Youth soccer games kick off again this September
The Dartmouth Youth Soccer Association will be going ahead with its fall soccer season after revising its program to ensure safety during the coronavirus pandemic.
New rules include limiting the number of people at sessions to 25 participants and 50 spectators per field, with just one parent or guardian allowed per player (siblings are ok.) Social distancing and masks are required, and a Covid safety representative will ensure guidelines are followed at all sessions. Games, friendlies, and scrimmages are all allowed — but there will be no tournament this season.
The full “Return to Play” plan is available at s3.amazonaws.com/files.leagueathletics.com/Text/Documents/8654/73741.pdf.
According to a statement from the DYSA, due to the limited number of players the association will be prioritizing Dartmouth residents.
In its statement the youth soccer association described safety guidelines as “very fluid,” noting that it will monitor information from local authorities as well as the Mass Youth Soccer Association. Should the guidelines change, members are asked to be patient and flexible if program modifications are required.
The fall program will start Sept. 12 and end on Oct. 31 and is open to players born between Sept. 1, 2005 and June 15, 2017. Players will be grouped by age and gender.
- All sessions will be held on Saturdays at the DYSA fields and will last one hour for U6 and U8 age groups and 1.5 hours for U10-U15.
The registration fee for each player is $100 with a sibling discount of $20 for the first sibling and $40 for each additional sibling. Players will receive a DYSA T-shirt and training bib.
Participants can register for the fall program at leagueathletics.com/Registration/Default.asp?org=dysasoccer.com.