2020 “SAFE PLAY: BACK TO THE DIAMOND” UPDATE
The Minnesota coalition of statewide youth baseball and softball organizations have been actively working to seek further clarification from the Governor’s press conference yesterday. We did speak to the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission and Commissioner Tomes to further understand the next phase of the Minnesota Stay Safe Plan. The Governor’s Task Force for Youth and Amateur Sports have scheduled a call with all Minnesota youth sports organizations, the Commissioner and the MDH Epidemiologist for further instructions.
An update of “Minnesota’s Stay Safe Plan” can be found at mn.gov: https://mn.gov/covid19/for-minnesotans/stay-safe-mn/stay-safe-plan.jsp. A new column has been added to provide clarification, called, “Organized Youth Sports”.
What did this mean for organized community-based youth baseball and softball?
- Organized Practices may begin June 1, per MDH guidance.
- No timeline has been set for Phase III, which calls for games to begin.
- Our goal is to hold league games beginning, June 15th.
Once we gain further clarification, we will notify you immediately!
Thank you for your patience during these unprecedented times.
For more information on our plans, go to: https://slowpitch.mnsoftball.com/covid19
EAA RETURN TO PLAY UPDATE, 5/22/20
The Eagan Athletic Association has been monitoring the state of Minnesota's COVID-19 response. The last few days have offered incremental clarity around a safe return to youth sport activities.
At this point, the Eagan Athletic Association is guiding our families toward a June 1 return to play. This date is subject to change but reflects current guidance from the Governor's Stay Safe Minnesota order (https://mn.gov/covid19/for-minnesotans/stay-safe-mn/stay-safe-plan.jsp) as well as information obtained from our partners at Twin Cities Soccer Leagues (TCSL), Minnesota Youth Soccer Association (MYSA), Metro Baseball League (MBL), Minnesota Softball and Youth Lacrosse Minnesota (YLM).
When we return to the field, it will be a different experience. At first, we will need to stay in smaller groups of ten or less people and maintain appropriate social distance during practices and drills. Game-play will not be part of the initial return to the field, but we are hopeful that that is on the horizon.
Over the next several days, you will be hearing from your respective sport directors and coaches. They will be communicating about the practice and safety procedures that we are putting in place to abide by guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health and CDC:
In addition, parents will be required to view and sign a waiver relating to COVID-19 prior to being allowed to participate in EAA activities.
We are excited at the prospect of resuming our spring sport seasons that have been delayed for so long. If you prefer to opt-out of the spring season, please contact me or your sport's director. We are so very grateful for the patience and support of our EAA community!
J.J. Kirby | EAA President