Hello Braintree Youth Soccer Families,
I am writing today to provide an update on the Fall 2020 season of Braintree Youth soccer.
On July 24, 2020, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs has amended the Safety and Reopening Standards for Business and other Entities Providing Youth and Adult Amateur Sports Activities – Phase III, Step 1.
Soccer is now classified in the Moderate Risk Sport category, member organizations are permitted to participate in Level 1, 2 and 3 type of play.
Braintree Youth Soccer Fall 2020 Season
Type of Play: The following types of play are defined by level from least to greatest risk.
Level 1: Individual or socially distanced group activities (no-contact workouts, aerobic
conditioning, individual skill work, and drills)
Level 2: Competitive Practices (Intra-team/group games, contact drills and scrimmages)
Level 3: Competitions (Inter-team games, meets, matches, races, etc.)
Level 4: Tournaments (Outdoor only) NOT PERMITTED IN PHASE III, STEP 1
Even though this news is exciting for soccer, we cannot stress enough the importance of the responsibilities we have to our children and all families involved in our sport for their health, safety and wellbeing. This is a privilege we have been given and we must stay true to our word that we will follow the CDC, State DPH, US Soccer and local guidelines in all that we do.
New Safety Protocols/Measures for BYS Fall 2020 season:
Braintree Youth Soccer is governed by Massachusetts Youth Soccer and adheres to all guidelines set forth by US Youth Soccer and Massachusetts Youth Soccer. Massachusetts Youth Soccer has implemented safety standards for all Massachusetts soccer programs regarding COVID 19 (except High School, MIAA). Braintree Youth Soccer is also currently working with Braintree Department of Parks and Recreation as well as the Braintree Board of Health to ensure that we are in compliance with our town requirements for safety measures regarding COVID 19.
BYS will assign a COVID 19 Safety Officer to comply with MA Youth Soccer standards
All visitors to any soccer complex (East, South, Thayer, etc.) must wear a mask or neck gator
All spectators must remain wearing face protection for their entire visit to the complex
- Players must wear a mask AT ALL TIMES
Masks must be of the type that hooks behind the ears
Neck gators and masks that hook in the back of the head are NOT allowed
This is deemed unsafe equipment by MA Youth Soccer
ALL coaches, staff, referees and directors must wear a mask and maintain social distancing at all times. This includes during active coaching and instruction.
Referees will use electronic whistles to ensure face mask stays on and no saliva is spit in the air
Parents will self-certify their child is not ill or injured prior to each game, however, BYS has the authority to not allow a player to participate if they appear very ill or injured
For this season only, spectators will be allowed to sit 6’ behind the goal line, on each side of the goal from the goal box outer line to the corner flag
This will allow for social distancing and maintaining 6’ between spectators
Spectators will still NOT be allowed on the player’s sideline
BYS will have hand sanitizer available in various locations throughout each complex
BYS will have signage to remind parents, coaches, volunteers and players to wear masks, practice proper hygiene and maintain 6’ of social distancing
Contact tracing/attendance must be taken at all Braintree Youth Soccer sanctioned/insured events for ALL players AND coaches.
PRACTICES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED DURING THE WEEK – WE WILL SCHEDULE IN TIME PRIOR TO EACH GAME FOR EXTRA WARM-UP/PRACTICE
PLAYERS AND COACHES MUST NOT BRING COMMUNITY SOCCER BALLS TO THE FIELDS ON SATURDAYS – BYS WILL PROVIDE 1 SOCCER BALL PER TEAM PRIOR TO EACH GAME TO WARM-UP/PRACTICE WITH (except micro soccer K-1, to be discussed at a later date after meeting with town officials)
Referees will disinfect these soccer balls and introduce a clean soccer ball for game play
Must wear a mask/neck gator at all times
Must stay in the coach’s box at all times
Must maintain 6’ – 10’ of social distancing from all players at all times
Except upon injury to a player
Must fill out a roster of all players and coaches in attendance at each game
Roster copies will be provided to coaches by BYS
Coaches must hand rosters to referees by half time with attendance noted
Must carry BYS provided hand sanitizer for proper disinfecting of player hands during gameplay as needed and at completion.
Must wear a mask/neck gator at all times
Must practice proper hygiene and social distancing at all times
Except upon injury to a player
Responsible for disinfecting soccer balls after each game
Must use an electronic whistle
Must return rosters from each game to designated location at each facility
No throw ins
Any ball passing over the touch line will result in an indirect free kick
Eliminates field players from touching soccer ball with their hands
Modified corner kicks
Indirect free kick
Corner kick can not enter the penalty box in the air
Eliminates crowding in the penalty box/goal box
No shared gloves
All players wishing to play goal keeper must bring their own gloves
If using bare hands, properly sanitize upon leaving the field for substitutions, half time or full time
Game durations will remain the same
More time will be added to field time slots to allow for warm up/practice prior to each game (except micro soccer, K-1 which will remain the same)
Players and spectators must NOT arrive more than 5 minutes prior to the scheduled time slot
Players and spectators must leave the complex promptly following each game and not loiter at the fields
Massachusetts Youth Soccer:
Braintree Youth Soccer is governed and insured by Massachusetts Youth Soccer
Massachusetts Youth Soccer guidelines and resources can be found at https://www.mayouthsoccer.org/
Massachusetts Youth Soccer COVID 19 guidelines and protocols can be found at https://www.mayouthsoccer.org/return-to-soccer-activities/
The webinar at the bottom of this link is a little lengthy, but extremely informative and may answer any questions you may have regarding soccer and return to play
Braintree Youth Soccer is working with MA Youth Soccer and the Town of Braintree to make sure that all involved in Braintree Youth Soccer activities have the safest and most enjoyable experience possible. I look forward to seeing many of you on the pitch this fall and am eager to start the Fall 2020 season of Braintree Youth Soccer.
Braintree Youth Soccer, President
Fall Soccer Reminder: No Earrings
Parents - here is your annual reminder to avoid getting your player's ears pierced for the beginning of the school year. No earrings or jewelry of any kind may be worn (exception: jewelry expressing a medical condition). No, you may not tape over the earrings; they must be removed in order to play.
For safety reasons please wear only soccer shoes, or sneakers.
Per BYS Rule of Play / Section 2.4 Equipment:
2.4.8 ONLY soccer style footwear will be allowed during the games. “Soccer” footwear consists of soft toed footwear with rubber style cleats, indoor type soccer footwear or tennis shoes/sneakers. NO football, baseball, or any footwear that has a cleat in the middle of the front toe box area. NO METAL cleats will be allowed.
Parking at East Middle School
We would like to thank everyone in advance for their help with parking at East Middle School:
Please be courteous to our neighbors
Gates will be open at Marshall Street and Greenhouse Way – drop off area will be coned off
Cones will line Marshall Street and Greenhouse Way at driveways to prevent encroachment
Cones will also line the two islands at Greenhouse Way
East Middle School Fields
In case of inclement weather, be sure to check the BYS Web Site
The primary goals of Braintree Youth Soccer are to foster, encourage and educate the youth of Braintree in the sport of soccer. We provide the opportunity for the youth of Braintree to develop and participate in recreational activity in order to instill in all young people the ideals of good sportsmanship, loyalty and courage
Source: BYS Articles of Organization
All coaches, referees, parents, spectators, and most importantly, players are expected to encourage and promote sportsmanship.
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