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Corona Virus Updates

AUGUST 4 UPDATE

The State of California has published guidance on Youth Sports. 

Outdoor and indoor sporting events, assemblies, and other activities that require close contact or that would promote congregating are not permitted at this time. For example, tournaments, events, or competitions, regardless of whether teams are from the same school or from different schools, counties, or states are not permitted at this time.

Youth sports and physical education are permitted only when the following can be maintained: (1) physical distancing of at least six feet; and (2) a stable cohort, such as a class, that limits the risks of transmission (see CDC Guidance on Schools and Cohorting). Activities should take place outside to the maximum extent practicable.

For sports that cannot be conducted with sufficient distancing or cohorting, only physical conditioning and training is permitted and ONLY where physical distancing can be maintained. Conditioning and training should focus on individual skill-building (e.g., running drills and body weight resistance training) and should take place outside, where practicable. Indoor physical conditioning and training is allowed only in counties where gyms and fitness centers are allowed to operate indoors.

June 23 Update

Sacramento County – *Now open for youth sports conditioning.

Guidance Website: https://www.saccounty.net/COVID-19/Pages/default.aspx

Youth Sports Conditioning Guidance: https://emd.saccounty.net/EMD-COVID-19-Information/Pages/default.aspx

June 19 Update

USA Softball of Sacramento has published our return to play protocols for when the State of California gives the green light for our sport to return. Please review the documents below. Organizations should follow any city, county and state orders first, and use this document only as guidance as they return to play.

June 16 Update

This post is informational only and designed to provide our membership with resources on what is allowed per county. We are just relaying this information and not the ones in charge of creating this policy. It is our hope that more counties and cities begin to open soon. (Once we have updated policies from other counties, we will try to post)

As of 6/16/2020 - Good news for Placer and Yolo Counties which have opened up “Athletic Conditioning” in their county. Teams must follow their published policies. Teams that are based out of these areas should be able to work with their city contacts to begin the process of returning to the field under the direction provided by the county.

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Amador County – *NOT currently allowing any youth sports to practice or play.

Guidance Website: https://www.amadorgov.org/services/public-health

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El Dorado County – *Currently allowing athletic conditioning only.

Guidance Website: https://www.edcgov.us/Government/hhsa/Pages/EDCCOVID-19.aspx

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Nevada County – *NOT currently allowing any youth sports to practice or play.

Guidance Website: https://www.mynevadacounty.com/2924/Coronavirus

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Placer County – *Currently allowing athletic conditioning only.

Guidance Website: https://www.placer.ca.gov/coronavirus/guidance

Guidelines for Practice: https://www.placer.ca.gov/…/Interim-Guidance-for-Distanced-…

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Sacramento County – *NOT currently allowing any youth sports to practice or play.

Guidance Website: https://www.saccounty.net/COVID-19/Pages/default.aspx

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San Joaquin County - *NOT currently allowing any youth sports to practice or play.

Guidance Website: http://www.sjready.org/events/covid19.html

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Solano County - *NOT currently allowing any youth sports to practice or play.

Guidance Website: https://www.solanocounty.com/depts/ph/coronavirus.asp

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Yolo County – *Currently allowing athletic conditioning only.

Guidance Website: https://www.yolocounty.org/…/communi…/novel-coronavirus-2019

Guidelines for Practice: https://www.yolocounty.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=64816

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*Disclaimer – This is information from the County Health Departments.

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State of California -

The current state order which was released on June 5th and effective June 12th allow for Outdoor Recreation to open. However, it specifically excludes baseball (softball) from the order. Taken directly from the Industry Guidelines for Reopening: “Most organized activities and sports such as basketball, baseball, soccer, and football that are held on park fields, open areas, and courts are not permitted to the extent that they require coaches and athletes who are not from the same household or living unit to be in close proximity, which increases their potential for exposure to COVID-19. Members of the same household may engage in such activities and sports together.”

Outdoor Recreation Industry Guidelines - https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-campgrounds.pdf

MAY 21 UPDATE

USA Softball of Sacramento is continuing to follow all local and state orders in regards to resuming any softball activity and at this time, both county and state orders prohibit any organized youth sporting activities.

This week we have received word from the City of Roseville, City of Lincoln and City of Folsom that no fields will be open for organized activity through the month of June.

This means for the first time in 53 years, we will have to cancel our Association Championships scheduled for the 3rd weekend of June (Class A) and the 4th weekend of June (Class B & C).

In addition, all other scheduled sanctioned activities will be suspended until a time in which we can operate in accordance with county and state orders. THESE DECISIONS ARE BEYOND OUR CONTROL.

The State of California is beginning to reopen and everyone is working to understand where they fit in the four phases as outlined by the Governor’s Office. What we do know, is that Organized Youth Sports has been severely under addressed in the State of California.

We have been communicating with the State and the individual County Health Departments to advocate for specific information for organized youth sports. This is still a fluid situation and will continue to change based on information as it comes out from the Governor’s Office and County Health Officials.

USA Softball of Sacramento has been diligently working with our Park & Recreation agencies to understand and develop appropriate return-to-play protocols so we can resume softball in a safe manner when given the green light by county and state mandates. We hope that return to be as quickly as possible.

MAY 12 UPDATE

In an effort to be ready for when our state and counties give us the green light to get back to the ballpark, USA Softball has just released these guidelines. As well as clarifying some insurance questions.

Please note: These are just guidelines and not an indication that it is permitted by state and county authorities to play under current orders.

USA Softball Back to the Ballpark Guidelines

USA Softball COVID Resources

MAY 7 UPDATE

PRACTICES ARE NOT ALLOWED UNDER CURRENT COUNTY AND STATE ORDERS.

USA Softball of Sacramento would like to remind teams that the season is currently suspended until and unless the stay at home orders are lifted by county and/or state officials.

Many coaches are trying to interpret the individual county orders as allowing recreational activities. However, those statements do not apply to organized youth sports. Most orders are referring to recreational activity with members of your household. Specifically, Sacramento County has identified softball as a contact sport which is identified as prohibited.

We just held a Zoom call with members of all the local park and Rec agencies all of who confirmed that they are following state and county orders and are not allowing softball practices or field rentals. If fields are open, they are available for members of the same household to play catch only.

Teams should not be holding practices during this time. Insurance with USA Softball is not in effect. We are working with city and county officials in regards to return to play protocols for when the orders are lifted. The timeline may look different depending which county you live in.

We are actively working with officials to try to get softball returned as soon as possible and as safely as possible.

Counties covered under USA Softball of Sacramento:

El Dorado
Nevada
Placer
Sacramento
San Joaquin *
Solano *
Yolo

*Parts of

APRIL 15 UPDATE

In accordance with the State of California’s Stay-At-Home Order, USA Softball of Sacramento is still suspended for all softball related activities indefinitely. This suspension of play shall be in effect while the state order is in place.

This applies to all sanctioned activities by USA Softball of Sacramento including the Youth Recreational Leagues, the Youth Select Program, the Youth Travel Team Program, the Adult Recreational League Program and the Adult Tournament Program. There should be no organized team activity and all teams and leagues are encouraged to stay at home per the Governors order.

Thank you for your continued understanding. Stay healthy.

MARCH 31 Update

USA Softball has announced the cancellation of all originally scheduled 2020 stops on the“Stand Beside Her” tour, presented by Major League Baseball (MLB), due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

As a host of a “Stand Beside Her” tour stop, that means that the originally scheduled exhibition contests featuring the 2020 U.S. Olympic Softball Team in Sacramento has been canceled.

We understand the disappointment that may come with this decision as we have waited 12 years to see the sport of softball return to the Olympic stage and have a U.S. Olympic Softball Team visit our 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.

With the Tokyo Olympic Games now scheduled for July 23-August 8, 2021, that allows the possibility of rescheduling the Sacramento tour stop for future date. Unfortunately, there are still a lot of moving pieces and discussions to be had before we can confirm a new date.

Game tickets will be refunded in full through the Sacramento Rivercats and Ticketmaster. Clinic and VIP tickets will be refunded in full through USA Softball of Sacramento. Please allow 14 business days for us to process all refunds.

We thank you for your support of the USA Softball Women’s National Team, and we look forward to providing more answers when available. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

Please make sure to follow us on Facebook @USASoftballSacramento for all updates and future date announcements.

Note: Team USA athletes now must spend another year preparing for the Olympic Games and they have lost some of the funding they would have received from tour stops like ours. If you would like to consider donating directly to Team USA, please visit here.

March 23 Update

In accordance with the State of California’s Stay-At-Home Order issued on Thursday, March 19, USA Softball of Sacramento has suspended all softball related activities indefinitely. This suspension of play shall be in effect while the state order is in place, however it may extend past such date should there be such county or state recommendations.

This applies to all sanctioned activities by USA Softball of Sacramento including the Youth Recreational Leagues, the Youth Select Program, the Youth Travel Team Program, the Adult Recreational League Program and the Adult Tournament Program. There should be no organized team activity and all teams and leagues are encouraged to stay at home per the Governors order.

We understand there are a lot of questions about when and if we will resume play for the spring season, however we simply don’t have answers yet. Anything we come up with at this point would be pure speculation. Once we have additional information from the State and our local Health Departments, we will be sure to provide you with updated information.

Thank you for your continued understanding. Stay healthy.

March 13 Update

As information continues to become available regarding the increasing spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), we wanted to provide you, our membership, with additional guidance on the implementation of the USA Softball program in our local community.

USA Softball of Sacramento is recommending that our leagues and teams exercise an abundance of caution and implement a temporary suspension of all softball related activities until no earlier than April 1. This includes the Youth Recreational Leagues, the Youth Select Program, the Youth Travel Team program, the Adult Recreational League Program and the Adult Tournament Program.

While each community is being affected differently by the coronavirus, USA Softball of Sacramento feel that it is in the best interest of our volunteers and participant families to delay the implementation of the season to begin no earlier April 1. If your league chooses to continue to operate in its local community, then we strongly encourage you to seek the counsel of your community municipalities, public health departments, and local school districts. For those leagues that have already begun their seasons, we kindly ask that you postpone all activity that may involve the gathering of individuals for games, practices, events, or meetings. If you have not started your season, we kindly ask that you modify your schedule and season plans to start no earlier than April 1.

Should USA Softball of Sacramento determine that the recommended delay of the season will extend past April 1, we will provide timely notification and information regarding the impact of such a delay.

We are committed to communicating with you on a consistent basis, providing you with additional information and best practices to work through the coronavirus pandemic.

We will continue to work with the local health departments as we closely monitor the situation, and we are advising all our leagues and families 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 precedents set by area school districts and government agencies.

We encourage you to share this information with parents and membership of your league to ensure they are up-to-date and informed. As the situation continues to develop, USA Softball of Sacramento will do our best to continue to keep our leagues, volunteers, and families informed.

March 12 Update

Per Governor's directive that all gatherings over 250 people be postponed, we are instructing leagues to postpone or cancel their scheduled Opening Day Ceremonies. At this time there is no directive to cancel smaller league or team activities and that decision is up to individual leagues and teams based on county and city recommendations.

We encourage all players, volunteers, families, and fans to follow the best practices, as outlined by the CDC, which include frequent handwashing 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.

If you or your child are ill; have a fever, cough, or respiratory condition; have a compromised immune system; are in any other group that may have 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 or your child to refrain from team or league related activities until cleared by your healthcare provider.

As the situation continues to develop, we will do our best to continue to keep you informed via email, our league website and our Facebook page.

March 11 Update

USA Softball of Sacramento is actively working in conjunction with our community partners to monitor COVID-19 developments. We are advising our local leagues to follow the guidelines set by the World Health Organization, Center for Disease Control, the California Public Health Department, the County Health Department and local city and area school districts. The recommendations may differ from league to league.

In an effort to help facilitate the most up-to-date information, we have provided links below to the individual websites. It is important to acknowledge that this is a fluid situation and recommendations may change on a weekly or daily basis. It is important that league volunteers are committed to following these sites for updated information.

World Health Organization

Center for Disease Control

California Public Department of Health

Amador County

El Dorado County

Nevada County

Placer County

Sacramento County

Sutter County

Yolo County

We ask that local league staff implement appropriate safeguards and best practices to help prevent the spread of the virus.

  • Instruction to participants not to attend if they have any respiratory symptoms or fever regardless of the presumed cause.
  • Recommend that participants not attend if they pose a higher risk for severe illness.
  • Ensure that playing facilities are adequately cleaned before participation including wiping down dugout benches with appropriate cleaning supplies.
  • Ensure that there are supplies including hand sanitizer and hand washing supplies available at the playing facility.
  • Encourage participants to minimize close contact including no high-fives or close huddles for team cheers.
  • Promote messages that discourage people who are sick from attending events.

 

As the situation continues to develop, USA Softball of Sacramento will do our best to continue to keep our leagues, volunteers and families informed.