January 13, 2021

Dear Club and League Representatives:

Today, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued a new Emergency Order under MCL 333.2253 – Gatherings and Face Mask Order which expires on January 31, 2021 at 11:59 pm. Please read and review carefully.

Effective January 16, 2021 at 12:01 AM, indoor and outdoor gatherings for the purpose of non-contact sports are permitted, provided that 1) Gatherings do not exceed 25% of the total occupancy limits established by the State Fire Marshal or a local fire marshal; and 2) Participants maintain 6 feet of distance from each other at all times. Also, all participants, including team officials, in gatherings for any exercise activities, group fitness, or organized sports must wear a facial covering at all times, except for swimming based sports.

The new Emergency Order further states that gatherings for the purpose of organized (contact) sports are prohibited unless all participants, teams, and venues comply with the enhanced testing regimen specified in the Testing and Additional Mitigation Measures for Athletic Practice and Play During Statewide Athletics ‘Pause’ section of MDHHS’s document entitled Interim Guidance for Athletics, or a school is participating in an MDHHS testing pilot program. This includes high school and college sports; club sports; children, youth, and adult recreational leagues; and charity tournaments and events.

As a result of the MDHHS Order, tryouts for MSYSA’s Olympic Development Program (ODP) teams scheduled for this weekend, January 16-17, 2021 and January 30-31, 2021 are postponed. MSYSA will share our tryout plans by age group and gender with registered participants as soon as possible. MSYSA is determined to offer our athletes the opportunity to try out for ODP, when permitted, and safe to do so.

Based on current COVID-19 conditions, team travel out of state for games and/or tournaments is not recommended at this time. Teams that choose to travel out of state for games and/or tournaments, including teams in US Youth Soccer’s National League Conferences, must comply with local and state health department orders as established in the state(s) they are playing in. Teams must also comply with the applicable Return-To-Play (RTP) guidelines in other states.

In closing, please continue to monitor our website and/or social media platforms for updates.

Sincerely,

Thomas Faro
Executive Director

cc.:      MSYSA Board of Directors