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Madison Area Youth Soccer Association

President's Update

Dear MGSC Soccer Families,
If this were a normal year as we have experienced in the past, most of our MGSC teams would be a few weeks into training and practicing on a regular basis to prepare for the fall season. This year, though, is anything but normal.

At this time, it is highly unlikely that a fall “season” as we have known it will occur due to Dane County Health restrictions.  The Madison Area Youth Soccer Association (MAYSA) will decide on league play in Dane County on 8/24/20.

Despite this potential loss of matches and inter-club competition, MGSC is excited to be offering in-person training sessions again for the first time since last fall. However, players and parents must understand that these sessions will be much different than the many practices our club has run in past years.

We feel that we have a unique opportunity to help our young players get physical activity and social interaction during a time when these experiences not readily available. To do that, it will require additional efforts on several fronts, as we have greatly increased safety precautions due to the COVID-19 pandemic and standing public health requirements.

MGSC has developed a set of guidelines for players, parents, and coaches, combining Public Health, Madison & Dane County’s Forward Dane orders and U.S. Soccer’s Play On return to play plan. U.S. Soccer, Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association and Madison Area Youth Soccer Association guidelines clearly state that local municipal/county guidelines take precedence.

Among the most notable guidelines:

  • If a player or coach is experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, they should not attend practice.
  • At this point, players and coaches must be physically distanced, a minimum of 6 feet apart at all times. This means there will not be any contact, such as scrimmaging or 1v1, 2v2, etc. Soccer is considered a “medium risk” sport in the Forward Dane plan and games/scrimmages are not allowed. There is a limit of 25 players per session group.
  • Coaches will wear face coverings during all training sessions. Face masks are required for players while going to and from training sessions and are recommended - but not required - during the session.
  • Players should not comment on their teammates’ choices to wear a mask or to not wear one during the session.
  • Parents need to be sure their child understands and follows the guidelines. Part of the protocol calls for specific drop-off and pick-up points for training sessions - we are working through those details and will notify all families of those locations.
  • The club will provide hand sanitizer in several areas, but players also need to have their own hand sanitizer, among other things. Coaches will also serve as a COVID-19 Coordinator to track attendance for their team players at every training session. Coaches will disinfect equipment used in practice after each session, and only coaches are permitted to touch the equipment.
  • The training zone/area will be clearly marked and only players, coaches, and MGSC staff will be permitted inside the training zone during sessions.  Parents/guardians will be permitted to attend training sessions and are expected to remain outside the training zone at all times.

Every family must read the full guidelines, which will be provided later this week, and follow them. Failure to follow the guidelines at all times will jeopardize the club’s ability to continue to operate in these conditions.

Please be aware that these standards are always subject to change. In the coming weeks and months, the guidelines could be relaxed to allow contact and games; on the other hand, they also could be tightened and reduce what we can offer - or if we can offer anything at all.

 

U6 – U8 Training

As for our in-house programs, we acknowledge the challenges and concerns that physical distancing presents with our youngest players. Therefore, we are not offering the in-person training for our U6, U7, and U8 players this fall.  Like this past spring, the MGSC Director of Coaching will create weekly training videos for these age groups to access and stay engaged in soccer virtually.

This was a very difficult decision and we believe this plan is the best, safest experience we can offer at this time.  Refunds will be provided to all families who have already registered for the U6 – U8 in-house training.

We are also working with WYSA/MAYSA on the details for players to train with MGSC during the fall and remain eligible to participate in a Spring season should health restrictions improve at that time.

The fall session will be unlike anything we have experienced in the past and MGSC looks forward to meeting these challenges as one united soccer family. Please watch your e-mail for detailed information about fall training this week.

Thank you for your interest and continued support of Monona Grove Soccer Club, and for your patience and understanding over the past few months.

Stay safe and be well!

Scott DuBenske

Monona Grove Soccer Club

Fall Registration now open!

Fall registration for U6-U10 players is open! To sign up, go to:  https://mononagrovesoccer.demosphere-secure.com/_registration

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Monona Grove Soccer Club

The Monona Grove Soccer Club (MGSC) is a non-profit organization created in 2008 to better serve the soccer needs of children ages 5 to 18 in the Monona and Cottage Grove areas.  MGSC strives to provide a cost-effective program at a reasonable fee for all members. The MGSC will ensure that no child interested in playing soccer is left behind. Players of all skill levels will be placed on a team.