The Beaver Dam Tornados youth traveling fastpitch softball team will be begin some local practices next week but actual game competition is still up in the air. Nate Dassler of the Tornados tells DailyDodge.com via email that beginning Monday, June 15 they will have five of their six teams begin practicing with specific safety measures provided to each player and coach. In order to participate, all families will need to sign a COIVD liability waiver. For their youngest team that is primarily six and seven year-olds, they made the decision to cancel the season because they felt it was going to be unrealistic to try and adhere to the safety guidelines given their age.
For the five remaining teams. Dassler says all tournaments they had registered for up to the second week of July have been canceled. He says there are still a few remaining tournaments in mid to late July that at this point have not been canceled. Assuming those tournaments don’t get canceled, Dassler says they are holding off making a decision whether they would participate for a couple weeks to continue to monitor the situation and many factors involved.
The Tornados also have teams that participate in two different leagues and at this point both leagues have not started. Dassler says there is no timeframe if or when those leagues will begin. He says that travel leagues have become extremely difficult to navigate due to the fact that each county and/or city have established their own reopening & safety guidelines. Some counties have closed their city fields until July 31, some are not allowing games until certain phases are reached in their respective reopening plans and others are open for use but with limitations on number of people allowed.
The pandemic has also greatly impacted the Tornados fundraising as they have had to cancel the annual golf outing fundraiser that was in May and the home tournament which was supposed to be this weekend has also been cancelled.
The Beaver Dam Tornados have 68 girls in this year’s program.
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