JOINT STATEMENT: Minnesota Youth Athletic Services (MYAS)/Gopher State Baseball League, Metro Baseball League, Minnesota Softball, and USA Softball Minnesota
Over the past month, the MYAS/Gopher State Baseball, Metro Baseball, and Minnesota Softball have been consulting with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) state epidemiologists to better understand any updated COVID-19 recommendations/guidance as we move into the youth baseball/softball season.
At this time, please read and adhere to the guidance below and follow all requirements and recommendations found in the 2021 MN Safe Play: Back to the Diamond Guidelines (linked) as you begin outdoor practices and games. Additional recommendations regarding outdoor youth sports will be made available by the Governor’s office and the MDH in the coming weeks.
As a unified front for a better state of baseball/softball, our organizations are committed to providing you with timely updates as we are made aware of them. The commitment of providing a safe and healthy environment for our youth athletes on the diamond will be a priority throughout the duration of the season.
Guidance from MDH State Epidemiologists as Youth Baseball/Softball Begins
Until such time as the current recommendations are updated, MDH COVID-19 Organized Sports Practice and Games Guidance for Youth Sports guidance (effective 3/14/2021) remains in effect for outdoor spring sports, and should be used and referenced for making organizational policies and protocols. This includes the following recommendations:
For questions, please email the Minnesota Department of Health-19 Sports Team firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see the attachment and keep in mind this is as of today. We are hopeful that restrictions will drop as the season goes on.