COVID Resources and Modifications Fall 2021

Last Revision as of 8/17

The safety of our communities is our main concern. Every player, coach, referee, and spectator is required to adhere to all published guidelines and protocols, including all revisions made available, from the federal, state, or local government and their agents, as well as MA Youth Soccer, MSRC, BAYS, and town soccer organizations.

The summer protocols are the current guidance from MYSA (links below). date June 7, 2021.  MYSA has indicated some additional guidance may be coming in the near future.  Check here or the MYSA COVID Hub (link below) frequently both pre-season and during the fall season.  BAYS will blast to clubs as significant changes happen

As of May 29, 2021 the sector specific guidance has been removed and we now follow the CDC guidelines.  Masks no longer need to be worn but may be worn at player/parent option.  Note Local Board of Healths may require more stringent requirements.  Visiting team should continue to check with home team for any additional restrictions  Note that attendance logs MUST continue to be kept and reporting requirements for COVID positive testing remains in force.  

Important Links

  • Mass Youth Soccer COVID Hub contains the latest information LINK 
    • Latest Soccer protocol LINK 
    • COVID Reporting and Notification Process LINK 

Summary of Current COVID Modifications:

  • Spectators should follow CDC guidance for unvaccinated people (social distancing outside).
    • Spectators must keep at least 8 ft from the field or team sideline areas if possible.
    • Limit on number of spectators per player has been removed.
    • Field spectator capacity is now related to availability of 6 ft spacing for family groups.
    • Family groups must stay together, i.e. children from different family groups should not congregate.
  • Each team is required to have a COVID-19 Safety Coordinator while on the field. These adults are responsible for team and spectator compliance with the guidelines.
    • If COVID guidelines are not being followed by a team or spectators, the COVID Safety Coordinators should step in to address the situation and request/mandate compliance.
    • Referees are NOT responsible for enforcing COVID protocols for spectators or coaches/teams on the sideline
  • Player cards are not required for ANY BAYS teams this fall.
  • It is recommended that carpooling be avoided. In the event that transportation of of a non family member becomes necessary, all parties in the vehicle should wear a cloth face covering and have external air circulation in the vehicle (open window)
  • Coaches for an upcoming match MUST contact each other by no later than Wednesday (or no less than 3 days before scheduled make up matches).
    • Confirm understanding that specific home town rules apply. Home town rules affected by town BOH restrictions need to be communicated to opponents ASAP.
    • Confirm game arrival time as there may be restrictions.
  • Game rescheduling parameters and forfeit rules/fines per the BAYS Rules are in effect.
    • Playing the Schedule per the BAYS Rules is important, and efforts should be made to play all games.
      • Note to keep in mind for make up scheduling: Teams may play two different opponents in the same day.
    • A club or team should NOT unilaterally choose to postpone a match against teams when their TOWN is at risk levels of "High" or worse.
    • Teams are not towns, and the decision to play or postpone should be made at the TEAM level. We treat all member organizations the same, without any judgment based on the status level of the town/city they reside in. If a parent feels uncomfortable with their child playing a team from a High Risk town, they have the choice to opt out of the game. If enough parents opt out, this may cause the team to forfeit according to BAYS rules.
  • Games that are canceled or postponed due to a team that has a COVID quarantine issue have an extended make-up window of 5 weeks.
    • The Division Director will assign a no game (NG) status if a game cannot be played because one of the teams has insufficient players due to compliance with COVID quarantine guidelines. NG will be removed if the game can be made up within five(5) weeks. Teams should work to reschedule the game as soon as the quarantine restriction has been removed.
  • Coaches can file Game Feedback reports in BAYS to alert the appropriate people to certain situations. Feedback may be positive or negative:
    • COVID Concern Feedback - Goes to both involved Club Presidents and BAYS Officials
    • Sportsmanship Feedback - Goes to both involved Club Presidents and BAYS Officials
    • Referee Feedback - Goes to the home town referee assignor and BAYS Officials


Answers to frequently asked questions

  1. Pre-Kickoff Communications

BAYS requests that the head coaches or team managers of the upcoming weekend's opponents contact each other by phone or email as early as possible in the week before the match to apprise each other of any additional restrictions on the match (usually mandated by the local board of health) confirm that to the best of their knowledge they are COVID-19 free and any other details. Should the match need to be postponed, ensure that the Division Director and Home Referee Assignor are made aware that the match won’t be played. 

Confirm the kick off time and the earliest a team can arrive at the venue (making allowance for previous users to have left before your team arrives) . Also identify your team COVID coordinator.

Upon arrival at the field with the social distancing observed, the head coaches and team covid safety officers should identify themselves to the opposing team and referee.

  1. Is the Make-up time window different this fall?

We have reverted to the standard 3 week window with one exception. Should a team be quarantined, the make up window for those games postponed is extended to 5 weeks. For quarantined teams there becomes the possibility for two teams to do a doubleheader - play two games between each other. Contact your division director if you have questions.

  1. What do I do if my concern is not addressed?

Pose the question to the group you believe will be able to answer the question. Your club will have a President and a COVID Safety officer who should be able to answer local questions or refer you to the proper authority. At BAYS, the President is Tony Loftis, COVID Safety Officer is David Dalrymple, Referee Directors Gesse Faber and Mark Plecinoga. At MYSA, COVID-19 questions should be directed to Tamie Endow. Non-COVID-19 questions may go to Executive Director Mike Borislow.