Revised 1/20/2021

With support of the NFHS, the KSHSAA Sports Medicine Committee and the KSHSAA Executive Board, we offer this document as guidance to the member schools of the KSHSAA to consider for the 2021 softball season. The considerations outlined are intended to decrease potential exposure to respiratory droplets by encouraging physical distancing, limiting participation in administrative tasks to essential personnel, and allowing for appropriate and reasonable protective equipment. The KSHSAA believes these reasonable accommodations will help with risk mitigation for the upcoming softball season.

These protocols should be implemented along with other considerations, including but not limited to KSHSAA general mitigation protocols detailed in Considerations for All Activities.
For as long as group size restrictions and social distancing are in place, the following best practices are recommended on an activity specific basis.

Competition Scheduling Considerations:

  • Multi-team, multi-community events are discouraged.
  • Consider having game nights where only two teams are involved; avoid tournaments.
  • Schedule teams in the same geographic area.
  • Postseason modifications will be made as conditions allow.

Equipment/Facility Considerations:

  • Be mindful of dugout capacity. Extend the dugouts to allow for more distancing; extension must be out of the field of play. Social distance while in the dugout as much as possible. Consider keeping equipment outside the dugout to allow for more space inside.
  • Sharing equipment is prevalent in softball (helmets, catcher’s gear, bats, balls). Clean equipment frequently. To minimize sharing of equipment, offensive helmets need not match.
  • Per guidance from the NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC), plastic shields covering the entire face (unless integrated into the face mask and attached to a helmet and clear without the presence of any tint) shall not be allowed during contests. During practice, their use increases the risk of unintended injury to the person wearing the shield and to teammates.
  • Cloth facial coverings are recommended but not required. Pitchers cannot wear optic yellow cloth facial coverings.
  • Personnel in the dugout should be limited to those essential to the game.

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