Dear MSC families,
On Thursday, September 3rd Governor Whitmer issued Executive order #2020-176 which allows for organized sports (section 7), among other things, to begin provided strict compliance to the rules spelled out in the order are adhered to. While the Governors orders were struck down, The state health department issued those same written orders.
We are preparing for a full Spring season and want to make sure that everyone realizes that this Spring, we may still be in a mandatory mask environment.
Michigan State Youth Soccer is our organizing body for youth soccer in the state of Michigan. The board at MSYSA has been working in close association with the University of Michigan Department of Health Services to craft Covid-19 protocols for teams, clubs and leagues to use to mitigate the spread of Covid-19. The latest information on soccer protocols as well as other resources are located HERE.
Athletes participating in an organized sport, while on the field of play, are not subject to the social distancing requirements of this order found in sections 2(a) and 6(a)(1), but instead must maintain six feet of distance from one another to the extent compatible with that organized sport, and wear a facial covering except when swimming. Sports organizers shall ensure that athletes comply with this subsection for each organized sporting event.
This means that in both our travel and recreational programs, facial coverings (masks, gaiters) must be worn while playing/practicing. Both the Technical Director and MSC Board recognize that this may be concerning to some families and players and that either this restriction (to wear a face covering) or the risk of getting Covid-19 might require each of our families to reevaluate if they would like to participate.
MSC would also like to highlight some other changes which will be in effect this Fall season.
· Per E0 #2020-176, Each participant will be limited to Two (2) spectators at a game.
· Parents will need to take the temperature of your child before coming to practice/games. If they have a temperature of 100.4 or higher, they must stay home.
· If your player has any symptoms (sore throat, stomach ache, runny nose, cough, etc…) they will need to stay home.
· Coaches will be asked to track all players by asking three questions, do you have a fever, do you have any symptoms, have you been in contact or know of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.
· All players will have to get their own ball. Used ball’s will be for sale at the MSC store.
· All players should have their own hand sanitizer and water bottle not to be shared with others.
· Coaches will sanitize balls and equipment before and after each practice/game.
Resources and links-
Michigan Health Services guideline for contact sports- https://www.michiganyouthsoccer.org/AssetFactory.aspx?did=6059
MSYSA return to play phased activities chart- We are currently in phase 4.5 until at least September 9th.
Michigan State Youth Soccer Press release on opening soccer
Executive order No. 2020-176
Recreational (Rec) Soccer is a great opportunity for youths ages 3 1/2 through high school to participate in soccer. Everyone is welcome, regardless of their ability. Participating in MSC's Rec Soccer Program is a great way to build teamwork skills, get active and have fun!
Fall & Spring Sessions
We offer two sessions of Rec Soccer each year. Please visit our "How to Register" page for Rec Soccer to view signup dates for the upcoming season. Please read our registration guidelines, schedule, and fees carefully when going through the process. Games are held on Saturdays. Some Friday or Sunday games may be on the schedule in our Spring sessions.
All our coaches are volunteers, usually parents of the players. We are always in need of coaches and assistant coaches, so please consider volunteering! Soccer skills aren’t necessary, especially at the younger age groups. Learn More!
We try to form teams around school neighborhoods, if possible. Special requests to be with a certain coach or other player are always considered, but can't be guaranteed.
Coaches pick their own practice schedules. The MSC does not get involved in the timing or location of practices. Coaches often hold two practices per week, although the younger age groups may only have one practice. The MSC offers one practice per week per team at the MSC complex.
Rec players who want additional skills training to supplement their team practices can participate in MSC's Academy Program (additional cost).
The Academy offers high-quality, exciting training that is under the direction of George Hageage, MSC Technical Director and member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's National Academy staff. Learn more!
Rec players will need to purchase a reversible jersey ($25) from our on-site soccer store at the MSC complex, but all other required equipment can be purchased elsewhere (shinguards and soccer socks). Soccer cleats are recommended but not required.