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Jun, 2021

MSYSA Updates

Dear Harland Families,
Below please see notice we have received from MSYSA.  It is very important that all members of our club adhere to guidelines set by MSYSA. 

For the latest updates please visit the Michigan State Youth Soccer Association Website

MSYSA RTP Phased Activities Chart

 
 
June 22, 2021
 
Dear Club and League Representatives:
 
Many MDHHS Emergency Orders, including the MDHHS Gatherings and Face Mask Order, have been rescinded, as of today. Capacity in both indoor and outdoor settings is now 100% and the state no longer requires residents to wear masks. Also, weekly testing (SARS-CoV-2) of unvaccinated athletes (ages 13-19) to participate in organized contact sports, including soccer, is no longer required. MDHHS will, however, continue to provide free COVID-19 testing supplies (and support), at no cost, to youth sports organizations that request it. Specific questions on the MI Safer Testing Program should be directed to [email protected]. MSYSA’s return-to-play guidelines have been updated to reflect the changes. The full ‘Recission of Emergency Orders’ can be reviewed here
 
While there is no longer a statewide requirement to wear a face mask in most settings, MDHHS has issued a rapid public health alert on face mask recommendations. In brief, MDHHS recommends that individuals who are not yet fully vaccinated wear a face mask when participating in indoor or outdoor contact sports, in crowded outdoor settings and events or sports event (including youth athletic events of you are not socially distanced. Please read and review.
 
Should you have any questions, please email [email protected].
 
Sincerely,
 
Thomas Faro
Executive Director
 
 
May 5, 2021
 
Dear Club and League Representatives:
 
Last night, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) amended Emergency Order MCL 333.3353 – Gatherings and Face Mask OrderThe new order takes effect on Thursday, May 6, 2021, and will be in effect through May 31, 2021. In short, all players, team officials and referees must continue to appropriately, and consistently, wear facial coverings, at all times upon arrival to, departure from and during MSYSA affiliated (indoor and outdoor) activities.
 
When indoors, all individuals must continue to wear facial coverings, at all times, unless eating or drinking. In addition, non-participants (i.e., spectators) attending an outdoor sporting event with under 100 people are not required to wear a facial covering. All outdoor spectators of a sporting event with over 100 people must wear a facial covering that covers both their nose and mouth, per MDHHS, regardless of their vaccination status.
 
Weekly testing (SARS-CoV-2) of all unvaccinated athletes (ages 13-19) is required for participation in organized sports, including youth (club) soccer. Unvaccinated participants (ages 13-19) can only participate in organized sports with proof of a negative diagnostic test (antigen or RT-PCR) on at least a weekly basis. Fully vaccinated persons are not subject to the weekly testing requirements set forth in section 6(f) of the Emergency Order, unless they have COVID-19-like symptoms. “Fully vaccinated persons” means persons for whom at least two weeks has passed after receiving the final dose of an FDA-approved or authorized COVID-19 vaccine. Participants who have recovered from confirmed COVID-19 in the past three months (and who remain symptom-free) are also not subject to these weekly testing requirements, if they can provide the appropriate “proof” or doctor’s letter as described in the MDHHS Interim Guidance for Athletics.
 
There are now six (6) ways to coordinate weekly testing of unvaccinated athletes (ages 13-19). They include enrolling in the MI Safer Sports Testing Program, directing your athletes (ages 13-19) to local testing sites, working with local schools to get participants tested as students, independently contracting with a testing vendor/lab to administer the testing, procuring your own rapid antigen testing supplies, or purchasing and using ‘Ellume’ or ‘BinaxNow’ at-home COVID-19 tests according to manufacturer guidelines. At this time, ‘Ellume’ and ‘BinaxNow’ are the only two types of at-home tests that MDHHS has approved and may be used to fulfill the MDHHS weekly testing requirement.
 
In closing, our next (Zoom) conference call is scheduled for Friday, May 7, 2021 at 4 PM to provide you with our latest update. The Zoom call-in credentials will be sent by separate email to club and league representatives only.
 
Sincerely,
 
Thomas Faro
Executive Director
 
cc.:      MSYSA Board of Directors
 
April 13, 2021
 
Dear Club and League Representatives:
 
On Friday, April 9, 2021, Governor Whitmer requested youth sports consider a suspension of in-person activities, such as practices and games, for two (2) weeks. In brief, we’re confident our affiliated clubs and leagues will continue their efforts to comply with MSYSA’s return-to-play (RTP) guidelines and associated risk mitigation strategies. As such, MSYSA is not mandating a statewide two (2) week suspension of youth soccer activities. Affiliated clubs and leagues may consider this type of decision, locally, based on conditions. Given the Governor’s recent request, MSYSA encourages affiliated clubs and leagues to check with their respective communities and/or local school districts on field availability over the next few weeks.
 
Participation in youth soccer across the state continues to be completely voluntary. Also, the MDHHS weekly testing mandate for all players (ages 13-19) remains in effect. Those unable to comply with our RTP guidelines and MDHHS Emergency Orders, are not to participate. Per the RTP guidelines, all players, team officials, referees and spectators must wear facial coverings at all times upon arrival to, departure from and during MSYSA activities. Should MSYSA receive reports of players not consistently wearing facial coverings over their mouth and nose, players intentionally pulling their facial coverings down, and/or team officials/spectators not wearing facial coverings, etc., the pausing of specific team/club activities and/or a statewide stoppage is likely.
 
At this time, MSYSA encourages clubs/teams to limit the number of spectators at games and tournaments to two (2) spectators per player. Clubs/teams should also encourage parents/guardians not to be on the sidelines during practices and trainings. In addition, the use of gyms and confined indoor spaces in not encouraged or recommended.
 
MSYSA further recommends against the carpooling of individuals to practices, games and tournaments with others from outside the family household, and large ‘team’ social gatherings at hotels and/or restaurants. Finally, group (team) photos should only take place when players and team officials are wearing facial coverings over their mouth and nose.
 
Please continue to monitor our website and social media platforms for updates.
 
Sincerely,
 
Thomas Faro
Executive Director
 
cc.:      MSYSA Board of Directors

 
 
April 8, 2021
 
Dear Club and League Representatives:
 
The state is averaging close to 6,000 new COVID-19 cases per day over the last week. In the last six weeks, the state’s positivity rate has increased from 4.3 % to 15.6%. Unfortunately, COVID-19, and its associated variants, are still present. Despite this trend, our return-to-play (RTP) guidelines, and the current MDHHS risk mitigation strategies, including weekly testing of athletes (ages 13-19), allow children to play soccer at this time.
 
COVID-19 ‘fatigue’ and non-compliance with MDHHS risk mitigation strategies, such as masking and social distancing, are contributing to the increase in positive cases. Additionally, youth sports settings (primarily indoor sports such as hockey, basketball and wrestling) have recently been identified by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) as a contributing factor. In short, MSYSA is concerned that another potential shutdown of organized contact sports may be looming. Thus, this communication is intended to implore our members (and parents/guardians) to continue to follow MSYSA’s RTP guidelines and MDHHS risk mitigation measures. Per our (abbreviated) guidelines,
 
  • All participants should take temperatures independently (at home) before attending MSYSA affiliated activities.
  • Participants should stay home if they are sick.
  • Participants with known COVID-19 exposure, or participants experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, are not to participate and should be instructed to contact their healthcare provider(s) as soon as possible.
  • Upon arrival for MSYSA affiliated activities, participants should be asked a series of health screening questions, aligned with the CDC’s ‘Coronavirus Self-Checker’ to affirm medical clearance to participate. MSYSA recommends consistent use of the MI Symptoms Tool to screen participants for COVID-19 symptoms.
  • All players, team officials, referees and spectators must wear facial coverings at all times upon arrival to, departure from and during MSYSA activities.
  • Maintain proper hygiene habits. Avoid touching eyes/nose/mouth. Cover coughs and sneezes. Wash and sanitize hands often.
  • MSYSA recommends limiting spectators to two (2) per athlete and discourages extended family, nonessential visitors, and spectators from attending MSYSA affiliated activities at this time.
  • Refrain from carpooling to training sessions, games and tournaments with those outside of the family household.
 
Additionally, MSYSA recommends prioritizing the use of outdoor fields/venues for training sessions and games. Team gatherings before and after games and/or group ‘get-togethers’ at hotels and restaurants are also not recommended at this time.
 
In closing, MSYSA acknowledges that we have asked you to comply with many requirements over the past year implemented to reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure. While we cannot control what other sports may or may not be doing around us, we must continue to do our part in order to play.
 
Sincerely,
 
Thomas Faro
Executive Director
 
cc.:      MSYSA Board of Directors
 

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