BASEBALL UPDATE 3/20/20
We recently received notification from Little League baseball that we suspend all league activities until at least May 11th. Because of increasing spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The health of our players and community is a top priority at this time. As the situation continues to develop, we will do our best to continue to keep our parents, player, volunteers and families informed.SOFTBALL UPDATE 5/17/2020
Due to the current health concerns in our community, we have had to make some adjustments. At this time, we are still planning on our season beginning June 1st. However, everything is subject to change based on the suggestions of our government leaders and health authorities. Please take a minute to review our 2020 Guidelines.
USA Softball ‘Back to the Fields’ 2020 Guidelines
Adopted by the Spearfish Youth Baseball Softball Association
- All players, coaches, and umpires would be encouraged to observe social distancing guidelines while at the ballparks and complexes in South Dakota.
- Parents and spectators would be encouraged to view the game from the outfield areas past the first and third base. Only immediate families and households would be allowed to be seated together. Non-family household members must remain 6 feet apart from other spectators.
- Only players, up to three coaches, umpires, and emergency personal would be allowed on the field during warm-up and games. Teams would be discouraged to be on the infield area until official grounds crews have left the infield.
- Pre-game coin flips will be held with one coach per team and 1 umpire. Coaches and umpires should not shake hands or have any physical contact.
- Team dugouts will be extended from the dugout towards the outfield in out of play area, and include a minimum distance of 6 feet from the fence back. Teams would practice proper social distancing with no more than three to five individuals in the actual dugout at any given time.
- Hand and equipment sanitizing should be available and encouraged to take place when individuals come into contact with bases and metal items, not limited to benches, fence.
- Sanitizing gels would not be allowed to be applied directly to the ball or bats for safety reasons; only rapidly drying wipes or approved disinfectant sprays. Rapid drying gels may be used for personal us and encouraged to be used before, during, and after the game.
- Players, spectators, umpires, and coaches are recommended to wear an approved face mask, gaiter, or face bandana according to community standards.
- Fans and Spectators are encouraged to bring and use hand sanitizers and disinfectants as well as having available for public usage at the parks.
- Each team would provide its own game balls, which would be switched out each half inning and sanitized with spray or wipe between innings. Balls should remain in original packaging until introduced into the game. Umpires will not be required to carry game balls. Umpires would be recommended to wear gloves or use a sanitized wipe/towel to handle balls.
- In the youth games, every player will be required to have their own batting helmet. If found to be necessary to share youth catchers equipment, it must be sanitized sprayed before use.
- All players, adults, and youth should refrain from sharing other equipment, including bats, batting and fielder’s gloves, protective wear such as fielders mask, etc. Players would be encouraged to wear batting gloves as much as possible, especially while on offense.
- Teams will no longer shake hands at the end of the game. Instead use other gestured such as tip their caps, a wave, or friendly gestures to the opponent and officials. Players and coaches will need to refrain from high five, fist bumps, or other physical gestures of celebration during the contest.
- Teams will be required to clean their dugout areas upon arrival and departure.
- Team coolers are not allowed. Players should not share their drinks or food while in the dugout or complex areas. Players can bring their own water bottle marked with their name.
- Sunflower seeds are not allowed. No Spitting.
- We encourage leagues and tournament directors, if possible, to schedule teams to play back to back games to help stay within gathering limitations.
Additional SYBSA Safety Measures
Each team will have a designated Team Manager to help administer these Guidelines. This includes, but is not limited to:
o Equipment Sanitation of shared Bats, Helmets, facemasks, catcher gear, etc… We will do our best to loan these items to limit sharing of equipment.
o Sanitize game balls every ½ inning
o Player distancing in dug out areas
o Encourage Sanitizer use from players and coaches
o Ensure dugouts are cleaned and sanitized after use
If you child is sick, they are not allowed to play softball until healthy, including:
o Shortness of breath
o Muscle pain
o Sore throat
o Loss of taste or smell
We all need to do our part to help ensure the safest and healthiest environment possible.
We will pass along any updates as soon as we get them. Thank You for being flexible and understanding during these uncertain times. If anyone has any questions or concerns, please message us on facebook or email [email protected]
Director of Softball