SOCCER IS BACK!! The East Longmeadow Recreation Department and the East Longmeadow Soccer Association are thrilled to announce that travel soccer will be available this fall! Working closely with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA), the Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association (MYSA), the East Longmeadow Health Director, and the Roots Soccer League, we have put together an innovative program that maintains safety as our first priority while also allowing our players to experience three things that have been so sorely missing during these last few months: FUN, FRIENDS, and FITNESS! The Recreation Department will be re-opening the sign-up portal for travel soccer for a limited time. If you did not register earlier, you now have an opportunity to review the plan and sign up those players! Registration will only be open until Tuesday, August 25th! We are happy to be able to offer this opportunity to our kids!
Given the unprecedented circumstances under which soccer will take place this fall, there are a number of modifications to game play and spectator responsibilities of which we all need to be aware. As we have in so many areas, we will have to readjust our expectations, adopt some new protocols, and redefine “temporary normal” when it comes to soccer. Perhaps first among these is that Roots will not be conducting either a season-opening jamboree or season-ending playoffs because soccer tournament activities, which are Level 4, have not been cleared by the state. While this may be disappointing at one level, at another, it reintroduces players to interacting with their teammates and opponents in a way that is free of the additional pressure to win. Having any soccer season at all this fall is a gift, and we are hoping the kids will celebrate that gift by playing simply for the love of the game.
Some important rules modifications, health protocols, and spectator requirements must be implemented, as directed by MYSA, for everyone’s safety. While some of them may seem very unusual to long-time soccer players and fans, they have all been instituted with safety in mind. Please see the attached Guide for Parents for more details as outlined in a PowerPoint from David Barton, Executive Director of the Roots Soccer League.
While we are the first to acknowledge that soccer is going to look very different this fall from what we have known in the past, don’t miss the most exciting news we have had in a while...SOCCER IS BACK! We look forward to a fun and rewarding season! Be sure to sign-up by Tuesday, August 25th!