FALL 2020 RECREATIONAL SOCCER

Details, Participation Levels, and Team Parents

UpdatedMonday August 17, 2020 byJason Miranda.

After much consideration, the Easthampton Youth Soccer Assocation has decided to move forward with a Fall 2020 season, although it will look very different from years past.

We would like to offer several options to accommodate the varying circumstances and comfort levels of parents during this time. With so many typical childhood experiences being shut down, we are hopeful that we can offer a time when kids can get some exercise and social connections with peers under safe conditions.

Easthampton Park and Rec and/or Board of Health rules will dictate many decisions moving forward, such as whether or not masks will be required, how many people are allowed on each field, how many times a week practice will be, etc. Once we have these guidelines closer to the start of the season we will be able to share this information with parents and families. A lot of our decisions will depend on these guidelines and the numbers of players that are registered in each division and within each level. Additionally, things might need to change as we progress through the season. Please be patient as we work to put on a soccer season that is safe and provides a space in which players develop a strong sense of teamwork, sportsmanship, respect and community while playing soccer.

Registration will be open on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 and close on Sunday, September 6, 2020. The season will open on Saturday, September 12. There is no entrance fee for Nonotuck Park for the remainder of 2020.

As summer turns to fall and the pandemic continues to develop, it is possible that we could be forced to end our season prematurely. Unfortunately, we would not be able to offer reimbursement of registration fees should that happen as we have fixed operating costs.

Fall 2020 Recreational Soccer Programs

We hope to offer THREE different programs to meet the needs of more families. The first two options below would not include any games, and each team would only be playing with the players on their team. Players will still receive team shirts to promote a sense of teamwork.

Participation Levels

  • Level 1 — Individual Clinic/Skills Sessions
    • Each player will work on foot skills with their own ball.
    • Players will be spaced out and kept distant to the extent possible when working with young children.
    • There will be a maximum of 10 players working with 1 to 2 coaches.
  • Level 2 — Team Drills with Some Close Contact
    • Individual skills will be taught, with the addition of some interactive games such as "Knockout" (where several players dribble the ball around a large space on the field and 2–3 players are tasked with trying to knock the other player’s ball out of the space).
    • There will be a maximum of 10 players working with 1 to 2 coaches.
  • Level 3 — Small-sided Scrimmages within Their Own Team or with Other Recreational Teams in Our Easthampton Rec Program.
  • TRAVEL SOCCER ONLY — Games with other teams in other towns
    • This would be a more traditional playing experience and would be through our travel program only for ages U9 and up. Tryouts are not necessary. Please register players for travel as there will not be an option for games at the recreation level for the 2020 season.

Team Parents

Additionally, we would like to have 1–2 parents volunteer at each practice to help monitor and maintain social distancing and other safe practices. As all of us know, things come up in practice for children that are not related to soccer. By having other adults helping to manage these things, it will allow the coaches to focus on keeping the other players engaged and focused on soccer. The success of this season will be dependent on the parents who are willing and able to serve as coaches and team parents.

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We understand this is a very challenging time for families. Our board is made up of volunteers that are experiencing many challenges of our own. We ask that you be patient and flexible as we try and navigate all of these unknowns while still trying to provide an opportunity for kids to have time for exercise, fun, and socialization under safe conditions.