Fields & Facilities
The number of players, coaches,staff and spectators will be limited based on state-issued guidelines.
Current guidelines require for team and group sports, no more than 25 players or participants can be on a single playing surface/ area/court at one time. For the purposes of this bullet point, players are defined as any person on the official team roster and actively involved in play.
Larger playing areas and surfaces such as athletic fields, and facilities that have multiple courts or playing areas,may be used by more than one group of 25 at one time, provided that adequate social distancing and group separation can be maintained. To ensure group separation, groups must be spaced at least 14 feet apart while sharing a single playing surface, court or field.
In order to maintain lower numbers on soccer fields and surrounding areas for spectators the following field configurations must be adhered to:
The actual lined area of a full sized 11 v 11 soccer field or an approximately equal area (110 x 60 yards) must be limited to the following configurations for practices or games:
One (1) Full Sized field to be used according the the 25 player/participant limit per , OR
Two (2) small (9v9) or development (7v7) sized fields and each used according to the 25 player/ participant limit. Ideally two 9v9 fields should be 20 feet apart and two 7v7 fields should be set up diagonal to each other with the near corners at least 14 feet apart, with an option to have 1 development sized field inside 1 small sized field parallel to each other,
Four (4) micro (4v4) sized fields and each used according to a lower 12 player/participant limit. The fields should be set up diagonal to each other with the near corners at least 14 feet apart
SSA will follow the guidelines for 4v4 sized fields for Rec Soccer
No more than 50 people excluding players, coaches, referees, or facility/activity workers in the aggregate in, on, or surrounding any surface/playing area, provided that there is adequate space for all players, coaches, referees, facility/activity workers and spectators to maintain at least six feet social distancing. Spectators must wear facial coverings and maintain six feet of social distance at all times.
Mass Youth Soccer requires all member organizations to limit the number of spectators at all sanctioned soccer activities to One (1) per player. Spectators are defined as a Parent, Legal Guardian or Chaperone.
Signage will be placed at key areas to remind parents, players, coaches, staff and volunteers of mask and social distance requirements prior to the start of the season.
Fences will be marked with bright tape to give parents safe spectating areas.
Use of benches or bleachers will not be allowed. Bleachers - Will be moved next to the Green Monster to prevent grouping.
Spectators must wear facial coverings and maintain six feet of social distance at all times.
Coaches, staff, referees and other officials are required to wear facial coverings and maintain social distance of 6 feet at all times.
Masks will be required when players are engaged in play.
SSA will maintain appropriate infection prevention supplies .
Sanitation station at the entrance of each field
Each playing area will be equipped with hand sanitizer and a first aid kit
Additional supplies of hand sanitizer, facial tissues, facial coverings and disinfectant spray for equipment will be available at the snack shack and accessible to coaches.
Coaches will sanitize common equipment (goals, game ball, cones) after each practice or game with provided disinfectant spray meeting the EPA criteria for use against the novel coronavirus .
There will be no concessions sold this season. Snack shack will be used for infection prevention and cleaning supplies for the season.
Porta potties (one deluxe and one ADA compliant) will be cleaned by United Rentals once weekly. Porta potties will always have hand sanitizer and a clearly labeled disinfecting solution made of one part bleach and two parts water.
Cleaning log can be found in the interior door of each unit.
Drop-off and pick-up time will be staggered to allow for the minimum number of people in one area at once. SSA will schedule groups/teams with a minimum of 20 minutes in between the time one team concludes and the other arrives. Players must leave immediately after their session. Players should not arrive at their field earlier than 5 minutes prior to their scheduled arrival time.