Wakefield Soccer Association News

Feb 9

WSA Annual General Meeting, February 23, 2021

Posted In: General WSA News

Wakefield Soccer Association will be holding its Annual General Meeting on February 23, 2021. In addition to a 2020 Year in Review, Bylaw amendment proposals and votes, and the voting of new board members will be held.

  • Current Bylaws / Proposed Bylaw Changes are found below.
  • If you are interested in joining the WSA Board of Directors, please reach out to the President ([email protected]), prior to 2/12/2021.   ALL positions except for the president are open to members.   The full list of positions can be found here.
  • All positions are one-year terms.
  • The following positions currently have no candidates:
    • Director, Intramural Program
    • Director, Travel Program, Boys
    • Director, Travel Program, Girls
    • Director, Website
    • Director, Fields & Facilities

Meeting Information

  • Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2021
  • Time: 7:30PM
  • Location: Zoom
    • Meeting ID: 942 9062 5144 Passcode: 788072 One tap mobile +19292056099,,94290625144#,,,,*788072# US (New York)

Thank you,
WSA

BYLAW CHANGES PROPOSED

Remote Communication

The Board of Directors, in its sole discretion, may determine that any meeting, including but not limited to the annual general meeting, any special general meeting, or any board meeting, shall not be held at any place, but may instead be held partially or solely by means of remote communication. Subject to guidelines and procedures as the Board of Directors may adopt, Members or Directors not physically present at any meeting may participate, by means of remote communication, in any meeting and be deemed present in person and vote at any meeting, whether such meeting is to be held at a designated place or partially or solely by means of remote communication; provided, that (a) the Board of Directors shall implement reasonable measures to verify that each person deemed present and permitted to vote at a meeting by means of remote communication is a director or member properly authorized to vote at the meeting; (b) the Board of Directors shall implement reasonable measures to provide all persons a reasonable opportunity to participate in the meeting and to vote, including an opportunity to read or hear the proceedings of the meeting substantially concurrently with such proceedings; and (c) if any vote is taken or other action is taken at a meeting by means of remote communication, a record of such vote or other action shall be maintained by the secretary of the meeting.

Annual General Meeting (4.1)

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) shall be held prior to the start of the Spring soccer season each year, on a date to be selected by the Board of Directors, to review the current year’s activities to date and elect officers for the next year.

Feb 5

Spring 2021 Travel Registration is open!

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

Hello,

This spring MYSA and Essex County Youth Soccer Association is planning on having a travel season.  At this time WSA is opening up travel registration for returning fall players in grades 3-8 as well as players in grades 9-PG.

If our governing bodies (including the governor’s office) deem travel soccer to be too great a risk WSA will explore alternative options for play.  This may include returning to the in town model we instituted in the fall.  We are optimistic that we will have some form of ECYSA play with Covid-19 safety precautions still in place.

For updated information regarding the stages of play and guidelines from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts please visit:

mayouthsoccer.org/returntosocceractivitiespdf/

Wakefield Soccer is working with MYSA, ECYSA, local and state officials to ensure we are in compliance with all safety protocols. For any questions/concerns you may have about safety precautions around Covid-19 you can reach out to us at: [email protected].

For more information on the travel season please visit https://www.wakefieldsoccer.org/programs/travel/Spring-2021/

Volunteer to coach:

If you are interested in coaching this year please indicate so when registering and fill out the form at https://www.wakefieldsoccer.org/coaches/volunteer-to-coach/.  We need additional coaches this season at all levels.

Uniforms:

WSA uses a 2 year uniform rotation to minimize the cost incurred by our membership.  We are currently in the 2nd year of the 2-year cycle.  For players that did not purchase a uniform in the fall/last spring (grades 3 and 9-12) we are still looking into uniform requirements as set by ECYSA.

For returning players who are looking to replace damaged or missing uniforms for all other grades if you wish to order a uniform regardless of the ECYSA requirements you can visit https://www.wakefieldsoccer.org/programs/travel/travel-uniforms/ for more information.  Please contact your coach to confirm the number.

Intramurals/Academy:

Registration for grades Pre-K through 2nd grade will be opening at a later date.

To register for the spring season please go to:

https://www.wakefieldsoccer.org/registration/register-now/

We look forward to seeing you all in the spring.  Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Thank you,
Thomas Callahan
Director of Registration
[email protected]

Dec 31

Winter Clinic: Feb 21 – Mar 28, 2021

Posted In: General WSA News

Wakefield Soccer Association is opening a 3rd and final winter soccer session.    These 40 minutes sessions are designed to assist young players to develop their skills.  The sessions will be coordinated and run by our Director of Coaching, Mackenzie Arment.

The clinic will be run out of the Americal Center on Sundays.  Session 3 is now open for registration.  This session will be for 6 weeks starting February 21st and run until March 28th.  This session will be offered at a price of $60 for grades 1-6.  Space is limited due to Covid-19 restrictions.  This session is a great opportunity for travel players as well as academy players to get a head start heading into the spring season.

Grades 1/2: Boys      12:30-1:10
Grades 1/2: Girls      1:30-2:10
Grades 3/4: Co-ed    2:30-3:10
Grades 5/6: Co-ed    3:30-4:10

Click HERE to Register Now

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

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