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Return to Play Guidelines

The City of Southaven's Mayor and Board of Aldermen have indicated that they believe we have the right to have an outdoor recreational baseball event. USSSA has accepted this local governmental directive as acceptable authorization to play.

We understand that this crisis has been confusing for everyone and certainly understand if any team or parent feels uncomfortable playing. Ultimately, is is each parent's decision regarding whether or not their child plays. We will refund your team's entry fee if you decide to withdraw your team.

Thanks for your continued support of USSSA events and Snowden Grove Park.

Please take the time to read and share with your players the following temporary protocols that will be in force when we return to play:

PLAYER, COACHES AND TEAM HYGIENE RECOMMENDATIONS

Minimize player and coaches contact by eliminating team/player handshakes and team/player high fives.

Recommend new end of game celebrations and team sportsmanship at the end of games (e.g., ask players to tip their caps/visors, or have teams bow to each other from across the field). 

Parents should supply their players with antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizer for disinfecting shared playing equipment and cleaning hands between innings/quarters/periods. 

Players are allowed to wear PPE items, if they choose, as long as the items do not compromise the safety of any and all participants in the game.

Teams are required to clean their dugout of all trash and other items after each game, and to wipe down (clean) hard surfaces such as benches, bat racks, etc. Upon arriving at a dugout for the first time, teams are to disinfect hard surface areas (benches, bat racks, etc.). This will comply with the CDC recommendation of a two-step process for cleaning and disinfecting.

Sunflower seeds and other items that require spitting shall be prohibited.

ON / OFF FIELD SOCIAL DISTANCING

Social distancing (Gate lines, concession lines, spectating games, etc.) must be maintained as much as possible. 

No group prayers between teams on the field. Maintain social distancing between teams in effect beyond the field of play.

Spectators need to plan ahead and bring their own seating and maintain “social distancing” of 6 feet between families behind the backstop and up and down the fence line from the dugout to the foul pole. If using a tent, please restrict the tent to family members only and space such tents a minimum of 6 feet apart 

Teams must monitor and spread players out in the dugouts; expand the dugout area, i.e., only allow the next five batters up in the dugout and the remaining players wait outside dugout area, outside the field of play. Limit bench personnel to essential team personnel only. 

PARENTAL CHOICE

Once we have been cleared to play, we will do all we can as a ballpark to provide a safe environment for our spectators and players.

However, we are unable (just as our society) to completely safeguard each and every aspect of this situation. For us and our teams to succeed we MUST have the cooperation and  help of each participating team.

We understand this is a serious illness. With this said, we request those with a chronic disease or those who are immune-compromised, please stay home and not attend our events at least until your doctor tells you you’re safe.

Ultimately, the decision to participate or not participate is solely in the hands of each parent, and each must decide for themselves what is in the best interest of their family.

POST COVID-19 USSSA Waiver

IMPORTANT PLEASE READ! As we begin to prepare to return to play, the following must be completed to insure your players are eligible to play:

Please note that adult players as well as parents/guardians of youth players are now required to sign a new “POST COVID-19 USSSA Waiver.”  Details of the waiver – one for adult players and a separate waiver for youth players – may be reviewed at http://usssa.com/coronavirus and the actual signing process is done by logging in to the individual’s guardian or player account on USSSA.com.

This waiver must be signed for any player to be eligible to now participate in USSSA-sanctioned events.  Players who do not have a waiver signed (either by themselves for adult players, or by a parent/guardian for youth players) will be moved off of their roster and into a “pending” status.  Once the new waiver is signed, the player will be returned to their team’s official playing roster.

COACHES/TEAM MANAGERS: It is YOUR responsibility to ensure that each of your players parent/guardian has signed the waiver to be eligible for your roster otherwise they will remain ineligible to play.

All player eligibility rules will apply to any player who appears in a game but has not yet executed the updated waiver.

If you are having issues with your roster and the guardian COVID waiver:

Parent / Guardian - Contact your Head Coach
Head Coach / Manager - Contact your USSSA State Director