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COVID-19 Update (Phase 3; Step 1) - Returning to Play

Governor Baker has provided a 4 phase guideline to reopen the state. Each phase of return has specific guidelines that must be followed by participants. We are currently in:

Phase 3; Step 1: CURRENT RATING
Phase 3; Step 2: Competitive Practices (Intra-team/group games, contact drills and scrimmages)
Phase 3; Step 3: Competitions (Inter-team games, meets, matches, races, etc.)
Phase 4: Tournaments and a return to the new normal

July 6, 2020 - The Commonwealth of Massachusetts announced today that Youth Sports is entering Phase 3 Step 1.  Soccer, considered a Higher Risk sport, is only permitted to conduct Level 1 training activities at this time. It's important to emphasize "training activities" at this level since other sports are able to do more than soccer at this stage so we want to highlight/emphasize the training component.

Level 1 is defined as Individual or socially distanced group activities (no-contact workouts, aerobic conditioning, individual skill work, and drills).  Essentially this is a continuation of Phase 2 with some minor modifications.  Instead of being limited to 12 participants the following is now permitted:

For team and group sports, no more than 25 players or participants can be on a single playing surface/area/court at any one time. The number of coaches and staff should be limited. Larger playing areas and surfaces, such as athletic fields, tracks, facilities that have multiple courts or playing areas, may be used by more than one group at one time, provided that adequate social distance and group separation can be maintained. To ensure group separation, groups must be spaced at least 20 feet apart while sharing a single playing surface, court or field.

PARENTS - Phase 3; Step 1

  • Ensure your child's health. Take temperature daily. The average normal body temperature is generally accepted as 98.6 F (37 C). Some studies have shown that the "normal" body temperature can have a wide range, from 97 F (36.1 C) to 99 F (37.2 C). A temperature over 100.4 F (38 C) most often means you have a fever caused by an infection or illness.
  • If your child has any symptoms, even mild ones, public health urges you to stay home and isolate until:
    • You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (without the use of medicine) AND
    • Other symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) have improved AND
    • At least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.
  • Anyone in your household that you have had close contact with (within six feet for approximately 10 minutes) should self-quarantine for 14 days, even if you haven't been tested for COVID-19.
  • Notify the club immediately if your child has become sick.
  • Adhere to physical/social distance requirements posted by the organization. These are based on state and local requirements. When at training, wear a face covering if you are outside of your car.
  • Ensure that your child has a water bottle, equipment (ball and GK Gloves if necessary), light and dark shirt (no shared scrimmage vests will be provided).
  • Ensure your child's personal equipment, cleats, balls, shin guards etc. are cleaned and sanitized with disinfectant before and after every training.
  • Ensure your child's clothing is washed after every session.
  • Do not assist the coach with equipment with disinfectant before or after a training session.
  • No carpooling with other members of the team.
  • Be sure your child has necessary sanitizer with them at every session. 

PLAYERS - Phase 3; Step 1

  • Take temperature daily (see information outlining this in the parent's section).
  • 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. Do not touch your face (eyes, nose, mouth with unwashed hands).
  • Have your own hand sanitizer with you.
  • Wear a face covering before and immediately after each trainingsession. They may be removed while participating in practice and drills, provided players are able to maintain at least 6 feet of distance from other persons present.
  • Practice physical distancing on the sidelines. When sitting on thesidelines you should be 6ft from the next player. Your belongings should remain in your space when not in use.
  • Bring your own equipment (Ball, GK Gloves (if required), shin guards, jacket etc.) Do not touch anyone else's equipment.
  • Bring your own water bottle and snack. Do not touch anyone else's belongings as sharing will not be permitted.
  • Wash and sanitize your equipment before and after each training.
  • No group celebrations, hugs, handshakes, fist bumps, etc
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