2020 youth sports what are leagues doing

Foxy42

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Soccer, Hockey, flag football and baseball all happening in my town (south shore, MA), for youth sports this fall. Registration numbers are strong.
 

Hiller

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Take the mask on and off during live play? Absurdity is the right word. It sounds more like a comedy/parody skit than real world.
I coach a Boy's HS summer league team in MA. The day these guidelines came out we had a game. The ref mistakenly required all the players to wear masks during that game. So the players all wore masks during the game. They weren't happy about it, but they managed without any real difficulties. I was concerned about the kid with asthma, but he didn't report any problems.
 

Humphrey

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The hs rules came out today, they're ridiculous. Better than not playing at all, I guess.
 

Heinie Wagner

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I coach a Boy's HS summer league team in MA. The day these guidelines came out we had a game. The ref mistakenly required all the players to wear masks during that game. So the players all wore masks during the game. They weren't happy about it, but they managed without any real difficulties. I was concerned about the kid with asthma, but he didn't report any problems.
Really? Wow! I watched a HS AAU workout/practice tonight in CT (but mostly MA players) and can't imagine those guys doing that with masks on.
 

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Looking for advice so that I’m not overreacting. My son plays rec soccer in our town in PA. I’ve coached his teams since peewee (he’s 11 now). We signed up for fall soccer and we’re pleased with the precautions in place here which are in line with the Eastern PA soccer regulations. Masks at all time except when playing (when they are optional). Masks for coaches, personal pennies, balls, limit of 1 parent at each game, etc.

So today I got my rosters and my co coach. My son is playing u14 due to number of registrations which I’m ok with. My issue is my co-coach. He’s the pastor at a local “rock guitar“ church (no offense intended). My issue is the church is very vocally anti mask. Their Facebook page shows maskless indoor services, they have published sermons about disobeying state regulations because faith protects them, etc. I honestly don’t want to spend the season fighting with this guy and don’t think any parent should subject their kids to him without knowing. Even if he somehow masks up for games and practices, his two kids are clearly exposed and won’t have masks around the kids.

I’m planning to reach out to one of the league board members I know but I’m unsure of the response I will get. What would others expect here? Note it’s the only u14 team so it’s not as simple as switch teams.
 

Heinie Wagner

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I'd wait and see what he does and deal with it then. Sounds like you're in a fairly small town, won't the board member already know the guy? (saying this as a board member for a different sport in a fairly small town)
 

Pesky Pole

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Thanks. This is sorta what we agreed to today when I talked to the board president. He knew he was a a pastor but didn’t really know where or what their deal was. It’s not a mainstream church so to speak so folks aren’t quite as familiar. Their Facebook page leaves little doubt. I think the need for volunteers far outpaces what you want to know. At least the issue is out there now and I was promised zero tolerance. Since I know a lot of the kids and their families, I’m going to stick it out to at least protect them if needed. 2020 sucks.