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COVID-19 Safety Plan

These protocols were developed following the Stay Safe MN Guidance in partnership with Rockford Area Schools, with Minnesota Softball's proposed Safe Play: Back to the Diamond Guidelines.


RAAA Fastpitch Return to Play Protocols

Facility Entrance/Exit


Drop off and Parking


  • If you’re dropping off, we recommend younger ages wait in line in the car at the curb to be checked in so parents can answer health screening questions.
  • If parking, park every other parking space. Once your daughter is checked in, you are encouraged to leave the parking lot. If you are staying, you may line up 6-feet apart along outside of the outfield fence. Dugouts and bleachers are not available for use.  
  • If remaining in the parking lot due to potential weather or other reasons, please follow all social distancing guidelines and park every other space


  •  Health Screening Questions: If any questions are answered yes, person is not allowed entrance.
    • Have you come into close contact (within 6-feet) of someone who has a lab confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis in the past 14 days?
    • Have you had any of the COVID-19 potential symptoms listed below within the past 72 hours?
    • Fever (100.4 or feeling feverish)
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing or respiratory distress
    • Chills (including repeated shaking with chills)
    • Muscle aches or muscle pain not related to strenuous exercise
    • Sore throat
    • Nausea/vomiting
    • Loss of or change to senses of taste or smell
  • Players will be checked in for attendance per pod
  • Only players, coaches allowed past the entrance. We encourage no parents, siblings, relatives or friends. Parents for younger children may be allowed entrance with a signed waiver and must practice social distancing along outfield fences; no bleacher seating.
  • Follow social distancing guidelines at all times.
  • Follow your pod’s color-coded Rocket R logos on ground to your practice location and hang your equipment bags at the painted Rocket R logos along the outfield fencing.
    • Pink: Third base side. Will enter fields through end of third base dugout
    • White: First base side. Will enter fields through end of first base dugout
    • Green: Center field. Will enter fields through center field opening

Sanitizing Protocol

  • All players will be required to sanitize their equipment and their hands at the beginning and end of practice. 
    • We have spray hand sanitizer, store-purchased with greater than 60% alcohol at every pod to sanitize equipment.
  • It is highly recommended to shower and wash clothing immediately upon returning home to minimize any potential spread to other family members.
  • Sanitizer (spray, gel or wipe) will be placed in multiple locations throughout complex for equipment and facility sanitizing.
  • Players/coaches are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer.
  • We have portable bathrooms at the field with sanitizing stations.

Players and Coaches

  • New COVID-19 waivers must be signed prior to participation. 
  • Will be grouped into practice pods of 6-8 players and 1-2 coaches with no more than 10 in any pod at any time.
    • Pods will remain together as a group for all practices, no switching.
  • Players should bring their own water bottles to practice, with name clearly labeled.
  • No food, gum or sunflower seeds allowed.
  • Coaches and RAAA personnel are encouraged to wear face coverings while not actively participating.

Communication and Confirmed Cases

  • Immediately notify the RAAA Softball Board of any confirmed case of COVID-19 or known exposure to COVID-19.

We are excited to be back on the fields! Thank you for helping us adjust to these new protocols!