Earlier today Mass Youth Soccer issued their revised guidelines for mask wearing in response to yesterday’s announcement by Governor Baker. Below is a summary of those guidelines.
- Masks are not required as of today for youth participants aged 18 years and under when engaged in soccer and actively on the field of play.
- This applies to youth players and referees.
- Masks are still required at all times for adult participants, including players and referees, aged 19 years and older.
- This applies regardless of vaccination status to all adult players, coaches, staff, and referees, and any other team/club/league officials.
- Masks are not required for spectators of any age, once they are positioned in and maintain their socially distanced family group at the field.
- All participants, both youth and adult, must continue to wear facial coverings when not on the field of play, such as substitutes on the bench/team sidelines, and when entering or exiting the field area. This includes players with a medical exemption.
You are, of course, welcome to ask your child to continue to wear a mask at your discretion.
For those of you with children who play on travel teams (grade 3 and up), please remember that individual communities have the right to impose more strict restrictions that the State. In those cases, hometown rules will apply, and I ask that you adhere to them. I have confirmed that Norwood will be following the State guidelines.
To see the full text of the Mass Youth Guidelines, please visit https://www.mayouthsoccer.org/covid-hub/
This remains a very fluid situation and we could receive additional updates at any time. I will notify you of any and all changes as they come to me.