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COVID-19 Update

USA Softball COVID-19 Update

Members,
 
We wanted to inform and also reemphasize important information related to USA Softball at a local level as well as operations at the USA Softball National Office, Hall of Fame Complex and National Softball Hall of Fame Museum and Gift Shop (Oklahoma City, Okla.) as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic.

No one could have expected the turn of events and impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our organization. However, we continue to find ways to be proactive and share resources with each other, the Council and all those who register to play, umpire and be a part of USA Softball.
 
USA Softball Local State/Metro Associations:
USA Softball continues to recommend and strongly encourage that the USA Softball community follow the guidelines set by the World Health Organization,Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), your state’s public health department (click here for a listing of state public health departments), and other county and/or local authorities including area school districts and government agencies. This includes the reopening of facilities and guidelines implemented to keep players, coaches, umpires and fans safe.
 

COVID-19 Update (June 17 - 4:30 p.m. CT)

USA Softball has been monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic closely, and we have been working with host organizations to assess whether a National Championship Final can be held in their respective states, counties, cities and associations.

The following 2020 USA Softball National Championships have been relocated, had dates altered or have been cancelled:

Relocated/Added:

·     Men’s Major Fast Pitch National Championship – Oklahoma City, OK, August 20-23, 2020

·     *Men’s (10) Man Modified Pitch – Wausau, WI, September 4-6, 2020

·     Men’s Western Class D and E/Rec Slow Pitch – Lancaster, CA, September 4-7, 2020

·     Girls’ Class A 10-Under West Fast Pitch – Oklahoma City, OK, July 29-August 2, 2020

·     Girls’ Class A 12-Under Fast Pitch – Oklahoma City, OK, July 29-August 2, 2020

·     Girls’ Class A 16-Under and 18-Under Eastern Fast Pitch – Salem, VA, August 6-9, 2020

·     Girls’ Class B 16-Under and 18-Under Northern – Topeka, KS, July 23-26, 2020

Date Change:

·     Girls’ Class A 14-Under Fast Pitch – Salem, VA, August 6-9, 2020

Cancelled:

Please contact your Local Association Commissioner for more information on the below National Championship Finals as event relocations and cancellations are subject to change.

 

ADULT MEN SLOW PITCH

Men’s Masters 35-Over, 45-Over                                        

Men’s 19-Under, 21-Under          

 

ADULT WOMEN SLOW PITCH

Women’s Masters 35-Over       

 

JUNIOR OLYMPIC FAST PITCH

      

Girls’ A 12-Under Northern              

Girls’ A 16-Under Northern                                    

Girls’ A 18-Under Northern

 

Girls’ A 12-Under Western       

Girls’ A 14-Under Western                      

Girls’ A 16-Under Western       

Girls’ A 18-Under Western

                    

Girls’ B 10-Under Northern              

Girls’ B 12-Under Northern              

Girls’ B 14-Under Northern

 

Girls’ B 10-Under Western                             

Girls’ B 12-Under Western                      

Girls’ B 14-Under Western                             

Girls’ B 16-Under Western                      

Girls’ B 18-Under Western                             

 

JUNIOR OLYMPIC SLOW PITCH

Boys’ 10-Under          

Boys’ 12-Under                         

Boys’ 14-Under                 

Boys’ 16-Under          

Boys’ 18-Under

COVID-19 Update (June 9 - 3 p.m. CT)

Due to a mandatory NCAA recruiting dead period that was put in place in result to the COVID-19 pandemic, USA Softball will be canceling the FUTURE STARS Recruitment Camp, which was originally set to kick off the 2020 USA Softball GOLD National Championships on July 19 in Oklahoma City.

 

The current NCAA Division I, Division II and Division III recruiting dead period was originally set to last until April 15 before being extended to May 31, June 30, and most recently July 31 for DI. It is unknown at this time if DII and DIII will be following the same extension.

 

The 2020 GOLD National Championships remain slated for July 19-25, 2020 in Broken Arrow and Oklahoma City, Okla. with Broken Arrow hosting the 16-Under division and Oklahoma City hosting the 18-Under division. Despite the cancelation of the recruitment camp, USA Softball encourages coaches to attend the pinnacle event for USA Softball Junior Olympic (JO) Championship Play. For more information or assistance on attending, contact the Events Department.

 

COVID-19 Update (May 21 - 3 p.m. CT)

USA Softball will move forward in hosting 2020 National Championships. All host organizations will need to assess and understand the COVID-19 restrictions within their respective states, counties, cities and associations prior to making a final decision on hosting. Any National Championship held prior to August 1 will need to inform the National Office and Regional VP of their plan for hosting by June 5, while tournaments held after August 1 will need to make a decision by July 1. 


If any 2020 USA Softball National Championships are not held because of restrictions due to COVID-19 put in place by a government agency, the hosting state/metro association will be offered the right of first refusal to host their respective National Championship in 2022. Additional updates to the list of National Championships will be sent starting next week.

 

COVID-19 Update (May 11 - 1:45 p.m. CT)

 

With the postponement of the 2020 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Women’s Softball World Cup® due to the COVID-19 pandemic, USA Softball will be cancelling the U-18 Women’s National Team (WNT) Open Tryout, which were originally scheduled for June 15-16, 2020. Once new dates for the WBSC U-18 Women’s Softball World Cup® have been released by the WBSC, USA Softball will determine an appropriate timeframe to reschedule the U-18 WNT Open Tryout.

Further updates will be provided at a later date and when available.

COVID-19 Update (April 21 - 10 a.m. CT)

 

Following the spring 2020 USA Softball Board of Directors meeting, which was conducted via video teleconference, the USA Softball Board of Directors have unanimously approved the following COVID-19 Emergency Action Plan.

 

  • The 2020 USA Softball National Council Meeting has been cancelled effective immediately.
  • There will be no Playing Rule or Procedural Code changes that will be considered by the USA Softball Council in 2020. As a result, the 2020 Playing Rules and Procedural Code will be used through the 2021 season.
  • The 2020 Official Rules of Softball will be used and valid through 2021.
  • If any 2020 USA Softball National Championships are not held because of restrictions due to COVID-19 put in place by a government agency, the hosting state/metro association will be offered the right of first refusal to host their respective National Championship in 2022. A decision on 2020 USA Softball National Championships will be made by June 1.
  • Individuals, teams and umpires may resume registrations through RegisterUSASoftball.com system. However, please note that it is ultimately up to each state/metro association to evaluate their current situation when considering approving registrations. Please contact your state/metro association for more information on their COVID-19 registration policies.
  • The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of USA Softball will have the ability to increase the maximum number of teams competing in the 2020 GOLD National Championships. Teams who do not qualify and are interested in participating must have approval by state/metro commissioner before going before the CEO for consideration.

Further updates will be provided at a later date and when available.

COVID-19 Update (March 31 - 10 a.m. CT)

 

Stand Beside Her Tour presented by Major League Baseball (MLB)

USA Softball is announcing the cancellation of all originally scheduled 2020 stops on the “Stand Beside Her” tour, presented by Major League Baseball (MLB).  As it relates to the U.S. Olympic Softball Team and any potential new dates and stops for the “Stand Beside Her” tour, presented by MLB, there are still a lot of moving pieces and discussions to be had before determining appropriate next steps.

 

We understand the disappointment that may come with this decision as the softball community has waited 12 years to see the sport of softball return to the Olympic stage and have a U.S. Olympic Softball Team come to their city. Although the wait for our sport’s return to the Olympic Games has been delayed a bit longer, we can’t wait to watch these resilient athletes get back on the field when the day finally comes.  

 

We understand that ticket holders and fans will have a variety of questions regarding the cancellation of a tour stop in their area. For ticket refund inquiries, youth clinic refund inquiries and general questions, please contact the appropriate tour stop hosts who will be able to provide that information as soon as it is available. As refund policies are available, they will be posted on each stop’s event page at StandBesideHerTour.com.

 

2020 Gold Ball Gala

 

The 2020 Gold Ball Gala, originally scheduled for May 27 in Oklahoma City, has been postponed until further notice.

 

2020 U-18 Women’s National Team Open Tryout

 

The registration period for the U-18 Women’s National Team (WNT) Open Tryout, which is tentatively scheduled for June 15-16 in Oklahoma City, has been put on hold. USA Softball will have a decision by May 11 on whether to hold or postpone the U-18 Women’s National Team Open Tryout, at which time we will open the registration process. In the event the U-18 WNT Open Tryout is canceled, USA Softball will offer registration refunds.

 

2020 USA Softball National Championships

 

USA Softball will make a determination by June 1 of the status of the 2020 USA Softball National Championship Finals and the 2020 USA Softball Junior Olympic (JO) Cup, which take place beginning in mid-July and run through the beginning of September.

 

COVID-19 Update (March 17 - 3:40 p.m. CT)

 

USA Softball has been following the developing COVID-19 pandemic as the safety and well-being of the USA Softball community continues to be a top priority for USA Softball. 

 

USA Softball recommends and strongly encourages that the USA Softball community follow the guidelines set by the World Health Organization,Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), your state’s public health department (click here for a listing of state public health departments), and other county and/or local authorities including area school districts and government agencies.

 

USA Softball will be postponing the “Stand Beside Her” tour, presented by Major League Baseball, until May 11. USA Softball will be reaching out to tour stop hosts and opponents that were slated to be held prior to May 11 to discuss the rescheduling of their tour stop. By April 13, USA Softball will make an announcement for the status of the tour and rescheduled tour stops.

 

USA Softball will have a decision on May 11 on whether to hold or postpone the U-18 Women’s National Team Open Tryout, which is tentatively scheduled for June 15-16 in Oklahoma City.

 

USA Softball will make a determination on June 1 of the status of the 2020 USA Softball National Championship Finals and the 2020 USA Softball Junior Olympic (JO) Cup, which take place beginning in mid-July and run through the beginning of September.

 

Please understand that this situation is fluid, and you should expect further updates as they become available. Please refer to this page for all updates.

 

COVID-19 Update (March 13 - 12:45 p.m. CT)

 

 

Stand Beside Her Tour presented by Major League Baseball (MLB)

At this time, USA Softball has not made any additional decisions regarding future stops of the “Stand Beside Her” tour, presented by Major League Baseball, outside of the Seattle, Hillsboro and Eugene stops. As the situation surrounding the COVID-19 virus continues to develop, we will consult with future tour stop hosts and our opponents to determine what protocols, if any, are in place in their respective institutions or communities before making any determinations.

We will continue to monitor the situation surrounding the COVID-19 virus and will make any necessary changes to keep us all safe and healthy.

 

COVID-19 Update (March 11 - 10:30 p.m. CT)

 

 

Stand Beside Her Tour presented by Major League Baseball (MLB)

 

After assessing the recent updates surrounding COVID-19, USA Softball has made the decision to postpone the Seattle, Hillsboro and Eugene “Stand Beside Her” tour stops, presented by Major League Baseball.

 

While we understand the disappointment that may come with this decision, this decision was made in the best interest of the health and safety of our athletes, staff, fans and the softball community.

 

COVID-19 Update (March 11 - 5:30 p.m. CT)

 

With the news of the increasing spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we wanted to inform you that we are taking this situation very seriously. Our hearts go out to those impacted by COVID-19, and we understand the critical importance of protecting those most susceptible to the virus.The safety and well-being of the USA Softball community continues to be the top priority for USA Softball. We are monitoring the situation closely, and we are advising the USA Softball community to follow the guidelines set by the World Health Organization,Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), your state’s public health department (click here for a listing of state public health departments), and other county and/or local authorities including area school districts and government agencies.

 

We encourage all those that are actively participating in USA Softball tournaments and various activities – including players, coaches, umpires, staff/volunteers, families, and fans – to follow the best practices as outlined by the CDC, which include washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (if soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer); avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands; and avoid close contact with people who are sick. We would also encourage you all to limit close, physical contact with others (including shaking hands).

 

Click here to learn more about the CDC recommendations

 

The USA Softball community should consult the appropriate county and/or local authorities regarding recommendations on how to proceed with large gatherings of people.

 

Also, if you are ill; have a fever, cough, or respiratory condition; have a compromised immune system; are in any other group that may be at an increased risk of contracting a virus like the coronavirus; or have recently traveled to a country listed on the CDC’s Risk Assessment by Country, we encourage you to refrain from USA Softball-related activities until cleared by your healthcare provider.

 

USA Softball programs are encouraged to exercise utmost precaution following the guidance of local, state and federal health agencies.

 

Stand Beside Her Tour presented by Major League Baseball (MLB)

 

In regards to the Stand Beside Her Tour presented by Major League Baseball (MLB), USA Softball has made the decision to not hold autograph sessions until further notice on the Stand Beside Her Tour. After reviewing the recommendations by the CDC and local officials within the communities we would be visiting, we came to the conclusion that the potential of the spread of infection, no matter how unlikely or remote it may be, could greatly impact the athletes, staff, friends, family and fans. Any type of one-on-one interactions with non-essential game personnel will be limited.

 

We assessed this situation heavily, and this decision was not made lightly as we know how important the “Stand Beside Her” message means, not only to our team but to our friends, families and fans. 

 

We will continue to monitor the situation surrounding the COVID-19 and will make necessary changes to keep us all safe and healthy. Please note, however, that we are moving forward with our Tokyo 2020 preparations.

 

As the situation continues to develop, USA Softball will do our best to continue to keep our community informed.

USA Softball of Alaska COVID-19 Policy

If a player participated in a USA Softball of Alaska game and become sick within seven days of participation in a league game, event, or practice

Based on current CDC recommendations, and the guidance of local health department staff, The team will be removed from attendance from play to allow for a 14-day quarantine period from the date of exposure, which is the date of last played.

For those who played against said “Team”, or played at the complex or on the night of play, current CDC protocol dictates that anyone who was within 6 feet of the player/s for 15 or more minutes should also quarantine for 14 days, and we ask that he/she remove him/herself from any USA Softball events until the quarantine has been completed symptom free.  The CDC has deemed the risk of exposure to COVID to be no greater than normal risk for anyone who was not within 6 feet of the player/s for at least 15 minutes.  If you were not within close proximity to the player/s as detailed under the current CDC guidelines, you may continue to participate in USA Softball events and we ask that you monitor closely for symptoms and take extra precautions during this time.

Please follow the guidelines attached to this email.

If you have any questions, feel free to reply to this email. Under ADA, the identity of the player may not be disclosed.

Please share this with any other players and families/spectators that were at your game.

Anchor Town Sports

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Anchorage Sports Association

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Mat-Su Softball Association

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Golden Heart Softball Association

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Juneau Softball Association

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Kenai Softball Association

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