BSC Covid-19 Safety Officer: Rob Sprague
The BSC's COVID19 policies follow state, local and youth soccer guidelines.
1. Commonwealth of Massachusetts:
2. Massachusetts Youth Soccer:
5/18/2021 Face Covering Update
In accordance with and based on the EEA Safety Standards for Youth and Adult Amateur Sports activities mandates, Phase IV Step 1 effective May 18, 2021
For Youth aged 18 years and under when outdoors and engaged in moderate risk sports (soccer), a mask will not be required. At their parent’s discretion, players may continue to wear a mask while playing soccer.
For participants aged 19 years and older when outdoors and engaged in moderate risk sports (soccer) where social distancing can not be continually maintained (soccer) a face covering must be worn while actively playing. The player may remove the face covering for frequent short mask breaks to catch their breath when they are out of proximity of other players (at least 6’) using caution to avoid touching the front or inside of the face covering by using the ear loops to remove and replace.
Players are not required to wear a mask outdoors while on the sideline or in a huddle if proper social distance is maintained. If social distance cannot be maintained masks must be worn.
For the purpose of this guidance a facial covering means a face mask that completely covers the nose and mouth. Only face coverings that are 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. Face coverings must be a separate accessory.
Coaches and Referees are not required to wear a mask if they are outdoors and can social distance. At any time social distance can not be maintained they must wear a mask. Referees age 18 and younger do not need to wear a face covering while on the field of play officiating a game. The use of electronic whistles or similar non-traditional whistles by all referees is required.
Field Capacity - Limits removed as of 3/1/2021
Spectators - Limited to 2 parents, guardian or chaperone and siblings for each player.
The below listed policies, procedures and criteria were set by Mass Youth Soccer and US Youth Soccer.
Programs must separate participants into groups of no more than 25 participants including coaches and staff. Larger playing areas and surfaces such as athletic fields may be used by more than one group of 25 at a time, provided that adequate social distance and group separation can be maintained. To ensure group separation, groups must be spaced at least 6 feet apart while sharing a playing surface.
Criteria to Participate in Phase 3 Training Sessions. Players MUST Adhere to These Guidelines
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Guidelines
Facility owners, Activity Organizers, participants, staff, coaches, volunteers and guardians/parents must
also comply with all relevant transportation safety requirements, including but not limited to, ensuring staff, volunteers, and parents/guardians are not transporting athletes that are not immediate family members. In the event that transportation of a non-family member becomes necessary, all parties in the vehicle must wear cloth face coverings or face masks and to the extent possible have external air circulating in the vehicle such as opening a window.
Best Practices: Town Travel Club
Best Practices: Coaches
Best Practices: Parents
Best Practices: Players