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May 18th Update - Message from our Covid Safety Officer

PLEASE NOTE: The information contained in this message is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. This message is provided for general informational purposes only.


NYS Families:


Sorry for multiple messages within the course of a week, but this is an important development. In light of Governor Baker’s most recent COVID policy updates, I am happy to announce an additional change to our COVID safety protocols. Effective May 18th, players 18 years and under will not be required to wear a mask while actively engaged in training or a match outdoors.


All other aspects of the safety protocols remain the same. Everyone including players must wear masks when walking to and from fields. Players must wear masks when on the sideline and/or engaged in huddles. Coaches and referees must wear masks at all times. Spectator family pods may drop masks while watching matches if they are 6 feet from other family pods.


Players may of course continue to wear a mask at their parents’ or their own discretion during play/training and we will support their decision to do so.


I recognize that this may feel like a lot of change in a short period of time. The 2 driving forces are: 1) the climbing vaccination rate and attendant drop in infection rate in Massachusetts and 2) CDC’s new guidance around outdoor transmission. The messaging around the latter point hasn’t been great in my opinion. However, CDC’s new guidance for outdoor mask wearing is based on solid, peer-reviewed research which has taken time to accumulate and published. Good science takes time.


If you would like to read a very accessible review of the research underlying CDC’s recent changes to mask guidance, please follow this link:


You can read Massachusetts Youth Soccer’s implementation of Commonwealth policy here:,_2021.pdf


I remain happy to answer any COVID-related questions you might have. You can reach me via e-mail ([email protected]).


Please remain safe, patient, and kind to one another.


Best regards,


Rand Stone

NYS COVID-19 Safety Officer

Spring 2021 Guides and Policies

We're pleased to provide guides to the fall season for both parents and coaches. These documents include our policies and guidelines to ensure a safe return to play. Take some time to read all the documents. 

Coaches will be guided through their specific document during our Pre-Season Coach Meetings!

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