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MINNESOTA SOFTBALL (5/22/20)

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

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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:

https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/schools/socialdistance.pdf  

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/youth-sports.html  

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!  

Sincerely,
J.J. Kirby | EAA President
president@eaasports.org


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All orders can be shipped directly to your home or picked up at new CA Gear location at 15641 Canada Circle in Rosemount.  While the store will remain open, not all items will be available.  Once the majority of the orders have been placed and the extra inventory is sold, items will be removed from the site.  That being said, please order ASAP to ensure that you'll get what you want. Several items are available in youth sizes but not all items have youth sizes as an option. 


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Thinking About Joining the Board?

We are always looking for new EFP Board Members.  If you have any questions about how you can volunteer, we would love to talk with you about how you can contribute your skills to the program.  No experience needed!  

We are looking for moms and dads to fill some board positions or simply assist us on a special project.  Anyone can help!  This program doesn't exist without our parents being involved.   

If you have skills to share or would simply like to help us out, please reach out to anyone on the board.  


Minnesota Softball is looking for Umpires

Please see the news article on the Minnesota Softball site for prospective umpires wanting more information.
http://fastpitch.mnsoftball.com/news_article/show/856966?referrer_id=3135323

There is an information link at the bottom of the article.


Minnesota Stars Club Teams


Did you know that you can play through 18U? 

There are club teams available at 14U-16U-18U

Minnesota Stars club teams are based in Eagan and they accept players through an annual tryout process in late July each year.  Top players from all over the metro are invited to attend these tryouts in order to participate on a club team.  There is a sign-up process but it is a FREE tryout.   

Please keep the Minnesota Stars club teams in mind when you are looking for your next adventure!  We are always seeking compettive, skilled players to join us in playing at the next level.

Minnesota Stars Club Team Info

 


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For more information on the EFP programs, please contact a board member.  You can find their contact links HERE


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Sports Hotline (651) 675-5566

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If you wish to receive notification of cancellations prior to 4pm on weekdays, please sign up through Subscription Options.  Select Parks & Recreation Updates and then select the box next to "Game & Field Status" in order to receive this notification.


VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS


ALL parents from the MN Stars, 8U Travel, 10U League Only and all Tournament Travel teams are required to volunteer about 9 hrs (2 Dib shifts per player) at either the Eagan Down 'N Dirty Tournament in June or the Northern National Tournament that we host in July.  This is our only form of fundraising for the entire program.  

The revenue from these tournaments helps to keep our program costs down. These funds help pay for items such as: fields, umpires, team equipment, player insurance, tournament entries & gate fees, player clinics, and winter dome time that all EFP players can utilize.  

A volunteer deposit of $250 is collected at tryouts. The check will only be cashed if your volunteer hours are not fulfilled by the end of the season.  You can choose to forfeit this deposit in lieu of working your volunteer hours.

This applies to all traveling members of our Spring/Summer Leagues. 


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