Updated May 20th
On Monday, May 17th the Commonwealth of MA EEA released updated guidelines for Phase IV Step 1 of the reopening plan to be effective Tuesday, May 18, 2021. This guidance has been interpreted and adopted by two of our three other oversight organizations (Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association and Town of Arlington) and is effective immediately for all practices, clinics, and in-town league games. When I receive a decision from Boston Area Youth Soccer (BAYS) I will communicate it to the Club.
Important changes for Arlington Soccer Club participants are as follows:
- For Youth aged 18 years and under when outdoors and engaged in moderate risk sports (soccer), a mask will not be required.
- For participants aged 19 years and older when outdoors and engaged in moderate risk sports (soccer) where social distancing cannot be continually maintained (soccer) a face covering must be worn while actively playing.
- Players are not required to wear a mask outdoors while on the sideline or in a huddle if proper social distance is maintained. If social distance cannot be maintained masks must be worn.
- Masks are not required by Spectators, Coaches, Referees and other team/club/league officials when 6’ of social distance can be maintained. If this distance is not maintained masks must be worn.
- Masks are not required outdoors when entering and exiting and in common areas when 6’ of social distance can be maintained. Where proper distance can’t be maintained and indoors, masks must be worn.
Please keep in mind players of any age may voluntarily continue to wear a mask while engaged in active play. This should be a family conversation; if you would like for your child to always keep their mask on during ASC practice or games, it is important for you to communicate this to your child. ASC coaches and referees will not direct individual players to wear masks during active play.
I recognize that this change will be met with a range of emotions. Many will be happy to begin the process of putting masking behind them while others will need time to process and adjust to the sudden change. A small but important group of ASC members will need to make decisions about future participation due to health concerns. As we move through the last four weeks of the season it is important to be supportive and respectful of everyone’s individual concerns. Through the end of this season, ASC will consider “mask shaming” of any kind to be a form of bullying and subject to punishment by the Club.
For complete May 18, 2021 Facial Covering protocols issued by MYSA CLICK HERE
For access to compete updated Mass Youth Soccer COVID-19 Protocols and other important documents CLICK HERE. We are working to have the ASC COVID page updated with this new guidance.
I would like to thank the ASC Community for doing what has been necessary over the past 14 months to keep everyone safe and the children playing soccer.
Treasurer & COVID Safety Officer
Arlington Soccer Club