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Fastpitch League

Welcome to the Brooklyn Park Fastpitch Site

BPAA Fastpitch is a sub-committee of the Brooklyn Park Athletic Association, a non-profit organization comprised of all volunteers. The purpose of BPAA is to benefit the physical, mental, moral, and character development of its members and of the youth in our community by providing major sports programs and activities for boys and girls, regardless of ability or financial status.

Safety

(last updated 7/27/2020)

COVID-19 Preparedness Plan for BPAA Fastpitch

Brooklyn Park Athletic Association (BPAA) Fastpitch is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all our players, coaches and parents.  To ensure we have as safe and healthy workplace, we have developed the following COVID-19 Preparedness Plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Coaches, players and parents are all responsible for implementing this plan. Our goal is to mitigate the potential for transmission of COVID-19 in our fields and communities, and that requires full cooperation among our coaches, players and parents. Only through this cooperative effort can we establish and maintain the safety and health of all persons in our association.

Coaches, players and parents are responsible for implementing and complying with all aspects of this COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. BPAA Fastpitch coaches, players and parents have our full support in enforcing the provisions of this policy and we encourage our coaches, players and parents to ask questions, raise safety and health concerns and offer suggestions related to the plan and its implementation.

Our families and players are our most important assets. We are serious about safety and health and keeping everyone safe at BPAA Fastpitch. Involvement is essential in developing and implementing a successful COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. We have involved our board members along with our coaches/players in this process by coaches/players to send their feedback to association board members.  All questions or concerns will be answered directly, shared with the broader group, or integrated within the plan. Our COVID-19 Preparedness Plan follows State of Minnesota Industry Guidance for our business, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidelines, federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards related to safety and health precautions required in response to COVID-19 and applicable executive orders.

The Safe Play: Back to the Diamond Safety Guidelines will be followed, first and foremost.

In addition, this Plan addresses the following:

  1. hygiene and respiratory etiquette;
  2. engineering and administrative controls for social distancing;
  3. coach/player hygiene and source controls;
  4. drop-off, pick-up and delivery practices and protocols; and
  5. communications, training and supervision practices and protocols.

 

  1. Policies and procedures that assist in the identification of sick coaches/players and ensure sick coaches/players stay home

Coaches/Players have been informed of and encouraged to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. The following policies and procedures are being implemented to assess coaches/players health status prior to entering the field and for coaches/players to report when they are sick or experiencing symptoms. Employees may also use the CDC Symptom Checker for advice on when to seek medical attention or testing if they feel they may have the disease. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
     

This list is not all possible symptoms. Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.


If a player/coach has a known exposure to covid or has tested positive:

  • Immediately notify the coach and BPAA Fastpitch at amason0806@gmail.com
  • Team families will be notified of the occurrence.
     

BPAA Fastpitch has also implemented a policy for informing coaches/players if they have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 at practice/game and requiring them to quarantine for the required amount of time. These policies were established in the best interest of league families to reduce transmission.
 

If a player/coach has direct exposure to someone who has tested positive:

Player/coach cannot return to team activities until 14 days from exposure to the COVID positive person.

Team practices/games may continue as planned.

If a player/coach tests positive for COVID:

Player/coach cannot return to team activities until 14 days after positive test, assuming symptoms have resided.

Team activities practices/games will be postponed/cancelled for 14 days

BPAA has the right to modify policies for individual cases at the guidance of the Minnesota Department of Health.

 

  1. Social distancing – maintaining six feet of physical distancing

Social distancing of six feet will be implemented and maintained between players on the field through the following engineering and administrative protocols:  

 

Phase 4 (practices and games)

  • Social distance at 6 feet as much as possible
  • 25 players/coaches per field are allowed to have full practice
  • Batting gloves to be worn if a bat is shared
  • Catching gear disinfected when used by different player
  • Teams may utilize the space along the infield baseline between home and 1B/3B in order to properly space
  • Fans should observe from outfield sidelines or behind outfield fences

 

  1. Coach/Player hygiene and source controls

Coach/player hygiene and source controls are being implemented at all times.

  • Stay home if you are feeling sick
  • Stay home if a family member or someone in your home is sick. Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; if soap and water not readily available, use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cough/sneeze into your elbow
  • No player to player or coach to player contact (Ex. No high fives, no sharing water bottles)

 

 

BPAA return to play

 

Return To Play Waiver

In consideration of being allowed to participate in any way in the Brooklyn Park Athletic Association (BPAA) Fastpitch athletics/sports program, related events and activities, the undersigned acknowledges,

appreciates, and agrees that:

 

1. The risk of injury and/or illness from the activities involved in the program is significant,

including the potential for permanent paralysis and death, and while particular rules,

equipment, and personal discipline may reduce the risk, the risk of serious injury does exist;

 

2. The risk to have contact with individuals, who have been exposed to and/or have been

diagnosed with one or more communicable diseases, including but not limited to COVID-19 or

other medical conditions, diseases, or maladies does exist, and it is impossible to eliminate the

risk that I could be exposed to and/or become infected through contact with or close proximity

with an individual with a communicable disease;

 

3. I KNOWINGLY AND FREELY ASSUME ALL SUCH RISKS, both known and unknown, EVEN IF

ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES or others, and assume all full responsibility

for my participation;

 

4. I willingly agree to comply with the stated and customary terms and conditions for participation.  If, however, I observe any unusual significant hazard during my presence or participation, I will remove myself from participation and bring such to the attention of the nearest official

immediately; and

 

5. I, for myself and on behalf of my heirs, assigns, personal representatives and next of kin, HEREBY RELEASE AND HOLD HARMLESS THE BPAA FASTPITCH, their officers, officials, agents and/or employees, other participants, sponsoring agencies, sponsors, advertisers, and if applicable, owners and lessors of the premises used to conduct the event ("Releasees"), WITH RESPECT TO ANY AND ALL INJURY, ILLNESS, DISABILITY, DEATH, or loss or damage to person or property, WHETHER ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES OR OTHERWISE.

 

6. I HAVE READ THIS RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK AGREEMENT, BEFORE

ACKNOWLEDGING THE CHECKBOX BELOW, FULLY UNDERSTAND ITS TERMS, UNDERSTAND

THAT I HAVE GIVEN UP SUBSTANTIAL RIGHTS BY AGREEING TO IT ON MY OWN BEHALF OR ON

BEHALF OF THE YOUTH PARTICIPANT ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GUARDIAN ACCOUNT, AND I

SIGN IT FREELY AND VOLUNTARILY WITHOUT ANY INDUCEMENT.

2020 Softball Training

7 th – 12th Grade Softball Players/Families:

Below is all the information needed to get registered for the 1st ever Softball Fall Training Session!

Who: All 7th - 12th grade softball players at Park Center HS, Brooklyn MS, and North View MS

What: 12 Softball training sessions in October --- you can attend any number of sessions from 1 to all 12 -- you decide!

Where: PC Varsity Softball field (may move to PC Dome on bad weather days)

When: 2:30 - 4:30 pm on 10 weekdays: October 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 15, 19, 20, 21 9:00 am - 11:00 am on 2 Saturdays: October 10 and 17

Registration Fee/ Process: There is NO FEE BUT you must register for "Fall Softball" (see new process below) and have a current (< 3 years old) physical on file with the PC AD office.

COVID-19 Safety Plans: We will following ALL MSHSL, DISTRICT 279, and PCSH SAFETY PRECAUTIONS: including wearing of face masks and 6' social distancing when not on the field, limited to pods of 25 players, use of personal water bottles, frequent use of hand sanitizer, and no spectators. There is a NEW Registration Process for all PC Activities via SmartSchoolK12!! Here are the links to get started…

STEP 1 – Creating a parent/family account Creating-Parent-User-Account-Login-and-Connecting-to-Student-Accounts20202

STEP 2 – How to register https://district279h.cf.affinetysolutions.com/ (registration link) These Fall Training sessions will be very helpful to get ready for Fall/Winter Domeball and in preparation for our 2021 HS season next spring! Remember -- you need to be registered BEFORE you can attend your 1st Training Session!! Let me know if you have any questions! Coach Cardinal GET IT DONE in 2021!!

BPAA Fastpitch Fall Registration

2020 BPAA Fall Fastpitch Registration 

Welcome to the 2020 Fall Fastpitch season! The Brooklyn Park Athletic Association is excited to welcome girls of all ages into the program, no matter their experience with the fastpitch game or softball in general. The fall league is a great way to introduce your young players to a fun, competitive game of softball. And at five weeks long, it’s a smaller commitment than the full summer program.

The Fall Fast Pitch League provides an opportunity for players to learn about the game and gain experience playing fast pitch. Practices will start in early August, after teams are established, and games (double headers) will be held on Saturday and Sunday afternoons (first games will be held on August 8th and 9th and the last week of regular season games will be September 19th and 20th) at either noon and 1:30 pm or 3:00 and 4:30 pm. The State Tournament will be held on Sept. 26th and 27th.

At the 8U, 10U & 12U levels, we will offer an introductory environment for those who are new to fastpitch or new to softball altogether. Players will learn the fundamentals of the fastpitch game and how to succeed in a fun, fastpitch environment. Throughout the age groups, we will build teams that are competitive for returning fastpitch players. It is our goal to NOT turn anyone away.

Registration begins on July 8th and forms (found below) are due by July 19th (Registrations received after July 19th may be accepted, based on openings, and will have a $20 late registration fee added.) We expect to have the teams formed by 7/23/2020. The registration fee is $75.00 per player - includes a Fall Fastpitch jersey. Pants, socks and belts can be purchased by the parents at Sota Shop.

Divisions: Whatever age the player will be on December 31, is the age they need to play for fall 2020. So, if they will turn 13 on or before December 31, they need to play on the 14U team, etc. Please note that the Board has final discretion on player placement on a team outside of their age berth.

• If you will be 8 or younger on December 31, 2020 then you can play 10U. (born 2012-2013)

• If you will be 10 or younger on December 31, 2020 then you can play 10U. (born 2010-2011)

• If you will be 12 or younger on December 31, 2020 then you can play 12U or above. (born 2008-2009)

• If you will be 14 or younger on December 31, 2020 then you can play 14U or above. (born 2006-2007)

• If you will be 16 or younger on December 31, 2020 then you can play 16U or above. (born 2004-2005)

• If you will be 18 or younger on December 31, 2020 then you can play 18U. (born 2002-2003)

Are you interested in coaching (Please specify head coach OR assistant?)

YES Register Online: • On-line registrations accept credit cards only. •

Register In-Person: Brooklyn Park Community Activity Center (address below) Accepts cash, checks, and credit cards.         Register By Mail: Send this form along with a check (please do NOT send cash) made out to the BPAA to: Brooklyn Park Community Activity Center; 5600 85th Ave.; Brooklyn Park, MN 55443

Late and Cancellation Fees: • If you would like to cancel, after being chosen for a team, you will need to get pre-approval from the Board. Please email amason0806@gmail.com or jay.roles1@gmail.com to request cancelation. You will be assessed a $20 cancellation fee.                                                                                                 • Late registrations must get approval from the Board. Please email amason0806@gmail.com or jay.roles1@gmail.com to request late registration.

If you have additional questions, please visit the fast pitch website at https://www.bpaasports.org/page/show/982870-fastpitch-league

**COVID-19 guidelines: As part of registration, an additional waiver will be sent to you regarding COVID-19 and your understanding and acceptance of the risks. While Brooklyn Park Athletic Association (BPAA) will do everything we can to try and minimize the risk to the girls playing and the spectators, we cannot eliminate all risk. Please know that spectators will be asked to social distance and, at this time, will not be allowed to sit in the bleachers. We will also ask that parents/guardians refrain from staying at practices and that players refrain from sharing equipment. If you have any questions about BPAA’s COVID-19 preparedness guide, please do not hesitate to ask.