Parents and Coaches-

With the recent news regarding new COVID cases affecting Holliston, we wanted to send out a reminder about your responsibilities and expectations regarding HYSA players that may be exhibiting signs or symptoms of COVID.

When a player may be exhibiting signs or symptoms of COVID which include the following (list was obtained from the CDC website):

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Parents: please do not send your player to practices or games if they are exhibiting signs or symptoms of COVID. Coaches have the authority to send your player home and subsequently would require a healthcare provider to clear them to continue participation in future practices and games.

Coaches: you are allowed to remove a player from practices and games and send them home if they are exhibiting signs or symptoms of COVID.We understand that it’s unlikely that as parents and coaches that you are experts in infectious disease and so we ask that each of you use your best judgement in making these decisions and when in doubt to please err on the side of caution when allowing player participation in practices and games.Masks Reminder: Please continue to follow all of the COVID guidelines but most importantly we want to reemphasize the requirements for parents, coaches and players to wear masks at practices and games.

Mask Guidelines: 

  • Masks are Mandatory for practices and game participants. Everyone should have their own mask. (Coaches are not expected to supply masks)
  • Players and Coaches must wear face masks before, during, and after their practices and games, except players with a medical exemption.  (Exemptions need to substantiated by a doctor’s note)
  • The only permissible type of face mask is the ear-looped style.  A face covering that wraps around the head or the head & neck (gaiter) is not permitted.
  • Masks must be worn covering the mouth and nose, but players only may take mask breaks during play.

 Mask Breaks (meaning pulling your mask down over your chin, NOT removing your mask) is ok when: 

  • Spacing between players is greater than 6ft, athletes may momentarily take a brief (5-10 second) mask break.
  • During high intensity aerobic or anaerobic activities while social distanced 6ft. (running into space without players nearby – within 6 ft)

Thank you again for your attention to this. We are all in this together as a community to help keep everyone healthy and safe. With everything going on we consider ourselves fortunate to be able to provide soccer as an outlet for the kids in Holliston. Again, we just ask that we all do our part here so that HYSA can continue to fulfill its mission.

HYSA Executive Board