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COVID-19 UPDATE

March 21, 2020

NWRAA Baseball and Softball Families

COVID-19 Update

With Governor Tate Reeves’ announcement that schools will remain closed until April 17th, NWRAA Baseball and Softball will also continue our suspension of all activities through at least April17th.  Please continue to monitor your email or visit our website for updates.

We are reviewing all options to continue the season once it’s safe to play. 

NWRAA Baseball and Softball Board

COVID-19 INFORMATION

Per the MSDH, an overview of COVID-19 is as stated;

COVID-19 is a new respiratory virus that causes flu-like illness ranging from mild to severe, with symptoms of fever, coughing, fatigue and difficulty breathing. The CDC and MSDH are working to detect, contain and limit the spread of cases in the U.S. and Mississippi should they occur. MSDH is actively preparing doctors and hospitals on how to respond safely and effectively to COVID-19 in Mississippi.

Like the flu, COVID-19 it is thought to be spread person-to-person by close contact (within 6 feet) and by coughing or sneezing. Other possible routes of transmission, such as touching surfaces contaminated by the virus, are also being investigated.

Preventive measures against COVID-19 are the same as those for other respiratory viruses like the flu. To help prevent getting and spreading disease:

  • Be careful and consistent with cleaning your hands. Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Stay at home if you have a fever, respiratory symptoms, or believe you are sick.
  • Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces including player benches, equipment, handrails and handles, doorknobs, light switches, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Additional NWRAA guidelines related to all activities:

  • Instead of the customary postgame handshake, we ask that players thank the other team for a good game and not shake hands.
  • Do not share bottles, thermoses, beverages, etc.
  • Do not share food/utensils
  • Do not share clothing/jerseys/uniforms
  • Wash uniforms, gear, and practice gear often
  • Clean cell phones daily
  • And again, Please STAY HOME if you show signs/symptoms of respiratory illness

EMAIL FROM USSSA

  • To: USSSA Membership
    Subject: Notice of New USSSA Mandatory Health & Safety Procedures

    Due to concerns surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and other health authorities, USSSA is implementing some new, mandatory health and safety procedures as part of a proactive approach to preventing the spread of germs.

    Throughout the USSSA organization, we are adopting these new measures effective immediately. We cannot stress enough how vital it is that all USSSA participants adhere to these guidelines.

    “No-Contact/No-Handshake” Policy

    USSSA is immediately instituting a precautionary “no-contact, no-handshake policy” to be observed at every level of the organization until further notice. This includes all physical contact and extends to customary game-related activities, such as pre-game coaches’ handshakes, umpire-coach introductions, and post-game handshakes between members of opposing teams. Instead, staff, players and coaches should use verbal queues, such as saying “good game,” without shaking hands, high-fiving or fist-bumping.

    Maintain Good Hygiene Practices

    All USSSA employees, membership and participants in USSSA-sanctioned events should be aware of the coronavirus risk and take the necessary precautions to avoid exposure to germs. This includes maintaining good hygiene practices. We strongly recommend the following:
     
    • Wash your hands often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time
    • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol; this is suggested after any physical contact with another person or with a shared surface
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
    • Cover your mouth and nose – with a tissue, if possible – when coughing or sneezing, then properly discard the tissue in the trash
    • Avoid close contact with anyone else who is coughing or sneezing or who is otherwise sick
    • Clean or disinfect frequently touched objects and surface

     

    Advice from the CDC

     The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has a specific Q&A regarding the virus in children:

     Q: Are children more susceptible to the virus that causes COVID-19 compared with the general population and how can infection be prevented?

     A: No, there is no evidence that children are more susceptible...

     see here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/children-faq.html

     We will provide updates related to these new measures or let you know about any additional precautions to take if and when they become necessary. We appreciate your cooperation in following these new procedures as we work together to maintain the highest health and safety standards as an organization.

     If you have any questions regarding an event in which you are registered to participate, please contact your local USSSA state director or other point of contact for that event.

     Thank you.

     Donny DeDonatis III

     Chief Executive Officer

     USSSA


2020 SPRING SOFTBALL

Registration is Closed
Games begin late March

2020 SPRING SOFTBALL 

Registration: WEDS., JANUARY 8TH – WEDS., JANUARY 29th
EXTENDED TO SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2nd -11:00PM est


To ensure a place in the league do not delay your registration.  Registration may close earlier for some age groups that reach the maximum numbers. Once maximum numbers are reached a waiting list will be created.  We will add players from the waiting list if players drop or if we are able to host additional teams in the age group.  Late registration will only be accepted to balance individual age group numbers; a $25 late fee will be added to your registration.
 

LEAGUE AGE IS DETERMINE BY HOW OLD YOU ARE ON JANUARY 1st, 2020 

6U Coach-Pitch:   Games will be played on Saturday and possible a few games during the week.  Teams will participate in the End of Year Tournament. Players will be evaluated and then drafted by Coaches. All players registered will be drafted.  Our policy is not to allow player request to play with a certain coach or player.  Please do not ask, Thank you  

Softball Age Groups 8U through 13U:  Games are played twice a week and will participate in the End of Year Tournament. Players will be evaluated and then drafted by Coaches. All players registered will be drafted.  To help balance the teams, our policy is not to allow player request to play with certain coaches or players.  Please do not ask, Thank you 

18USoftball:  Player evaluations will not be held for this age group. Traveling will be required.  There will be away games at neighboring ball parks.
 
NOTE: The Baseball Program host COED leagues for 3 to 5-year old.  Please visit the Baseball Webpage for  more info. League age for COED Leagues are determined by how old you are on April 30th, 2020 
Coaches:
During the registration process there will be a section where parents can indicate their desire to coach.  If you have any questions, please contact your age group commissioners. The list of age group commissioners can be found under the baseball web-page tab

Practices: 
During pre-season; teams will be assigned one weeknight slot and one weekend slot.  Once games begin; teams will practice once a week.  We cannot arrange for specific practice days.  Coaches will select times slots when they receive the team roster. Once season games begin there will be no assigned practices for the T-Ball age group.

Concession Duty:  NEW PROCEDURE FOR SPRING 2020
NWRAA is a volunteer-based organization and we rely on Parents’ involvement.  We need Parents to volunteer to work a concession shift.  New this year we are adding a Concession Work Deposit (CWD) fee of $25.00 to each participant. The deposit will be added to your league fee. The CWD will be refunded to you after the completion of your work shift.  If you are unavailable to volunteer for a shift, your CWD will be used for your buyout and you will not receive a refund.  More info on the new program can be found on the web site.

Age Groups and Fees: 
6U: Coach-Pitch Softball (5 and 6 yr. old):  FEE $110.00 
Teams will bat round robin (all players attended will be in the batting line up).  Everyone will play defensively. Normal Coach-Pitch rules will be played with a few age appropriate variations. 
   
8U: Coach-Pitch Softball (7 and 8 yr. old):  FEE $115.00 
Teams will bat round robin (all players attended will be in the batting line up) with ten players on the field defensively. Normal Coach-Pitch rules will be played. 

10U: Softball (9 and 10 yr. old): FEE $120.00 
Teams will bat round robin (all players attended will be in the batting line up) with nine players on the field defensively. Pitchers throw in windmill delivery from 35 feet. Normal Softball rules will be played.  There will likely be away games at neighboring ball parks.

13U: Softball (11 through 13 yr. old):  FEE $120.00 
Teams will bat round robin (all players attended will be in the batting line up) with nine players on the field defensively. Pitchers throw in windmill delivery from 40 feet. Normal Softball rules will be played.  There will likely be away games at neighboring ball parks

18U: Softball (14 through 18 yr. old):  FEE $120.00 
Pitchers throw in windmill delivery from 43 feet. Normal High School Softball rules will be played.  Traveling will be required; there will be away games at neighboring ball parks.

2020 Spring Age Group Commissioners

2020 Spring Softball Age Group Commissioners

If you have any questions or would like to coach please contact your age group commissioner

6U Coach-Pitch Softball
Chase Belk
[email protected] 

8U Coach-Pitch Softball
Kyle Sephton
[email protected]

10U Softball
Brad Lang
[email protected]

13U Softball
Kerry Weilbaecher
[email protected] 

18U Softball
John O'Hara
[email protected]


2020 Spring Concession Duty

Concession Duty Obligation (Pilot Program)

New this year we are adding a Concession Work Deposit (CWD) fee of $25.00 to each participant.  The deposit will be added to your league fee. The CWD will be refunded to you after the completion of your work shift.  If you are unavailable to volunteer for a shift, your CWD will be used for your buyout and you will not receive a refund. 
 
There will be no formal Concession Work Schedule.  Parents will have the opportunity to coordinate a work shift which best fits their schedule.  Typical work shift is 3.5 hours.   The League plans on hiring backup concession workers to fill in to keep the Concession Stand properly staffed.  The CWD will be used to fund additional staffing.

NWRAA is a volunteer-based organization and we rely on Parents’ involvement.  We need Parents to volunteer, whether it is working a concession shift or working a gate during a tournament, your involvement is important.  If a family is unable to volunteer the CWD will be used as a ‘concession buyout’ like the option we have had in the past.  

This is a pilot program and will be evaluated at the end of the season.  
 
Baseball/Softball Board
 

NWRAA Softball Rules and Documents

Rules: 
NWRAA Softball is affiliated with USSSA Softball
USSSA Fast Pitch Rules

House rules supersede USSSA rules:
6u Rules
8u Rules
10u Rules
12u Rules

Recreation Softball  

Player Assignment Procedure 
All-Star Selection Procedure
Sponsor Form

Select Softball forms (Rampage)
Select Softball Guidelines - Rampage Softball
Select Agreement Form - Parents and players

Coach Forms
Coach's Background Check Permission form
Coach's Code of Conduct form
Concussion Training 
Heads up Certificate Link - http://WWW.cdc.gov/headsup/youthsports/training/index.html

Softball Field Status

The NWRAA Baseball/Softball Board notifies its parents and coaches of field closures via a text messaging system.  Please text "NWRAA" to 662-947-4007 in order to receive instantaneous field status information!



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