COVID-19 update: As of 6/26, Dane Co remains in Phase 2, where league play is not allowed. This is expected to last at least a month. League start dates are subject to change at any time. Updates will be e-mailed out as we have them. Make sure you're on our e-mail list. You can sign up beneath the row of sliding pictures on our homepage.

COVID-19

General COVID-19 Assumptions, Policies, and Procedures

When league operations resume, MSSC will be operating under the assumptions, policies, and procedures listed below. These policies will be revised and updated as necessary. Players and officials will be notified of material changes as appropriate.

  • Our leagues are 100% voluntary activities, and no one is forced to participate in them. If you don’t feel comfortable playing, you should not play
  • Our leagues generally cater to a younger population. As of mid-June, there were only two COVID-19 related deaths in the entire county for those under age 60. Individuals who are considered “high risk” (due to any factor) should not play. Consultation with medical professionals prior to participation is encouraged if any player believes he or she may have a health condition that would classify him or her as “high risk”
  • We are adhering to the “Forward Dane” plan and guidelines that businesses must follow to resume operations. We have procedures in place to sanitize certain surfaces and equipment on a regular basis. We will only sanitize equipment supplied by MSSC. Players will be responsible for sanitizing any personal items and equipment they bring, such as gloves, bats, balls, etc.
  • Physical distancing at all times is impossible in team sports. Physical distancing is defined as being at least six feet away from any other people. Participating in team sports is an accepted risk and acknowledgement that physical distancing is not always possible during league play
    • The above being said, all players should remain at least six feet from teammates, opponents, and officials whenever possible. This is required in the Forward Dane plan at ALL phases of implementation
  • Everyone who participates in our leagues will have to complete a new waiver (reflecting COVID-19 concerns) before their first game. There may also be a weekly attestation required of all participants certifying that they have no symptoms, have not been in contact with anyone who has symptoms, have not traveled to areas with a high concentration of COVID-19 cases, etc.
  • We highly encourage all participants to get tested before participating in any gatherings involving people other than those with whom they live, and to get tested regularly to ensure you haven't contracted the virus. Dane County has a free COVID-19 testing site available to anyone for any reason. It’s located at the Alliant Energy Center on John Nolen Drive. Details can be found here: https://publichealthmdc.com/coronavirus/testing. Many hospitals and clinics also offer testing. Part of the “Forward Dane” plan also requires there to be a certain number of tests completed per day, so it’s advisable for as many people as possible to get tested on a regular basis
  • MSSC will not require players to wear face masks or disposable gloves (PPE) during league play. We highly encourage anyone who feels comfortable wearing a mask to do so, but we believe masks can create a safety hazard for those engaging in sports that require strenuous physical activity by restricting airflow and normal breathing. Disposable gloves can easily be torn by routine activities during play, defeating their purpose. Both items also result in creating large amounts of trash – a health concern in and of itself. Anyone who chooses to wear PPE during league play is responsible for ensuring it is kept with the player’s belongings and not left in common areas. It must be promptly removed from the park upon completion of the game
  • The possibility exists that we will be forced to reschedule, postpone, or cancel leagues for any number of reasons associated with this virus. This includes, but is not limited to, regression in the metrics used to move from phase to phase by the Forward Dane plan, changes in public health policy, lack of available referees and umpires, etc. The city ultimately controls our ability to use their parks. If leagues are unable to resume at some point, all teams will be reimbursed for games not played. However, no prizes will be awarded
  • Lastly: Use common sense. If you’re feeling the slightest bit sick, stay home. If you’ve been around someone who is/was recently sick, stay home. Follow guidance set forth by public health experts, not Facebook “experts.” Good sites to reference include the following:

 

 

In addition to these policies, MSSC also has specific cleaning and hygiene policies that will apply to game day activities, which are detailed below.

 

Policies for all Sports

 

  • All players and officials must maintain a distance of at least six feet between themselves and any other individuals (players and officials) as much as possible. This includes before, during, and after games or matches
  • Hand sanitizer and disinfectant spray will on-site at all league games
  • Officials and players should avoid touching, sitting on, or using common surfaces and items as much as possible. This includes benches, picnic tables, fences, poles, trash cans, and any other hard or permanent item or surface
  • Players and officials must sneeze or cough into a tissue, handkerchief, or elbow, rather than into the open air or their hands. If a player in possession of a ball is seen sneezing or coughing, play will be stopped and another ball will be substituted. The ball removed from play will be disinfected
  • Players are encouraged to bring their own disinfectant wipes and/or spray. Players are responsible for the cleanliness of their personal items and equipment, and players bringing disinfectant materials also speeds up sanitization processes and ensures cleaning to their satisfaction
  • Foods and other substances where spitting is common and/or remnants are left behind are prohibited. This includes (but is not limited to) chewing tobacco, sunflower seeds, peanuts, etc.
  • Spitting on fields or courts of play and in common areas is prohibited. Any spitting necessary should be done into a trash can or container brought by the player. Any such container must be promptly removed by the player after the game. Players who regularly violate this policy are subject to expulsion from the game and possibly the league
  • Any player using the first aid kit must wipe down the container and any items touched with disinfectant spray or wipes and then sanitize his or her hands after wiping these items
  • Spectators should not attend games to limit the number of people present any given league game
  • There will be no pre-game or post-game handshakes, high fives, fist bumps, or any other type of close contact allowed. Coin tosses, rock-paper-scissors contests, etc. must be done with physical distancing. To encourage sportsmanship, air high fives are allowed, provided proper physical distancing is maintained
  • Captains will no longer sign scorecards to acknowledge the score. Instead, the referee or umpire will verify the final score is accurate with both captains and only the official will sign the scorecard to attest to the final score
  • Players must not loiter after completion of their game or match. They should promptly leave the park. This includes not congregating in parking lots
  • ALL players must remove ALL personal items brought with them to fields and courts when they leave. This includes water bottles, clothing, footwear, sports equipment, and any other personal items. Teams and players routinely leaving items behind are subject to expulsion. MSSC will not collect any items left at fields or courts, with the exception of wallets and phones

 

Sport Specific Policies

 

Flag Football

  • Teams must be on opposite sides of the field when not playing. Referees will assign teams to sides of the field if necessary. Players arriving early for subsequent games must remain off the sidelines of the teams currently playing and as far from play as possible. Ideally, players should remain in their cars in the parking lot as long as possible
  • Referees will be on opposite sides of the field during play and remain at least six feet from any other individuals at all times

Flag belts will be divided into four piles in separate areas (one for each team sideline) to minimize congregating in one common area. Sanitizer will be provided for players to wipe down flag belts before and after use

  • When on defense, teams are encouraged to play “zone” defense as opposed to person-to-person defense
  • While our flag football leagues have always been non-contact, referees will hold players to a higher standard when enforcing illegal contact. Repeated illegal contact violations will result in a player being removed from the game and possibly the league
  • In our leagues, teams supply their own footballs and are responsible for the sanitization of the ball as appropriate

 

Kickball

  • Teams must remain in their “dugout” when not on the field. Players arriving early for subsequent games must remain away from the dugouts of the teams currently playing and as far from play as possible. Ideally, players should remain in their cars in the parking lot as long as possible
  • When exiting the field of play at any time, players may only use the gate by their team’s dugout
  • Balls will be sanitized before the first game and after each game. A clean ball will be used for each game, with the ball from the just completed game allowed to dry off after sanitization
  • The umpire will stay at least six feet away from all players at all times
  • The catcher will maintain at least a six-foot distance from the umpire and kicker as much as possible
  • Tag plays should be avoided if at all possible
  • The ball should be kicked instead of thrown as much as possible between players and officials when there is not an active play being made (i.e. between pitches, in between innings, before and after games)

 

Softball

  • Teams must remain in their “dugout” when not on the field. Players arriving early for subsequent games must remain away from the dugouts of the teams currently playing and as far from play as possible. Ideally, players should remain in their cars in the parking lot as long as possible
  • When exiting the field of play at any time, players may only use the gate by their team’s dugout
  • Balls will be sanitized before the first game and after each inning. A clean ball will be used for each new inning (if not more frequently), with the ball from the just completed inning allowed to dry off after sanitization
  • Game balls may not be used for warmups
  • Most equipment (bats, gloves, mitts, etc) are supplied by the players. Each player is responsible for the sanitization of his or her own personal equipment
  • The umpire will stay at least six feet away from all players at all times
  • The catcher will maintain at least a six-foot distance from the umpire, batter, and base runners as much as possible
  • Tag plays should be avoided if at all possible

 

Volleyball

  • Teams must be on opposite ends of the court when not playing. Referees will assign areas if necessary. Teams arriving early for subsequent matches must remain as far from play as possible. Ideally, players should remain in their cars in the parking lot as long as possible
  • Personal belongings must be left in the same area until players leave after their match (i.e. do not carry belongings back and forth when switching sides of the court)
  • Balls will be sanitized before and after each match. A clean ball will be used for each match, and the ball just used for the previous match will be allowed to dry after being sanitized
  • Balls for warmups will not be provided. A team must bring its own ball if players wish to warm up before any given match
  • When switching sides, teams must go outside of the poles on opposite sides of the court rather than going under the net
  • Net violations have always been illegal, but referees will be extremely strict on these calls going forward
  • Blocking at the net is discouraged, but not prohibited

 

Chemical Safey Concerns

 

MSSC will use disinfectants on league-provided equipment. These chemicals are poisonous and can be deadly when ingested and/or come into contact with the skin and vital organs. MSSC may use different disinfectants from time to time depending on availability of products. All players and staff should read the warning labels on these products and use appropriate precautionary measures when disinfecting items. Players and officials should check ingredient labels prior to use to avoid products to which they have a known allergy or adverse reaction

 

All policies on this page are subject to change at any time to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of maintaining a high level of cleanliness or comply with public health guidelines. Players and officials will be notified of changes as appropriate.