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Fall 2020 Season To Open on Saturday, October 24th

We just wanted to send a quick note to all parents that the fall 2020 soccer season for Grade 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8 play will begin on Saturday October 24th.  We have filled all of our coaching roles and COVID compliance manager roles for each team, so we are able to move forward.  Also, the forecast for Saturday looks wonderful, so we should have a good first weekend.


Also, rosters were released to coaches this afternoon, so you should hear from your player's coach to get further instructions starting this evening. They will primarily be sharing field location, field assignment and time for Saturday as well as reinforcing the things that each player should bring each week. If you don't hear from your child's coach by Friday, please let us know. Also, for Grade 5/6 players, we have created co-ed teams for that age group given how the number of registered players fell out. So, if you look at your child's roster and see that it is a team with a mix of genders, that is not a mistake.  

As we mentioned in our last message, given the number of players that have registered and the number of fields we have available to us at Larter, we have had to revise the weekly session times for each age group.  The new times for each age group will be the following:


Girls Grade 3/4 - 8:30-9:30 AM

Boys Grade 3/4 - 10:00-11:00AM

Boys and Girls Grade 5/6 - 11:30AM-12:30PM

Boys and Girls Grade 7/8 - 1:00-2:00PM  


Finally, a few other reminders:  


First, we wanted to remind everyone that play for this season will be limited to small cohort training sessions in teams of no more than 10-11 players in Grades 3 to Grade 8.  Our goal for this fall’s program is to have players on the field for soccer activities in as safe an environment as possible. For details about how Mass Youth Soccer has instructed clubs to do this, please visit https://www.mayouthsoccer.org/return-to-soccer-activities/


Second, play will consist largely of skill-based training and small-sided, properly spaced, non-contact games in those sessions.  


Third, players will need to comply with all Massachusetts Youth Soccer safety guidelines including wearing a mask at all times, maintaining 6 foot social distance from other players and sanitizing their hands both when they enter and exit the field of play.  All players will have to bring their own ball to each training session as well as their own hand sanitizer.  Each player will also be given a two-sided pinnie that they will need to bring with them every week.  Coaches will not be providing any equipment to players.    


Fourth, we will be running all training sessions at L®arter Field.


Fifth, we are requiring that all families with children in the program sign and submit to the GDYSC COVID Compliance Officer, David Pitkin, the Player Compliance Waiver prior to the first session, now on October 24th certifying that their children will not participate in any of the weekly sessions if they experience any COVID related symptoms within 48 hours of their next scheduled training session.  Parents of all players will also be asked to certify that prior to any session, the following are true: 


  1. Their children have not been in close contact with anyone who has exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14 days 

  2. Their children have not had contact with anyone who has had a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days

  3. Their children are not restricted from participating in the proposed soccer program by a healthcare provider

  4. Their children have not traveled in the past 14 days to or from any states restricted by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts travel order

  5. Their children have not recently traveled to a restricted area that is under a level 2, 3 or 4 travel advisory according to the U.S. State Department.


The link to this form is here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1aL4hbatGpLXctJSoP_hukXwiae9ZRqAk/viewFailure to complete this waiver and submit it to the GDYSC COVID Compliance Officer on Saturday, October 24th will result in that player being denied participation in the program.  We will have a registration desk set up at the field on Saturday, October 24th to receive the form for each player and check them off before they are allowed to join their team.  We would recommend parents bringing their children to their session 15 minutes before the start of their scheduled session for us to check each player in.


Sixth, there will be no uniform requirements for the fall season.  Players will just be required to wear soccer cleats, soccer shin guards and also bring with them their own ball (Size 4 for Grade 3-6 players; Size 5 for Grade 7-8 players) and their own water bottle.  They also will need to bring their own COVID protective mask to each session and wear it at all times.  Gators are not allowed.  They also will need to bring their own hand sanitizer so that they can sanitize their hands both before and after they finish playing.


Lastly, we ask that there be no parent spectators for these sessions and that parents either stay in their cars or they take advantage of the nice walking track at Larter.


If you have any questions, please reach out to the age group coordinator for your child or any other member of the board leadership.  Thank you.  





GDYSC Board Members

Fall 2020- Spring 2021

Email Address

Chris Davey



David Pitkin



Jim Gmeiner



Charles Lippman



Brad Pierantozzi

NVYSL Representative


Peter Kokoloski

Referee Trainer


Bob Thompson

Director of Coaching


Eric Spada

Field Scheduler


Jim Herberich



Becky Greco



Jeff Ohringer

Field Maintenance 


Mairead Orpen

PreK/K Coordinator


Karin Drowne

Boys Grade 1/2 Coordinator


Michelle McNally

Girls Grade 1/2 Coordinator


Sten Peeters

Boys Grade  3/4 Coordinator


Heather Mazzaccaro

Girls Grade 3/4 Coordinator


Brad Pierantozzi

Boys Grade 5/6 Coordinator


Miles Salyer

Girls Grade 5/6 Coordinator


Marc Fosberry

Girls Grade 5/6 Coordinator


Brad Pierantozzi

Boys Grade 7/8 Coordinator


Miles Salyer

Girls Grade 7/8 Coordinator


Chris Davey

HS Coordinator




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GDYSC Fall Info Session for Parents, Monday, 10/19 from 7-8PM
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Mass Youth Soccer Return to Soccer Activities COVID19 Guidelines
The following guidelines were recently issued by the Mass Youth Soccer...
GDYSC Fall Info Session for Parents, Monday, 10/19 from 7-8PM
Subject: GDYSC Fall Information Session for Parents, Monday, October 19th from 7:00-8:00PM 
Dear GDYSC Families,
Thank you for participating in the Fall 2020 soccer program. We are excited that we are able to offer some in-town soccer programming this fall even though there will be no league play in the NVYSL.  We believe we have put together a program that will be safe, fun and will comply with the guidelines that have been established by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, the Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association and other local health officials.   In fact, Mass Youth Soccer has been a great partner and they have put together lots of material on their website https://www.mayouthsoccer.org/return-to-soccer-activities/ for coaches, COVID compliance officers and parents.  We will be leveraging many of the materials that they have created to ensure that we create the most effective and safe program.
Because this season will be different than any other season that we have constructed in the last 25 years, I am sure that many of you have questions about what the expectations will be of you as parents and for your children.  So, we are offering a parent information session on Monday night, October 19th from 7-8PM, over ZOOM.  The instructions for joining this call are below.
In addition, regardless of whether you attend this information session or not, we will need the parents of each player to bring a signed COVID compliance waiver to your first session, which will now be Saturday, October 24th. You can download this form by clicking on the attached link https://drive.google.com/file/d/1aL4hbatGpLXctJSoP_hukXwiae9ZRqAk/view?usp=sharing. Please print out this form, fill it out, sign and bring it to the first session where you will hand it to our COVID Compliance Officer, David Pitkin, so that he can confirm your completion of this form.  Only players whose parents have completed this form will be allowed to participate in that session or any future session until we have your completed form.  So, please, download the form from the link, complete it and bring it on the first day of play.
As I mentioned, to access the Zoom meeting on Monday night, please click on the Zoom link below.  Also, if you can't attend but have additional questions, please feel free to reach out via email.  Thanks and looking forward to starting on the 24th.
Chris Davey
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Mass Youth Soccer Return to Soccer Activities COVID19 Guidelines

The following guidelines were recently issued by the Mass Youth Soccer Association based on the Massachusetts Phase 2 guidelines for youth sports participation.  

MASSACHUSETTS YOUTH SOCCER ASSOCIATION Member Checklist For Organization Leadership June 6, 2020 Reopening Massachusetts Return to Soccer Activities mayouthsoccer.org/return-to-soccer-activities/ June 6, 2020

The following document is a simple checklist to use as you prepare to return to soccer activities in Phase 2 of Reopening Massachusetts. All Mass Youth Soccer member organizations must follow the association’s guidelines. In addition, each organization may adopt additional protocols consistent with their specific needs and circumstances to help protect the health and safety of all members, employees, volunteers, and participants. Plus, it is very important that local city, town or municipality policies be understood and followed. A similar checklist for coaches is included in the Return to Soccer Activities section of our website. This checklist should be used by all coaches as they prepare to return and while they conduct soccer activities.


Page 2: Requirements Prior to Commencing Soccer Activities

Page 3: Requirements While Conducting Soccer Activities

Page 4: Requirements After Conducting Soccer Activities

MASSACHUSETTS YOUTH SOCCER ASSOCIATION mayouthsoccer.org/return-to-soccer-activities/ June 6, 2020

Requirements Prior to Commencing Soccer Activities

□ Make the Mass Youth Soccer Return to Soccer Activities COVID-19 Guidelines available to all members. This can be accomplished by: □ Emailing □ Prominently posting on Website □ Pointing to the most recent version on the Mass Youth Soccer Website / MA Safe Soccer section.

□ Appoint your organization’s official COVID-19 Safety Officer who will communicate policies organization wide, to coaching staff, administrators, parents, and players. This should be one individual who may assign certain duties to others.

□ Assign duties to Risk Manager or other specifically designated person.

□ Each team should be assigned a COVID-19 manager who should be on hand at each practice.

□ Communicate policies and guidelines to coaching staff, administrators, parents, and players.

□ Confirm all registered adults have read and understand the guidelines as it pertains to their role in the organization.

□ Make sure all coaches who will be conducting practices and training sessions are fully registered, affiliated, and compliance approved. Your organization’s Risk Manager or Registrar should have this information.

□ Confirm your organization has permission to use the fields (facility, complex, park, school, etc.) prior to scheduling any practices

□ Work with all coaches to identify their team’s COVID-19 Coordinator to oversee compliance at the team level (can be a team parent who must register as an Adult with Mass Youth Soccer). • For those organizations that use public fields:

□ Confirm your coaches and other active adults are properly trained and equipped on the use of sanitization products and techniques. • For those organizations who use private fields/facilities

□ Confirm facility owner has developed, trained, and implemented increased daily sanitization protocols for common surfaces, restrooms, and equipment.

□ Make hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, soap and water, or similar disinfectant readily available throughout the facility. MASSACHUSETTS YOUTH SOCCER ASSOCIATION mayouthsoccer.org/return-to-soccer-activities/ June 6, 2020


Requirements While Conducting Soccer Activities

□ Team COVID-19 Coordinator will communicate with the coach to ensure all required policies and procedures are in place during the training session.

□ Designated player equipment area is set up next to the playing area you are assigned to. The area should be away from the sideline and the spectator area.

□ Adhere to guidelines regarding proper use of face coverings and masks.

□ Sessions should be planned using physical distancing session plans. No contact is allowed. No scrimmages to be allowed during practice sessions.

□ The Coach is the only person who can touch any cones or equipment. Coaches should not handle a player’s soccer ball with their hands at any time.

□ Throughout practice, during breaks for water, encourage proper hygiene as provided in the guidelines.

□ The Coach shall take proper attendance for each session, recording on paper, or electronically.

□ Do not allow players to share team snacks, water, equipment, or clothing.


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