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Acton-Boxborough Youth Soccer

POLICY UPDATED AS OF MAY 20, 2021

Overview:

Acton Boxborough Youth Soccer is planning a spring program using the guidelines set by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Youth Soccer (MYSA), Boston Area Youth Soccer (BAYS) and the Towns of Acton and Boxborough.  THE GUIDANCE FROM THE STATE AND MYSA HAS AND WILL CONTINUE TO EVOLVE.  WE WILL KEEP THIS PAGE UPDATED WITH THE LATEST INFORMATION AS WE RECEIVE IT.

In accordance with COVID-19 order no.66 issued by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and effective May 18, 2021 by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA), soccer remains classified as a Moderate risk sport 

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

The following rules, guidelines and changes are a summary of the detailed guidelines provided by the EEA and MYSA regarding playing soccer this fall. Please review and familiarize with these guidelines.

Top Things to Know:

  1. Ensure player health.
    • Take temperature daily.
    • Do not send child to soccer activities if they have any symptoms.
    • Notify your coach if child becomes sick.
  2. Notify ABYS of positive COVID tests or close contacts.
    • If a coach or player is diagnosed with COVID-19 or notified that they are a close contact, please notify ABYS Risk Officer Yana Gaber
  3. Players should practice proper hygiene.
    • Wash hands frequently with soap and water.
    • Have your own hand sanitizer.
    • Sanitize hands and equipment before and after activities.
    • No shared equipment.
  4. Facial Coverings/Masks UPDATED MAY 20th
    • Masks are NOT required for youth soccer players when actively participating in practice or competition on the field of play.
      • At their (or their parent’s) discretion, players may continue to wear masks while playing soccer.
    • Masks are NOT required for youth referees (18 years old or younger) when actively officiating a soccer game.
    • When outdoors, and if proper social distancing is maintained, masks are NOT required for:
      • players on the sideline or in a huddle
      • spectators
      • coaches and referees
    • Proper social distance is at least six feet between individuals (members of the same household do not need to distance from each other, but must remain at least six feet from other individuals or groups).
    • If proper social distance CANNOT be maintained, masks or facial coverings MUST be worn by spectators, coaches, adult referees, and players on the sideline or in a huddle.
      • For this reason, players should bring a mask with them to all practices and games
  5. All teams must have a volunteer COVID-19 Safety Coordinator
    • Coordinator may be one of the assistant coaches.
    • Preference is for a non-coach parent from the team to volunteer
  6. No touching, hand-shakes, fist-bumps etc.
  7. Rules and guidelines may change throughout the season.

ABYS Specific Policy Changes

  1. No snacks should be shared by teams.
  2. We are increasing time between games to minimize the foot traffic entering and exiting fields.  Please leave fields promptly when activities are over.
  3. We will have only one practice time slot per day to minimize foot traffic of teams entering and existing practices at the same time.
  4. Field entrances and exits to be marked.
  5. Micros, Kinders, and 1st grade will not have weeknight practices.  All sessions will be held on weekends. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the process for submitting a medical exception for a player who cannot wear a mask during play?
A: Please obtain a note from the player's doctor stating that the player cannot wear a mask during play.  This note should not specify any additional medical information such as the reason for not being able to wear a mask.  Provide a copy of the note to the player's coach.

Q: What is the role of the team COVID-19 Coordinator?
A: The team COVID-19 Coordinator role is to assist the Coach in ensuring that the team and spectators are compliant with Massachusetts Youth Soccer’s Return to Soccer Activity Guidelines during practice sessions and games.

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Acton-Boxborough Youth Soccer

P.O. Box 745 
Acton, Massachusetts 01720

Email Us: [email protected]
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