2020 League Update

May 7th Update

Parents and Coaches,

We hope this email finds you well and you are staying safe and healthy.

During the past few weeks, we’ve worked closely with our government officials, City of Olathe Parks and Recreation, and our business partners to ensure we can kick off a 2020 League Season with the health and well-being of our OGSA employees, coaches, players, families, and business partners at the forefront.  As we start to re-enter our daily routines and the softball field, we will communicate often with our OGSA families and provide specific timelines of when information will be released, so you can plan accordingly.  These emails will contain important information such as: practice schedules, game schedules, and NEW complex rules to keep all of us safe.

Johnson County has announced the following phases of reopening:

  • Phase 1: (May 11th – May 17th) – Youth sports are allowed 10 or fewer people per field
  • Phase 2: (May 18th – May 30th) – Youth sports are allowed 30 or fewer people per field and we will begin practices during this time.
  • Phase 3: (June 1st) – Youth sports are allowed 90 or fewer people per field and we will begin games during this time.

Assigned practices will begin Monday, May 18th with league games beginning Monday, June 1st.  Strict guidelines for both practices and games will be implemented to keep everyone safe and healthy.  We understand everyone is at different levels of comfort with re-entry plans and we want to provide everyone an opportunity to do what they feel is best for their family. 

  • If you are already registered with a team or as an individual and plan to play, you don’t need to do anything additional.
  • If you are already registered as an individual and have decided not to play, a full refund will be provided if you notify us by May 13th.  All refunds will be processed May 14th – 21st
  • If you are registered as a team and the team decides not to play, a full refund will be provided if the head coach notifies us by May 13th.  The team refund will be provided to the coach and processed May 14th – 21st.  Every team handles their finances differently, it will be up to the coach and player/parent to determine how the refund will be handled.
  • If you are registered as a team and individually decide not to play, but the team is playing, you will need to work out details with your coach.  Teams pay a set team fee; therefore, OGSA does not have the authority to make refund decisions.
  • If your summer plans have changed and you are now able to participate, please let us know my May 13th.  We will do our best to find a place for you.

As we work quickly to accommodate any changes our members may need, it’s important for everyone to be paid in full by May 13th.  Anyone not paid in full by May 13th, will be dropped from the league.  If we need to re-work schedules, we will have very limited time to do so.

Timeline:

May 11th – Practice guidelines will be emailed.

May 13th – Deadline for registration changes and payment.

May 15th – Practice schedule will be emailed

May 18th – Practice begins

May 25th – Game schedule and guidelines will be emailed

June 1st – Games begin

We’re looking forward to a successful, safe, and healthy 2020 OGSA League,

OGSA Board and Staff

May 11th Update

Welcome to all Players, Parents, Mangers, and Coaches:

I personally want to thank each one of you for your cooperation, patience, and consideration as we prepare for the 2020 Ogsa Softball Season. Plans are that the league will start on Monday June 1st and end mid-July.

Ogsa has had to make some small adjustments to things we have done in the past. Some rules have changed/been altered to accommodate for social distancing/6 feet guidelines. We really need all coaches, parents, and players to adapt and abide with these changes and enjoy playing this great game of softball. Hopefully, these next few weeks of practice will have you ready to go on June 1, 2020.

Listed below are the 2020 practice guidelines. We will be sending out guidelines for the games tomorrow afternoon.

  • Practices times will be changing to an hour and 15 minutes. The first practice will be from 5:30-6:45. Teams practicing at this time must be out of the complex by 7:00. The second set of practices will run from 7:15-8:30. Teams will not be allowed to enter the park until 7:00. The lights will be turned off at 8:45.
  • Scheduled indoor batting practices will NOT be happening. We will notify coaches that are scheduled for those with the alternative options.
  • We are asking that teams follow the following plans to enter/exit the park (there will be a diagram sent out before practices start to explain this in more detail)

AT OGSA (151st street)

Field # 1 use main entrance and enter field via 3 rd base dugout

Field # 2 Drive though parking lot, onto the gravel and proceed until you come to asphalt walkway exit and enter in 1 st base dugout

Field # 3 Drive thru parking lot onto the gravel and proceed to GATE in Right field, enter to infield

Field # 4 Drive through parking lot onto the gravel and proceed to GATE in Left Field, enter to infield.

Field # 5 Drive through parking lot onto the gravel and proceed to bottom of hill of #5 (cross over asphalt path & Go Straight)

Field # 6 Drive through parking lot onto the gravel and proceed to bottom of hill of #6

Field # 7 Drive through parking lot onto the gravel and drive straight ahead to bottom of hill. Park, then up the hill

At LONE ELM PARK

Field #1   Enter field through RIGHT FIELD GATE ( NOT WALKWAY)

Field #2   Enter field through LEFT FIELD GATE (NOT WALKWAY)

Field #3   Enter field throughwalkway (between #1 & #2)

Field #4   Enter field through walkway to Concession stand, follow path to #4

Field #5   Enter field through walkway to concession stand & through gate in LEFT FIELD

  • Playgrounds will be closed
  • There will be 6ft markers for lines at the concessions stand as well as the restrooms to help with social distancing
  • There will be no equipment allowed in the dugouts. Please keep this along the outside fence line in order to help with social distancing. We also ask that players stay out of the dugouts before, during, and after practice.
  • We are asking that only one parent comes to practice with their child to reduce the number of people and to help with social distancing.
  • We encourage everyone to have their own equipment to use during practices. If this isn’t possible, we are asking that the equipment is sanitized between each use
  • No team huddles, high fives, etc.
  • No sunflower seeds or gum

PLEASE NOTE > Work, Play & attend events at your own risk. USA Softball team insurance will not cover any medical costs or any expenses that arise from the Covid-19 virus or any illness. OGSA/USA Softball will not be held liable in the event someone contracts the Covid-19 virus as a result of participating in the 2020 league. As always – follow the guidelines as set forth by the local & state mandates – keep your distance, wash your hands, cover your mouth & nose and use hand sanitizer.

Again, assigned practices will begin Monday, May 18th with league games beginning Monday, June 1 st. We understand everyone is at different levels of comfort with re-entry plans and we want to provide everyone an opportunity to do what they feel is best for their family. 

  • If you are already registered with a team or as an individual and plan to play, you don’t need to do anything additional.
  • If you are already registered as an individual and have decided not to play, a full refund will be provided if you notify us by May 13 th.  All refunds will be processed May 14th – 21 st
  • If you are registered as a team and the team decides not to play, a full refund will be provided if the head coach notifies us by May 13 th.  The team refund will be provided to the coach and processed May 14 th – 21st.  Every team handles their finances differently, it will be up to the coach and player/parent to determine how the refund will be handled.
  • If you are registered as a team and individually decide not to play, but the team is playing, you will need to work out details with your coach.  Teams pay a set team fee; therefore, OGSA does not have the authority to make refund decisions.
  • If your summer plans have changed and you are now able to participate, please let us know my May 13 th.  We will do our best to find a place for you.
  • As we work quickly to accommodate any changes our members may need, it’s important for everyone to be paid in full by May 13 th.  Anyone not paid in full by May 13 th, will be dropped from the league.  If we need to re-work schedules, we will have very limited time to do so.

Sincerely,
Dan Eakin
President OGSA

May 12th Update

Parents and Coaches,

We greatly appreciate your patience as we finalize all the guidelines for the upcoming season.  As you all know, a template for putting this document together doesn’t exist yet.  We’re collecting as much information as we can to ensure we deliver you a complete view of what games will look like this season.  We have heard many of you when you have told us you want to see the game guidelines before making your final decisions.

It’s important for all of us to understand COVID-19 has affected all of us in different ways.  We’re fielding phone calls and emails giving us a glimpse of many different opinions and perspectives.  We’re working diligently to comprise a plan that meets you and your family where you are.  As you come to the ballpark, please be mindful families are finding their way through COVID-19 in many different ways.

The OGSA League is sanctioned by USA Softball.  Our guidelines meet all the USA Softball guidelines and go above and beyond in some areas.  OGSA hires KC USA Umpires to provide all the umpires for our league.  KC USA Umpires is also sanctioned by USA Softball and is required to follow all the USA Softball guidelines.  It will take every OGSA employee, KS USA Umpire, coach, player, parent, and family working together to execute each piece of the plan.

Please find the USA Softball of Kansas City Back to the Ballpark Guidelines attached below.  OGSA guidelines include each recommendation outlined in this document as well as the ones outlined below.

2020 Back to the Ballpark.pdf 

2020 Game Guidelines

  1. Teams playing double headers will play the same team for both games of the double header.  This is different than we’ve done in past years.  The change was made to minimize movement around the complex and changing of dugouts.
  2. 8U game times will now have a 30 minute break between games.  Everyone attending the first games will need to clear the complex prior to the second teams coming in.
  3. Players must remain 6 feet apart while in the dugout and are reminded to not hang on the fence during games.  On most of the fields, the dugout area will extend outside the existing dugout structure.
  4. Since warm up areas are limited, we are spreading games across both OGSA and Lone Elm complexes to open more space for warm up.  Consequently, teams may play at different complexes throughout the season.  We will not have a team changing complexes for games on the same night.  One complex per night.

OGSA Complex Guidelines

  1. All OGSA employees will wear masks.  This includes complex managers, field crew, concession stand employees, and board members.
  2. Playgrounds will remain closed throughout the season.
  3. OGSA is working with vendors to provide some form of sanitization daily for both the dugouts and bleachers.
  4. The two bottom rows of bleachers will be closed so there is 6 feet between the spectators and the backstop. Social distancing still applies, and spectators must keep 6 feet between each other on the bleachers.

Timeline:

May 11th – Practice guidelines will be emailed.

May 13th – Deadline for registration changes and payment.

May 15th – Practice schedule will be emailed

May 18th – Practice begins

May 25th – Game schedule and guidelines will be emailed

June 1st – Games begin

Stay safe and healthy!

OGSA Board of Directors and Staff

May 15th Update

OGSA Parents and Coaches,

Governor Kelly has slowed down the reopening plan.  Yesterday, she announced Phase 1.5 begins on Monday, May 18 th rather than the planned Phase 2.  Phase 1.5 specifically states organized sports facilities, sports tournaments, sports games, and sports practices shall remain closed to the public. We’re hopeful our community will be able to flatten the curve of COVID-19 and we’ll be able to start Phase 2 on Monday, June 1 st

With this announcement, OGSA League is on a two week delay.  This includes both practices and games.  On the current schedule, practices will begin Monday, June 1 st and games will begin Monday, June 15 th.

We understand some of you are very frustrated with the delay.  We strongly encourage you to follow the order Governor Kelly has put in place.  As the sun came and temperatures warmed up the last couple weeks, we’ve noticed a lot more activity at the complexes.  If you are not complying with Governor Kelly’s order, you will be asked to leave. 

We’re anxiously awaiting the start of the season.  Help our community reopen by following the orders for a few more weeks. We got this!  We’re making our comeback going into the last inning of the game J

Stay safe and healthy!

OGSA Board of Directors and Staff

May 19th Update

OGSA Parents and Coaches,

Governor Kelly has modified the timeline for entering Phase 2 today.  She announced Phase 2 has been moved up and begins on Friday, May 22 nd.   OGSA will also be moving up our timeline!  Practice will begin on Friday May 22 nd and games will begin on Monday, June 8th.

Practice schedules are attached (the tball schedule will be sent out to tball coached) and game schedules will be coming in the next week.

2020 Spring Practice Schedule - 5-19.pdf 

If you are in the league and are not listed on this practice schedule, please email jenny@ogsa-ks.com to get your team on the schedule.

OGSA Board of Directors and Staff

July 4th Update

 Parents/Coaches,

With the new regulations for the state of Kansas and the City of Olathe, our new guidelines for league are listed below. These rules will go into place on Monday 7/6. We will need your help with these guidelines so that we can continue to play softball. We understand that some of you aren't going to like these rules, but if they aren't being followed, we will have no choice but to shut the league down early.

1. Players/umpires/coaches are not required to wear face masks while on the playing field. If you can't maintain 6ft of distance in between games/while switching dugouts, masks must be worn.


2. No fans will be allowed to sit in the bleachers. They will be blocked off except for the first two rows closest to each dugout - we are making it mandatory that teams extend their dugouts into the first two rows to maintain 6ft between players in the dugouts. If this isn't being done by teams, we will require masks to be worn while in the dugout.


3. Fans have the option to remain in the complex, but if they are behind the backstop (from dugout to dugout), masks must be worn when social distancing cannot happen. If you don't want to wear a mask, you can sit around the outfield fence. Masks are not required while sitting out there, unless you aren't keeping 6ft of distance between yourselves and the next family.


4. We will be placing sanitizer in the dugout of the team that will be moving fields for the next game. Before you switch dugouts, that sanitizer MUST be sprayed on the bench before leaving your dugout. Coaches - we need your help with this.


5. We will still be giving each team two balls at the beginning of the game. If you are switching fields, please take those game balls with you to the next game and leave them in that dugout after the game. We are still sanitizing those game balls before they are used again.


6. We will be asking that the umpire stand further back from the catcher to make the calls at home plate. If an umpire is not comfortable standing further back to make calls, they will be asked to wear a mask.

We will need everyone's help with these guidelines in order to continue playing this league season. If someone is not adhering to these guidelines, they will be asked to leave the park. If a team is not following the guidelines, we will address it with the coach. If they still aren't being followed, it could result in a forfeit of the game for that team.

Thank you for your cooperation during this time!

Dan Eakin
President of Olathe Girls Softball