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MUYSA: Mendon-Upton Youth Soccer

Return to Play Guidelines

Updated: November 28th, 2020

UPDATE: The latest state / EEA and MA Youth Soccer guidelines have been updated and now allow for the return to 'normal' soccer with no rules modifications. However, players are required to wear masks at all times and spectator limits remain. We will play the Spring 2021 season based on the state/EEA and MA Youth Soccer guidelines in place at the time. 

The Massachusetts EEA released updated guidelines for youth sports on August 13th. MA Youth Soccer then incorporated those new guidelines into their return to play requirements, effective August 17th, 2020.

Our primary goal is player safety and creating a safe, fun and productive soccer environment. The summary below is based on the complete Massachusetts Youth Soccer Return to Play Guidelines and additional recommendations by MAYS (the regional league in which all of our travel teams participate). If state, MA Youth Soccer and/or local guidelines change we will adapt our policy based on the new information. Note that the 'Indoor Facilities' and 'Tournament Play' guidelines do not apply to the MUYSA program. 

These new guidelines require significant extra effort from your child's coaches. Our coaches are volunteers who donate their time to provide the best soccer environment for your children. Please be supportive and respectful as they work to implement these guidelines. 

What is different for the Fall 2020 season?
  • Limited group sizes (25 on a playing surface, 50 spectators)
  • MA Youth Soccer requires 1 parent / guardian per player. Note that additional minors are allowed to attend with the 1 allowed parent / guardian if needed for child care reasons 
  • Masks are required for all coaches and spectators
  • Players are required to have a mask with them on the field at all times. Only 'around the ear' styles masks are allowed and players are allowed to lower the mask during high intensity activities. There is a medical exception for players who require it
  • Additional cleaning and sanitizing requirements
  • Additional time between practices / games to limit team crossover
  • MA Youth Soccer has implemented a series of rules changes to comply with the new EEA guidelines. This includes the suspension of headers and shoulder-to-shoulder contact. Throw-ins and corner kicks will be replaced by kick-ins
The MUYSA Board, coaches, parents and players all have a role in ensuring we a have safe season. Please review the expectations of each role below. Additional detail is provided in the MA Youth Soccer return to play guidelines linked to from above. 

MUYSA Board of Directors
  • Assign a COVID Safety Lead for the organization (Matt Tengler - [email protected])
  • Educate coaches, parents and players about their responsibilities under the Return to Play Guidelines
  • Supply teams with the safety related equipment needed to implement the Return to Play Guidelines
  • Remove bleachers from playing areas, add appropriate signage blocking their use or insure they are sanitized frequently 
  • Insure practice and game scheduling meets the Return to Play Guidelines
Coaches / Team COVID Coordinators
  • Wear a mask and maintain 6ft distance from players
  • Assign a team COVID-19 Coordinator to oversee compliance at the team level
  • Educate and remind players about their responsibilities 
  • Have approved Hand Sanitizer available at all practices and games 
  • Disinfect any shared equipment after practices (e.g., cones)
  • Do not allow players to share equipment, including pinnies and GK gloves
  • Take attendance at every practice and game 
  • Read and understand the Coaches Toolkit provided by MA Youth Soccer
  • Educate players on the temporary rule changes required by MA Youth Soccer
  • Limit attendance to 1 parent / guardian at practices and games (accompanied minors are allowed in addition to 1 parent / guardian)
  • Arrive for practices or games within 5 minutes of the designated time. If you are early, wait in the car. Leave immediately following the game or practice 
  • Wear a mask and maintain at least 6ft social distance from others on the sidelines and 8ft from the sideline itself 
  • Verify that your child does not have a fever above 100.4 before sending them to any practice or game
  • Verify that your child is not displaying any symptoms before sending them to any practice or game. Symptom include a sore throat, new cough, runny nose (not allergy related), muscles aches, shortness of breath and/or the loss of sense of smell or taste 
  • Do not congregate in parking lots or general access areas
  • Make sure players have their own equipment for every practice and game: appropriately sized and inflated soccer ball, water, GK gloves (if applicable) and pinnie (if applicable). Sharing of equipment will not be allowed
  • Wear a mask before entering, while on the sideline, and after leaving the playing field
  • Wear a mask as required during play, lowering the mask during high intensity activities. Note that 'Gaiter' type masks will not be allowed on the playing field (dangerous equipment if pulled)
  • Maintain 6ft of social distance between others while on the sidelines and between personal belongings
  • Bring your own equipment to each game and practice: appropriately sized and inflated soccer ball, water, GK gloves (if applicable) and pinnie (if applicable)
  • Wash or sanitize your hands frequently
  • Do not touch training equipment (e.g., cones) besides your own ball except for in the normal course of play 
  • Do not high-five, fist bump or touch other players except for in the normal course of play 
Additional questions or concerns can be sent to [email protected] 

Thanks for your support,


MUYSA (Mendon Upton Youth Soccer)
P.O. Box 730 
Upton, Massachusetts 01568

Email: [email protected]

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