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COVID-19

1/21/2021   Bloomington Fastpitch COVID-19 Plan

BFA COVID-19 Preparedness Plan Administrator email 

4/22/2021- MDH and City of Bloomington update on Mask Requirements. 

 

"Guidance from the State of Minnesota regarding youth and adult sports has been updated and is available here.  The City of Bloomington has been following and will continue to follow guidelines set forth by the State of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Health.  The most notable item from this updated guidance concerns the issue of face coverings.  It says, “Face coverings are required to be worn when sports participants are not actively practicing or playing and cannot maintain physical distancing.”

 

While this means that participants are no longer required to wear a mask while actively on the field of play, face coverings are still required while not playing or in any other situation where six feet of physical distancing cannot be maintained (e.g. sitting on the bench, in the dugout, on the sidelines, etc.). Spectators will continue to be asked to mask at all times unless otherwise exempt. Masking at all times will still be encouraged as it is a safe and effective way to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Please know that this is an ever evolving and changing situation and new or adjusted guidance, or additional policies and procedures may develop as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves. We appreciate your continued patience, understanding and compliance. Thank you once again for taking part in Bloomington’s sports leagues and activities."

11/20/20 The state of MN has suspended all youth sports activities for four weeks. Dome ball has been cancelled and there is no schedule for off season training. 

 

5/23/2020- Minnesota Department of Health released a guideline for Youth Sports effective June 1st- Link

5/5/2020- Minnesota Softball delivers a plan to the state of MN to return to softball. Possibly as soon as May 18th.

3/15/2020- Governor Walz orders all public and charter schools in Minnesota closed March 18th to March 27th. BPS will close starting March 16th.  The CDC recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 or more people.

 

3/14/2020- MLB Cancels Pitch, Hit and Run events through April

 

3/13/2020- BPS announces all activities and facility rentals in all district schools and buildings are canceled until further notice. This means no gym practices for teams.

 

3/12/20- Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser postponed.

 

3/11/20- Professional sports and other major public events begin canceling events.


BFA Coaches, Players and Parents,

The situation surrounding the outbreak of the novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19) is rapidly evolving across the U.S. with dozens of new cases reported across the country.

 

BFA encourages parents, players and coaches who are experiencing illness, especially those with respiratory symptoms to please stay home from games and practices.  Anyone experiencing a fever of 100 degrees or higher should not attend practices or games until they have been fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.

 

We encourage players, coaches and families to follow good health practices:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover coughs or sneezes.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.

We will monitor the situation and follow the Bloomington Public Schools schedule if closures are needed.

 

Here is a link to the CDC website for further information on precautions families can take.

 

Angie Salo

BFA Vice President of Administration

 

The precautions being taken for COVID-19 are rapidly changing. BFA is following these changes and recommendations and will make the necessary updates. We are still planning on a summer season. BFA and our competitors are experiencing the same modifications and delays. Thank you for your patience. 

 

All of the following plans are subject to change. 

 

Blast schedule as of 3/18/2020

 

  • In House Registration closes March 20th. 
  • The April 6th board meeting will be a conference call. Members who wish to be part of the call should contact a board member before the meeting. The agenda and minutes can be found on our website.
  • Parent meetings for both in house and traveling have been postponed. We are looking at rescheduling or delivering an online version of this information. 
  • Team Pictures for April 16th have been postponed. Watch for an alternative date.
  • The next scheduled event is the Blast-Off on April 25th. 
  • The Pancake Breakfast fundraiser provides a significant amount of our operating income. Many great raffle prizes have been gathered, tickets have been sold and the fundraiser will happen. This is an association wide commitment that we are currently working on rescheduling. Watch for a separate communication with more details. 

 

The Development page of our website contains several drills and activities that can be done at home and will be the foundation for team practices.

 

Further modifications to the season will involve collaboration with outside organizations like Bloomington Public Schools, the City of Bloomington and Minnesota Softball and recommendations from the CDC and MDH.  

 

Sincerely,

 

BFA Board