In-Town League Fall 2020 Info

Hingham Youth Soccer is working hard to organize the Fall 2020 season in the Covid-19 era, taking into account Mass Youth Soccer Association requirements and best practices we’ve seen with other sports and clubs.  Given the number of children signed up for in-town soccer this year (more than 600) clearly everyone is as excited as we are at the chance for the kids to be back to normal for at least one hour per week. Here are some details for in-town soccer this Fall 2020: 

Start date and end date: Saturday September 12th through Saturday November 7th (no games Columbus Day weekend Saturday October 10th)

 

Playing requirements:  Masks will be required by each player at all times on the field (whether playing or on the sideline during the game).  If the child is out of breath after a run they can lower it to catch their breath but must pull it back up.  If a child doesn’t have a mask they can’t be on the field.  Throw-ins, corner kicks, sliding and other game situations that lead to more contact or tight spacing is prohibited.  Coaches will be working with the kids and everyone will get the hang of it.

 

Team size and fields:  Given the MYSA guidelines and the need to ensure enough space for everyone, we will be limiting team sizes this year and will use less fields (e.g. four fields at Cronin and Carlson vs. the traditional six fields).  

 

Team rosters are being finalized and will be communicated early next week after Labor Day – be on the lookout for an email from your coach next week.

 

Game Scheduling:  We need to provide 20 minutes between sessions per MYSA guidance our Saturday games and practices will be one hour.  We are able to fit all divisions into one time slot except for Kickers Kindergarten given those larger numbers.

 
  • Kickers Kindergarten Co-Ed: Three slots at Cronin Field (Town Hall): 8:00 to 9:00, 9:20 to 10:20, and 10:40 to 11:40.
  • Kickers First Grade Girls: Cronin Field (Town Hall): 12:00 to 1:00
  • Kickers First Grade Boys: Cronin Field (Town Hall): 1:20 to 2:20
  • Senior Boys (Grade 3 &4): Carlson Field (Bare Cove): 8:00 to 9:00
  • Senior Girls (Grade 3 &4): Carlson Field (Bare Cove): 9:20 to 10:20
  • Junior Girls (Grade 2): Carlson Field (Bare Cove): 10:40 to 11:40
  • Junior Boys (Grade 2): Carlson Field (Bare Cove): 12:00 to 1:00
 

Practice Scheduling:  Junior and Senior programs have one weekly practice conducted by our coaches and supported by Galway Rovers and South Shore Select club coaches.  All practices are at Carlson Field (Bare Cove) – no practices are held for Kickers Kindergarten or First Grade.

 
  • Junior Boys: Monday from 5:00 to 6:00
  • Junior Girls: Tuesday from 5:00 to 6:00
  • Senior Boys: Wednesday from 5:00 to 6:00
  • Senior Girls: Thursday from 5:00 to 6:00
 

Parents and Spectators:  We can only have one (1) parent per player at the field for the games to meet MYSA requirements on the total number of people on the field during sessions.  Parents or guardians must wear a mask and be socially distanced.  MYSA understands that caregivers may extenuating circumstances with siblings – in situations where no alternative exists a sibling could attend wearing a mask.  HYS is accountable to monitor this and if we see numbers exceed MYSA state requirements our ability to play will be impacted.

 

Contact Tracing: Our coaches and division directors will work to track attendance at the games to ensure we can manage any necessary contact tracing.  Thank you for the support of their efforts to accurately gather this information each session.

 

Covid-19 Wavier: We will need every parent/guardian to complete a Covid-19 waiver for HYS.  This will be sent out over the next week via SportsPilot (our registration platform).

 

Thank you for your support and understanding this year.  Guidelines from the State and from MYSA likely will change this fall and we will adjust as needed.  Our goal is to return the kids to some normalcy by having some safe and fun soccer outside this fall.

 

Enjoy your Labor Day weekend.

 

Sean Downey

HYS In-town Director