Covid Coordinator - Select one coach per team to be take attendance at every single practice and game for their team (not parents). For U10 games, please include the referee. You can keep a notebook in your ball bag, a note on your phone, whatever works best for you. This is for contact tracing purposes and must be done accurately.
Symptom Check- All players, coaches, and referees must conduct daily symptom assessments (self-evaluation) on their participant(s). Anyone that is experiencing symptoms, a temperature of 100.3 or above, or has come into contact with someone who is sick must stay home.
Masks - Coaches, refs, parents, players- masks up all the time on and off the playing field. Socially distanced masks breaks are permitted during games and practice. Please consider asking for families to donate a box of appropriately sized disposable masks in a zip lock back to keep in your equipment bag.
Sanitizer - spray bottle should be in a zip lock bag in your equipment bag at all times. This is for sanitizing balls, goal posts, and hands of players who forgot theirs. There is sanitizer in the portable toilet that will be cleaned more frequently this season. I will put a bottle on my porch with a funnel every saturday morning for those who need refills. When the weather gets cooler, I will leave it in the deck boxes at the fields.
Practice Arrival and Dismissal- Drop off and pick up for U6 and U8 will be at the circle. Drop off and pick up for U10 and U14 will be at the end of the pathway behind the U14 goal. U10 coaches, please consider walking your team down the pathway together. U12 pick up and drop off at Cashman- please spread out when entering and exiting. Use the low fences on all sides rather than all coming and going between that one opening.
Distanced practices - practices should be as distanced as possible. Avoid contact drills during practices as much as you can. MYSA has dozens of practice plans separated by age group on their website that are all distanced. I strongly encourage you to review these and get some ideas.
Cones - do not have players collect cones for you. Only coaches should touch the cones.
Coaches at games - Please rotate between 2 coaches whenever possible for games. We have included only 2 coaches in our max capacity count for the field. If you have behavioral needs on your team that make 3 coaches critical, please let us know.
Uniforms - Home teams wear maroon jersey, away teams wear white/grey jersey for U6, U8, U10. U12 and U14 players must wear their complete kit to every game- maroon jersey, black shorts, maroon socks.
Game Time Arrival - Arrive no sooner than 15 minutes before each game.
Balls out of play - Please continue to use your feet to send balls back into play. While we no longer require balls to be sanitized and rotated back into play, it is still best to use clean equipment as much as possible.
Goalie gloves and pinnys- Both are included in your bags, but are discouraged from being used. If a player is a dedicated goalie, then they can use gloves. We don't want them traded around during a game or practice. Pinnys should not be used. If you do use them, it is the coaches responsibility to take them home and wash them. Have players keep a white shirt in their soccer bags for practices and games. If you have two goalies per game and would like a second set of gloves, please ask your coordinator. A pinny can be used to designate the goalie but should not be traded with a substitute goalie.
No Touch Rule -There will be no high fives, handshake lines, and other physical contact with teammates, opposing players, coaches, officials, and fans. A “round of applause” or a cheer at the end of the game is perfect.
U12 and U14 boys and girls: please print a couple of copies of your rosters and keep them in your equipment bag or with your lanyard. With the exception of U14 boys, our games will be refereed by certified refs from the ECYSA league. You will need to have your lanyard showing and you will need to present a paper roster at every game. The roster is for the purpose of reporting injuries or red/yellow cards and must be presented.
Sideline masks - subsitutue players waiting on the sideline must have their masks on.
Game Rule Modifications:
A full list of covid-19 related rule modifications can be found here:
ALL MODIFICATIONS TO THE GAME HAVE BEEN LIFTED with the exception of spectator limits and masks covering the mouth and nose at all times.