Dane County has finally relaxed restrictions on team sports. The fake bases and glorified scrimmages are gone, masks are not required in any sport, and teams will be able to play the full schedule against other teams again. Registration is open for most spring leagues.


General COVID-19 Assumptions, Policies, and Procedures

When league operations resume in Spring 2021, 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. Individuals who are considered “high risk” (due to any factor) should not play
  • We are adhering to the “Forward Dane” plan and guidelines related to team sports. 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.
  • All players should remain at least six feet from teammates, opponents, and officials as much as possible
  • Everyone who participates in our leagues will have to complete a new waiver (reflecting COVID-19 concerns) before their first game
  • MSSC will not require players to wear face masks during league play. 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
  • No one should participate in our leagues if they are uncomfortable being around players who are unmasked
  • The possibility exists that we will be forced to reschedule, postpone, or cancel games or entire 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 continue at some point, all teams will be reimbursed for games not played. However, no prizes will be awarded
  • If an individual tests positive for COVID, he or she is expected to notify MSSC promptly. Upcoming games may be cancelled in the event of a positive test if the person testing positive was considered "infectious" per public health guidelines at the time the most recent game involving that player was played. No refunds will be issued to a team with a player who tests positive and forces the cancelation of a game that cannot be made up
  • 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. 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


  • In general, MSSC will be following policies set forth in various "Emergency Orders" from Public Health Madison & Dane County
  • All players and officials should 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
  • 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


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.