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Seasons and Tourneys Cancelled?

May 30, 2013
Binghamton, NY
I do hope that all of the Collegiate suspensions in the last few days don't prompt HS to cancel spring sports.

The way I see it:
a) collegiate teams travel by air for a good portion of their contests. HS teams travel by team bus.
b) spring sports (softball, baseball, tennis, track and field, lacrosse, crew, etc) are played outdoors, and don't promote close concentration of spectators like winter sports do (basketball, swim, etc)
c) HS sports compete into mid-June. In NY games don't begin until April. Although, these next few weeks are crucial to try and contain/squash the spread of this virus, If containment efforts are successful, that leaves a lot of HS season to be played. Collegiate schedules typically conclude by the end of April...

No reason for a knee-jerk reaction today.
I'd can understand a temporary suspension of HS athletics for a few weeks, and adopt a wait-and-see policy regarding the remainder of the season.
May 29, 2015
Maybe your large, high-profile D1 programs travel by air. Most college teams are traveling by a school-owned or private charter bus (like high school).

I agree with the rest of your post though! We still have time before the plug has to be pulled. When it comes to spring/summer sports, I think postponements would be more logical than cancellations at this point.

Since this seems to have become the default COVID-19/Coronavirus/Zombie Apocalypse Plague thread, would it be possible to get a title change to better reflect this thread?
Nov 18, 2018
You got a link to this?
It was just an email sent but her is the email.

To: USSSA Membership

Subject: Notice of New USSSA Mandatory Health & Safety Procedures

Due to concerns surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and other health authorities, USSSA is implementing some new, mandatory health and safety procedures as part of a proactive approach to preventing the spread of germs.

Throughout the USSSA organization, we are adopting these new measures effective immediately. We cannot stress enough how vital it is that all USSSA participants adhere to these guidelines.

“No-Contact/No-Handshake” Policy

USSSA is immediately instituting a precautionary “no-contact, no-handshake policy” to be observed at every level of the organization until further notice. This includes all physical contact and extends to customary game-related activities, such as pre-game coaches’ handshakes, umpire-coach introductions, and post-game handshakes between members of opposing teams. Instead, staff, players and coaches should use verbal queues, such as saying “good game,” without shaking hands, high-fiving or fist-bumping.

Maintain Good Hygiene Practices

All USSSA employees, membership and participants in USSSA-sanctioned events should be aware of the coronavirus risk and take the necessary precautions to avoid exposure to germs. This includes maintaining good hygiene practices. We strongly recommend the following:

Wash your hands often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time
If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol; this is suggested after any physical contact with another person or with a shared surface
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
Cover your mouth and nose – with a tissue, if possible – when coughing or sneezing, then properly discard the tissue in the trash
Avoid close contact with anyone else who is coughing or sneezing or who is otherwise sick
Clean or disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

Advice from the CDC

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has a specific Q&A regarding the virus in children:

Q: Are children more susceptible to the virus that causes COVID-19 compared with the general population and how can infection be prevented?
A: No, there is no evidence that children are more susceptible...
- see here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/children-faq.html

We will provide updates related to these new measures or let you know about any additional precautions to take if and when they become necessary. We appreciate your cooperation in following these new procedures as we work together to maintain the highest health and safety standards as an organization.

If you have any questions regarding an event in which you are registered to participate, please contact your local USSSA state director or other point of contact for that event.

Thank you.

Donny DeDonatis III
Chief Executive Officer
Jul 3, 2013
DD plays D2, she is to give her coach a list of up to 4 family members to be given to host team to create a pass list for her upcoming games. The overall effect of this on crowds for games at this level will be a reduction in size of approx. 12 people(the students who wander over after class).
May 20, 2015
SEC has suspended all play until at least March 30.

prudent, level headed decision.....by march 30 we should be past peak (assuming the social distancing measures are followed, people actually wash their hands and stay home when sick), and things should start to return to normal

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