The following guidance includes highlights from the MA Youth Soccer Association (MYSA) COVID-19 Fall 2021 Recommended Procedures.
Please review the full MYSA document for complete recommendations (MYSA COVID guide).
All guidance is in alignment with the Concord Health Department (Concord DPH COVID page), MA Department of Public Health, and CDC.
MA Youth Soccer Association COVID-19 recommendations:
- Players are not required to wear masks while playing (but may choose to)
- All coaches interacting with players wear masks
- Players maintain social distancing when not actively playing
- Players and coaches complete a health assessment prior to any soccer activities
- A health assessment should be submitted prior to games
- Note: if a health assessment has been completed for school the same day, a second health screen does not need to be submitted, but players should not come to practice if they have developed symptoms or fever during the day
- Players should not attend a practice or game if there are any symptoms, even mild ones
- Avoid carpooling (if necessary, wear masks and open windows)
- Notify coach/CCYS if a player tests positive, is identified as a close contact, or has symptoms
While not mandated by state or local health departments, we suggest the following:
- Players wear masks when not actively playing and sitting on the sidelines
- Players participate in the asymptomatic school pooled testing program
If a player or coach tests positive, teammates will not be considered close contacts if the only exposure has been outdoors. In the event of a case, the team will be notified (without naming the individual) with the date of last contact. Players may consider testing 3-5 days after the last exposure.
COVID-19 symptoms list:
- Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills, or shaking chills
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- New loss of taste or smell
- Muscle aches or body aches
- Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)
- Sore throat
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies)