USA Softball Update on COVID-19

March 11, 2020, 6:23 p.m. (ET)

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.

COVID-19 Update (May 21 - 3 p.m. CT)


USA Softball will move forward in hosting 2020 National Championships. All host organizations will need to assess and understand the COVID-19 restrictions within their respective states, counties, cities and associations prior to making a final decision on hosting. Any National Championship held prior to August 1 will need to inform the National Office and Regional VP of their plan for hosting by June 5, while tournaments held after August 1 will need to make a decision by July 1. 

If any 2020 USA Softball National Championships are not held because of restrictions due to COVID-19 put in place by a government agency, the hosting state/metro association will be offered the right of first refusal to host their respective National Championship in 2022. Additional updates to the list of National Championships will be sent starting next week.

 

COVID-19 Update (May 11 - 1:45 p.m. CT)


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.

Further updates will be provided at a later date and when available.

COVID-19 Update (April 21 - 10 a.m. CT)

 

Following the spring 2020 USA Softball Board of Directors meeting, which was conducted via video teleconference, the USA Softball Board of Directors have unanimously approved the following COVID-19 Emergency Action Plan.

 

  • The 2020 USA Softball National 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.
  • If any 2020 USA Softball National Championships are not held because of restrictions due to COVID-19 put in place by a government agency, the hosting state/metro association will be offered the right of first refusal to host their respective National Championship in 2022. A decision on 2020 USA Softball National Championships will be made by June 1.
  • Individuals, teams and umpires may resume registrations through RegisterUSASoftball.com 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.

Further updates will be provided at a later date and when available.

COVID-19 Update (March 31 - 10 a.m. CT)

 

Stand Beside Her Tour presented by Major League Baseball (MLB)

USA Softball is announcing the cancellation of all originally scheduled 2020 stops on the “Stand Beside Her” tour, presented by Major League Baseball (MLB).  As it relates to the U.S. Olympic Softball Team and any potential new dates and stops for the “Stand Beside Her” tour, presented by MLB, there are still a lot of moving pieces and discussions to be had before determining appropriate next steps.

 

We understand the disappointment that may come with this decision as the softball community has waited 12 years to see the sport of softball return to the Olympic stage and have a U.S. Olympic Softball Team come to their city. Although the wait for our sport’s return to the Olympic Games has been delayed a bit longer, we can’t wait to watch these resilient athletes get back on the field when the day finally comes.  

 

We understand that ticket holders and fans will have a variety of questions regarding the cancellation of a tour stop in their area. For ticket refund inquiries, youth clinic refund inquiries and general questions, please contact the appropriate tour stop hosts who will be able to provide that information as soon as it is available. As refund policies are available, they will be posted on each stop’s event page at StandBesideHerTour.com.

 

2020 Gold Ball Gala

 

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

 

The registration period for the U-18 Women’s National Team (WNT) Open Tryout, which is tentatively scheduled for June 15-16 in Oklahoma City, has been put on hold. USA Softball will have a decision by May 11 on whether to hold or postpone the U-18 Women’s National Team Open Tryout, at which time we will open the registration process. In the event the U-18 WNT Open Tryout is canceled, USA Softball will offer registration refunds.

 

2020 USA Softball National Championships

 

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.


COVID-19 Update (March 17 - 3:40 p.m. CT)

 

USA Softball has been following the developing COVID-19 pandemic as the safety and well-being of the USA Softball community continues to be a top priority for USA Softball. 

 

USA Softball recommends and strongly encourages that the USA Softball community follow the guidelines set by the World Health Organization,Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), your state’s public health department (click here for a listing of state public health departments), and other county and/or local authorities including area school districts and government agencies.

 

USA Softball will be postponing the “Stand Beside Her” tour, presented by Major League Baseball, until May 11. USA Softball will be reaching out to tour stop hosts and opponents that were slated to be held prior to May 11 to discuss the rescheduling of their tour stop. By April 13, USA Softball will make an announcement for the status of the tour and rescheduled tour stops.

 

USA Softball will have a decision on May 11 on whether to hold or postpone the U-18 Women’s National Team Open Tryout, which is tentatively scheduled for June 15-16 in Oklahoma City.

 

USA Softball will make a determination on 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.

 

Please understand that this situation is fluid, and you should expect further updates as they become available. Please refer to this page for all updates.

 

COVID-19 Update (March 13 - 12:45 p.m. CT)

 

Stand Beside Her Tour presented by Major League Baseball (MLB)

At this time, USA Softball has not made any additional decisions regarding future stops of the “Stand Beside Her” tour, presented by Major League Baseball, outside of the Seattle, Hillsboro and Eugene stops. As the situation surrounding the COVID-19 virus continues to develop, we will consult with future tour stop hosts and our opponents to determine what protocols, if any, are in place in their respective institutions or communities before making any determinations.

We will continue to monitor the situation surrounding the COVID-19 virus and will make any necessary changes to keep us all safe and healthy.

 

COVID-19 Update (March 11 - 10:30 p.m. CT)

 

Stand Beside Her Tour presented by Major League Baseball (MLB)

 

After assessing the recent updates surrounding COVID-19, USA Softball has made the decision to postpone the Seattle, Hillsboro and Eugene “Stand Beside Her” tour stops, presented by Major League Baseball.

 

While we understand the disappointment that may come with this decision, this decision was made in the best interest of the health and safety of our athletes, staff, fans and the softball community.

 

COVID-19 Update (March 11 - 5:30 p.m. CT)

 

With the news of the increasing spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we wanted to inform you that we are taking this situation very seriously. Our hearts go out to those impacted by COVID-19, and we understand the critical importance of protecting those most susceptible to the virus.The safety and well-being of the USA Softball community continues to be the top priority for USA Softball. We are monitoring the situation closely, and we are advising the USA Softball community to follow the guidelines set by the World Health Organization,Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), your state’s public health department (click here for a listing of state public health departments), and other county and/or local authorities including area school districts and government agencies.

 

We encourage all those that are actively participating in USA Softball tournaments and various activities – including players, coaches, umpires, staff/volunteers, families, and fans – to follow the best practices as outlined by the CDC, which include washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (if soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer); avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands; and avoid close contact with people who are sick. We would also encourage you all to limit close, physical contact with others (including shaking hands).

 

Click here to learn more about the CDC recommendations

 

The USA Softball community should consult the appropriate county and/or local authorities regarding recommendations on how to proceed with large gatherings of people.

 

Also, if you are ill; have a fever, cough, or respiratory condition; have a compromised immune system; are in any other group that may be at an increased risk of contracting a virus like the coronavirus; or have recently traveled to a country listed on the CDC’s Risk Assessment by Country, we encourage you to refrain from USA Softball-related activities until cleared by your healthcare provider.

 

USA Softball programs are encouraged to exercise utmost precaution following the guidance of local, state and federal health agencies.

 

Stand Beside Her Tour presented by Major League Baseball (MLB)

 

In regards to the Stand Beside Her Tour presented by Major League Baseball (MLB), USA Softball has made the decision to not hold autograph sessions until further notice on the Stand Beside Her Tour. After reviewing the recommendations by the CDC and local officials within the communities we would be visiting, we came to the conclusion that the potential of the spread of infection, no matter how unlikely or remote it may be, could greatly impact the athletes, staff, friends, family and fans. Any type of one-on-one interactions with non-essential game personnel will be limited.

 

We assessed this situation heavily, and this decision was not made lightly as we know how important the “Stand Beside Her” message means, not only to our team but to our friends, families and fans. 

 

We will continue to monitor the situation surrounding the COVID-19 and will make necessary changes to keep us all safe and healthy. Please note, however, that we are moving forward with our Tokyo 2020 preparations.

 

As the situation continues to develop, USA Softball will do our best to continue to keep our community informed.