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Thank you for getting your child involved in the Waterbury Soccer program. We understand how hectic things can be when getting kids to practice and games on time and properly equipped. We appreciate your efforts! Below is some information about our recreational program that you will find helpful.
Please note that the Fall 2020 Program has been modified based on the State of Vermont's Health Guidance for Recreational Sport Programs and Leagues Return-to-Play and is subject to change. This includes wearing a cloth facial coverings / masks at all times, including active play.
Waterbury Youth Soccer is committed to creating a safe environment and minimizing any risk of spreading coronavirus, however the PARENT/CAREGIVERS and PLAYER must make the decision to return to play based on their level of personal comfort. PLAYERS must be responsible to adhere to, and respect all social distancing and masking requirements as well as conduct guidelines that are established. If a player, parent, or family is not comfortable returning to play – PLEASE DON’T.
Please carefully review the important information regarding the 2020 program, including the expectations for parents/caregivers and players.
Waterbury Youth Soccer’s Return-to-Play Protocols
Season is expected to start on Saturday, September 26th and run for 5 consecutive weeks until October 24th. Schedules for practices and games are subject to change and will be staggered to avoid congestion and help with social distancing.
Cloth facial coverings / masks are required to be worn by all players, coaches, officials and spectators at all times, including during practices, scrimmages and games.
All parents/guardians are required to sign a COMMUNICABLE DISEASE RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK AGREEMENT.
If required by state guidance, this program may need to be temporarily paused, go back to more restrictive measures or cease all together.
The WYS season will be limited to local residents from Washington County and include limited games at the 3/4 and 5/6 divisions with the Mad River Valley Soccer program.
Each team will minimally need two designated volunteers - Coach and Assistant Coach. Additionally, a designated Team Parent will need to present at each game to assist with the sideline responsibilities related to Return-to-Play Protocols.
There will be modifications to active play to reduce intensity and contact with others.
PARENT / GUARDIAN RESPONSIBILITIES:
Ensure your child is healthy and check your child’s temperature before each WYS activity. Players with a temperature of 100.4 and above will not be permitted to attend Do not bring your child to activities if they are experiencing any symptoms at all related to COVID
Complete a Health Check with your coach upon arrival to each activity.
Notify Waterbury Youth Soccer immediately if your child becomes ill for any reason
Wear a mask at all times; adhere to social distancing requirements
Ensure all personal equipment (shoes, ball, shin guards, etc) are sanitized before and after every session
Ensure your child has extra masks, sufficient supply of water and an individual hand sanitizer
Arrive on time with your player dressed ready to play. Pick up your child and depart on time. Do not be late. Do not linger at the fields.
Limit of 1 spectator per player at games to reduce congestion. No dogs.
Arrive at the field dressed ready to play with a mask on and keep on for the duration of practice and/or game.
Bring extra masks in case mask gets wet or moist.
Wash hands thoroughly before, during, and after practice or games.
Bring, and use your own hand-sanitizer, frequently using during practice / games
Do not touch or share anyone else’s equipment, water, snack, or bags
Respect and practice social distancing.
Player’s bags/equipment will be placed six feet apart from teammates
Wash and sanitize all personal equipment before and after each session
No group celebrations, high 5’s, hugs, handshakes, fist-bumps, etc
Additional information about guidance from the State of Vermont:
Health Guidance for Recreational Sport Programs and Leagues Return-to-Play (issued June 1, 2020)
State of Vermont COVID-19 Resource Center, Section 9.1 (Effective September 4, 2020)
If you have any questions about Waterbury Youth Soccer’s Return-to-Play protocols, please contact Marni Martens (email@example.com).
Waterbury Soccer is divided up into four different divisions.
Program Dates & Schedules are subject to change for the Fall 2020 Program
Kindergarten: Our kindergarten program is designed to get our youngest participants outside and touching the soccer ball. The group gets together at the Hope Davey fields in Waterbury Center during the fall from 9:30 - 10:30 AM, beginning the first Saturday after Labor Day and continuing weekly for six weeks plus a final jamboree. Scheduled matches will rotate each week between the four teams. Kindergarteners typically do not practice during the week. At the beginning of the season, each participant will receive a Waterbury Soccer t-shirt to keep.
First and Second Grade: Our first and second grade participants, typically referred to as the 1-2 group, focus on playing games designed to keep them moving and touching the soccer ball. The kids in this group will begin to build their dribbling and passing skills, but are still determined to be where the ball is, no matter what position the coach puts them in. The group gets together at the Hope Davey fields in Waterbury Center during the fall from 9:30 - 10:30 AM, beginning the first Saturday after Labor Day and continuing weekly for six weeks plus a final jamboree. Scheduled matches will rotate each week between the eight teams. On the seventh Saturday, we hold a jamboree in the afternoon at Hope Davey fields with Mad River Valley. The 1-2 teams typically practice once per week at a time and location determined by their coach. At the beginning of the season, each participant will receive a Waterbury Soccer t-shirt to keep.
Third and Fourth Grade: Our third and fourth grade participants, typically referred to as the 3-4 group, begin to understand field positions and continue to develop their foot skills. Coaching at this level focuses on playing games designed to keep them moving and touching the soccer ball. The kids in this group will continue to build their dribbling and passing skills while learning how to play the whole field. The group plays games with recreation teams from the surrounding communities of Mad River, Montpelier and Northfield Falls. Home games are played at Dac Rowe in Waterbury, and away games are held in various locations. Scheduled matches for the 3-4 home games usually start at 11:00, and the away games will vary depending on the venue. The first match takes place on the first Saturday after Labor Day, and games continue weekly for seven weeks. Each team will be scheduled to play one or two night games during the season, which are always a player and fan favorite. On the eighth Saturday, there is an all day invitational at Dac Rowe fields in Waterbury with teams from surrounding communities. The 3-4 teams typically practice one or two times per week at a time and location determined by their coach. Participants will receive a Waterbury Soccer jersey that is returned at the end of the season.
Fifth and Sixth Grade: Our fifth and sixth grade participants, typically referred to as the 5-6 group, continue to learn field positions and develop their foot skills. Coaching at this level focuses on getting players to learn how to use the whole field and play as a team vs. as individuals. We continue to emphasize getting as many touches on the ball during practice through various drills and fun activities. The group plays games with recreation teams from the surrounding communities of Mad River, Montpelier and Northfield Falls. Home games are played at Dac Rowe in Waterbury, and away games are held in various locations. Scheduled matches for the 5-6 home games usually start at 12:30, and the away games will vary depending on the venue. The first match takes place on the first Saturday after Labor Day, and games continue weekly for seven weeks. Each team will be scheduled to play one or two night games during the season, which are always a player and fan favorite. On the eighth Saturday, we hold an all day invitational at Dac Rowe fields in Waterbury with teams from surrounding communities. The 5-6 teams typically practice twice per week at a time and location determined by their coach. Participants will receive a Waterbury Soccer jersey that is returned at the end of the season.
Below are some other items that you will find helpful.
Please see important additional information above regarding changes for the Fall 2020 program.
Equipment Requirements: There are a few things that all soccer players need in addition to a positive attitude.
Soccer Cleats: We require players to wear soccer cleats during all practices and games.
Shin Guards: We require players to wear shin guards under their soccer socks during all practices and games.
Water Bottle: Each player should bring a water bottle filled with cold water to all practices and games.
Soccer Socks/Shorts: Each player should wear a pair of comfortable shorts and soccer socks to all games and practices.
Waterbury Soccer has a limited number of used soccer shoes available during our annual soccer shoe swap where you bring a pair of used soccer shoes to swap for another pair that fits your growing player. Information about the free shoe swap will be emailed to registered participants before the season begins.
Weather/Game Cancellations: Recreational soccer is usually played in light rain if the field conditions are acceptable. The Kindergarten and 1-2 groups may not want to play in the rain. All games are cancelled if there is thunder or lightning. A phone tree or some form of electronic notification should be set-up by the coach or team manager to notify participants about a cancellation.
Registration/Sign-Up: Registration is handled on-line.
Safety: Please make sure your child understands that they should not hang on or play with the soccer goals. Soccer goals are heavy and can cause serious injury or death if they fall on a child.
Volunteering: Our organization is made possible through the volunteers in our community. If you are interested in helping Waterbury Soccer, visit our volunteer page for more information.
We came across this list of ten items that parents can do to support a coach and thought we would share it with you.
Deliver your child to practices and games on time
Say only positive things on the sidelines
Communicate with the coach - but not on the field
Don't shout instructions to your child during the game
Contact the coach if you child is going to miss a game or practice
Avoid sleepovers or late movies the night before a game
Focus on effort, not winning
Support the coach, especially during lineup choices or discipline
Feed the kids before games and practices
Ask your player to write the coach a thank you note at the end of the season