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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

Click here to download Back to the Ballpark Guidelines (Leagues)


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. 

At Home Drills for Athletes

Valerie Arioto - Timing
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Monica Abbott- Broad Jumps
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USA Softball Local Associations and Members


2020-21 Softball Season and National Championship Play

  • Individuals, teams and umpires may resume registrations through system. 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.
  • USA Softball continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, and will continue working with host organizations to assess whether a National Championship Final can be held in their respective states, counties, cities and associations. Click here to find a 2021 USA Softball National Championship >>

2021 National Council Meeting, Governance and 2020-21 Playing Rule/Procedural Code Changes

  • The 2021 Annual Council Meeting will be held Oct. 23-27 in Oklahoma City, Okla.
  • No Playing Rule or Procedural Code changes that were 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 Tokyo Olympic Games are set to take place July 23-Aug. 8, 2021.
  • 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 reopened to the public as of 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.

Activities for Kids

Watch and Learn From Team USA athletes 

Read the Latest Tips

TrueSport Education

Download/Print an Activity Book

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
Kelly Park - Ground Balls Drill 2
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Kelly Park - At Home Workout 2
Kelly Park - Eye-Hand Coordination
Shelby Engle and Shayna Finley - Holding Each Other Accountable

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

Q Tips: Coping with Quarantine Life - Dr. Kevin Chapman on Missed Moments