, 2020, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs amended the Safety and Reopening Standards for Business and other Entities Providing Youth and Adult Amateur Sports Activities for Phase III, Step 1.   Soccer was reclassified into the Moderate Risk Sports category allowing participation in Level 1, 2, and 3 types of play.

The following types of play are defined by level from least to the greatest risk.

  • Level 1: Individual or socially distanced group activities (no-contact workouts, aerobic
  • conditioning, individual skill work, and drills)
  • Level 2: Competitive Practices (Intra-team/group games, contact drills and scrimmages)
  • Level 3: Competitions (Inter-team games, meets, matches, races, etc.)

Effective August 17, 2020, Mass Youth Soccer 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.   The Return to Soccer Activities guidelines have been updated to reflect the changes.

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

Coaches can reference the Mass Youth soccer site that has physical distancing sessions to help you during these times.

The attached PDF’s go into further detail:

Jul 24

WSA Annual General Meeting – August 11, at 7:00 pm

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The 2020 Wakefield Soccer Association (WSA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place on Tuesday, August 11, at 7:00 pm.  Due to current circumstances, this year’s AGM will take place via Google Meet.  Agenda items will include a general WSA update, a review of proposed changes to the Association Constitution & Bylaws (attached), and the election of the Board of Directors for the upcoming year.

Current Constitution and Bylaws can be found at: https://www.wakefieldsoccer.org/about/wsa-policies

WSA is a volunteer-run organization and we are always in need of more help.  Please consider getting involved to help shape the future of Wakefield Soccer by joining our Board of Directors.

WSA Board positions

  • Secretary,  Treasurer
  • Directors of:   Travel Programs,  Intramural Programs,  Fields & Facilities, Risk Management, Referees,  Equipment, Fundraising, Registration, Website
  • At Large Seats (3)

If you are interested in ANY positions, please submit an email with your interests to David Dube, [email protected] by August 4, 2020.

Wakefield prides itself on being a well-run volunteer organization, but that can only continue to happen when we have great new people like you to help us – please consider volunteering!

Apr 29

Spring 2020 Season is Canceled. Refund Information.

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It is with great disappointment that we provide you with this notice about the cancellation of the 2020 Spring Soccer season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes, but is not limited to all games (of all types), practices, clinics, training, tournaments, in-person meetings, and Coaching Education Courses. This applies to both our travel and in-town programs.

All Wakefield fields remain closed until July 6, 2020 for any type of activity.  Please do not go to fields to shoot around or play pick-up games, etc.

WSA may offer summer recreational playing opportunities, but all is dependent on state and local health rules.  Currently, we are planning for a full fall season.  

In the meantime, for fun training challenges and activities, follow our Instagram acct @wakefieldsoccer, Facebook page, and/or check in on the website at https://www.wakefieldsoccer.org/training-at-home/

We will now process reimbursements for spring registration fees.   A credit for any future soccer registration has been applied to your SportsManager account for all of your spring fees.  If you would prefer a refund check instead, please submit a request through this REIMBURSEMENT FORM no later than JUNE 1, 2020.

​​​​​​​Thank you for your patience as we work through this process.

Be Safe, Stay Healthy !  

WSA Board of Directors

Apr 29

Update on the 2020 Spring Season

Posted In: General WSA News, Registration News

Dear WSA parents, players and coaches,

First and foremost, we wish you and your family safety and health as we currently remain in very uncertain times. It is with great disappointment that we provide you with this notice about the cancellation of the 2020 Spring Soccer season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes, but is not limited to all games (of all types), practices, clinics, training, tournaments, in-person meetings, and Coaching Education Courses. This applies to both our travel and in-town programs.

All Wakefield fields remain closed until July 6, 2020 for any type of activity.  Please do not go to fields to shoot around or play pick-up games, etc.

WSA may offer summer recreational playing opportunities, but all is dependent on state and local health rules.  Currently, we are planning for a full fall season.

In the meantime, for fun training challenges and activities, follow our Instagram acct @wakefieldsoccer, Facebook page, and/or check in on the website at https://www.wakefieldsoccer.org/training-at-home/

  We will now process reimbursements for spring registration fees.   A credit for any future soccer registration has been applied to your SportsManager account for all of your spring fees.  If you would prefer a refund check instead, please submit a request through this REIMBURSEMENT FORM no later than JUNE 1, 2020.

Thank you for patience as we work through this process.

Be Safe, Stay Healthy !

WSA Board of Directors

Apr 27

Training At Home

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WSA is providing online videos that players can be doing from their home to continue getting touches on the ball.  Content will be added each week to continue to provide players ideas on how to train on their own.  Follow this link to view our Training At Home Program: https://www.wakefieldsoccer.org/training-at-home/

We will also be posting on our instagram account @wakefieldsoccer with challenges, games, and other soccer related content.  Please follow us and feel free to tag us with your training at home videos so we can continue to connect as a soccer community.

Apr 5

WSA – COVID-19 Update

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Dear Wakefield Soccer Association Families and Friends,

I hope this message finds you and your family healthy and well. I wanted to take this opportunity to provide you with an update of Wakefield Soccer Association (WSA) and how this relates to the start of the Spring 2020 season. The ongoing decision to delay the start of all youth soccer sports has been driven by a few different factors, The State of Massachusetts imposing a stay at home advisory, the Town of Wakefield’s closure of all fields, parks, and recreational areas and school administration has closed all schools.

For our Travel players, ECYSA has delayed the start of the season along with Mass Youth Soccer Association placing all youth soccer activities on hold until and including Sunday, May 3, 2020.

Our in-town programs, Tots, Pre K – Kinder, and Grades 1-2 Academy, fall under WSA’s structure and guidelines.  Taking all of the above information into account, these programs will also not kick off until after the postponement date of Sunday, May 3, 2020.

Our Director of Coaching, Mackenzie Arment, has spent the last couple of weeks putting together the framework for at-home technical skills for our players to stay active and sharp with their soccer skills during this time: https://www.wakefieldsoccer.org/training-at-home/.  Moving forward, the plan will be to send out an updated curriculum periodically and Mackenzie will continue with this approach until circumstances change.

WSA’s finance committee, as well as the board of directors, have met virtually to discuss the spring season and how to best proceed.  As of right now, the plan is to continue our holding status.  In the event we are allowed to kick off our spring season at the beginning of May, as currently outlined, we feel as though our members will be afforded, with a few changes, a near-normal soccer experience.  Additionally, we will determine how to best provide refunds for missed sessions.

On behalf of the WSA Board of Directors and members of the Finance Committee, I would like to thank you all for your continued support during this time. We are committed to being a part of keeping your child healthy, focused and above all else positive during this whole situation. We are all on “One Team” as we work through this together.

Stay Healthy,

All the best,

David Dube’

President

Wakefield Soccer Association

Mar 29

Spring 2020 Intramural Registration News

Posted In: General WSA News, Intramural News, Registration News

Hello,

Due to the uncertainty of when and if we will be able to have a spring 2020 intramural season, registration has been placed on hold. The Wakefield Soccer Association is working with Essex County Youth Soccer Association as well as Massachusetts Youth Soccer to comply with their decisions as to when regular soccer activities may resume. In addition, the WSA finance committee and its Board of Directors are crafting a refund policy for both intramural and travel soccer for the spring. Your patience is appreciated in these unprecedented times.

When and if the season is allowed to resume I have posted a sign up genius link below for parents of intramural aged players (tots 3-4, Pre-K and K – grade 2) who have not already registered for the spring. By filling out this list you are not financially committed to enroll your child if the spring season does commence. This list will be used to determine teams and other logistical decisions that will have to be made quickly once the season is allowed to start.

Sign Up!

Mar 13

All soccer activities suspended until at least April 26

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WSA has been closely monitoring the developing situation involving Covid-19 and the precautions being taken to reduce the speed and reach of its spread.  We’ll be taking guidance from entities including the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Town of Wakefield, Massachusetts Youth Soccer.

Effective March 13, 2020, Massachusetts Youth Soccer has suspended all sanctioned soccer activity until at least April 26.  This includes, but is not limited to: all games, practices, clinics, training, tournaments, in-person meetings and Coaching Education Courses.  For more detail on the policy, visit https://www.mayouthsoccer.org/coronavirus/

WSA is, of course, following this mandate to the letter.  All Winter Training sessions are canceled.  We’re asking Spring coaches to respect these mandates and not try to gather their teams until after the suspension of activity is lifted.  Additionally, all scheduled meetings, including our AGM and any preseason coaches meetings (including Essex-led meetings) and/or clinics will be postponed indefinitely.  We’ll await further guidance from the Town of Wakefield and Mass Youth Soccer prior to rescheduling.

Thank you for your patience as we continue to monitor the situation.

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