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Pembroke Youth Soccer (PYS) is committed to protecting our players, coaches, parents, officials, administrators, and the Pembroke community, at large.

Given the current trajectory of the pandemic, these guidelines are subject to change from time to time based on updates to the CDC, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), and Pembroke Board of Health guidelines.

Based on recent discussions with the Pembroke Board of Health, PYS is not, currently, requiring masks to be worn during soccer activities by players, coaches, or spectators.  PYS encourages everyone to maintain social distancing, where possible, and encourages unvaccinated adults and children to wear masks.

 

HEALTH ASSESSMENT

All players, coaches, and spectators should ensure that they complete a health assessment prior to participating in any soccer activities.

This health assessment should consist of the following:

  • Take one’s temperature daily. The average normal body temperature is 98.6°F (37°C). Some studies have shown that the “normal” body temperature can have a wider range, from 97°F (36.1°C) to 99°F (37.2°C). A temperature over 100.4°F (38°C) most often means you have a fever caused by an infection or illness.
  • If there are any symptoms, even mild ones, do not attend practice or a game. (Public health urges you to stay home and isolate until: You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (without the use of medicine), AND  Other symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) have improved, AND  At least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.
  • If you are unvaccinated and anyone in your household or that you have had close contact with (within six feet for approximately15 minutes over a 24 hour period) displays symptoms, you should self-quarantine based on current CDC guidelines, The Commonwealth of MA, and direction from your local Board of Health.

Notify your soccer organization immediately if your child has become sick.

 

COVID SAFETY STANDARDS

PYS coaches, players, and parents should continue to implement and follow safety standards to minimize the risk of transmitting COVID-19 among all members of the PYS soccer community. Some of the mitigation strategies that are recommended include:

COACHES

  • Are not required to wear face coverings, but may do so, if they choose.
  • Maintain attendance records for practices and games
  • Promote social distancing.
  • Do not allow shared team snacks and equipment
  • Discourage group celebrations, handshakes, fist bumps etc.

PLAYERS

  • Are not required to wear face coverings for outdoor soccer activities. Face coverings may be worn at the discretion of the adult (18 and 19 years old) player or the minor (17 years old and younger) player’s parent/guardian.
  • Should maintain social distancing when not actively playing and while on the sidelines.
  • Should arrive dressed for soccer activities and leave immediately after.
  • Should have all of their personal equipment (ball, water bottle, GK gloves, etc.)
  • Should keep their personal belongings in their personal space or bag. Sharing of personal equipment (e.g., shin guards, GK gloves, uniforms) is discouraged.
  • May be assigned a pinnie for use during practices or games. Pinnies should not be shared and properly washed/sanitized after every use.
  • Should practice proper hygiene during soccer activities:

          - Use alcohol based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol)

          - Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or sleeves, do not use hands.

          - Do not touch your face (eyes, nose, mouth) with unwashed hands.

  • Carpooling should be avoided, where possible. In the event that transportation of a non-family member becomes necessary, all parties in the vehicle should wear a face covering and have external air circulation in the car.

SPECTATORS

  • Are NOT required to wear face coverings for outdoor soccer activities, but may do so, if they choose.
  • Spectators should allow for at least six feet of social distancing between family units when entering, sitting, and leaving

REFEREES

  • Are NOT required to wear face coverings for outdoor soccer activities, but may do so, if they choose.
  • While traditional whistles are allowed, electronic whistles are preferred and recommended.
  • Physical distance should be maintained whenever possible, especially when using a traditional whistle