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Back to the Ballpark Guidelines

In these unprecedented times, USA Softball strives to protect the integrity of the game while also providing a safe environment for all involved.


The items listed in the “Back to the Ballpark Recommendations” are recommended practices for restarting USA Softball events. State/Metro Associations, Recreational Leagues, Tournament Hosts, Staff, Athletes, Coaches, Parents, and spectators shall continue to follow Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Federal, State and Local governmental guidelines.


USA Softball cannot dictate when local state and metro associations can start playing softball during the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting play will be determined by state/metro associations working with their local governmental agencies. Teams coming from other areas within a state or crossing states lines should respect and follow their local governmental agency restrictions (where they reside) before signing up for tournaments.


We will continue our mission to develop, administer and promote the sport of softball to provide opportunities for participation and the best possible experience for those involved.


This is a working document that will have to be very fluid as CDC, Federal, State and Local governmental agencies find their way through the COVID-19 pandemic in allowing youth sports to start back playing again.


Click here to download the Back to the Ballpark Guidelines >>


We are united as one. USA Softball recommends and strongly encourages everyone to follow the guidelines set by the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), your state's public health department and other county and/or local authorities including area school districts and government agencies.

Browse this page to find helpful tips for coping during this time of social distancing. Email us at if you have resources that you think would be beneficial to share.

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At Home Drills for Athletes

Valerie Arioto - Batting Stance
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Ali Aguilar - Ground Ball Drill

USA Softball Local Associations and Members

USA Softball will make a determination by June 1 of the status of the 2020 USA Softball National Championship Finals and the 2020 USA Softball Junior Olympic (JO) Cup, which take place beginning in mid-July and run through the beginning of September.

2020 Softball Season and National Championship Play

  • Individuals, teams and umpires may resume registrations through system. However, please note that it is ultimately up to each state/metro association to evaluate their current situation when considering approving registrations. Please contact your state/metro association for more information on their COVID-19 registration policies.
  • The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of USA Softball will have the ability to increase the maximum number of teams competing in the 2020 GOLD National Championships. Teams who do not qualify and are interested in participating must have approval by state/metro commissioner before going before the CEO for consideration.
  • USA Softball has been monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic closely, and we have been working with host organizations to assess whether a National Championship Final can be held in their respective states, counties, cities and associations. Click here for a PDF listing National Championships that have been relocated, had dates altered or have been cancelled

National Council Meeting, Governance and 2020/21 Playing Rule/Procedural Code Changes

  • The 2020 Annual Council Meeting has been cancelled effective immediately.
  • There will be no Playing Rule or Procedural Code changes that will be considered by the USA Softball Council in 2020. As a result, the 2020 Playing Rules and Procedural Code will be used through the 2021 season.
  • The 2020 Official Rules of Softball will be used and valid through 2021.

National Team Program

  • USA Softball has cancelled all originally scheduled 2020 stops on the Stand Beside Her Tour, presented by Major League Baseball (MLB). For more information, visit
  • The 2020 Gold Ball Gala, originally scheduled for May 27 in Oklahoma City, has been postponed until further notice.
  • 2020 U-18 Women's National Team Open Tryout: With the postponement of the 2020 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Women’s Softball World Cup due to the COVID-19 pandemic, USA Softball will be cancelling the U-18 Women’s National Team (WNT) Open Tryout, which were originally scheduled for June 15-16, 2020. Once new dates for the WBSC U-18 Women’s Softball World Cup have been released by the WBSC, USA Softball will determine an appropriate timeframe to reschedule the U-18 WNT Open Tryout.
  • A select number of World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) events have been postponed and/or cancelled. Please refer to for more information.

National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum, Gift Shop and USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex

  • The National Softball Hall of Fame and Gift Shop has reopened to the public as of 8 a.m. CT Wednesday, May 20, 2020. We kindly ask visitors to observe proper social distancing guidelines while visiting the Gift Shop and National Softball Hall of Fame. Please note, the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex will remain closed to visitors until further notice as the facility is still undergoing renovations and is an active construction zone

Activities for Kids

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Write a Letter to Team USA

  • Write a letter to your favorite Team USA athlete and send: USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium, Attn: Athlete's Name, 2801 NE 50th St, Oklahoma City, OK, 73111

#PlayItSafeAtHome with US(A)

  • Share your favorite at-home workout with us for a chance to be featured on! Tag @USASoftball + #PlayItSafeAtHome 

Play Ball At Home thanks to Franklin Sports

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Cat Osterman - At Home Workout/PE Lesson
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Delaney Spaulding - Hand Gesture Challenge

May is Mental Health Awareness Month more

USA Softball joins the United States Olympic & Paralympic (USOPC)  to promote Mental Health Awareness Month in May.

Experiencing An Urgent Mental Health Issue?
If you or someone you know is experiencing an urgent mental health issue, we encourage you to text HOME to 741741, or call (800) 273-8255 to speak to a mental health professional. In the process of helping yourself, you may be inspiring courage in others to seek help as well.


Q Tips: Coping with Quarantine Life - Dr. Kevin Chapman on Modeling Anxiety

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