USSSA CEO Donny DeDonatis III announced that USSSA will extend its summer season through the end of August due to the effects of coronavirus. Summer play normally ends on July 31. Here is the full text of his message:
We hope all is well with the entire USSSA membership, considering these extraordinary circumstances, and that you are staying safe and healthy. Everyone has had to make adjustments recently. Please know we are hard at work here at the USSSA National Office, so we will be ready to kick-start all operations and events once we are assured the coast is clear to return to everyday life.
After lengthy consideration, the USSSA National Office has decided to extend the 2020 season for all USSSA youth sports that have an original season end date of July 31, 2020. We are extending this season by one month, through Aug. 31, 2020. This will give every team as many as five extra weekends in August to still fit in events as part of the 2020 season.
USSSA State Directors all over America are beginning to add August events to their 2020 schedules, where possible. Event opportunities may vary by locality, based on variables such as facility availability, and all decisions to add events rest with the local Directors, who individually must weigh their local options regarding more events. Please know that everyone is working hard to explore additional event opportunities and secure the facilities needed to bring back the crack of the bat and the pop of the glove across this great country of ours.
Also important to know:
- The process for teams to register for events remains unchanged, and all events in August 2020 now will be considered part of the ’20 season.
- The 2021 season for USSSA youth sports is now scheduled to begin on Sept. 1, 2020.
- With the one-month shift in the 2020 season, player age requirements also have shifted by one month. Any player who would have aged up on Aug. 1 will now age up instead on Sept. 1 and will remain eligible to play at the age you are playing today.
Team Insurance Also Extended
Also in conjunction with the extension of the 2020 youth sports season by one month, USSSA team insurance is being extended for one month – until 12:01 a.m. on 9/1/2020. For any team with a current USSSA Team Insurance expiration date of 8/1/2020, the expiration date for that coverage is being revised to 9/1/2020 and no premium will be charged for the month of August 2020. Your team certificate will be updated automatically and available on your Team Management page at www.usssa.com.
If you have any questions about any of the above developments, please contact your Director.
Again, everyone please stay healthy and safe. We all cannot wait to take the field again. And when the time comes, let’s all be ready.
Donny DeDonatis III
Chief Executive Officer