Here is the latest Minnesota Department of Health guidelines regarding outdoor sports. The MBA has taken the lead to make baseball safe for everyone involved. We have been playing games for approximately three weeks without any confirmed team-to-team COVID-19 transmission. Starting immediately only teams that have a confirmed nasal swab COVID-19 team member will be required to be quarantined for two weeks or test negative before resuming play. All teams and umpires who have been involved in a game with a team that has a COVID-19 positive player do not need to be tested and can resume playing.
Any team that has a player test positive for COVID-19 must contact the teams it has played within the previous week. Guidelines on when to quarantine can be found here.
This is retroactive for all teams and all games played this summer. If you have any questions regarding this, call Mike Nagel at 320-894-6149.
For the latest COVID-19 state directives go to this site.
*6/30/2020 The self-check form has been updated. Teams should have a form in each dugout, the home team will collect forms. Players, coaches, umpires and workers need to sign it. Fans are encourged to sign it. Forms will be available at gates or a manager will designate someone to collect fan signatures. Those who sign the form need to wash their hands before signing it. Teams should hang on to the forms for two weeks.
*6/26/2020 The self-check form has been updated to reduce paperwork for teams. Forms need to be filled out by both teams. The home team is responsible for adding concession workers, umpires and fans. It is suggested that opposing teams fill out the form in advance. Teams should hang on to the forms in the event that contact tracing needs to take place, do not email the forms to the MBA. Any questions should be sent to email@example.com.
MBA COVID-19 Protocol
1) PLAYER TESTS POSITIVE
-Any player testing positive to COVID-19 must sit out 14 days from the positive test date
-All positive test results of players, coaches, workers and umpires must be emailed to the MBA the day they test positive.
The only test accepted by the MBA will be a nasal swab test - no blood tests will be accepted.
2) TEAMMATE/COACH/UMPIRE/OPPONENTS OF THE COVID POSITIVE PLAYER
-Out two weeks or until the MBA receives a negative nasal swab test.
-All teams involved in a COVID-19 game with known exposure must send one email with all players proven negative test results to firstname.lastname@example.org they must receive email confirmation from the MBA before resuming practice or games
NOTE- IF you have exposure to a known COVID-19 positive individual or you are awaiting test results of your own test you MUST stay home until you seek medical attention or your test results come back negative. This applies to practice, games, scrimmages, team events, work nights. Anyone violating any of these orders will be subject to sanctions.
If you have questions regarding this protocol seek immediate medical attention or email the MBA.
This order must be shared at every game by the manager to all of his players.
Update: We have received a few complaints from fans that the rules teams MUST follow are not being implemented so we now have a zero tolerance rule. If we receive complaints about your field, the MBA reserves the right to remove any team from the approved list indefinitely. This is a big deal and we need to do it right! Please implement the following to help control fan social distancing.
Have the P/A announcer come down during ground rules so he knows how things are going to happen during the game as far as social distancing, and after the anthem keep all players on the baselines while the announcer reads the following: We are happy to be able to play baseball again and to host games during this pandemic. However we need to follow strict rules regarding social distancing and respecting others in the stadium. If they are not followed we have been instructed to stop the game and remind people to please respect our social distancing requirements. Also have the P/A announcer read the same directive after the 3rd and 6th inning. Overall, the MBA board is extremely proud of how well everyone is working hard to keep everyone safe and our parks open.
All teams must follow the MBA COVID-19 preparedness plan which is available for download here. These guidelines MUST be posted in the dugout and at the entrances.
Self-check forms must be offered at the gate to all people entering the park and are available for download here. Teams are advised to fill out check out forms before heading to the park to save time and paper.
Any questions regarding this process should be emailed to Gary Schleper at email@example.com
MBA Board of Directors