We find ourselves at an unprecedented time in world history. The CoronaVirus (COVID-19) is having a growing impact on the day to day lives of every human being on the planet. As the process of public safety unfolds, our mission is to provide the baseball community with accurate and creative information to support your future endeavors in education and play. This is the first article in a series of ongoing updates that we will be providing to serve our community with the most up-to-date and relevant information, insight, and guidance we can possibly offer.
We are all aware that the Global Sports Community has been severely impacted by the CoronaVirus (COVID-19) at all levels from youth to professional sports. More specifically, in the United States, most sports activities, seasons, and events have been suspended or cancelled for the time being.
As a sports organization we have been working around the clock, in routine talks with college coaches (NCAA DI, DII, DIII, NAIA, and JC), MLB professional scouts, student-athletes, and parents from all levels to stay informed. At a time like this it is critical to stay informed and avoid decisions that are based on poor information. We aim to create and maintain our community with your best present and future interests in mind.
As you, and we, move forward, it is important that you continue to take responsibility for your own actions, and be mindful, handling your educational responsibilities and continuing to prioritize your overall health and wellness. To take action towards these endeavors, we are embarking on a steady stream of dialogue and updates designed to support your focus, clarity and safety.
Below, you'll find information that we have accessed from real sources and decision makers to share as resources for the ongoing direction of our broad baseball community. Please take the time to review these sources and stay informed.
Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared it a pandemic on Wednesday March 11, 2020. Many countries are grappling with a rise in confirmed cases. In the US, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advising people to be prepared for disruptions to daily life that will be necessary if the coronavirus spreads within communities.
High school sports and club sports coronavirus information
The club and high school sports communities are responding to the Coronavirus recommendations by postponing or canceling events. The below resources aggregate the status and recommendations of the official governing bodies for high school and club athletics. For the official status for a specific event or location, it is best to contact the event’s operator directly for the most up-to-date information.
Club sports coronavirus information
The response to coronavirus varies from state to state, which means some clubs sports teams are continuing to run as scheduled while others are making tough decisions to postpone and cancel events. As club sports associations continue to announce changes to their schedules, this section will be updated.
High School Athletic Associations are postponing and canceling events and seasons as the guidelines for responding to coronavirus change. School districts across the country have begun to take precautionary measures both in and outside of the classroom to protect students and the community. High school athletic associations continue to monitor the status of the coronavirus and take necessary action, we will update this section with the latest on postponed and cancelled sporting events.
The coronavirus pandemic has impacted more than just the sports world. Along with school closures, upcoming standardized test dates have been canceled nationwide. For student-athletes, academics and athletics go hand in hand, since college coaches evaluate potential recruits’ GPAs and test scores as much as their athletic skills. The articles in this section cover the latest news related to SAT, ACT, AP and other standardized testing schedule changes.
Events updates related to COVID-19 and coronavirus
The spread of coronavirus has impacted professional and amateur sports at every level. To limit the spread of coronavirus, the CDC has recommended that effective March 16, all large events and mass gatherings consisting of in-person events of 10 people or more be canceled or postponed for the next 15 days. Youth sporting events have been impacted at every level, including camps, combines, showcases and tournaments run by national governing bodies and individual event operators. Though most have followed the CDC’s guidance, some are continuing to move forward with scheduled events and are closely monitoring the situation at both national and local levels.
Below you’ll find updates from various event operators across the nation, whether they are canceling, postponing or moving forward with their spring events.
Sport-Specific Coronavirus Resources
Triple Crown Arizona Spring Championships Session 3: March 19-22, Scottsdale, Tempe, Gilbert, Phoenix, Mesa, Fountain Hills, Queen Creek, Casa Grande, AZ (Canceled). Updated March 16
Crossroads Baseball Series - College Showcases: Multiple, Multiple (No Change). Updated March 16
Baseball Factory - All Events Through 3/29: Multiple, Multiple (Postponed). Updated March 16
2020 National High School Invitational: April 1-4, Cary, NC (Canceled). Updated March 12
Futures Series: April 17-19, Melissa, Texas (Canceled). Updated March 12
Five Star Basketball - The NBPA x Five-Star Camp 2020 Session 1: July 13-16, New York, NY (No Change). Updated March 16
Zero Gravity All Events: Spring Season 2020, Multiple (Postponed). Updated March 16
College campus closures from coronavirus - information
The spread of coronavirus has compelled colleges and universities across the country to cancel in-person classes and on-campus events. Many classes are moving online indefinitely. Multiple institutions have also decided to close their on-campus housing in order to help slow the spread of the virus. The NCAA has canceled the remaining winter and all of the spring seasons. They also recommended all college discontinue with official or unofficial college visits for recruits. Below you’ll find updates from various colleges and universities about their closures.
State level coronavirus information and local rules
To prevent the spread of COVID-19 in communities, states are following Federal Guidance on canceling, rescheduling or postponing social gatherings consisting of 10 or more people for the next 15 days (as of 3/16). State and local health organizations are also making frequent updates. This information is extremely important for youth sports organizers and staff responsible for planning sporting events.
In short, the guidance urges event operators to plan for a potential outbreak of COVID-19 and consider modifying, postponing or canceling large events, with the safety of the community, staff and participants in mind. Though most event operators have followed this federal guidance, some are continuing to closely monitor the situation at local (state, city, county) levels and have not made any decisions to cancel or postpone upcoming events.
In the case that an event continues as scheduled, the event operator should be prepared with an emergency operations/communications plan, in addition to supplying messages and materials to promote preventative actions, such as extra soap and hand sanitizer. Athletes and their families who attend these events should also follow preventative measures to protect themselves and those around them.
College sports coronavirus information: NCAA, NAIA, and Junior College COVID-19 articles
With the health and safety of student-athletes in mind, the NCAA has canceled all winter and spring NCAA championships and all in-person recruiting through April 15th. However, the NCAA has also agreed to let NCAA member schools make their own decisions regarding the health and safety of their coaches, student-athletes, staff, recruits and communities. Since the NCAA may implement different actions than individual colleges and universities, check this section to stay up on the NCAA’s policies and response.
While the NCAA and individual colleges and sports departments will make announcements about their policy changes and responses to the coronavirus and public safety, media outlets are diving deeper into the response to provide analysis on how this affects student-athletes, potential recruits and families. Reference this section to see updates on developments regarding the coronavirus and college sports.
Other important announcements regarding coronavirus and college sports:
The coronavirus is not only affecting youth and college sports—professional leagues are also taking precautions and canceling events with public safety in mind. Some have suspended their season and others have delayed the start of their next season. Reference this section to check in on new developments regarding the impact of coronavirus on the largest professional sports leagues.
From youth leagues to professional leagues, the entire United States sports industry will be impacted by the coronavirus. This section features commentary from media outlets regarding how sports have been affected by the coronavirus, what’s being done in response and how this can affect the sports industry long-term.