The Sharon Soccer Association (SSA) is committed to providing the safest soccer experience that we can this soccer year. We have devised the following protocols by following guidelines from the CDC, State Department of Public Health (MA DPH), US Soccer and lthe Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association (MYSA). SSA will continue to monitor the situation and environment and will take any necessary steps to adjust our programming and operations as these guidelines evolve. We will communicate in a timely manner with the town and parents if changes become necessary.
Governor Baker has provided a 4 phase guideline to reopen the state. Each phase of return has specific guidelines that must be followed by our organization. Below is a list of the phases and an explanation as to how it applies to youth sports.
NOTE: The information provided below is based on current guidelines provided by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for Phase III, Step 1. In accordance with COVID-19 order no 43 issued by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on July 6, 2020, with amendments to supporting documentation issued on August 13, 2020 by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA), youth soccer has been classified as a Moderate Risk sport. Moderate risk is defined as a sport or activities that involve intermittent close proximity or limited, incidental physical contact between participants. Sports in this category are permitted to participate in Level 1, 2, and 3 training activities, if modifications are made to play. Modifications of play issued by MYSA are attached.
Please continue to monitor our website for up to date information after our season start date.
PHASE 1 - SSA will not conduct soccer activities/programming.
PHASE 2 - SSA will not conduct soccer activities/programming.
PHASE 3, STEP 1 - In accordance with COVID-19 order no 43 issued by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on July 6, 2020, with supporting documentation issued and amended on July 24, 2020 by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs youth soccer has been classified as a Moderate Risk sport and is permitted to participate in Level 1, 2, and 3 training activities.
Level 1 activities are defined as individual or socially distanced group activities (no-contact workouts, aerobic conditioning, individual skill work and drills.)
Level 2 activities allow for Competitive Practices (Intra-team/group games, contact drills and scrimmages)
Level 3 - Competitions (Inter-team games, meets, matches, races, etc.)
No tournaments may be held during the duration of Phase III, Step 1.
PHASE 4 - return to normal
In accordance with the requirements of MYSA, the Sharon Soccer Association will appoint a COVID-19 Safety Officer(s) who will be responsible for communicating policies organization-wide, to coaching staff, administrators, parents, and players. The name and contact information for the COVID-19 Safety Offer will be posted on our website by the start of our soccer season under the “Board & Contacts” tab.