Hello BYSA Families,
We hope you are all doing well! You are receiving this email because your child played in Fall 2019 or registered for Spring 2020. Given the latest news from MA Youth Soccer, we want to give you an update on what we are planning for this fall. The good news is that it is our intention to have a season although it will be anything but normal given COVID.
As some of you might know, Governor Baker officially moved soccer back into the moderate risk category (he had originally had it in high risk) last Friday. MA Youth Soccer then issued an updated set of guidelines that allows for some return to play. They can be found here:
MA Youth Soccer has instituted some strict rules to follow which include limited number of players and spectators at practice and scrimmages, players must wear masks on the sideline, coaches and spectators must wear masks, no heading, no throw ins, no corner kicks, etc. We are working on practice plans, schedules, safety protocols, etc. based on these guidelines with our program’s overall health and safety in mind.
Our board met last night to discuss how we move forward right now. In order to determine what the fall season will look like, we will be sending out a brief survey early next week. Before we finalize anything, we need/want YOUR input! It is imperative that you complete this for your child/children. Some of the questions will include: Are you planning on having your child play this fall? Are you comfortable with your child playing inter-town and/or travel for games or scrimmages? Are you comfortable with your child being on a team with players from another town (e.g. Berlin)? This will help us plan appropriately for practice schedules, additional resources, etc.
We will be opening the Fall 2020 registration link later today for anyone that didn’t register already. Spring registrations have been rolled over and grade levels updated to ensure proper rostering. However, we will not be accepting additional U6 players at this time. That particular age group is the hardest to maintain social distancing while also teaching them soccer appropriately and we are currently at a cap. We will reassess opening that age group once we receive the survey results.
All of the above is contingent on MA Youth Soccer and Governor Baker moving forward as planned. We do ask for your patience and understanding as we navigate through the constantly changing rules and state regulations. We are parents and volunteers also adjusting to life during COVID. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com