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8/31/2020, Update from the Marshwood Travel Soccer Board

8/31/2020

MTS Families,

Plans are moving forward on all fronts for practices and games for the Fall Classic season! With the approval from Soccer Maine, the Maine Principals’ Association and the South Berwick Town Council, the MTS Board is in full planning mode to finalize rosters, schedule practices, order equipment and uniforms and much more to pull this season together in a very compressed schedule.  However, please be aware that the fall season is still in flux and contingent on reviews and decisions by many state and local entities.  We are doing our best to push forward for a safe and fun season while juggling all of these uncertainties.

 

We need to hear back from anyone that has decided to withdraw their child from play this fall now that the plan includes moving forward with playing games against teams from other towns.  Please contact MTS president, Steve Jalbert, at steve.jalbert@gmail.com as soon as possible with your decision to withdraw or if you have any questions or concerns regarding the season.  Team rosters will be registered with Soccer Maine this Friday.  By letting us know soon it will allow us to make roster adjustments and ensure we have enough players for each registered team.  Please know that parents can withdraw players at any point in the season, however please let us know as soon as possible if that decision has already been made.

It is time to order uniforms! If you are new to MTS or just need to order replacement items, the uniform website is open for orders through Sunday, September 6th.  Each player will be required to have a MTS uniform kit for the season including home and away jerseys, shorts and socks.  The cost for the full kit is $50.  Individual items are priced separately.  Uniforms from last year can be reused this year.  Please note, each player has been assigned a jersey number that you must provide as part of the ordering process.  Please see the attached spreadsheet for your child’s uniform number.  You may want to double check the uniform number before finalizing the order as returns will not be accepted.  The attached spreadsheet contains a list of players by age group and does not necessarily reflect the team to which each player is assigned.  Please click on the link below to order:

Collins Sports Webstore Link:

https://marshwoodyouthsoccee2020uniforms.itemorder.com/

Lastly, Soccer Maine has outlined our return to play phases and safety restrictions on their website at http://www.soccermaine.com/resources/covid-19-updates/.  We urge parents to refer to the website for detailed information regarding return to play guidelines and requirements.  We are currently in Phase III of the Return to Play Plan.  In addition to the list of responsibilities and restrictions below, we will need a volunteer from each team to serve as a ‘field marshal’ to help coaches ensure that safety guidelines are being adhered to both on the field and off the field for parents picking up, dropping off, etc. Additional information regarding ‘field marshal’ duties will be coming forward soon.

Criteria for participation in group training sessions (includes athletes, coaches and staff):

• No signs or symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days and have not been exposed to someone that

has been ill in 14 days.

• Take temperature before going to training.

• Upon arrival to training, coaches or staff should ask each athlete if they are experiencing any signs or

symptoms of COVID-19 if the athlete has any signs or symptoms of COVID-19, they should be sent

home and instructed to contact their healthcare provider as soon as possible.

• Make sure appropriate infection prevention supplies are present in multiple targeted areas (e.g., hand

sanitizer, facial tissues, facial coverings, etc.)

• Training and controlled sessions should take place outside in an area where social distancing can be

maintained.

• Participants should use their own equipment and properly sanitize the equipment after every training

session.

• Any parent outside of their vehicle will be counted toward the group total regardless of the distance

from them to the players/coaches.

• Use own water bottle, towel, shin guards, etc.

• No activities that require direct contact between athletes.

• Cleaning schedule/protocol of equipment with disinfectant before, during, and after training.

• Wearing appropriate personal protective equipment if in a public location setting that mandates in

that particular public space, (i.e. face mask.)

• Coaching can occur onsite, but coaches must maintain social distancing from all participants.

 

Parent Responsibilities:

• Ensure child is healthy, check your child’s temperature before attending a training session.

• Limited or no carpooling.

• Stay in car or adhere to social distance requirements, based on state and local health requirements.

• Ensure child’s clothing is washed after every training session.

• Ensure all equipment, cleats, ball, shin guards etc. are sanitized before and after every training.

• Notify club immediately if your child becomes ill for any reason. This is a requirement.

• Do not assist coach with equipment before or after training.

• Be sure your child has necessary sanitizer with them at every training. This is a requirement.

 

Player Responsibilities:

• Take temperature before attending training session, if you have a temperature of 100° or higher, do

not attend training session or activity.

• Wash hands thoroughly before and after training.

• Bring and use, hand sanitizer with you to every training.

• Do not touch or share anyone else’s equipment, water, snack or bag.

• Practice social distancing, place bags and equipment at least 6 feet apart.

• Wash and sanitize all equipment before and after every training.

• No group celebrations, no high 5’s, hugs, handshakes etc.

• Have a face mask/covering available at all times for any situation on the sidelines or in practices when social distancing is not possible.

Thank you for your help in pulling this season together!

The MTS Board

https://www.marshwoodsoccerclub.com/

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Marshwood Travel Soccer fall 2019

Steve Jalbert

President Marshwood Travel Soccer Board

Mission Statement:

The mission of Marshwood Travel Soccer (MTS) is to provide a fun and competitive youth soccer playing experience, focused on player development, competing against other clubs in the state of Maine. We are committed to making the experience fun for the players. However, the expectations of our players, coached and parents are higher than other youth soccer programs.

Marshwood Travel Soccer is a non-profit organization for youth (grades 3- 8)  in the towns of Eliot,ME, South Berwick, ME, and Rollinsford, NH.

MTS is a member of Soccer Maine which is the governing body for all travel soccer in Maine. In turn, Soccer Maine is affiliated with U.S. Youth Soccer, the national organization responsible for overseeing youth soccer development across the country. As a member of Soccer Maine and US Youth Soccer, MTS is bound by their bylaws and policy decisions.

click here for Soccer Maine's updated "Return to Play"

While the Club and Coach must create a safe environment, the PARENT must make the decision for their child to return to play. If, as a parent you are not comfortable in your child’s returning to play – DON’T. And finally, PLAYERS must be responsible to adhere to, and respect the social distancing requirements and contact guidelines that have been established.

Photos:

  • U-10 boys' teams at Marshwood High School, 2018
  • U10 boys sporting Hawks' Pride
  • photo credit to Bryan Lindgren Photography
  • photo credit to Bryan Lindgren Photography
  • photo credit to Bryan Lindgren Photography
  • photo credit to Bryan Lindgren Photography
  • photo credit to Bryan Lindgren Photography
  • photo credit to Bryan Lindgren Photography
  • Marshwood U11 boys' teams at the Marshwood High School Homecoming game, 10/3/2019
  • Marshwood U11 boys' teams at the Marshwood High School Homecoming game, 10/3/2019