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.
Coaches • All coaches and other administrators interacting with players are recommended to wear face coverings for all soccer activities. • Maintain social distancing. • Do not allow shared team snacks. • No group celebrations, hugs, handshakes, fist bumps etc.
PLAYERS • Currently, players are not required to wear face coverings for all outdoor soccer activities. Face coverings may be worn at the discretion of the adult (18 and 19 years old) player or the minor (17 years old and younger) player’s parent/guardian. • Players should maintain social distancing when not actively playing and while on the sidelines. • CDC recommendations regarding vaccinations and protection should be followed for non-outdoor soccer activities. • Players should arrive dressed for soccer activities and leave immediately after. • Players should have all of their personal equipment (ball, water bottle, GK gloves, etc.) • Players should keep their personal belongings in their personal space. Sharing of personal equipment (e.g., shin guards, GK gloves, uniforms) is not permitted. • Players may be assigned a pinnie for use during practices or games. Pinnies should not be shared and properly washed/sanitized after every use. • Players should practice proper hygiene during soccer activities. Use alcohol based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol). Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or sleeves, do not use hands. Do not touch your face (eyes, nose, mouth) with unwashed hands. • Carpooling should be avoided. In the event that transportation of a non-family member becomes necessary, all parties in the vehicle should wear a face covering and have external air circulation in the vehicle (open window).
Spectators: CDC/Public Health recommendations for vaccinated and unvaccinated spectators should be followed. • Masks are recommended to be worn per the CDC Mask recommendations • Spectators should allow for at least six feet of social distancing between family units when entering, sitting, and leaving
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 - All coaches can be present at games on the sidelines.
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. 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.
Game Rule Modifications:
A full list of covid-19 related rule modifications can be found here: