If you're shopping for a gift this December to show your support of Somerville Youth Soccer, there are two options this year:
SquadLocker is an official partner of our website and mobile app provider, SportsEngine. From scarves to caps to fleeces and winter jackets, they offer a huge variety of screened and embroidered merchandise with the full-color SYS badge. SquadLocker currently has some holiday favorites on marked down 20% for the season, and five percent of every purchase comes back to SYS!
Note: For those celebrating Christmas, SquadLocker is advising that orders of customized items be placed by December 6 in order to guarantee delivery by December 24.
Also our current uniform provider, Challenger Teamwear's SYS shop also carries a selection of fan gear. The Under Armour Hustle Fleece Hoodie in particular has garnered rave reviews from those who have purchased it.
Somerville Youth Soccer is offering open play sessions organized by age group on Saturdays and Sundays in December, January, and February, when the weather and field conditions allow for soccer. These will be opportunities for players to play soccer, with minimal or no coaching instruction.
All Grade 1 and older players registered for our recent Fall 2020 season are eligible to participate.
These sessions will use the same COVID protocols and policies as our summer and fall programs, with masks required at all times for all players, coaches, and spectators -- with the sole exception of when players are drinking water, physically distanced from others.
This winter programming will take place as long as the City of Somerville deems outdoor youth soccer to be advisable.
Players will need to RSVP in advance for these sessions in the SportsEngine mobile app for potential contact tracing purposes and should not attend if they or a family member is experiencing COVID symptoms or has been exposed to COVID.
Sessions for Grades 1 & 2 will take place at East Somerville Field, while Travel-age sessions will take place at Capuano Field.
In order for a session to go ahead, there will need to be two credentialed adults on hand to facilitate play and ensure COVID compliance by participants.
Players should bring the following to an open play session:
- weather-appropriate clothing and footwear
- light & dark shirts (or blue & red SYS shirts or bibs/pinnies)
- two (2) clean, dry earloop masks suitable for athletic use (no N95 masks)
- filled water bottle
Please watch your SportsEngine mobile app for scheduling information and updates, as the status of these sessions is subject to (late) change.
Somerville Youth Soccer previously announced plans to extend our Fall 2020 season to November 21. This decision was made when COVID rates in Somerville were relatively low and we had avoided any potential exposures at SYS events.
In the past few days, three players have tested positive for COVID-19. While these transmissions were not a result of soccer-related activities, we have shut down their teams and the teams have been ordered to quarantine by the Community Tracing Collaborative (CTC).
Yesterday's Weekly COVID-19 Public Health Report detailed a dramatic jump to 16.6 in Somerville's number of average daily new cases per 100,000 -- nearly double last week's number (9.3). This is an unwanted record since the early months of the pandemic.
In light of these facts, the SYS Board of Directors overwhelmingly agreed to end the Fall 2020 season after the games on Sunday, November 15.
We understand this will disappoint many of you. It disappoints us. The fall season has been a huge success -- but we understand the importance of early action in the face of exponential growth and we have no wish to taint an excellent season with additional team shutdowns and potential exposures.
A few things to remember for this weekend's games:
1. Quarantines. While outdoor youth soccer using COVID protocols and game modifications remains low risk, there is a possibility of resulting quarantine orders. Thanksgiving now falls within any potential quarantine window, so an exposure at this weekend's games might impact your holiday plans. If you decide not to participate this weekend, please make sure to communicate with your coach as soon as possible.
2. Respect the CTC. The CTC acts to safeguard the community’s health and protect the most vulnerable. Should the CTC contact you about potential exposure, please accept their determination and follow their instructions. Contact tracers have a difficult job, and it reflects poorly on our organization if we argue.
3. Coach Appreciation Day. We had planned to make next week Coach Appreciation Week. Instead, we declare tomorrow, Saturday, November 15, Coach Appreciation Day. Our coaches have made this season possible. They made it successful under extremely demanding circumstances, and they deserve all the credit in the world. Please make sure to express your appreciation for the remarkable job they have done.
Thanks for your understanding, your efforts this season, and your continued vigilance.
We hope to see you back in the spring. Stay tuned for Spring 2021 registration, coming soon!