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RAAA Softball April 1 Update

By Jeremy Waschek, 04/01/20, 11:00PM CDT

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We wanted to provide an update now that we’re almost three weeks since we had to shut down the season before it even began due to COVID-19. We hope everyone is staying healthy and safe. Here’s the latest of what we know for the 2020 season:

  • As of today, everything is still pretty much on hold. In our last update, we mentioned that we hope to be able to have evaluations in April. This is looking like it won’t be possible, as per Governor Walz, the stay at home order lasts until April 10; however school buildings will not open until May 1 at the earliest. Because our fields are school property, we are discussing what this means for RAAA Sports with Rockford Schools and hope to have a clearer picture soon. At this point we are planning to quickly hold evaluations when we can get on the fields in May.
  • In addition, we look to Minnesota Softball for direction on league play, which usually begins the first week of May. They are hopeful that we will be able to have a season that starts close to “on time,” but they are in a hold pattern until they know more about being able to get teams onto fields and how social distancing guidelines will play into team sports like softball. 
  • Our 10U and 12U teams are currently registered for the May Day Tournament in Belle Plaine, a one-day tournament on May 2 (12U) and May 3 (10U). That tournament has not yet been canceled or postponed, but everything is obviously very subject to change with that as well. Families at this age level should keep those dates open until we hear more from the tournament organizers.
  • We will keep 6U registration open until we know more about how the season will progress.
  • So, as of today, the update is wait, and hope that things work out to allow us to get going in May!

Watch for our next update later this month after our April board meeting (we’re going virtual), and keep an eye on our Facebook page at facebook.com/RockfordFastpitch for some interactive ways to engage during the month of April. We will be posting drills and other tips to get softball ready in the event we get the “go” to start the season!

As always, the health and safety of our players and families is most important. Please follow Gov. Walz’s Stay Home MN order and the CDC’s recommendations for prevention, and stay healthy!