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Travel Tryout Dates Announced

Jul 15, 2020 8:26 AM
Niskayuna Softball

Niskayuna Girls Softball League is happy to announce its tryout dates for the 2020-21 travel softball season – pre-register today: https://forms.gle/gan7nXxf8CxrQXrf6

8U (Birth year 2012 & younger) - Coach TBD
Monday & Wednesday, July 27 & 29
5:30 Check-in/warm-up, 6:30-8:15 Drills & Skills

10U (Birth year 2010 & 2011) - Coach Larina Riley, Asst Julie Neugebauer
Monday & Wednesday, July 27 & 29
5:30 Check-in/warm-up, 6:00 Pitchers/Catchers, 6:30-8:15 Drills & Skills

12U (Birth year 2008 & 2009) - 2 Teams (see below)
Monday & Wednesday, July 27 & 29
5:30 Check-in/warm-up, 6:00 Pitchers/Catchers, 6:30-8:15 Drills & Skills

14U (Birth year 2006 & 2007) - Coach Ellen Petrangelo
Tuesday & Thursday, July 28 & 30
5:30 Check-in/warm-up, 6:00 Pitchers/Catchers, 6:30-8:15 Drills & Skills

16U (Birth year 2004 & 2005) - Coach Lisa Kentris
Tuesday & Thursday, July 28 & 30
5:30 Check-in/warm-up, 6:30-8:05 Drills & Skills, 8:05-8:30 Pitchers/Catchers

All tryouts will be held at River Road Park. Tryouts will be in the evening, exact times to follow.

Fill out our pre-registration form so that we can properly track the number of players each night. There are many COVID-19 protocols in place, so having an accurate head count is important: https://forms.gle/gan7nXxf8CxrQXrf6

Tryouts last approximately 2 hours, and will be a fun and encouraging environment where the girls will rotate through multiple stations. Please bring your softball equipment, a water bottle, and be prepared to show the coaches your best softball skills & attitude!

Depending on the number of girls, we may have up to 2 teams at each level, and we have non-parent coaches at both the 14U & 16U levels. At the 12U level, we are fielding two teams this year. Coach Rick Sitors will lead a year-round 12U tournament team with both local and regional travel (10-12 tournaments). Coach Brian Serowick will lead a Hudson Mohawk travel team plus 2-3 tournaments.

If you have questions about Travel Softball, you can always check out the FAQ on our website, or email mike@niskysoftball.com with questions.

Note, age eligibility is based on your age as of January 1, 2021. For example, you need to be 10 or younger as of January 1, 2021 in order to play in the 10U Division. 

If you are unable to make any of the above dates, please contact mike@niskysoftball.com to schedule a private workout.

COVID-19 Return to Play Safety Plan

All social distancing recommendations will be in place, including:

  • 6 foot distance between all players & coaches at all times, unless safety or core activity (e.g. practicing, playing) requires a shorter distance
  • Equipment for all players and coaches stored a minimum of 6’ apart
  • No use of dugouts or other shared spaces
  • No sharing of equipment or water
  • No physical contact (hugs, high fives, fist bumps)
  • No gum chewing, sunflower seeds, or spitting
  • Players are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer
  • Coaches are required to have facial masks/coverings on hand. Players are encouraged to bring their own as well. They are not required to be worn unless a situation requires contact closer than 6’ (First Aid, Injury, etc)
  • Each player/coach will sign into each practice with a questionnaire asking about (1) COVID-19 symptoms in past 14 days*, (2) positive COVID-19 test in past 14 days, and/or (3) close contact with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case in past 14 days**.
  • Families must keep players home anytime they, or someone in their household, is sick or has a fever
  • Any illness or COVID-19 positive test result must be reported to coaching staff. Coaches will notify the league board of any positive COVID-19 test result immediately. The Board will then notify state and local health departments.
  • If any player, coach, or family members are in quarantine, they must stay home from practice until the quarantine is over
  • USA Softball waiver will be required to be signed by all participating families, releasing the Town and the League from responsibility due to illness
  • All softballs will be sanitized before or after each tryout session
  • Family members who drop off/pick up players must abide by social distancing measures while in parking lots and at the practice location. Family members are not allowed on the field during practice unless they are a member of the coaching staff. Up to 2 spectators are allowed in the park during tryouts, but must follow all social distancing requirements. Face masks are required anytime spectators are within 6' of one another.
  • Players are allowed to wear face coverings during tryouts, but it is not required
  • Spectators must not congregate in the area where players or their equipment are

* COVID symptoms include fever (100.4 degrees or higher), cough, and shortness of breath.
** “Close contact” is being within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 10 minutes.

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