Update on Mask Guidance

Dear Milton Soccer Coaches, Parents, and Families,

Milton Soccer is aware the CDC has eased mask guidelines for vaccinated people and Governor Baker is relaxing the outdoor mask order in Massachusetts.  As of April 30, Mass Youth Soccer is awaiting specific guidance from the State about how this policy change will impact current COVID-19 guidelines for youth sports and spectators. Mass Youth Soccer sets the guidelines for our league play.

What does this mean to you?

At this time all youth soccer organizations must follow the current Mass Youth Soccer Spring 2021 Protocols for all soccer activities.  This includes a mandate for face coverings. BAYS requires that ALL players, coaches, referees, and spectators wear a mask. Social distance protocols remain in place as well (see link for MYSA protocols for additional details). Until you hear differently from us, this current policy stands and applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. 

Thank you for following the guidelines.

Fall 2021 Travel Evaluations: Sundays 6 & 13 June 2021

We would like to take a moment to alert everyone to the dates for the upcoming fall travel evaluations.  Player Evaluations will be held on Sunday afternoons, June 6 & 13, 2021. Please have your players plan accordingly. 

Each spring, Milton Travel Soccer players entering U9-U14 (3rd-8th grade) age groups in the fall participate in player evaluations. These evaluations are used to place players on appropriate level teams that compete in BAYS at similar levels of competition.  Players are placed in small sided games and evaluated by professional coaches. The idea is that players have fun playing with players at their own age group.   The process is not perfect, but these external evaluations along with coaches' ratings are used to place players on appropriate teams.  Over 4 years, this process generally offers appropriate playing opportunities for all players in Milton.  For more information regarding travel evaluations, please follow this link.

20th Annual BAYS Presidents’ Cup

Team registration is now open for the 20th Annual BAYS Presidents’ Cup!  You should register your team.  This is a great experience for the kids. The Cup competition is played in addition to the regular season schedule.  This is an exciting tournament that has a single-elimination format.  Each round of games must be completed within the time frame established by BAYS.  The Tournament is open to the following divisions:

  • Grade 6 & 8 in Division 3
  • Grade 5 Divisions 2 & 3
  • Grade 5 Division 1 – The top 2 teams in each D1 section will play in a Championship game. 

All Championship games are scheduled for the morning of June 19, 2021, Field TBD.  If you are interested in registering your team please notify Heather Montgomery ([email protected]) as soon as possible.  Registration closes on Monday, May 3rd at 12pm. 

Milton Soccer Guidelines on Vacation Travel

As April vacation is here, Milton Soccer asks all families to follow Massachusetts State travel guidelines.

The Massachusetts Travel Advisory urges all persons entering MA, including returning residents, to quarantine for 10 days upon their arrival if they have been out of the state for 24 hours or more.  A negative PCR test within 72 hours of returning OR a ten day quarantine for any out of state travel is expected. Yes there is an exception made for travelers who are fully vaccinated (who have received two doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer COVID 19 vaccines OR who have received a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 14 or more days ago) AND who do not have symptoms, however most of our children are not vaccinated yet.

Please find more information at https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-travel-advisory.  This is
important to stay vigilant and keep Milton's numbers low! 

Drop-In Coaching Calls: Mondays at 8pm

We hope that all of our coaches' seasons are off to a good start and the kids are enjoying the spring soccer season.

Over the course of the season, we would like to organize drop-in Zoom meetings for all our coaches to share questions and answers with one another related to coaching soccer.

The first meeting was held on Wednesday, April 14th at 8pm.  We will continue these weekly calls every Monday at 8pm for 45 minutes.  We hope you will join us!

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82821883611

Spring 2021 Soccer Training Plans

Steel Soccer supports the coaches with weekly coaching sessions which have a handful of different drills and training based on level. Coaches will receive the sessions at the beginning of the season to review ahead of the season and use the drills needed for the team based on need and development.

These trainings are primarily intended for travel league and are available on the Coach Guidelines page of this website, which is an option off of the "Coaches" link in the menu bar above. K2+ coaches will receives their training plans weekly so all groups are focusing on the same skill for each team.

Coach 4v4 Grassroots Training

coachesOver 20 Milton Soccer coaches braved the wet, 42 degree weather on Sunday April 11th to attend the 4v4 grassroots training course. The course was well done and the coaches were into it. 21 coaches registering, watching an intro module, doing a two hour zoom call and braving a two hour session in the chilly weather is to be commended.

Thanks to board members Mike O'Hanlon, Jaime Levash, Tahani Rivers, Sophie Tobias, and Brian Johnson for promoting the course and thanks again to all of the coaches for attending!

 

Travel Uniforms and the Team Shop

As the Milton Soccer Spring 2021 Travel season approaches, it is important that all new players order a travelBackpacks uniform.  It's advisable that all travel players dig out their current uniform to ensure it still fits!

The Milton Soccer Team Shop has uniforms and other Milton Soccer clothing and gear, so check it out!  Items include:

  • No Room for Racism shirts, hats, and masks
  • Adidas warm up jackets, shirts, and hoodies
  • Scarves
  • And the newest addition:  Adidas Milton Soccer backpacks.  Very durable and well up to the job of carrying school gear too!

Please click here or the "Team Shop" option from the main menu bar at the top of this page.  Milton Soccer's Team Shop is open year round.

9th - 12th Grade Registration is Open

Registration is now open for grades 9-12 Spring 2021 season.  Please log onto https://miltonmasoccer.org and then click on "Register".  You will be placed on a waitlist until we know we have enough players to create teams.  Once released from the waitlist you can then log back in and pay.  Uniforms are included.

Games will be played on Sundays.  The season will begin on Sunday, April 25th and end on June 13th.  HS games will NOT be scheduled on the Memorial Day weekend.  

Parking at Milton Healthcare Field

Please park in designated parking lots ONLY.  We are at risk of losing our permit to use these fields for soccer, effective immediately. We are guests in our use of the fields, the space around the fields, and the parking lots. Please be polite and patient, but DO park ONLY in either the lot immediately to the left as you enter from Neponset Valley Parkway, or the lot behind Milton Healthcare. If there are no spots available, please drop off and arrange pick up. Parks and Rec suggest that the Milton Board regulate the area during all weekdays and weekends. We need your help to ensure we maintain our field permit. If you see anyone parking on the grass, please ask them politely to park in the lots.

Thank you for following COVID-19 Return To Play guidelines last weekend. For the most part, spot checks by the Board suggest that we were all doing our part to socially distance and wear face coverings at all times. Let’s keep this up so that we can continue a successful and fun season. It was great to see all the players this weekend enjoying the Beautiful Game.  Every game is a gift!