COVID Resources

All players, coaches, referees, and spectators are required to adhere to all published guidelines and protocols, including all revisions made available, from the federal, state, or local government, or MA Youth Soccer and Westwood Youth Soccer.


General Safety Standards and Current Best Practices:


Check what the current status is for Westwood/Norfolk County on the CDC COVID by County website.

  • Masks are not required for players, coaches, officials, or spectators.

  • Individuals can choose to wear a mask based on their personal preference, informed by their personal level of risk.

    • Should players/coaches continue to elect to wear a mask, the only type of face covering permissible is the ear-looped style face covering. No neck gaiters.

    • As a community, WYS should continue to support and respect all individuals and avoid any mask shaming or bullying.


Required Before Bringing Your Child to Every Soccer Activity (Coaches, this also applies to you before participating!)

    • Make sure your child is feeling well and symptom free prior to coming to each session.

    • Check to make sure your child is symptom free. COVID-19 symptoms may include:

      • Fever (100 Degrees Fahrenheit or higher), chills, or shaking chills

      • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

      • New loss of taste or smell

      • Muscle aches or body aches

      • Cough (Not due to other known causes, such as a chronic cough)

      • Sore throat, when in combination of other symptoms

      • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea when in combination of other symptoms

      • Headache when in combination with other symptoms

      • Fatigue when in combination with other symptoms

      • Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms

  • If a player shows symptoms of COVID-19, even mild ones, or has a positive test for COVID-19 that individual CANNOT attend.

  • KEEP CHILD HOME if not feeling well

  • If a player is deemed a close contact of someone who has a positive case of COVID-19, that player should follow the same return protocols used by Westwood Public Schools: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1nV2pgDqbVLeFpYakptcmWh9E26iOKrYoxA2-nnQ-TXk/edit

  • REMOVE all jewelry, especially earrings(no taping allowed), prior to any soccer activity.


During Soccer Activities: Practices, Skills, Games

  • TeamSnap Health Check and Attendance record for contract tracing is no longer required.

  • Players should bring all of their own personal equipment/gear bag (ball, water bottle, pinnies, GK gloves, etc.) Sharing is not recommended.

    • Size 3 ball for Grades K-2, size 4 ball for Grades 3-6, size 5 ball for Grades 7-12

    • All personal equipment should be labeled. WYS recommends reusable water bottles.

  • Players cannot wear jewelry, including any earrings. Player may not play with unsafe items or equipment.

  • Players are reminded not to spit, nose clear, or touch their faces.

  • Encourage alternate methods for group celebrations. Hugs, handshakes, fist bumps, high fives are discouraged

  • Popsicles or other single-serve packaged snacks ARE ALLOWED!

  • Still NO group shared snacks, halftime oranges, or shared water.

  • No trash must be left on the field. All players are responsible for disposing of their own personal trash.

  • If a player begins to feel ill with COVID-19 symptoms during the session, they should immediately tell a coach. They will be isolated, and parents will be called to pick-up.

  • Players are still encouraged to bring hand sanitizer to use after playing.



Return to Play Protocols from Isolation/Quarantine Follow Westwood BOH/School Timelines and Direction

Massachusetts Youth Soccer Recommended Best Practices


Send COVID reporting concerns or questions to covid@westwoodsoccer.org