Our dual mission is to provide a fun, instructional and safe league for girls to learn and enjoy the awesome sport of softball, and to serve as a feeder program that will help create and maintain a consistently strong high school softball program.

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Welcome to Lynnfield Youth Softball

The Lynnfield Youth Softball Association's dual mission is to provide a fun, instructional and safe outlet for girls to learn and enjoy the awesome sport of softball, and to provide a healthy feeder program that will help create and maintain a consistently strong high school softball program.

LYSBA Gearing Up to Play

Waiting on Phase 3

Word came today (July 2) that Phase 3 of the reopening can begin on Monday, July 6. The LYSBA has finalized its teams for the abbreviated and delayed Essex County Women's Softball League (ECWSL) season. We can now publish the schedule for the ECWSL, with the caution that some game dates may change. Also, we will need final approval from the state's Amateur Sports Subcommittee, which we hope will happen on Monday.

Should the approval come, all four of our ECWSL teams will be in action on Monday, July 6, with three traveling out of town.

We have two senior teams -- the Lynnfield Devils and the Lynnfield Bears. These are 7th-8th graders (from the 2019-2020 school year). We also have one junior team (4th-6th graders) and one farm team (2nd-4th graders). On Monday, the Devils (Hamilton-Wenham), Bears (Pentucket), and Lynnfield Farm (Rowley) will be on the road. Only the Junior level Lynnfield Lizards will be at home, playing at LMS.

The Bears (at Rowley), Devils (at LHS) and Farm (at LMS) also play on Tuesday, while the Devils travel to Manchester-Essex on Friday.

The Bears are also registered to play in the summer softball program, the MiddleEssex League, along with the Lynnfield Lightning. Those schedules have yet to be announced.

Our coaches have been holding some practices so we're ready to go. We will be playing under significantly modified rules to ensure everyone's safety (see article on this page about the rules for summer 2020).

The Schedule for the ECWSL season (not including the MiddleEssex teams) is as follows:

Day Date Away Home Field League
Monday 6-Jul Lynnfield Bears Pentucket Groveland Pines Senior
Monday 6-Jul Lynnfield Devils Hamilton-Wenham Miles River Senior
Monday 6-Jul Pentucket Lynnfield Lizards LMS Junior
Monday 6-Jul Lynnfield Farm Rowley Pine Grove Farm
Tuesday 7-Jul Lynnfield Bears Rowley Eclipse Eiras Park Senior
Tuesday 7-Jul Pentucket Lynnfield Devils LHS Senior
Tuesday 7-Jul Pentucket Lynnfield Farm LMS Farm
Friday 10-Jul Lynnfield Lizards M-E Hornets White Sweeney Junior
Monday 13-Jul Hamilton-Wenham Lynnfield Bears LHS Senior
Monday 13-Jul Manchester Lynnfield Farm LMS Farm
Wed 15-Jul Lynnfield Bears Lynnfield Devils LHS Senior
Wed 15-Jul Lynnfield Farm Pentucket Donaghue Merrimac Farm
Thursday 16-Jul Lynnfield Devils Rowley Blue Eiras Park Senior
Thursday 16-Jul H-W Generals Shapiro Lynnfield Lizards LMS Junior
Friday 17-Jul H-W Generals Davis Lynnfield Lizards LMS Junior
Monday 20-Jul Rowley Lynnfield Farm LMS Farm
Tuesday 21-Jul Lynnfield Devils Rowley Eclipse Eiras Park Senior
Tuesday 21-Jul Rowley Blue Lynnfield Bears LHS Senior
Tuesday 21-Jul M-E Hornets Green Lynnfield Lizards LMS Junior
Wed 22-Jul Pentucket Lynnfield Bears LHS Senior
Thursday 23-Jul Hamilton-Wenham Lynnfield Devils LHS Senior
Thursday 23-Jul Manchester Lynnfield Farm LMS Farm
Friday 24-Jul Lynnfield Lizards Newburyport 2 Pepe Field Junior
Monday 27-Jul Lynnfield Bears Hamilton-Wenham Miles River Senior
Monday 27-Jul Lynnfield Devils Pentucket Groveland Pines Senior
Monday 27-Jul Lynnfield Lizards Newburyport 1 Pepe Field Junior
Tuesday 28-Jul Pentucket Lynnfield Farm LMS Farm
Wed 29-Jul Rowley Eclipse Lynnfield Bears LHS Senior
Wed 29-Jul Lynnfield Farm Rowley Pine Grove Farm
Thursday 30-Jul Rowley Blue Lynnfield Devils LHS Senior
Thursday 30-Jul Lynnfield Lizards Pentucket Groveland Pines Junior
Monday 3-Aug Lynnfield Devils Lynnfield Bears LHS Senior
Monday 3-Aug Lynnfield Farm Pentucket  Donaghue Merrimac Farm
Tuesday 4-Aug Rowley Eclipse Lynnfield Devils LHS Senior
Tuesday 4-Aug Lynnfield Lizards H-W Generals Davis Cutler Junior
Tuesday 4-Aug Manchester Lynnfield Farm LMS Farm
Wed 5-Aug M-E Hornets White Lynnfield Lizards LMS Junior
Thursday 6-Aug Lynnfield Bears Rowley Blue Eiras Park Senior

by posted 07/02/2020
LYSBA Rules for Summer 2020 Season

Modified Rules for Safe Play in 2020

The 2020 softball season in Lynnfield, for both the Essex County Women's Softball League and the MiddleEssex League, will be played according to the following rules. This document, which may be fluid depending on how the season goes, is based on rules from USA softball and the Town of Lynnfield, as well as our own determinations of what is necessary to keep our players, coaches, umpires and spectators safe.

It is imperative that these rules be followed to the letter to ensure that we are able to provide our children with the recreational opportunities afforded by softball in as safe and normal a manner as possible. Any violation of these rules risks the loss of playing privileges for everyone. 

 

LYSBA Return to Softball- COVID-19

 

DISCLAIMER: Participants, parents, family, and spectators engaging in softball and activities related to softball do so with knowledge of the risk and potential exposure involved and agree to accept any and all inherent risks to their personal health.

 

Parents, coaches, players, and children in attendance at practice and games must abide by the following: 

  1. Stay home unless you have had no signs or symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
  2. If a player should be diagnosed with COVID-19, please notify LYSBL or the player's coach. Players who have had COVID-19 may return to play after two negative COVID-19 tests separated by 24 hours.
  3. If anyone else in your family should be diagnosed with COVID-19, your player may not come to games or practices until they have been tested and have a note from their doctor indicating that they are cleared to participate in training.
  4. If anyone in your family is not feeling well, we ask that your entire family (including player) please stay home. Notify your coach as you normally would.

Pre-Practice/Game Procedures:

  1. All players and coaches should wash hands with hand sanitizer before entering the playing area. *A coach should be stationed at the field entrance to assist with this.*
  2. Players should place their equipment at 6’ intervals along the fence. *Coaches may want to designate these intervals.*
  3. Masks should be worn until the start of practice or warm ups.
  4. Six feet of social distancing must be maintained prior to starting.
  5. Teams should not enter the field while another team is on the field or in the dugout. Remain off the field and social distance until the previous team leaves the field and the dugout bench has been sanitized.
  6. All equipment must be stored outside of the dugout. 

Practice/Game Procedures:

  1. Teams are to divide their practices into cohorts/groups of no more than 12 participants, including coaches. For example, one cohort/group can consist of 11 players and 1 coach or 10 players and 2 coaches, so long as there are no more than 12 participants in the cohort/group. A team may have multiple cohorts/groups spaced with a minimum of a 20 foot buffer. The cohort/group must remain together for the entire practice session and no intermingling of players or coaches will be allowed.
  2. Participants must maintain 6 feet of social distancing at all times during the practice.
  3. Coaches must wear face masks. 
  4. Players should have their own helmet, bat, face mask, & water bottle. Each catcher should have their own catcher’s equipment. Players should refrain from sharing equipment. No communal water coolers. 
  5. Players should wear batting gloves as much as possible during practice, especially when handling a bat. 
  6. Team/league is trying to locate hand sanitizer or wipes available for all participants.  **As you know this is difficult to find, so please have your child bring their own sanitizer and wipes to every game.**
  7. Players and coaches must refrain from any physical gestures of celebrating including but not limited to high fives, fist or elbow bumps. 
  8. No seeds or any food that encourages spitting are allowed. 

Game Specific Procedures:

  1. Each team should use their own ball when they are on the field. Ball should be sanitized every inning. 
  2. Dugouts are to be extended outside behind the dugout to the home plate backstop with fencing on both sides to keep spectators separate. This area will be marked for social distancing. No more than 4 individuals in the dugout (dependent on dugout size). Remainder of players to be in the extended outside dugout area with social distancing. 
  3. Spectators may not sit behind the dugout as this area will be used by players. 
  4. Spectators are limited to only the player’s parents/guardians. Spectators must go beyond 1st and 3rd bases with social distancing. Should a family member bring their own chair, they must social distance from the bleachers or other spectators. Spectators MUST wear a face covering per the Town of Lynnfield COVID-19 Order. The umpire or coach maintains the right to shut the game down if spectators do not comply with face masks.

Post Practice/Game Procedures:

  1. Each team will be responsible for sanitizing their equipment and dugout/bench area once their practice/game has been completed. Once the teams have exited the dugout, the coach is responsible for using a sanitizing spray or wipe, such as Lysol spray or Clorox wipes, to sanitize the cages, benches and fences.
  2. Each player is responsible for sanitizing her own equipment.
  3. Players and coaches should wash hands immediately after the game or practice.

by posted 07/02/2020
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