MASSACHUSETTS YOUTH SOCCER ASSOCIATION RECOMMENDED PROTOCOLS
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