COVID-19 Updates & Guidelines

Return to Soccer Activities Status

From Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association:

July 24, 2020 – Soccer is classified in the Moderate Risk Sport category for Phase III, Step 1 of Reopening Massachusetts. Organizations can now participate in Level 1, 2 and 3 type of play. 

Even though this news is exciting for our sport, 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 well-being. 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.

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

For team and group sports, no more than 100 people, including participants, players, coaches, volunteers, and spectators, in aggregate, can be on a full sized soccer field at any one time. This is provided there is adequate space for all participants to maintain 6 feet of social distance at all times, recognizing that for some moderate risk sports intermittent contact may occur for players. Larger playing areas and surfaces, such as athletic fields that have multiple courts or playing areas, may be used by more than one group at one time, provided that adequate social distance and group separation can be maintained. To ensure group separation, groups must be spaced at least 20 feet apart while sharing a single playing surface, court or field.

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Soccer Safety Guidelines

To ensure the safety of our players and coaches during the COVID-19 pandemic, all participants must follow MYSA safety guidelines. When registering, all parents must acknowledge having read the Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association COVID-19 Return to Soccer Activities Guidelines (CLICK HERE to download PDF.)

Note: MYSA requires that you sign their waiver when you register for NGS programs. Three versions of the same waiver automatically load on our registration forms and cannot be removed. All need to be signed, but the most recent version is the one that you should read: PLAYER PARTICIPANT REGISTRATION AGREEMENT – 06.10.2020

Based on these guidelines, we are enforcing the following safety measures:

Players and coaches must be in good health.

  • Participants must have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days and must have not been exposed to someone that has been ill in 14 days.
  • Parents are responsible for taking their daughters’ temperatures before arriving at the session.  Coaches may not take player temperatures.
  • Athletes with any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 will be sent home and instructed to contact their healthcare provider. They will not be allowed to return to training until they are cleared by a healthcare provider. A doctor’s note must be provided.
  • Players at high risk for developing severe illness should not participate in this program.

Participants, guardians and coaches will limit direct contact.

  • Parents/Guardians may drop off, remain in their vehicle, or stay six feet apart in the parking area. Parents are not to carpool or congregate near the practice area.  They must wear face coverings whenever within 6 feet of others.
  • Incoming players should not enter the field until players from the earlier session have left the area.  Do not arrive more than 5 minutes before the session.
  • Players must wear masks when arriving and leaving a session or when they are unable to maintain a physical distance from others.  They are not required to wear face coverings during soccer activities.
  • If you prefer that your child wear a mask during games or practices permitting contact, make sure the mask is not considered “dangerous equipment” under the laws of the game. A mask or face covering that wraps around the head or head and neck (i.e. gaiter) will be considered dangerous equipment. A mask that fits over the ears only will be considered safe to wear.
  • Coaches must wear a mask.
  • Wash hands before arriving on the field.  Once at the field, soap and water will not be available, so participants should have access to their own hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. 
  • Handshakes, high 5’s, fist or elbow bumps and other physical contact are not allowed between player and coach or player and player.
  • Players and coaches must practice good respiratory etiquette.  No spitting.  Everyone must cover their coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of their elbow. 
  • Players must bring their own water bottle and may not share food or beverages.
  • If a parent needs to talk with a coach, they should email to set up a time to talk on the phone.

Soccer activities and training practices have been adapted and will follow guidelines set-out by Mass Youth Soccer.

Post-session safety and sanitation practices are essential.

  • All participants are responsible for picking up and bringing home their own waste and belongings.  NGS will not maintain a lost and found.
  • All participants must clean and disinfect their own equipment and launder all clothing worn during the practice session.
  • Coaches will take attendance at all sessions in case someone contracts the coronavirus and a trace is needed. If someone who has signed up for a clinic contracts the virus they must inform the coach ASAP. The NGS COVID-19 safety officer will report the case to the local department of health. Depending on the situation, we may need to shut that specific clinic down and ask participants to quarantine for 14 days.
  • Periodically, NGS will send a follow-up email to check in on players and remind parents to report any COVID-19 related incidents that their daughter might have been involved in.