Face Masks are REQUIRED for ALL Players, Coaches, Referees, Spectators at all times for all games and practice including Visiting teams. Only 1 Guardian per player per MYS Rules. ***NO PETS ALLOWED (except by state guidelines)***
The following procedures should remain in place for all participants, coaches, and spectators:
1. No signs or symptoms of COVID-19 infection (per CDC) in the past 14 days and have not been exposed to someone who has been ill in 14 days
2. Player and coach attendance must be taken and maintained by the coaching staff for EVERY Soccer activity including Practices, meetings, games for tracing purposes.
3. Both Players and coaches must check for normal temperature before going to training (practices, games, meetings) - (temperature 100.4 or higher please stay home).
4. Upon arrival to training (practices, games, meetings), coaches or staff should ask each athlete if they are experiencing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19. If the athlete has any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 they should be sent home and instructed to contact their healthcare provider. They will not be allowed to return to training (practices, games, meetings) until they are cleared by a healthcare provider. A doctor’s note must be provided.
5. Participants, organizers, spectators, volunteers, and facility employees in high risk categories should not participate or attend organized sport activities.
6. Participants should use their own equipment and be instructed to sanitize their equipment after every training session per CDC guidelines.
7. Each participant will be required to have their own water bottle, towel, and personal hygiene products approved by the CDC (hand sanitizer, facial tissues, face coverings that have ear loops).
8. Players are required to wear face coverings that have ear loops during all soccer activities.
9. Tissues, wipes, or disposable gloves must be properly disposed in the appropriate receptacles.
10. Cleaning equipment (cones, goals etc.) with CDC approved disinfectant before, during, and after training. This is to be completed by the coaches for each team
11. Wear a face covering, when not actively playing and when a player cannot abide by the physical/social distance requirements from coaches, other players, and parents.
12. If any player, coach tests positive for Covid-19, please contact the DYS President ASAP
Rule/Play Modifications to Comply with the Guidance:
· Heading the ball - All intentional heading of a soccer ball is suspended for all ages. Any intentional heading will be treated as a violation of IFAB Law 12, Playing in a Dangerous Manner, and will result in an Indirect Free Kick restart
· Shoulder to Shoulder contact is suspended and or any other intentional physical contact is to be considered a violation of Law 12, Playing in a Dangerous Manner, resulting in an Indirect Free Kick restart or other applicable foul or misconduct based on the referee’s decision.
· Slide Tackling whenever within 6 feet of another player is suspended and is to be considered a violation of Law 12, Playing in a Dangerous Manner, Indirect Free Kick restart or other applicable foul or misconduct based on the referee’s decision.
· Throw-Ins as defined by IFAB Law 15 are suspended and to be replaced by a Kick-in. The modifications for the procedure for a Kick-in is:
o The player taking the Kick-in must be facing the field of play and need not keep both feet on the ground during the Kick-in.
o Must put part of the ball on the touchline or on the ground outside the touchline
o The ball may not be kicked directly into the opponent’s penalty area.
o All opponents must stand at least 10 yards (8 yards for small sided) from the point on the touchline where the Kick-in is to be taken.
o IFAB Law 15 Offences and Sanctions for Throw-ins apply to Kick-ins.
· Corner Kicks as defined by IFAB Law 17 are suspended and to be replaced by a Corner Kick-in. The modifications for the procedure for a Corner Kick-in are:
o The ball may not be kicked directly into the opponent’s penalty area.
o Opponents must remain at least 10 yds (8 yards for small sided) from the corner arc until the ball is in play
o IFAB Law 17 Offences and Sanctions for Corner Kicks apply to Corner Kick-ins.
· For all restarts, all players must comply with the 6 -foot distancing from both teammates and opponents. Opponents must remain at 10 yds (8 yards for small sided) from the ball prior to the kick. The use of a traditional defensive Wall is currently suspended.
· The use of a Dropped Ball as a restart is suspended. To replace this procedure, an Indirect Free Kick will be awarded to the team whom the referee deemed to be in possession when the referee stops play.
1. Practices: No more than 25 players on any surface/playing area for team/group sports. To ensure group separation, separate groups must be spaced at least 14 feet apart while sharing a single playing surface, court or field. If this is not followed, we will have to ask those that do not follow to leave or if systemic might not allow spectators at all. DYS may be fined or ask to cease all operations if this continues.
2. No more than 50 people excluding players, coaches, referees, or facility/activity workers in the aggregate in, on, or surrounding any surface/playing area, provided that there is adequate space for all players, coaches, referees, facility/activity workers and spectators to maintain at least six feet social distancing, recognizing that for some moderate and high risk sports intermittent and limited contact may occur for players If this is not followed, we will have to ask those that do not follow to leave or if systemic might not allow spectators at all. DYS may be fined or ask to cease all operations if this continues.
3. During this current COVID-19 Pandemic state of emergency as proclaimed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Mass Youth Soccer (MYS) requires all member organizations to limit the number of spectators at all sanctioned soccer activities to One (1) per player. Spectators are defined as a Parent, Legal Guardian or Chaperone. If this is not followed, we will have to ask those that do not follow to leave or if systemic might not allow spectators at all. DYS may be fined or ask to cease all operations if this continues.
Spectators must follow all Mass Youth Soccer Return to Soccer Activities Guidelines.
· Sanctioned Soccer Activities: Includes, but is not limited to all games (of all types), practices, clinics, training, and in-person meetings.
· Spectators must wear facial coverings and maintain six feet of social distance at all times.
· Coaches, staff, referees and other officials are required to wear facial coverings and maintain social distance of 6 feet at all times
4. Competition schedules with a 20 minute buffer to prevent the overlap of participants and to allow for disinfection of equipment and cleaning of commonly touched surfaces, if necessary.
5. Sportsmanship should continue in a touchless manner- no handshakes/slaps/fist bump.
PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT AND FACIAL COVERINGS FOR ALL SPORTS
While limiting proximity of participants is the first line of defense to reduce the risk of transmission Facility Operators and Activity Organizers must require facial coverings to be worn by all participants except:
· During high intensity aerobic or anaerobic activities.
· When distancing of 6 feet or more is possible between participants whenever feasible; or
· For individuals that are unable to wear a face covering due to a medical condition or disability.
· Otherwise, Activity Organizers must require facial coverings to be worn while engaged in an activity wherever possible. Some sports by their nature involve intense aerobic activity throughout play. For these sports it is required that players use facial coverings when possible, take frequent breaks when they are out of proximity to other players using caution to avoid touching the front or inside of the face covering by using the ear loops to remove and replace. For example: soccer players should have facial coverings (that have earloops) with them at all times and where possible play with the facial covering on, removing it for long runs down the field, for plays without close contact, and in the goal. Participants for all sports must wear facial coverings while on the sidelines at ALL times and in any huddles or time-outs.
Hopefully you know by now that the Town has set up a COVID-19 Fund to help families that are reeling from the financial impact of the pandemic.
There are two great Dedham-wide events that have been created to help raise funds and generate community spirit that we felt the DYS family should know about:
1) The Social Distancing 5K (created by Bob Rotchford and family) which all members of DYS can sign-up to run in between now and July 31st. You can find more details on the Social Distancing 5K as well as how to register at this web site: https://socialdistance5krace.com/
2) On Saturday, July 11th there is a Virtual Dedham Crawl being held that will feature 8 live bands and many cool raffle prizes. You can sign up for the Crawl on Facebook or on the Dedham COVID-19 fund page
We hope you will consider these events as fun ways to support the Town and its families in need.
What a long spring we have had… We hope all our players and families have been well during this time. Are you ready for Soccer to start and get out of the house having the players running outside again? See the announcements below for some exciting updates to Summer AND Fall seasons.
During the time off, DYS has been working with town officials to see when, where, and how we can start soccer back up again while maintaining all state and town guidelines of safety for all who participate.
Keep up to date on all things DYS on our Facebook page where we will be communicating registration info, cool events hosted by the New England Revolution, as well as skills and drills info.
DYS Summer League
DYS is planning on a Dedham Summer League for CURRENTgrades 1 thru 12 (unfortunately Pre-K Kickers and Kindergarten programs will have to wait for the fall season)
starting the week of July 6th thru approx. August 6th (final date tbd)
The goal is to have 4 boys and 4 girls teams per grade (or combine similar grades if needed)
2 games per week, NO practices- just fun!
Teams will be decided on a draft format by the coaches
Games and times will be spaced out on Dedham fields
We will be following all appropriate health guidelines set forth by the town and state
Registration is now open at www.dedhamsoccer.com cost is $25 per player (to cover costs for referees)
PLEASE Register ASAP so that we can develop teams !!!
Massachusetts Youth Soccer, Boston Area Youth Soccer, and Dedham Youth Soccer are making plans for a normal fall season and we have opened registration as long as all local and state guidelines are met. PLEASE REGISTER NOW (for incoming Pre-K thru Grade 8) at www.dedhamsoccer.com so that we can start to develop teams for both the town and travel leagues. (if there is no summer or fall season, shortened season, or substantial changes made- DYS will offer a refund appropriately as we had for the spring 2020 season).
Practice usually start around the last 2 weeks of August with games starting around the first weekend in September (more info to come…)
Unfortunately, there will be NO TRYOUTS this season due to group sizes. Teams will be chosen based off of the group of coaches for each grade and their evaluations from the fall season (or last season played). They will give their input with the guidance of DYS to all come to the appropriate team for each player.
Incoming 3rd grade
The DYS board has implemented the following changes for incoming 3rd grade for the FALL 2020 season:
All incoming 3rd grade boys and girls players will remain in the Dedham town program for the fall season of development.
DYS will hold tryouts during the fall season for all players progression into the BAYS TRAVEL SOCCER LEAGUE in the spring 2021 season. (BAYS requires grade 3 players to play at their own grade level and cannot play up with no exceptions).
This will help facilitate growth as a player, more time with Dedham community, and making sure that the teams are placed accurately for the transition to the travel program.
The fall season will be planned as an all 3rd grade boys and girls leagues as long as there are the appropriate number of players registered.
Dedham Soccer Summer Camp
August 10-14 and 17 thru 21
Information is still being finalized as town and state guidelines need to be met
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Have a Great summer and see you on the field soon.
I hope that everyone has been having a great time between soccer seasons. Spring Soccer is right around the corner and let’s all hope that the weather continues to cooperate (no jinx). The DYS annual meeting was in December and we welcomed a few new people to help make the organization even better in 2020 and beyond! Please welcome new members: Carld and Victoria August, Andreas Matern, Adam Young, and Chris Looby as well as all returning members.
The board has been hard at work during the offseason working on website improvements, choosing an app for coaches and parents, setting the schedules, planning upcoming events, making changes to the by-laws (updated and listed on the DYS website), working on new sponsorships, the list goes on…
As I say every year at this time: Thank You VERY much to ALL board members, coaches, asst coaches, sponsors, who 100% VOLUNTEER their time to help make DYS a GREAT program for our children of Dedham. DYS represents more than 900+ players/coaches.
Winter session #2 for Grades 1 thru 6 at Compete Indoor Sundays starting Feb 16th thru March 25 from 4-5pm for only $70
Middle School soccer (grades 6 thru 8)- Sunday evenings for FREE. Please contact
to register and fill out waiver.
Registrations are still open for Grades K thru 2 and the Kickers program thru March 1st. High School age Soccer sign-ups are ready for spring as well. Please sign up at www.dedhamsoccer.com
Registrations are closed for Travel (grades 3 thru 8)- if you forgot or would still like to sign up, we can check if there are any slots open at your appropriate grade/team level.
Games Start Date: First game for all Pre-K thru Grade 8 will be Saturday, April 4th with practices starting approx. 1 to 2 weeks prior (still waiting on permit process to be completed). Dates for HS age tbd. All Town games (kickers and grades K thru 2nd) will be at Riverdale School this season.
Coaches meeting Will be held at Dedham Middle School on Sunday, March 15th starting at 4:30 for town and 6:00pm for Travel. Format will be different this year with youth players showcasing their skills and the coaches observing and discussing (not running around).
SAVE THE DATES:
DYS Night at the REVS- Saturday, May 2nd at 7:30pm vs NYC FC. More exciting news on this next month.
DYS End of Season Picnic- Sunday- June 7th from 9 until 1pm with even more fun activities than last year including Free cookout, music, inflatable soccer games, Soccer Vendors, Sponsor tables and last town games of the year.
Professional Coaches- DYS Training committee is working to hire a few professional coaches to help guide our volunteer staff this spring season. I am looking forward to having them help us.
Gonzalez Turf Field- Snack Stand and Bathrooms- DYS has raised money for several years and contributed a majority of the funds needed to make this happen for the DYS teams that play and practice there. What a great project and special thanks to Sal Ledda for all his hard work to make this a reality for Dedham.
Tryouts for Fall- Incoming 3rd, 5th, 7th/8th grade players will be asked to attend tryouts this spring. More info to come.
DYS winter Hats on sale for the low price of $15. Let me know if you would like to purchase.
Uniforms (Travel ages- Grades 3 thru 8) If you are new, or need new uniform items- please contact your coach or myself. Keep your same uniform number. If you do not have one, let me know.
Town Ages- Please use your uniform from the fall- DYS will have a few extras for new players, any player movements, or additional needs.
I am looking forward to getting to know more of you, and your interests and concerns in the coming year. I would appreciate hearing from you and encourage you to reach out to me with any questions, comments, ideas, concerns, praise!
The boad unanimously approved changes to the DYS By-Laws at the January 2020 meeting. The updated by-laws are posted on the website under "documents". If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to email directly firstname.lastname@example.org
As President for the Dedham Youth Soccer Association, I am truly honored to work with the exceptional individuals on our Board and further with all of you that value the time and dedication of our *all-volunteer* organization. We will all work hard to enhance the soccer experience for you and your child and to meet your expectations. Over the next weeks and year, the DYS board will work to respond to the ever-changing needs of the soccer community. DYS is now representing between 750-800 children in Dedham! Some things that we have been working on:
As of this Wednesday, March 28th, all parents should have had communication with their coach, including the Little Kickers program (except High School grade teams-which have a later start date). If you have not heard anything, please contact me at
Practices- Mother Nature has not been cooperating, but we are hopeful, but cannot guarantee that practices will start the week of April 2nd. A few travel teams will start this week on Gozalez Field. The coaching staff should let you know where/when you are practicing.
This year we have invested heavily in our training program by hiring two professional coaches from England to help our volunteer coaches and players develop their skills and have fun. Each team from Little Kickers thru 8th grade will get one session per week with a pro coach in a grade and gender format. ie: all 3rd grade boys will practice together, all 6th grade girls will practice together.
Cleat/Equipment swap- April 7th Gonzalez field 10am to 12pm. More details on the web
Town Referee meeting: April 5th 6:30-8pmEndicott estate for returning refs only. Fall season will be accepting new referees
Tryouts/Evaluations for incoming Fall 3rd, 5th (new), 7th/8th (combined) dates have been set. SAVE THE DATE: May 14, 15, 17th see the DYS website for more details. *you must be registered for fall in order to take part in the tryout/evaluation
DYS night at the Revs- Saturday, May 12th @7:30. See your coaches to order tickets and more details on the web. Tailgate sponsored by DYS before the game if we get 200+ people.
DYS townwide end of year picnic at Nobles- Sunday, June 10th
Fall- DYS night supporting the Varsity teams
New Uniforms- the board is currently working on possibly changing uniforms for the fall. More to come…
I am looking forward to getting to know more of you, and your interests and concerns in the coming year. I would appreciate hearing from you and encourage you to reach out to me or speaking with me at one of our regularly scheduled board meetings or on the fields.
I wanted to update everyone on what is happening during the off-season at DYS.
1. Training- We have started a new Winter Clinic at Compete Indoor in Norwood. This is a state of the art Turf field that will help our children progress their soccer skills during the off season. These clinics will be run by professional coaches with a vast background in teaching soccer. If you have not signed up yet, I encourage you to do so before the second session is filled. They will be held on Saturdays 5pm to 6:30PM starting on February 24th (more information at www.Dedhamsoccer.com )
2. Professional Coaching- DYS has hired 2 professional coaches from Challenger Sports to help with our training program this Spring. We are very excited to launch this new initiative to step up our level of play and have our children AND coaches learn from these new coaches. One coach will be devoted to our Little Kickers thru 2nd grade town program and the second coach will work with our 3rd thru 6th grade travel program. We will also be hosting special sessions for grades 7 thru 8 and older.
3. Winter – Indoor teams. We had 3 teams participate in indoor leagues in Canton, MA with great results. Next year, we are looking to add even more teams.
4. Travel Teams update: We have met with the Travel coaches about the registrations for the Spring season and discussed the team formations. This was a complete group effort with all involved and decisions were made together for the best interest of all the children. Teams will be announced by the coaches on Wednesday, February 28th for all teams EXCEPT 8th Grade boys as we are still working on finalizing rosters/coaches. If you have not heard from your coach (and are registered) within a few days of this date, please let me know.
5. Fun Activities: Revs night is fast approaching. Mark your calendars NOW…Dedham Youth Soccer “Night at the Revs” will be Saturday, May 12th at 7:30PM vs the defending champions Toronto FC (featuring Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore). The coaches will be taking orders for tickets as soon as practices start. If we get to 200 tickets sold, DYS will help sponsor a family friendly tailgate before the game.
6. Town update- the deadline to register is March 1st. Please visit the DYS website to register. The end of year picnic is starting to take shape for Nobles. More details to follow. We are hoping to have more sponsors, booths, activities than ever before. If you have any suggestions, please let me know.
7. DYS Board- 10 members of the board attended an all day Workshop sponsored by the Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association. Topics ranged from referee training, Positive coaching, development of US Soccer and more. It was a positive learning experience for the members in attendance.
8. Coaches-Thank you for volunteering! Your division directors will be reaching out to you soon about the spring season. Coaches meetings will be held on Thursday, March 15th, from 6-9pm, more info to follow.
As always, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments, concerns both positive and negative.