Wakefield Soccer Association News

Nov 14

WSA COMMUNITY – FALL 2020 WEEKLY REMINDERS – 11/13

Posted In: General WSA News

Welcome to mid-November soccer. Temps will be in the 40s, dress warm this weekend!

Important Fall 2020 Dates

  • Pre-K/K: Last Day is Sunday, 11/15.
  • Academy 1 & 2: Last Day is Sunday 11/15.
  • Travel: Friday, 11/20 (last day available to practice)
  • Saturday Games: Last Day is Saturday, 11/21. The Saturday game schedule is here.

Winter 2020 Training

Registration for Pre-Winter Soccer clinics will be available soon with sessions starting November 22. Clinics will take place in the Americal Civic Center for Grade 1 through Grade 6. 

A Special General Meeting will be held Tuesday, November 17th at 8:00PM – 8:30PM to review a proposed bylaw amendment as well as recap the Fall 2020 season. Plans for Winter and Spring training will also be discussed. If you wish to join, please email [email protected] to receive the amendment and Zoom link. 

Nov 6

WSA COMMUNITY – FALL 2020 WEEKLY REMINDERS – 11/2

Posted In: General WSA News

It will be beautiful soccer weather this weekend. Our WSA member community must continue to abide by the state rules and regulations so our players can continue to play. 

  • Only one spectator is allowed.
  • All players, spectators and coaches must wear a mask. 

Please abide by all guidelines. Without everyone being onboard, soccer activities may not be allowed to continue.Thank you for your continued support of the Wakefield community and the players.

Season Extensions: WSA will continue to monitor the status of the community’s health. Any impact to the schedule due to weather will not be rescheduled.

Pre-K/K: Sessions will run through November 15.

Academy 1 & 2: Academy practices and all games will run through November 15.

Travel/Saturday Games: Travel practices and Saturday games have been extended two weeks. 

  • Travel: Friday, November 20 (last day available to practice)
  • Saturday Games: Saturday, November 21 / The Saturday game schedule is here.

A video reminder from Mass Youth Soccer

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

Oct 24

WSA COMMUNITY – FALL 2020 WEEKLY REMINDERS – 10/24

Posted In: General WSA News

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

WSA wants to keep our players playing and ensure safety for our community. This is a reminder of the right steps to take should your player has tested positive for COVID-19. Our COVID Coordinators and Coaches have been managing attendance and asking COVID qualifying questions before play for contact tracing purposes.

If tested positive – notify WSA’s President ([email protected]) or Covid Safety Officer  ([email protected]  or 781-929-7088) IMMEDIATELY. Player must provide a doctor’s note (email or delivery to coach) before returning to play. 

WSA will work with Wakefield Board Of Health and Mass Youth Soccer Association on follow up actions and impact to any specific teams. 

Questions, please contact [email protected]rg or [email protected].

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PARENT & SPECTATOR REMINDERS

  1. Masks MUST be worn while attending any WSA game. This is non-negotiable and a requirement by the state and MYSA guidelines. 
  2. No spectators for practices, and there is a 1 spectator per player limit for Saturday and Sunday games. Due to the request for increased oversight on activities, audits for compliance of masks and spectator count are being performed weekly.
  3. 6’ social distanced spacing is required.
  4. No chairs can be placed on the turf.
  5. If your player cannot make a Saturday game you must alert your coach in advance. The teams are intentionally small to allow for optimal playing time. 

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. ACADEMY GRADE 1 AND 2 PLAYERS: Bring your red WSA shirt and bring a light shirt for games – pinnies will not be handed out.
  3. SATURDAY GAMES: Wear the designated color shirt for the game (HOME: Red AWAY: White/Gray) and bring an alternate shirt if playing goalie. 

SCHEDULE REMINDERS – IN-TOWN SATURDAY GAMES (G3/4, G5/6, G7/8)

The Saturday schedule is linked at the top of the WSA website for reference. There are tabs for the next four weeks of games.

MYSA INFORMATION

Temporary Rule Modifications

Return to Soccer Guidelines

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

WSA COVID Page

Thank You

This message will be sent out weekly with the latest information and reminders for our Fall 2020 season. Read more »

Oct 18

WSA COMMUNITY – FALL 2020 WEEKLY REMINDERS – 10/17

Posted In: General WSA News

SATURDAY 10/17: 

  1. Rain is expected, please send your player with more than one mask, and dress for the weather with uniform tops on the outside. 

 

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

PARENT & SPECTATOR REMINDERS

  1. Masks MUST be worn while attending any WSA game. This is non-negotiable and a requirement by the state and MYSA guidelines. 
  2. No spectators for practices, and there is a 1 spectator per player limit for Saturday and Sunday games. Due to the request for increased oversight on activities, audits for compliance of masks and spectator count are being performed weekly.
  3. 6’ social distanced spacing is required.
  4. No chairs can be placed on the turf.
  5. If your player cannot make a Saturday game you must alert your coach in advance. The teams are intentionally small to allow for optimal playing time. 

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. ACADEMY GRADE 1 AND 2 PLAYERS: Bring your red WSA shirt and bring a light shirt for games – pinnies will not be handed out.
  3. SATURDAY GAMES: Wear the designated color shirt for the game (HOME: Red AWAY: White/Gray) and bring an alternate shirt if playing goalie. 

SCHEDULE REMINDERS – IN-TOWN SATURDAY GAMES (G3/4, G5/6, G7/8)

The Saturday schedule is linked at the top of the WSA website for reference. There isa tab for Oct 17, and the following 3 weeks.

MYSA INFORMATION

Temporary Rule Modifications

Return to Soccer Guidelines

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

WSA COVID Page

Thank You

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. 

Oct 10

FALL 2020 WEEKLY REMINDERS – 10/9

Posted In: General WSA News

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

(COVID 19 SYMPTOMS)

PARENT & SPECTATOR REMINDERS

  1. Masks MUST be worn while attending any WSA game. This is non-negotiable and a requirement by the state and MYSA guidelines. 
  2. No spectators for practices, and there is a 1 spectator per player limit for Saturday and Sunday games. Due to the request for increased oversight on activities, audits for compliance of masks and spectator count are being performed weekly.
  3. 6’ social distanced spacing is required.
  4. No chairs can be placed on the turf.
  5. If your player cannot make a Saturday game you must alert your coach in advance. The teams are intentionally small to allow for optimal playing time. 

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. ACADEMY GRADE 1 AND 2 PLAYERS: Bring your red WSA shirt and bring a light shirt for games – pinnies will not be handed out.
  3. SATURDAY GAMES: Wear the designated color shirt for the game (HOME: Red AWAY: White/Gray) and bring an alternate shirt if playing goalie. 

SCHEDULE REMINDERS – IN-TOWN SATURDAY GAMES (G3/4, G5/6, G7/8)

The Saturday schedule is linked at the top of the WSA website for reference. There isa tab for Oct 10.

MYSA INFORMATION

Temporary Rule Modifications

Return to Soccer Guidelines

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

WSA COVID Page

Thank You

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. 

Oct 3

FALL 2020 WEEKLY REMINDERS – 10/2

Posted In: General WSA News

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

(COVID 19 SYMPTOMS)

PARENT & SPECTATOR REMINDERS

  1. Masks MUST be worn while attending any WSA game. This is non-negotiable and a requirement by the state and MYSA guidelines. 
  2. No spectators for practices, and there is a 1 spectator per player limit for Saturday and Sunday games. Due to the request for increased oversight on activities, audits for compliance of masks and spectator count are being performed weekly.
  3. 6’ social distanced spacing is required.
  4. No chairs can be placed on the turf.
  5. If your player cannot make a Saturday game you must alert your coach in advance. The teams are intentionally small to allow for optimal playing time. 

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. ACADEMY GRADE 1 AND 2 PLAYERS: Bring your red WSA shirt and bring a light shirt for games – pinnies will not be handed out.
  3. SATURDAY GAMES: Wear the designated color shirt for the game (HOME: Red AWAY: White/Gray) and bring an alternate shirt if playing goalie. 

SCHEDULE REMINDERS – IN-TOWN SATURDAY GAMES (G3/4, G5/6, G7/8)

The Saturday schedule is linked at the top of the WSA website for reference. There are tabs for Oct 3 and Oct 10.

MYSA INFORMATION

Temporary Rule Modifications

Return to Soccer Guidelines

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

WSA COVID Page

Thank You

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.

Sep 25

WSA President’s Letter to the Membership

Posted In: General WSA News

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

Posted In: General WSA News

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

Posted In: General WSA News

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

Posted In: General WSA News

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!

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