Hello and Happy Summer Lincoln Youth Soccer (“LYS”) families! We hope you all are happy, healthy, safe, and as sane as possible. During the pandemic, it has been our policy to only reach out when we have information to share. Thus, we finally do. Thank you for your patience!
The big news is that Lincoln Soccer is ON for the Fall Season!
This memo is long and broken into 3 parts:
· Conditions for Safe Return to Soccer Activities
· Future Communications & Season Planning
Conditions for Safe Return to Soccer Activities:
LYS looks to The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Town of Lincoln’ Board of Health, Lincoln Schools, Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association (“MYSA”), and Bay Area Youth Soccer (“BAYS”) for guidance on soccer activities. With these guidelines, LYS Board and Coaches will implement processes and procedures to provide an environment for the kids to play outdoor soccer in as safe a way as possible. In addition to ‘soccer as you know it’ from previous seasons, LYS is working hard to create fun skill-building games and activities so that participants can be outside and active in different ways. To the parents, we commit to make safety a priority and if the LYS Board feels that playing conditions are unsafe, or less safe than was presumed under the conditions listed below, we will suspend activity and provide a refund for the suspended portion of the Season.
As background, on July 24th, Massachusetts provided guidance for youth amateur sports activities to resume under Phase III, Step 1 conditions. In this memo, soccer is classified as a moderate risk sport and thus approved, with conditions, for Level 1, 2, and 3 types of play (see page 3 of the MA memo). Types of Play are defined as follows:
- Level 1: Individual or socially distanced group activities (no-contact workouts, aerobic conditioning, individual skill work, and drills)
- Level 2: Competitive Practices (Intra-team/group games, contact drills and scrimmages)
- Level 3: Competitions (Inter-team games, meets, matches, races, etc.)
Level 4 play, which is outdoor tournaments, is currently not allowed for youth soccer.
Following the updated guidance from the State, Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association (“MYSA”) released Return to Soccer Activities Guidelines. LYS will follow MYSA’s guidelines IN ADDITION to whatever is required by the Town of Lincoln’s Board of Health, Lincoln Schools, and BAYS.
To comply with MA and MYSA guidelines, Dr. Jen Gill has generously offered to act as the COVID-19 Safety Officer for LYS.
MYSA’s guidelines define safety procedures for players, parents, coaches and spectators which will require changes to LYS’ past approach to practices and games. We appreciate it if you can review the guidelines. The Town of Lincoln has the right to add conditions to the Commonwealth’s and MYSA’s guidelines. LYS will communicate and follow any Town conditions. Should you choose to register for LYS, all parents, players, and spectators are required to comply with LYS safety guidelines and procedures and will be asked to leave the program if they cannot.
As of August 1st, registration is open at www.lincolnsoccer.com. This will direct you to AdminSports.com. Please note that LYS is requesting registration commitments at this time so that appropriate planning can take place, but billing will be deferred until the Fall season commences. With deferred billing, apart from a small $10 non-refundable one-time processing fee to cover fixed registration costs and hold your spot, your account WILL NOT BE CHARGED until the season starts, in case the situation and conditions evolve. If, for any reason, the Fall 2020 season is cancelled after it has begun, all Fall dues will be 100% refunded to your credit card for the cancelled portion of the Fall Season.
Fees have been increased by $15 from last year to provide for a reversible practice tank top for each player. This will eliminate the need for practice pennies which complies with the MYSA guidelines.
For players who were registered for the Spring 2020 season, the default setting for AdminSports accounts of all parents/families (except for 8th graders) was for Spring funds to roll over as a credit into their accounts for future season(s). All AdminSports accounts have been credited with a value equal to 75% of their Spring 2020 dues, equivalent to 37.5% of the full Fall19/Spring20 enrollment.
A second option is to donate your credit balance to LYS, which would be greatly appreciated. Please contact [email protected] should you wish to do this.
As context, LYS runs a break-even budget with little in the way of cash reserves and some minor fixed costs. With these refunds/credits, LYS will run at a financial loss for the F19/Sp20 season.
BAYS, which governs 3rd through 8th grade game schedules, requires teams to be registered by Aug 14th. This means that LYS must know 3rd – 8th grade player counts and thereby team sizes by Aug 10th. Given MYSA or Town of Lincoln guidelines, we may need to implement team size restrictions (we are working to define this requirement now). If this is the case, we will have to use order of registration to limit team size if necessary. Thus, we REALLY appreciate it if you go to www.lincolnsoccer.com to REGISTER NOW (with deferred billing)!
InTown: To provide a safer environment for parents and players, the Fall 2020 in-town season will be open to 1st and 2nd graders only. PreK and K players are encouraged to look at Super Soccer Stars run by Lincoln Parks and Rec. 1st grade will be at 8am and 2nd grade will be at 9am on Saturdays.
Future Communications & Season Planning
The LYS Board is actively working to put in place all the pieces for a safe and fun season. We will communicate frequently in the coming weeks leading up to the season with player, parent, and spectator requirements as well as coach communication and planning.
As a general call out, the LYS would very much appreciate volunteers to help with any number of tasks. Please reach out to Matt Mitchell at [email protected] if you’d like to volunteer.
Matt Mitchell & the LYS Board