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.
 

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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.
 

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

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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.
 

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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)
 

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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.
 

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HS varsity soccer coach with the helpful instructions to his masked players yesterday, "I don't care if you don't feel well, you need to show up to practice and be with your teammates". There is no way we are going to make it through the season!
 

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Decided to give hs (Mass.) officiating a try this fall, figuring that the cooler weather would make mask wearing tolerable. Which, I have to say, it is mostly true. One does get more tired running with the damn thing on, however.

The two games I did there wasn't a lot of, if any, kids taking the mask* off temporarily or, worse, running w/the mask on then putting it on when they got close to anyone. Bottom line, in a small statistical sample, the games felt safe.

The games are a little strange, but at least the kids are out there.

*of course, right on cue, the Globe had a photo of a high school game in Saturday's edition and one in Sunday's. One photo had a player involved in a play with his mask not covering anything. The other photo the nose wasn't covered. Shit like this will shut the sport down if it gets pushed.
 

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The commissioner of our youth hockey league (south shore conference in MA) sent an email tonight basically ripping people for being too lax w the rules and saying games could be eliminated. Within an hour of getting that email I also heard of a local youth club hockey team that had a breakout of covid. It sure doesn’t feel like we will get a full season of games in.
 

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And now Duxbury youth hockey cancelled all their games this weekend as well as any practices and skills sessions through atleast next Thursday due to positive tests.
 

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My son’s hockey org (South Windsor CT) just had its first Covid related game cancellation from another league (Norwich CT).
 

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Terriers (club team south of Boston) had a bunch of cases and cancelled some games last weekend and this weekend. Last weekend their home rink closed on a Friday for a deep cleaning. There’s a lot of tournaments happening this weekend amongst club teams and many of those kids also play for their local town teams. I could see some cases pop up mid week leading to a MA shutdown for hockey.
 

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Hearing MA Dept. of Public Health is shutting down hockey (non-collegiate) in the state as of 5 PM tomorrow thru Nov 6th.

No link, just a fuzzy phone pic of the statement.

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Foxy42

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Yes, this is true and it’s highly disappointing. Hopefully hockey will really reopen in two weeks and people will be more vigilant / follow the rules.

I find it to be b.s. that the government forces a shut down as I think people need to make their own decisions, but am doubly enraged by inconsiderate people not following guidelines.