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IMPORTANT 2020 SEASON UPDATE!!
6 May 2020
Minnesota Softball in cooperation with Gopher State Baseball and Metro Baseball have put together a proposal to lift restrictions on the 2020 summer softball season. Please carefully review the attached plan and complete the survey so CRFA can make decisions regarding how to proceed with the season. We need ALL participants to complete the survey by this Friday 8 May. Thanks!!
PLEASE READ BEFORE TAKING SURVEY
Most of the questions asked can be answered by reading the MNBaseballSoftballGuidelines. If you had specific questions on what changes or how social distancing will be attempted please refer to this document.
Q: Any potential refunds or discounts?
A: No decisions have been made yet. The CRFA board will make every attempt to make a fair decision for all.
Q: Season timeline?
A: Proposed timeline is for teams to be allowed to start practicing 18 May. Games start 1 June. Tournaments maybe starting 5 June. All this is pending approval by the State of Minnesota. It is a safe assumption that the end of year tournaments will not be pushed out later in the summer.
Q: Will there be fans or is this going to be children alone
A: The plan outlines a restricted amount of fans. See plan for more details.
Q: Would hope to reduce travel. Eliminate large tourneys. The smaller the circle the better.
A: We are assuming that the state qualifier and state tournaments would go on as planned. CRFA does not have any control of this other than to opt out of tournaments.
Q: with not knowing dates with when or how long may interfere with the other possibility of camp this summer as well.
A: Refer to season timeline above.
Q: I have concerns about 8u girls leaving a mask alone for any length of time. They are fidgety, and will be messing with masks. Also, how do you social distance a catcher and batter? Could you just forgo a catcher and use a net instead since the girls don't steal at this age any way?
A: These are concerns with the CRFA board as well. 8U batter/catcher restrictions would be a responsibility of the Soderville League. We think it is a safe assumption that 10U and above will play with a catcher.
Q: What kind of guidlines do you have for playing. Like tagging for outs kids in dugout what about the protection to the catcher and batter.
A: The guidelines were not developed by CRFA, they were developed by MN Softball, Gopher State Baseball and Metro State Baseball. Players in the dugout has been addressed in the plan, unfortunately tag outs and catcher / batter social distancing has not. Please read the guidelines very carefully, there are not many REQUIREMENTS, mostly SUGGESTIONS.
Q: Will the girls wear masks in the dugouts?
A: Masks are recommended for all in attendance (please note they are not required)
Q: I'm just not convinced that this game can be played safely when the very basic tenets of the game -throwing/catching one ball, tagging, batter/catcher, coaching - by their very nature make distancing impossible. How will dugouts work? And what about spectating? Too many questions & what-ifs right now. Even if the stay home order is lifted, the virus is still a thing.
A: MN Softball is attempting to provide a relatively safe option to play. Dugout protocol and spectating are addressed in the MN Softball Plan. Please review. This is a risk/reward trade-off that will need to be assessed by each individual family. Participation is optional.