6.6.2020 Soderville Bengals Fastpitch - Definitive Summer Season Plan
As some of you may have been aware, there was a MN Softball league meeting that occurred this past Tuesday on June 2nd. At this meeting the league was hoping to communicate that game play would be cleared to begin on June 15th. Unfortunately, this announcement did not happen, and actually no date was given for when game play could start. Instead we were informed that there might be a decision on June 9th as to when, or if, we could start playing games. This was not the first time the decision date had been pushed back, and when considering the current world environment, it most likely will not be the last. Each time the decision is delayed, the more the opportunity for league game play decreases for the 2020 season.
MN Softball officials moved forward with a proposed plan to the youth sports task force. This plan assumed the Minnesota Department of Health would approve a move to phase 3, which would allow for games to start on June 15th. Additionally, the proposed schedule has 6 weeks of league play with a qualifier and state tournament – the state tournament would conclude on August 15th. Then, the following week Fall game play would start. League officials stated that they would charge organizations the full team registration fee regardless of the number of games played.
With the proposed schedule it causes challenges for coaches, players, and families as we are aware many of you plan family events and vacation during the typical 3 weeks window between the end of Summer ball and the beginning of Fall ball. Conflicts also arise with other sports that start in late Summer. With the proposed schedule, Soderville Fastpitch would be down to 3 coaches for all teams 10U and up. During the last opt-out option we lost about 30 players, and we fully expect to lose more with the new proposed schedule because of the conflicts it creates.
The Soderville Athletic Association Board has voted, and by majority vote, has elected to cancel league play in Big West/MN Softball for the 2020 Summer Season. Minus any associated credit card fees, we will be providing refunds to all players and families.
So, what does this mean - are we done? The short answer to this is, no, we are not. Just like many of our neighboring associations that have arrived at the same decision, Soderville Fastpitch will be offering a skill development/scrimmage option for Summer. Running June 15th thru July 31st, groups will practice 2 times per week, and if phase 3 is approved, we will move into scrimmage play against other organizations. The cost for this offer will be $75 with a new registration available shortly. Additionally, if tournament play is approved, we will be able to take part in USSSA sanctioned tournaments, as well as NAFA Nationals, and if interested, Midwest NAFA Nationals in Rockford, IL. Tournaments fee would need to be covered by participating teams. The Fall season would start August 22nd for those that are interested in that - with one important note - second years players are not required to play up during Fall - for example, a second year 16U player would not need to move up to 18U for Fall. As always, the Fall season would be a separate registration.
Just like with each of us, this has been a very trying time for youth sports. We feel this is the right decision as it removes the potential conflict for families and players, while also not forcing us to pay full price for a lesser product. However, and importantly, for those that are able to, and still choose to get out on the field and work to improve skills – we will have an offer. An offer which will provide at least an equal amount of game play when considering scrimmages, USSSA and NAFA tournament options.
Our 8U league will follow the same format, offering skill development, and moving into game play when, and if, phase 3 is approved by the Minnesota Department of Health. The fee structure will stay the same for 8U with the exception of the $50.00 volunteer fee being returned.
Thank you, we appreciate all of you and hope to see everyone back out on the field with normal game play very soon!
Soderville Blaine Bengal Fastpitch
5.30.2020 UPDATE TO ALL SODERVILLE BASEBALL FAMILIES
The Soderville Baseball Committee has made the difficult and sad decision to officially cancel the 2020 baseball season. The cancellation includes the Junior League (6U-10U) , the Senior League (12U-19U), and the Tournament Teams. Announcements and guidelines are changing rapidly and we held off on this decision as long as we thought we were able. With the uncertainties that the COVID-19 virus presents, along with rules, guidelines and timetables that are required to be followed, we concluded that we were not able to provide the experience players should be able to expect.
This incredibly tough decision is what we think is best for the players, coaches, families, and the community. In this time of unprecedented caution, we hope you understand and we thank you for your patience and for the continued support of Soderville Baseball. We will anxiously be awaiting seeing everyone on the ballfields next year!
Refunds of your registration(s) will be issued in the next couple of weeks. Credit cards fees will be deducted from your refund. If you have fundraising cards $50 will be deducted from your registration fee until we have received your cards. Cards can be returned to TAHO Sports or can be sent to
PO BOX 400
St. Francis, MN 55070
Please make sure that you note the players name associated with the cards so the correct registration can be credited.
5.18.2020 COVID 19 UPDATE
Soderville is continuing to plan for a delayed start to the season, but we will need to wait until we have the approval of the Governor to allow youth sports with groups of more than 10 people to set a start date. Please follow the link for the latest information.
4.16.2020 COVID 19 UPDATE
Due to COVID-19 SBAA has postponed all activities until further notice.. We take the safety and health of all of our players, coaches and fans seriously and we will continue to monitor the situation.
At this time we have not cancelled any seasons. Both Fastpitch and Baseball have been monitoring and evaluating information from the Minnesota Department of Health, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the governing organizations of softball and baseball to determine when our season may begin. Each sport will be evaluating the timing of practices, games and tournaments and we will send information to you as soon as decisions are made. We are asking for your patience as information is changing every day and there is not enough information to make decisions at this point.
3.31.2020 COVID 19 UPDATE
SBAA cares about your safety. Our board members have been following the Minnesota Department of Health, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the governing organizations of softball and baseball to determine when our season may begin. We are hoping there will be minimal delays. But with information changing daily it has been a challenge to anticipate an actual date.
SBAA board members will continue to monitor the situation and use the guidelines set by the agencies above. When more information is available we will communicate to all our families, what, if any, adjustments will be made to schedules.
Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
Stay safe and healthy and home for now.
COVID-19 Preparedness Plan for Soderville Blaine Athletic Association
Soderville Blaine Athletic Association (SBAA) is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all our participants (SBAA Board, Coaches, Volunteers, Players, and Families). To ensure we have as safe and healthy environment, we have developed the following COVID-19 Preparedness Plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. All participants are all responsible for implementing this plan. Our goal is to mitigate the potential for transmission of COVID-19 in our activities, and that requires full cooperation among our participants. Only through this cooperative effort can we establish and maintain the safety and health of our participants.
Participants are responsible for implementing and complying with all aspects of this COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. SBAA provides the full support in enforcing the provisions of this policy.
Our COVID-19 Preparedness Plan follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidelines, federal OSHA standards related to COVID-19 and Executive Order 20-48, and addresses:
· hygiene and respiratory etiquette;
· engineering and administrative controls for social distancing;
· cleaning, disinfecting, decontamination and ventilation;
· prompt identification and isolation of sick persons;
· communications and training that will be provided to participants; and
· Board supervision necessary to ensure effective implementation of the plan.
Policies for participants exhibiting signs and symptoms of COVID-19
SBAA has implemented policies that require participants staying at home when they are sick, when household members are sick, or when required by a health care provider to isolate or quarantine themselves or a member of their household. SBAA participants should not participate in any SBAA activities when they are sick, when household members are sick, or when required by a health care provider to isolate or quarantine themselves or a member of their household. We are required to be notified if a participant has come infected with COVID-19.
Basic infection prevention measures are being implemented. Hand sanitizer (of greater than 60% alcohol) will be provided to all teams for use at any SBAA activities. Use of hand sanitizer through SBAA activities will be encouraged. All Head Coaches (or their designate) should ensure that there is a proper supply of hand sanitizer (of greater than 60% alcohol) at all SBAA activities. If additional hand sanitizer is required, head coaches (or their designate) should reach out their SBAA.
Respiratory etiquette: Cover your cough or sneeze
All participants are being instructed to cover their mouth and nose with their sleeve or a tissue when coughing or sneezing and to avoid touching their face, in particular their mouth, nose and eyes, with their hands. They should dispose of tissues in provided trash receptacles and wash or sanitize their hands immediately afterward.
Social distancing will be implemented and maintained between participants through the following engineering and administrative controls:
· Within the program, create consistent pods of the same staff, volunteers, and participants with a maximum number of 10 people in each pod. No more than three pods of a maximum number of 10 people per baseball field.
· Host practices outdoors as much as possible.
· Remind parents or caregivers that they should not attend practices. If necessary for them to be at practices, ensure that proper social distancing is maintained between parents or caregivers.
· No intermixing between groups.
· Focus on skill development.
· Keep any “play” or interaction between players contactless.
· Do not participate in games or tournaments, even if these events are out of state where youth sports games/tournaments are supported, until approval by Minnesota Department of Health.
· Discourage sharing of equipment as much as possible. If sharing has to occur, consider the equipment and type of use and consider cleaning equipment between each use.
· Future steps
o Future steps may include allowing for larger gatherings and/or flexibility around intermixing between teams and will likely have different guidance based on the type of contact that normally occurs in the sport. In general, MDH will be increasing parameters based on the epidemiology of COVID-19 in Minnesota. SBAA is committed to following all MDH guidelines for these future steps.
Cleaning, disinfection, and ventilation
Regular housekeeping practices are being implemented, including routine cleaning and disinfecting of shared equipment. All teams will be provided with sanitization supplies to clean and disinfect any shared equipment. All teams are expected to clean and disinfect shared equipment between uses and at the end of every SBAA activity in which the equipment was utilized.
Appropriate and effective cleaning and disinfectant supplies have been purchased and are available for use in accordance with product labels, safety data sheets and manufacturer specifications and are being used with required personal protective equipment for the product. Team will be provided with sanitizing wipes to be used to clean shared equipment. All SBAA activities should take place outdoors whenever possible.
Communications and training
This COVID-19 Preparedness Plan was communicated to all participants via e-mail no later than May 31, 2020 and necessary training was provided. Participants will also be advised not to participate in SBAA activities if they are experiencing symptoms or have contracted COVID-19 via email and direction from coaches. All participants are to work through this new program together and update the training as necessary. This COVID-19 Preparedness Plan has been certified by the SBAA Board and was posted to the SBAA website no later than May 31, 2020. It will be updated as necessary.
Operations Manager, Soderville Blaine Athletic Association
2020 REGISTRATION IS STILL OPEN FOR
6U - 6 Spots
8U - 3 Spots
10U - 7 Spots
12U - Waiting List
13U - Waiting List
15U - Open
16U - Open
17-19U - Open
Soderville/Blaine Athletic Association (SBAA) provides in-house level (recreational) youth baseball and fastpitch softball, and traveling (competitive) level fastpitch softball opportunities to children in many communities.
SBAA provides this youth sports experience to kids residing or attending schools in the communities of Ham Lake, Blaine East Bethel, Oak Grove, St. Francis, Burns Township, Bethel, and portions of the surrounding communities of Andover, Coon Rapids and Isanti. Players from other communities are also welcome to play in SBAA under special circumstances that must be discussed with SBAA before registering.
For over 50 years, SBAA has provided opportunities for a rich youth sports experience in our community. The SBAA Board of Directors is committed to not only upholding this history, but also to strive to improve on this experience each year.
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