Marshfield Girls Softball COVID-19 Guidelines Updated: September 2020 Teams/players are playing at their own risk. If anyone feels they cannot or will not meet these guidelines, then do not participate in the program until such time as you and your player are able to do so or until after the recommendations and requirements are removed. If someone contacts the virus as a result of participation in any fashion, USA Softball of MA, softball organizations, softball umpires or any facility are not to be held liable.
Health & Safety Guidelines: Maintain groups of ≤ 25 individuals (including coaches) on playing fields. No more than 50 people, excluding players, coaches, umpires and staff can be on any surface or playing area at any time. No more than 2 spectators allowed per player. No team huddles, high fives, fist bumps, etc. Practice visitors/spectators are strongly discouraged. Parents should plan to drop off and pick up their players from practice sessions. Those that do attend are discouraged from using the bleachers and should bring their own chair, maintain social distancing of 6 feet at all times (unless members of a family that share the same household) and wear face coverings when social distancing is not possible. No one other than players, coaches, umpires or field maintenance crew will be permitted anywhere within the “expanded dugout area.” The expanded dugout area will consist of the entire area from a perpendicular line extending out from the beginning of the outfield grass on the first base line and extending in an arc all the way behind the backstop/home plate and down to the perpendicular line extending from the beginning of the outfield grass on the third base line. Temporary fencing and signage will be installed at each field to aid in compliance. Players shall always maintain social distancing of 6 feet and not share any equipment or food/beverages. Players equipment bags and personal items (water/food) shall be stored/hung at the fields at least 6 feet apart from each other and at no time should there by more than two (2) players sitting on the dugout benches. Players are expected to bring their own chair to utilize in the expanded dugout area. Players will be required to wear masks when not on the field of play. Players are permitted to wear masks at all times (including when on the field of play); however, masks worn of the field of play shall be neutral in color (refer to USAS Uniform Rule). Coaches are required to wear masks at all times. The same color and design rules apply. Umpires will wear a mask at all times and maintain social distancing of 6ft from coaches, players and spectators. Signage will be in place to remind people of social distancing and proper hygiene protocols and the fields/facilities will be properly stocked with hygiene products (sanitizer, etc.). Team coaches will be responsible for sanitizing/disinfecting the dugout benches and all balls/equipment in between each practice session and/or game. Players are responsible for sanitizing their hands during each break during practice sessions and in between innings during games. MGS will provide hand sanitizer for players, however players are encouraged to bring their own. Teams/groups will not be permitted on fields or in dugout areas until the prior team has completely left the field/facility and the facility properly disinfected. Each team will have one of the coaches designated as a trainer/lead first aid person who will handle any medical events issues and any suspected cases of COVID-19. During games, home and opposing teams should provide their own designated game balls and should share lineup cards virtually. Coaches meeting: 1 coach allowed per team. No players. Must maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet. Players, spectators and/or coaches should not come to practices or games if they do not feel well, have a temperature of ≥ 100.4, have a known or suspected case of COVID-19 or have come into close contact (in accordance with CDC Guidelines) with someone with a known or suspected case of COVID-19. The head coach of the team should be notified immediately if any of the above is the case. Any MGS player, coach or spectator that that experienced any CDC-identified COVID-19 symptoms (fever, loss of taste/smell, headache, sore throat, cough, etc.) are not permitted to attend practices or games until they are symptom-free for at least 24 hours or a negative COVID test can be provided to the MGS Board of Directors. Players, spectators and/or coaches should not come to practices or games if they are in high risk categories
First and foremost, Marshfield Girls Softball hopes that all of you are safe and healthy. These past few months have been very trying to us all and we hope that all of our softball families are well.
That being said it does appear that we will be able to play softball this summer!!!
Our board of directors has been meeting behind the scenes trying to figure out the best way to get as many girls on the field as possible this summer. We are still in a holding pattern for now as it appears that softball will be able to return to the fields during Phase 2 of the governors posted guidelines and begin playing games in Phase 3. Believe it or not that will happen pretty quickly and we could be on the field here in a matter of a few short weeks.
Although we may be able to play, this will not come without many significant changes to the normal way we play our games. We as a board are in constant conversation with the health department, and local officials as how to best prepare our girls to return to the field in the safest way possible. We are working on a set of new safety guidelines that must be followed to ensure the safest way for our players to return to the field.
We are looking to field teams at all levels for Summer Softball. From 1st grade up, we want as many girls to play as possible. I know the kids are dying to get out of the house and getting them to a field where they can play and be with their friends may be just what they need.
Marshfield Girls Softball is very excited about the fact we will be able to play softball this season!! Please stay tuned and on the lookout for an email next week on how we plan to move forward with the season. We thank all of our softball families for all of your patience during these trying times.
Please know that we will not make any decisions without the best and safest interest of your children in mind. Safety during these times is the most important thing and we will do everything we can to return to the field in the safest way possible.
We look forward to seeing you on a field soon.
Any questions please reach out.
Dear Marshfield Girls Softball Supporters,
On behalf of the Board of Directors, our coaches, parents and players, we want to first wish you, your employees, your family and friends the very best and we hope you are all healthy and safe. Marshfield Girls Softball recognizes the social and financial impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our community and our local businesses. As we look forward and begin planning for a potential return to play this summer and into the fall, we wanted to show our appreciation for your support of our program and reciprocate that support by extending your 2019 sponsorship and all of its benefits for the entirety of the 2020 season at no charge.
We recognize as a program, now more than ever, the significance of every penny of hard-earned money you have graciously donated to our program. That is why we have decided to continue to proudly advertise your business on our website/social media accounts and on our field banners/signs, and we will encourage everyone that our program reaches to support your business during these difficult times.
Marshfield Girls Softball takes great pride in providing an exceptional youth athletic program for girls in our community and we look forward to sunny days, girls on the diamond playing the game they love and the camaraderie and competition that helps them grow as players and healthy human beings.
We are all in this together!