LUSC is committed to offering an enjoyable soccer experience while prioritizing the safety of all participants. The COVID-19 protocols that LUSC, its players and parents/guardians follow to participate in LUSC activities include guidance from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Town of Lexington, and the Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association. LUSC will release updated guidance if any of these entities change their protocols for running activities. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
As required by Massachusetts Youth Soccer, LUSC has assigned a COVID Safety Officer. The COVID Safety Officer is responsible for contacting the local public health department to review their guidelines and recommendations and working together with all members of LUSC to ensure that the guidelines and procedures as provided by Massachusetts Youth Soccer and the local health department are adhered to as required. You may raise any questions or concerns about LUSC COVID protocols and practices to Stacey Hamilton, Past President of LUSC and LUSC COVID Safety Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To maintain consistency with the Town of Lexington and Lexington Public Schools, as of March 11th, 2022 LUSC will no longer require that players and coaches wear a mask while participating in LUSC indoor soccer activities. At the discretion of their parent or guardian, players may continue to wear a mask while playing indoor or outdoor soccer. Please maintain respect for individual coach or player choices about whether to wear a mask during soccer activities.
- Do NOT attend soccer activities if you are not feeling well or have any COVID related symptoms.
- Parents must notify the team Coach and the LUSC COVID Safety Officer if their player has a known case of COVID, is exposed to a known case of COVID, or they are otherwise notified directly or indirectly by any school or town health employee that they are subject to any type of COVID restriction on their activity. The LUSC COVID Safety Officer will advise on any steps to take regarding soccer activities, as well as any team or club notifications that may need to occur.
- Per Lexington Public Health, if a player is not allowed to attend in-person school, due to either an exposure notice or quarantine guidance from the school, then this attendance restriction automatically extends to participation in soccer activities. Players cannot return to soccer activities until they have completed the restriction timeline and/or actions set by the school. Please note that, per Lexington Public Health, the “Test and Stay” program does NOT apply to non-school activities. Individuals doing Test and Stay are to quarantine from other activities until they are fully cleared by the school at the end of the testing period. Questions about Test and Stay should be directed to your school nurse or Lexington Public Health.
Some town, city and regional Boards of Health may impose more restrictive measures for participants, coaches and/or spectators. If so, these more restrictive rules take precedence over these guidelines when you are participating in that city or town and must be followed by all LUSC players, coaches and spectators. Coaches in the travel program should make sure they are consulting with the opposing coach in advance about any additional rules that may apply when playing in their location, and communicate those to all players and parents/guardians.
For further information about the COVID-19 Recommended Procedures, please see the 3/11/22 updates to the Massachusetts Youth Soccer COVID-19 Hub and the 10/28/21 Mass Youth Soccer Indoor Guidelines 2021-22.