1) While MAYSA strongly encourages the continued use of face-coverings/masks they are no longer required for outdoor activities (exceptions noted below). MAYSA, in collaboration with its affiliate clubs, reviewed and discussed this change to the Order and wish to make the following points of emphasis:
· Clubs and teams should create a culture that supports the family-level decision to wear a face covering when a player is competing during practice and/or matches outdoors. Similarly, accept family-level decision to not wear a face covering when actively competing.
· We would ask that coaches, spectators and any player not actively competing in a match (i.e., a substitute) wear a mask. We feel that this is a reasonable request and one which we currently see in collegiate and professional sports; including during the recent NCAA basketball tournament, NFL and MLB games.
· Please be aware that there will be some venues throughout the MAYSA district where face coverings for everyone will still be required. These venues make face coverings a requirement for access & usage. MAYSA will communicate to teams which venues have a face covering requirement.
· If a Club operates an “In House” program or league (i.e., where teams only play other teams from within their own club) they have the discretion to require various protective measures, including face coverings.
2) Physical distancing and number of spectators -- A minimum of 6-foot distancing is still required between those not from the same household under the updated Order. And while there is no specific limit to the number of spectators, MAYSA implores all families to discourage anyone not from your immediate family or home from attending a match or practice unless they have a necessary role in transportation for the player participant. Carpooling should also be avoided or minimized.
· For matches, where the field space allows, the team (players and coaches) and spectators from the home team should be on the same side; away team and spectators on the opposite side.
If a visiting team has mask usage concerns at the RSC home fields, please advise the RSC coach in advance so that any concerns can be mitigated before gameday.
Tournaments: WYSA has sanctioned tournaments for 2021. You can find a list of WYSA sanctioned tournaments here. Note that tournaments will be subject to existing superseding state and local requirements that may exist at that time.
MAYSA League: MAYSA Spring 2021 League season is now under way.
Thank you to all players, parents, officials and club leaders for your ongoing patience and engagement during this challenging time.