20 Oct 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)
- 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.
- 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
MSCSA Update – April 30, 2020
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.
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.