Hello GVGS Families,
Today is May 16, which was supposed to have been Opening Day. It would have been a great day to play! Temperatures around 60 degrees, no rain. . . far better than last season, when teams were drinking hot chocolate to stay warm, or other seasons when it has been cold and rainy. But, unfortunately, it was not meant to be.
With regard to the 2020 season, under Governor Walz’s new Executive Order that takes effect on May 18, GVGS still cannot begin to play. The Governor did say that his staff will be preparing guidance for youth sports, which guidance is to be provided to him by June 1. We are anxiously awaiting that guidance!
For now, our season remains on hold. In addition to waiting for the go-ahead from the Governor, if and when we are able to play will be guided by several factors. At the top of the list, of course, is whether we can do so safely. Beyond that, other factors need to be considered, including when the city opens the fields and what restrictions the city may impose.
In terms of safety, the GVGS Board has prepared an initial set of COVID-19 safety guidelines. These initial guidelines, which will be updated once we see the guidance from the Governor, were prepared based on our review of several sources, including the United States Slowpitch Softball Association and state softball and baseball proposals. We also are aware of guidelines issued by other states for youth sports in their states.
The GVGS guidelines are focused on keeping players, coaches, umpires and spectators safe. Of course, nobody can guarantee 100% safety and if we are allowed to play at some point, each family will have to decide for themselves if they are comfortable playing. After we receive guidance from the Governor and finalize our GVGS guidelines, we will share our guidelines with all of you.
For now, I can tell you that our guidelines address the following areas: sanitizing dugouts and equipment; social distancing, including limiting the number of people in the dugout at any one time; prohibiting spectators from using the bleachers (which will be used as additional space for players); prohibiting handshakes, high fives, and other types of contact; repositioning the catcher and umpire to create more space; not having post-game team snacks or handshake lines; prohibiting sunflower seeds, etc. in the dugout; and much more. If we are able to play, and to ensure guidelines are followed, we will be asking parents to help, including sanitizing equipment, enforcing social distancing, and other needs (such as providing sanitizer and wipes). The bottom line is that if and when we are allowed to play, we want to make sure the environment is safe for everyone.
Stay tuned for more information in the near future. As always, thank you for your support of GVGS. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Finally, I am sending league-wide e-mails via Vertical Response from email@example.com. Please make sure we are on your safe senders list (and check your spam and junk folders just in case). Our home page also is being updated regularly. If you are not receiving e-mails, please let me know.
Lenny Segal, GVGS President
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Golden Valley Girls Softball was founded in 1973 and held its first season in 1974. Its purpose is to teach girls the fundamentals of softball, to instill the ideals of good sportsmanship, to promote physical and mental development, and to promote good character and citizenship.
The season starts with a skills assessment followed by the coaches’ draft to even the competitive nature of teams (Approximately 12-13 girls per team). The girls play about 16-18 regular season games, usually two per week. There also are two weekend tournaments – mid-season and season-ending finale. These are really fun, family weekends! GVGS is a successful 45-year-old league staffed by volunteer moms and dads.
GVGS is for girls interested in a fun, slowpitch softball experience. The league's Junior Division is for girls who are currently in 3rd - 6th grades and the Senior Division is for 7th - 12th graders. The season begins in mid-May (practices start in late April) and ends in late-July, with each team playing 16-18 games (usually two per week) and two weekend tournaments.
GVGS has been a premier softball league for over 45 years, having been founded in 1973. Our success is based on a philosophy of "the game is for the girls" and a focus on skills, fundamentals and fun. GVGS is recognized as one of the finest slow-pitch leagues in Minnesota.
All games and league tournaments are played in Golden Valley in partnership with the Golden Valley Parks and Rec, however we welcome girls from ALL COMMUNITIES and we have players from many different cities and schools districts, public and private. All participants receive a uniform T-shirt and all girls play in each game. All girls play, regardless of skill level or past experience.
Yard signs promoting the league are available for pickup by contacting Karla Rose 612-840-2550. The signs are free, please help us get the word out about our tremendous league in your neighborhood.
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Parent Volunteers are frequently needed – see registration form to indicate interest or contact a league coach or board member.
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