Mid-Season Update

As we enter the second half of the season, we have some updates to share about the program this year and next.

Mask update:  As you know, we’ve been following Mass Youth Soccer’s guidance as relates to Covid precautions.  As of yesterdayMass Youth Soccer has updated its policy on masks for spectators.  Spectators may remove their masks once they reach their settle in their destination to watch games, provided they maintain six feet of distance from the next family unit.  They must still wear their mask while entering and leaving the facility or when social distancing is not possible.  We’ll be following these latest guidelines at our facilities, but with that said, please respect any guidelines that are in place for towns you may visit for away games.

Note: Players must continue to wear their masks during play and on the bench when they are not able to be 6 feet away from others.

Travel Evaluations for next season:  We will be running evaluations for next season’s travel placements for players entering grades 3 through 8 (G4, G6, and G8 age groups).  Boys evaluations will take place on May 25 and June 10.  Girls evaluations will take place on May 27 and June 8.  Specific times and locations will be shared soon, along with a link to register for next season.  Stay tuned, and in the meantime, save those dates!

Postseason:  Essex will be moving forward with a postseason tournament.  Teams that finish in the top 2 places in their division will qualify.  Games will be played during the week of June 13-20.  G4 teams will have the opportunity to participate in a jamboree if they wish which will take place on June 12.  More details to come.

Lastly, thank you all for your compliance with guidelines and support for your kids this season…thankfully it has been uneventful for the most part in terms of issues related to Covid.  It has also been relatively uneventful in terms of issues with spectators/coaches/referees etc.  As we enter the last few weeks of the season, games become more competitive, and the temperature rises both literally and figuratively; please continue to do your part to keep things calm and cool.

Tim Fitzgerald