GYS is a program whose mission is to build strong physical and social skills for the kids through the sport of soccer. GYS provides young players in our community the opportunity to play and enjoy the game of soccer. By ensuring that they learn, compete, and have fun, players will learn valuable physical and social skills that will assist them in life on and off the field. On this site you should be able to find everything you need to know about GYS from team schedules and player registration, to how you can help by volunteering your time. We continue to update the site regularly, so please remember to add a bookmark and visit often.
Spring 2021 COVID-19 Update - May 13, 2021
Spring 2021 COVID-19 Update - May 13, 2021
The below comes from Massachusetts Youth Soccer
On Monday, May 10th the EEA released updated guidelines for Phase IV Step 1 of the reopening plan. Important changes in this document are as follows:
Tournaments are now permitted.
Spectators are still required to wear a face covering when entering and exiting a field/facility and in all common areas. Once at the field, spectators are permitted to remove their face covering when proper social distancing can be maintained continuously on the sidelines. Family units do not have to maintain social distancing from one another but will need to maintain proper social distancing from non-family member spectator groups around them. Please understand that town, city, and regional Boards of Health may impose more restrictive measures for facial coverings for participants and spectators. If so, these heightened restrictions take precedence.
Per the Commonwealth of MA EEA, current face covering (approved mask) policies for players, coaches and officials have not changed. While actively playing soccer or training it is still required for participants to wear a mask properly covering nose and mouth, including while on the field, sidelines, entering and exiting facilities and during team huddles.(Note: players may take temporary “mask breaks” on the field only when 6ft or further away from other players, coaches, fans or officials.) Only face coverings that secure with loops around a player’s ears are acceptable. Masks with exhalation valves or vents (including mesh masks) are not acceptable and should NOT be worn by anybody.
The CDC announcement of 5/13/21 has no bearing on the status of face coverings in Massachusetts until the Governor decides to make changes. Even if the Governor decides to amend the Massachusetts Face Covering orders we depend on the EEA for our guidance. Once we get this we will respond accordingly.
Please remember, it remains the responsibility of the coaches and COVID coordinators to ensure all team members abide by the Commonwealth of MA EEA Guidance, not the referees.
Out of necessity, to ensure member organizations can continue soccer activities and to keep players on the field we must continue to follow this guidance as provided to us.
There does seem to be a light at the end of this tunnel and we again thank all of you for your efforts in getting us there. We will continue to update you as we receive additional guidance as we move through the phases of the Commonwealth of MA reopening plan.
“Outdoor Competitions & Tournaments: No more than 25 players on any surface/playing areas for team/group sports. No more than 100 people including participants, players, coaches, volunteers, spectators in the aggregate in, on, or surrounding any surface/playing area or start/finish lines at any one time, provided that there is adequate space for all participants, players, coaches, volunteers and spectators to maintain at least six feet social distancing, recognizing that for some moderate risk sports intermittent contact may occur for players. Spectators must wear facial coverings and maintain six feet of social distance at all times. For competitions and tournaments in the water, the aforementioned limitation applies to any applicable activities on land. No spectators allowed for sports and activities played by individuals 18 years and older.“
New guidelines from Gov. Baker take place tomorrow 8/11/2020 and further limit outdoor gatherings to less than 50 people.
Please be aware that while the Summer Clinic is a Seacoast United program it does have an impact on the neighbors and community as a whole. Failure to follow these guidelines could result in fines and loss of our field use permit.
On behalf of Groveland Youth Soccer, I wanted to reach out to you regarding the 2020 spring soccer season and the COVID-19 pandemic. We are operating with an abundance of caution and at this time the soccer season will be postponed. We do hope that we can still have a season, but much remains day-to-day. We will continue to follow Mass Youth Soccer, State and Federal guidelines to determine when it is appropriate to begin soccer activities. The health of everyone is a priority of GYS, we will strive to ensure no unnecessary risks are taken.