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Current Announcements

Current Announcements


1980 – 2020:   40 Years of Senior Softball in DFW          

2020 Division Champions

Senior Men 55+:                          Arlington Cubs

Senior Men 65+ (East)               Sachse Rangers

Senior Men 65+ (West)             North Richland Hills Hawks


Start of Season will be Tuesday July 7th thru Oct 15th.


NO 2020 POST SEASON TOURNAMENTS

For the 2020 softball season there will be no post season tournaments.  Teams that are in first place in their division at the end of league play will be the league champions for the 2020 season.


2020 GOLF TOURNAMENT CANCELED

The 2020 MSCSA  End of Season Golf Tournament scheduled for Oct 21st has been canceled for this year.  With all the protocol restrictions to keep everyone safe, it just wasn’t practical to try to have the tournament.  The league has already been in contact with Prairie Lakes and we both are looking forward to having our tournament back in 2021.


FINAL COACHES MEETING OF 2020

The final MSCSA Coaches Meeting will be held  Tuesday, Nov 10th at 11:00 am at the Harold Patterson Sports Center in Arlington (weather permitting).  This will be an outdoors meeting like the previous one in June.  Please bring a lawn chair. Social distancing and mask wear will be observed.  If you can’t attend, please send a team representative to be able to vote for your team.


MSCSA Senior Softball Protocols

For Return To Play

June 27, 2020 (Revision 4)

 

TEAMS ARE PLAYING AT THEIR OWN RISK

 

These protocols are designed to re-open senior softball in the safest possible way.  It is recognized that this is a fluid situation and recommendations may change as the situation evolves.  If anyone feels they cannot or will not meet these guidelines, then do not participate in MSCSA softball until such time as you and your team are able to do so or until the recommendations and requirements are removed.  These protocols do not replace or supersede any protocols or restrictions outlined by state or local authorities.  MSCSA Softball must continue to follow those local or state guidelines.

This document is not all inclusive and each player should take any additional precautions to protect their family, fellow players as well as themself.

Our association (MSCSA) will refer to all applicable guidelines including:  CDC, national, state, county, local health departments and facility recommendations for personal hygiene including:

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose – with a tissue, if possible – when coughing or sneezing, then properly discard the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone else who is coughing or sneezing or who is otherwise sick.
  • Wash your hands often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol based sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Stay Home When Appropriate:  Players and spectators should be instructed in communications to stay home when showing symptoms of COVID-19, have a temperature over 100.4 Fahrenheit, have tested positive for COVID-19, or had close contact with a person with COVID-19.

Symptom Checking:  Conduct pre-game observation and/or questioning of all players about the existence of any COVID-19 symptoms including cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, or known close contact with a person who is lab confirmed to have COVID-19.

People who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms will be asked to leave the park immediately.

Infected or Possible Exposure To COVID-19:  Should a player become infected with COVID-19 or suspect they have been exposed to the virus, that player must notify his coach immediately.  The coach is then required to contact an MSCSA Executive Officer immediately. Coaches should be careful not to violate the “hippa”  rights of the exposed or infected player by releasing their name unless he or she has given permission to do so.   Players on any  team having had close contact with the exposed/infected player should be tested asap and monitor for any symptoms.   Any future games involving the teams self- monitoring  will be canceled for the remainder of that week and the following week before the teams can resume play providing there are no other infections.

Social Contact:

  • There will be a “no-contact, no handshake policy” to be observed, extending to all physical contact, including customary game – related activities, such as post game handshakes between members of opposing teams. Instead players and coaches should tip their caps or simply say  ”good game” without shaking hands, high-fiving, or fist bumping.
  • Players will be expected to maintain social distancing before and after the game – and during the game when possible.
  • Plate meetings are limited to the umpire and one coach per team and are to maintain social distancing.
  • During pre-game warmups, coaches will ensure that players should maintain the six (6) foot distance if possible during warmups and should only have any close contact during the actual game.

Dugout Rules:

  • Players and coaches are to maintain 6 feet of distance and are allowed to be outside of the dugout to maintain spacing.
  • There will be NO community water jugs. Each participant will be responsible for bringing their own water.
  • The coach will ensure that the team will clean and dispose of all trash from player seating or sideline areas when departing practices or games.

Game Play:

  • Players and coaches are asked that whenever possible not to share equipment. If equipment is shared, it is to be sanitized before the next use.
  • There will be a new ball for each game.
  • After a ball has been introduced into a game, it will be sanitized at the end of each half inning.
  • Players and coaches are allowed to wear face protection (masks or face shields) during games and it is recommended that they wear face protection between games.
  • No seeds, chew, or spitting.
  • Home plate umpires will wear face protection (masks or face shields). Base umpires/coaches will practice social distancing and will not be required to wear masks or face shields but may opt to do so. (Amended July 10, 2020)

Spectator Rules:

  • Spectators will be requested to bring their own chairs – bleachers may be unavailable, or used as part of the expansion of the dugout.
  • It is recommended that spectators wear masks.
  • Spectators are required to maintain six (6) feet of social distancing.

 

Waivers:

  • Players/teams will be required to sign a waiver recognizing the potential danger of contracting illnesses during league or any tournament play accepting the responsibility to follow COVID-19 guidelines, procedures, recommendations and protocols.

 

 

Tom Athens                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              MSCSA President

 


MSCSA Update – May 18, 2020

Coaches & Players:
Governor Abbott held a press conference today moving Texas into Phase 2 of Open Texas.  As far as outdoor sports there was nothing in the May 18th Protocols specifically addressing adult softball.  Although throughout the various protocols were statements of the enhanced risks for anyone age 65 or older and the Governor recommended that those Texans age 65 or older continue to stay at home.
Minimum Health Standard Protocol (May 18th) for Youth Sports Operators state:
Effective May 31, 2020, youth sports may begin holding practices without spectators other than one parent or guardian per participant, as needed. Those sports may begin holding games or similar competitions, with or without spectators, on or after June 15, 2020. Spectators should maintain at least 6 feet social distancing from individuals not within the spectator’s group.
After the press conference, I contacted both Dallas and Tarrant County Health Departments to try to get more information.  I was told that at this time it would be up to the different cities to make the determination if and when the fields would be open.
But as you can see above even youth sports should not practice before May 31st or have any competition before June 15th.
If you are interested in checking out the protocols, I have attached the link below:

 MSCSA Update  – April 30, 2020       

I know a lot of you are like me having “cabin fever” especially with the weather getting nicer and are curious about the status of senior softball.  At this time all I can pass on is what you probably already know.  That is city parks and recreation departments have softball fields closed to comply with Governor Abbot’s Phase 1 Executive Order.
We on the executive committee are working on a plan to try to salvage part of the 2020 season. If and when fields become available and it is decided that is safe to play, we are hoping to play a fifteen week schedule beginning on July 7th and ending on Oct 15th.  Remember that this is our hope and that it all depends on the COVID-19 virus and field availability.
During Phase 1, Museums, libraries and businesses operated by a sole proprietor can also open during phase 1, as can outdoor sports facilities, as long as no more than four people play together at a time.
After a little more than two weeks of the new guidelines which begin this Friday, May 1st, the state will evaluate if it should move to phase 2, which will open even more business, in addition to allowing businesses already open to increase their capacities.   This determination is scheduled to be made around May 18th.
Many of the various parks and recreation departments are waiting until after that May 18th determination to choose their course of action.  Not all cities may opt to open fields at the same time.
I will try to keep the website updated as best I can.
Tom Athens
President MSCSA

From Brad Swann (Coach of the Mesquite Ol Pros)                                                                                                            February 17, 2020

A player from our team was just told he has prostrate cancer and it is pretty far along.  His insurance doesn’t cover much of the cost and the family has set up a gofundme page.  His name is Cas Irvin and has played for the Ol Pros many years.

Cas is a retired Life Skills teacher for Kaufman ISD in Texas and even today the schools call him to help out because of his vast experience. He has made giving to special needs children his life’s mission.  He has been named Teacher of the Year but more then the accolades he LOVES helping these kids!

Now we need help so we can make sure he kicks this and has the money to pay the doctor’s bills without being turned away at the door because we do not have our co-pays, co-insurance, or have met our deductible (which we have not and it is over $4000).

We need help. I am embarrassed to ask for it but I am at my wit’s end about where we can get the money needed for treatment. Thank you if you can help us!

Thank you again to everyone who has helped or is helping.  If the hormones are not covered or we (Again!) have high co-insurance costs for each  series of radiology treatments (assuming more than 1 series)  we at least are working toward having enough money to get that started thanks to you! My husband asked that you keep him in your prayers. Thank you.

Fran Graves-Irvin


2020 MSCSA  Important Dates

  • February 20, 2020  – MSCSA Coaches Meeting

 

  • March 24, 2020     –   Umpiring Clinic @ Mike Lewis Field in Grand Prairie ( David Martin) – CANCELED DUE TO COVID 19

 

  • March 26, 2020    –    MSCSA Coaches Meeting deadline for team rosters and player fees – CANCELED DUE TO COVID 19

 

  • March 31 thru June 25, 2020 – First Half of Season (Spring Schedule)  SEASON ON HOLD DUE TO COVID 19

 

  • June 24, 2020          –    MSCSA Coaches Meeting (Wednesday) ****At Harold Patterson Sports Center Parking Lot Arlington

 

  • July 7 thru October 15, 2020  –  Season Opens (Adjusted Season)

 

  • October 21, 2020      –    Annual End of Season Golf Tournament      CANCELED DUE TO COVID 19

 

As in the past all meetings will  be at the Veterans Center in Grand Prairie starting at 11:00 am


2019 League Winners

Senior Men 55+       –      Mesquite Knights

Senior Men 65+ East   – Sachse Rangers

Senior Men 65+ West – Hurst Flyers

2019 Tournament Winners

Senior Men 55+        –           Mesquite Knights

Senior Men 65+ “Upper” – Sachse Rangers

Senior Men 65+ “Lower” – Arlington Angels


2018 Division Winners

A Division  –  Arlington Cubs

B Division – White Settlement Grays

C East Division – Sachse Rangers

C West Division – Southlake Crusaders

Because of bad weather the A & C Division Tournaments had to be canceled for the 2018 season.