Coaches

MASSACHUSETTS YOUTH SOCCER ASSOCIATION RECOMMENDED PROTOCOLS

Updated May 18, 2021 mayouthsoccer.org/covid-hub/


  • Understand that there may be parents/guardians who may not be ready to have their child return to activities at this time.

  • Facial coverings are permitted, but no longer required. If a player chooses to wear a facial covering, only face coverings that secure with loops around a player’s ears are acceptable, so as not to cause injury if accidentally tugged or pulled on. No around the head or neck face coverings (gaiters) will be permitted during contact play.

  • Ensure the health and safety of all athletes.

  • Ensure athletes arrive dressed for practice and leave immediately after practice. No recreational play, or loitering is allowed.

  • Upon arrival, inquire how athletes are feeling, send them home if you believe they are acting or look ill.

  • Take accurate attendance use of Apps such as TeamSnap or TeamApp is encouraged to assist with Contact Tracing if required)

  • No handshakes, fist or elbow bumps, or any other physical contact.

  • Practice and encourage proper hygiene, washing hands frequently with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds at a time. Use alcohol based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol). Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or sleeves, do not use your hands. Launder clothing after training session.

  • Follow all state and local health protocols.

  • Coach is to be the only one to handle cones, discs, goals etc.

  • Ensure all athletes have their individual equipment. (Ball, water bottle, GK Gloves etc.)

  • Ensure player’s personal belongings (bags, coats, sweatshirts) remain in their personal space and are kept physically distanced from the belongings of others. Do not allow sharing of personal items.

  • Ask players to bring their own personal practice vest (a.k.a. pinnie) or a dark and light shirt to eliminate the need of shared scrimmage vests.

  • Do not allow shared team snacks. Participants and spectators should only drink from their own containers.

  • STAY POSITIVE – Players and parents will be looking to you to remain calm and supportive during this transition time