The purpose of this note is to provide you with an update on LUSC in-town programing for the coming fall. We remain optimistic that we will be able to offer soccer to our Lexington Kindergarten through 4th grade families and have been closely monitoring “return to play” guidelines from MA Youth Soccer, as well as local, state and national offices. Our current in-town return to play targeted start date is September 19th, but all dates and programs will be subject to change based on the pandemic and local and state guidelines.
LUSC’s number one priority when getting the kids back on the field will be to do so in a safe and healthy manner. We do believe that LUSC offering programs will benefit the overall health of Lexington children and we will make every effort to provide a thoughtful and thorough set of guidelines to our families at the time of opening registration. LUSC is not opening registration at this time as the Town of Lexington has not yet updated their Phase C guidance to cover soccer’s reclassification by the Commonwealth in late July. It will be necessary for the Town phase to progress to a level that players will be allowed to “compete” in some fashion to hold the traditional program. We will otherwise pivot the program into socially distant skills and drills.
A couple of things to consider:
1.The K-2nd grade program at Diamond will naturally have to undergo several changes to meet any return to play standards. This may mean we hold the program over a longer time frame on Saturdays, it may mean we add a second site to host the program, and it may mean we reduce the number of players per team or on the field at the same time. In all scenarios, the goal will be to reduce the number of kids and families at a particular venue during a particular time.
2.There will be a reduction in how many spectators are allowed at the fields, given the current Commonwealth and Town limits. Although we love the community aspect of the in-town program and to see entire families enjoy watching their child play, there will be a limit as to how many family members can attend an event.
Although there are no hard details to share with you at this time, we wanted to touch base to assure you that we are committed to offering programming to families with younger players. How we offer these programs is being given quite a bit of thought and consideration. As soon as we have more detail, we’ll be in touch with registration information. We will need a relatively quick turn-around to get on the field in mid-September.
We appreciate your patience and flexibly as we continue to work to define our offerings. Things will be different, but we are committed to continuing to offer a soccer environment that is safe, healthy and meets the needs of our Lexington families.
All the Best,