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Discussion: Maryland Classic Westminster MD---Any Updates?

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July 7

67 posts
Maryland Classic Tournament---Westminster MD July 10th-12th

Any New Updates for this weekend?
Thanks in advance
July 7
Men's 75
29 posts
Schedule is under "tournaments" tab, best of luck
July 7

969 posts
This is more of a reminder than an update....

I cannot be more clear on this point-
Our behavior at the park, the hotel and local restaurants will impact our ability to host senior tournaments and play ball down the road.
None of us wants to go backward with respect to the virus, the quarantine rules or the shutdown environment. Be cautious, courteous and safe this weekend. Don't be "that guy" who ruins it for the rest of us.

Each team will submit a completed waiver document, complete with player names and signatures. All players must sign it before taking the field. No exceptions. Managers already have copy of the form and should be pre-populating it.

Each team will submit a completed hotel tracking document before taking the field. If your team is not using hotels, we'll still need a form stating so. This hotel form will help staff communicate with players if an outbreak is discovered at a hotel after the tournament leaves town.

We will have a table set up near the concession stand.
Managers will find a packet of information for their team. To avoid confusion, only the manager should pick that up.

Players will not check in prior to games like they used to. SSUSA will check players in using the back of completed game cards. Be sure that your manager includes the names of all players that are coming on the back of each game card (print neatly).... I contacted a number of managers tonight reminding them about players that need to renew cards. Please handle that directly with SSUSA and reduce the amount of face-to-face interaction that our staff needs to have with everyone.

Please refrain from the traditional post-game handshake lines. Offer your respects to the opponent from across the diamond with a simple wave.

Catchers and umpires will need to wear them during the game. No exceptions. Position players are not required to wear a mask.

Everyone should have a park at the ballfield with them. We ask that everyone wear in high traffic areas (restroom, concession stand, etc)

We strongly encourage teams to leave spectators at home. If you must bring someone, keep it to a minimum and don't bring anyone from an "at risk" group.

Please do not congregate in the areas behind the backstops. Staff and umpires will be asked to regulate this. If asked to move, please do so. If watching a game, do it from down the foul lines, or even beyond the outfield fence.

Each umpire will have a bottle of hand sanitizer at the field. Additional bottles will be placed around the park. We have a limited supply, so feel free to bring some of your own.

SSUSA will not provide water in the dugouts any longer. Teams are welcome to bring their own water and gatorade - or purchase from the concession stand.

We are requiring that teams clean up their own dugout at the end of the game. Don't throw waste on the ground and assume that somebody else will pick up your trash. We will do the best that we can to keep up with the trash, but need everyone's help. Feel free to bring your own trash bags.

Each team will get 6 prior to their first game. They will be new, in wrapper. During the game we ask that the base coaches have a backup ball and some type of cleaning towel or cleaning agent to help keep the game moving along.

We're going to play with the standard 67 & 72 minute time limits. No additional time will be added for "covid play" so teams will need to do their part and hustle.

This will be the first time out for many of us. Please understand that everything is new. Things may take a bit longer than you are used to so arrive early and be flexible.


July 8

35 posts

Thanks for getting this tournament organized and for getting the information out to the players and the managers, especially those players that needed to re-new their cards...

Glad to be getting back out there again and enjoying the game, my team mates and those on the teams on the other side of the diamond....

Enjoy the weekend, safe travels to all.....
July 8

303 posts
any decision made on if this will be TOC qualifier tourney for northeast teams???
July 12
k man
Men's 65
330 posts
It was nice to get back on the fields at Westminster this past week. Things were run very smoothly by Tim and the umpiring crew and teams did their best in the hot and humid conditions. Congrats to the Hitmen, the overall 65+ champions. Games were very competitive and there didn't seem to be any major differences pre covid 19. The two major difference to me were the traditional handshakes at the end of the game that were basically waves and the catcher and umpire who had to wear face coverings. The umpire seemed to have it the worst constantly wearing the mask all the time considering it was 90's and humid.
Each team I spoke to, seemed to be missing a handful of players due to their concerns of the virus but all teams had a full complement of players with a few spectators.

For teams who are going to Westminster next week, there are no dugout coverings so it's advised to bring those popup coverings that a couple of teams did bring. We were fortunate to play on field 2 near the concessions where you could escape occasionally, which did have covering from the sun.

The Best Western we stayed at did have adjustments due to the virus but nothing that was unmanageable. Traditional buffet breakfast, the major difference. They delivered a few things such as bagel/danish, fruit, drink in a paper bag to your door. Restaurants in town were open with minimal problem with the masks.

Overall, it was great to get out there and hopefully other areas in the country will soon be able to safely get back out on the field.
July 12

80 posts
It was a little warm but I thought the fields were in good shape. The infields were smooth with very few bad hops so I couldn't use that ecxuse on my errors.Pill&Pill would like to thank Tim for making this tournament happen and get us back on the field.It was nice seeing old friends and making new ones.See everyone in Loudoun,I hope!

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