December 28, 2020
Dear Malden Youth Soccer Member,
We hope you and your family are healthy and well.
It is time to prepare for the upcoming Spring season. The COVID pandemic remains a significant concern. There is hope on the horizon as vaccines begin to roll out, but even optimistic scenarios require us to begin the season before the virus is contained.
We are proud of our community’s contributions to a successful Fall season. About half of our members opted to play within the strict guidelines from Mass Youth Soccer. The restrictions required players and spectators to wear masks, introduced new game rules to protect players and refs, limited the number of spectators at events, and required coaches to clean cones and balls a lot more than usual. All of these contributions appear to have been effective, with very limited spread across the state resulting from soccer, including no known cases resulting from Malden Youth Soccer.
We, along with most towns in our league, are preparing for a slightly more normal Spring season, still within the parameters Mass Youth Soccer will provide.. We expect about 7-9 weeks of travel games and championship tournaments at the end of the season. Malden will, again, reduce our fee this season as we know it has been a challenging financial year for many. This is possible because we will be cutting costs wherever possible, such as asking players to reuse uniforms and forego our year-end celebrations.
We similarly hope to have a fairly normal season for our intown players (grades PreK thru 2/3), again within the state and Mass Youth Soccer guidelines. We hope to incorporate normal games for the intown ages, but will prioritize our responsibility to keep the younger kids safely separated. More information will be communicated as the season approaches and progresses.
If you are ready to register, you can do so at this link. The deadline to register for a Grades 3-8 travel is January 31. Both intown and Grades 9+ will have later deadlines, to be determined soon. Grade 3-8 travel teams have to be finalized in early February, and we may not be able to accommodate players who register after the deadline. If you still have credit remaining from the cancelled spring season last year, it will be automatically applied when you register for the upcoming season.
We are also asking families to complete the survey below regardless of what your intentions for the spring are. It will help us to plan.
We are looking forward to sharing a better year with you. Here’s to a hopeful 2021.
Board of Malden Youth Soccer
PS. Rick Caceda, Malden Youth Soccer’s B78 and high school girls coach, was named Recreational Boys Coach of the year by MA Youth Soccer. If you see him, please congratulate him on his well-deserved honor!