The following guidance includes highlights from the MA Youth Soccer Association (MYSA) COVID-19 Spring 2022 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 and PDF below), MA Department of Public Health, and CDC.
MA Youth Soccer Association COVID-19 recommendations include the following:
• In lieu of any requirements, face coverings may be worn at the discretion of the adult (18 years and older) player or the minor (17 years old and younger) player’s parent/guardian.
• Follow CDC recommendations regarding vaccinations and protection for all activities.
• Players should have all of their personal equipment (ball, water bottle, GK gloves, etc.), sharing is not recommended.
• Pinnies should not be shared and should be properly washed/sanitized after every use.
• Participants and spectators should only drink from their own container.
• Do not allow shared team snacks (i.e. no common bowls of food).
• Encourage alternate methods for group celebrations, discourage hugs, handshakes, fist bumps e
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.
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)