COVID-19 - What you need to know for Fall 2020
WSA and Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association (“MYSA”) 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, MYSA has put together the Return to Soccer Activities guidelines and requires all adults involved in soccer activities to read, understand and conduct themselves in accordance with these Guidelines: mayouthsoccer.org/returntosocceractivitiespdf/
Participants, parents, family, and spectators taking part in soccer and soccer-related activities do so with the knowledge of risk and potential exposure involved. In doing so, they agree to accept any and all inherent risks to their personal health.
WSA’s Fall 2020 season’s goal is to provide Wakefield and our soccer membership a safe return to soccer activities and to ensure our soccer families have something fun to look forward to. We aspire to provide our players with new and improved skills, much-needed exercise, and socially-distanced interaction with their peers during these challenging times.
COVID-19 is still present and the safety of our membership is of utmost importance as we embark on the season. We appreciate your adherence to the imposed safety guidelines and modified rules of play and hope everyone enjoys this modified soccer season.
What Everyone Needs to Know:
- Please review more category-specific rules/guidelines on tabs below
- Stay home if you are feeling sick, especially with any of the COVID-19 symptoms
- If anyone has been diagnosed with COVID-19, the affected individual or Parent/Guardian should contact our COVID Safety Officer, Michael Kilkelly, immediately.
- Email [email protected] or call 781-929-7088.
- Wear a face mask and properly i.e. it must cover nose and mouth at all times
- Maintain 6-feet social distance from others.
- Do not congregate or linger on fields or parking lots.
- Game rules have been temporarily modified. See written modifications HERE. Infographic HERE
- ENTER and EXIT fields according to this diagram (click on image to enlarge)
- If you have any questions, CONTACT US.
More Details Below:
- Only a mask which attaches around the ears is allowed, so as not to cause any injury if accidentally tugged or pulled on. No around the head or neck masks (i.e. gaitors) are permitted.
- Have a mask at all times and, where possible, play with the mask on, removing it only for:
- long runs down the field
- plays without close contact
- in the goal
- While on the sidelines/bench, wear masks and physical distance by sitting/standing 6 feet from the next player
- Wear masks in any huddles or time-outs.
- No group celebrations, hugs, handshakes, fist bumps, etc
- Have your own hand sanitizer with you.
- Do not touch your face (eyes, nose, mouth) with unwashed hands.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or sleeves — do not use your hands.
- Your belongings should remain in your space when not in use.
- Bring your own equipment (water bottle, ball, shin guards, jacket, GK Gloves (if required), etc.)
- Do not touch anyone else’s equipment. No sharing is permitted.
- Wash and sanitize your equipment before and after each training.
- Learn the changes to games
- Coach should have an email, zoom call, or google meet opportunity for you to get acquainted
- WSA will send reminders to parents with the information in the guidelines including:
- Screening their players from home
- Players remembering their own PPE for training and games
- Other important information/reminders
- Ensure that your child is healthy. Bringing your child to practice or games means your child does not have any signs of illness.
- Take your child’s 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 staying at home and isolating until:
- There has been no fever for at least 72 hours (without the use of medicine) AND
- Other symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) have improved AND
- At least 14 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
- A mask with earloops is required for players. A mask that wraps around the head or head and neck of players (i.e. gaiter) will be considered dangerous equipment and cannot be used.
- 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).
- Be sure your child has the necessary sanitizer with them at every session.
- When dropping off your player for a practice or game, make sure they have their mask on.
- When at a field, wear a mask if you are outside of your car.
- 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 the equipment before or after a training session.
- No carpooling with other members of the team.
- Ensure athletes arrive dressed for practice and leave immediately after practice. No recreational play or loitering is allowed on the fields or in the parking lot.
Please Use the MYSA Coaches Toolkit to guide you throughout the season
WSA Coaching Requirements
In order to sign up for a practice slot, the following must be completed:
- Register with Mass Youth Soccer Association
- Be up to date with Safesport and concussion training
- Have passed all background and CORI checks
- Assigned a COVID coordinator for your team — COVID coordinator checklist
Before stepping on the field, you must
- Attend/Watch a virtual coach education meeting.
- Contact team and provide parent COVID-19 email provided by MYSA
- COVID Coordinator completes MYSA registration
- COVID Coordinator attends or watches coach education meeting (link to recording is posted above)
- Pick up PPE kit, equipment, and/or CORI lanyard. Sign up HERE for a pick up time
- PPE kit contains: large bottle of hand sanitizer, disinfectant spray, 5 disposable adult and kids masks for ’emergency’ use only
- Sign up for practice times (link will be emailed to eligible coaches)
- No parents or spectators should be around the field watching practices.
- Do not congregate anywhere at the facility
- Parents should not expect to be able to view the practice session from the immediate vicinity
- For games:
- No more than 50 people, excluding players, coaches, and referees permitted at one playing surface.
- From MA Youth Soccer: One parent per player may attend weekend games as a spectator.
- See Guidelines (top of page 6) for exceptions.
- Observe 6-foot physical distance between spectators.
- Spectators must bring their own chairs, if so desired.
- No chairs are permitted on the turf.
- The bench at Mullen field will have limited seating, spaced 6 feet apart.
- Assistant coach or parent should occupy the role as the COVID Coordinator
- Head coaches and other coaches not in that role should be well versed in the roles and responsibilities of the COVID Coordinator in the event that the COVID Coordinator cannot attend a practice/game
- COVID coordinator responsibilities/checklist
- Complete MYSA registration
- Attend Covid Coordinator orientation session Sunday 9/13/2020 7:00, or watch the 35 minute-recording HERE Passcode: 1Y*Ws6H=
- These are the screening questions for practice and game, players and coaches:
How are you feeling today?
- If the individual says they feel unwell, or they look unwell, they should be sent home.
- Are you experiencing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19?
Have you or anyone in your household tested positive for Covid-19 or been exposed to anyone who has tested positive? If yes, when?
Have you traveled outside of New England in the last 14 days?
- Keep attendance sheets for at least 2 weeks following the end of the season (in case contact tracing is needed). Take a picture of the sheet as a backup. Sheets will be collected. Process TBD soon.