June 16, 2020

Dear Club and League Representatives:

Effective immediately, MSYSA is now permitting clubs and leagues in Regions 6 & 8 to progress into Phase 5 of MSYSA’s R2T guidelines , which were updated today. Also, in Regions 6 & 8, Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order #115 , allows gyms, and similar type establishments in these regions to reopen, subject to strict workplace safeguards. Indoor social gatherings and organized events of up to 50 people are allowed, as well as outdoor social gatherings and organized events of up to 250 people. Any individual who leaves his or her home or place of residence must follow social distancing measures, wear a face covering over his or her mouth – such as a homemade mask, scarf, bandana, or handkerchief – when in any enclosed public space , unless the individual is unable to medically tolerate a face covering.

Also, MSYSA is aware that some of our affiliated clubs are still looking for players to complete teams for the upcoming fall season. Based on your feedback, MSYSA affiliated clubs may now offer a return-to-training (R2T) with new players. These would be players who have not already committed to your club and players who have not yet signed with or committed to another club.

R2T training activities with any players must adhere to social distancing requirements and gathering size limits at all times. R2T does not include scrimmages, games or team travel to other states. Please Note: R2T does not mean clubs may post or promote ‘Club Try-Outs’. MSYSA is now permitting clubs to offer training to new players, in a R2T environment only. This allows ‘new’ players to carefully consider their available options for the fall prior to committing to a club. Secondary medical insurance is being extended through August 31, 2020, for players who are training with a new club, but who have not yet signed with that club.

With respect to team travel to other states, MSYSA will reconsider its current position on team travel to other states when the entire state enters Phase 5 of the MI Safe Start Plan.

In addition, MSYSA (and US Soccer) have determined the following:

·       Players are not required to have an individual designated ball for training.
·       The use of shared balls between players is allowed in foot drills with avoidance of the use of hands. Be sure to disinfect and clean balls before and after each training session while wearing PPE (face covering and latex gloves) by a viricidal cleaner (i.e. 70% alcohol solution or household bleach solution), and a disposable towel that can be disposed of immediately afterward.
·       Field players should not handle soccer balls with their hands unless wearing gloves.
·       For goalkeeper training, soccer balls should not be shared. Plan for one soccer ball per goalkeeper. If the goalkeeper is involved in an activity with field players and using his or her hands, use the goalkeeper’s designated ball(s).
·       Where able, clubs are encouraged to provide soccer balls for training to ensure that balls are properly sanitized and stored before and after each training. 

With respect to ‘camps’, overnight camps are now permitted to resume operations as of June 15, 2020, subject to guidance from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. It is highly recommended that groups within a camp be limited to 10 or fewer campers. For more information about day camps, residential camps, and/or camp guidance, please click here .

In closing, our next teleconference (Zoom) update will occur with club and league representatives on  Friday, June 26, 2020 at 4:00 pm . A separate email communication will be disseminated to club and league representatives with the call-in number and meeting ID.  Please note: This call is limited to club & league representatives only. 

Sincerely,

Thomas Faro
Executive Director

cc.:      MSYSA Board of Directors