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Latest COVID-19 UPDATE FOR SPRING 2021 SEASON (Updated 5/14/21)

Dear SLL Families and Players,

Per the guidelines released by The Commonwealth of Massachusetts this week, and the below guidelines prescribed by State and Local Authority, we are happy to announce that masks will no longer be required during active play. We are asking our players to keep masks available so that when they are in the dugout or huddled on the field they can still wear them. However, during active play they can go without a mask. 

In addition, to solidify guidelines for spectators: please continue to follow the prescribed social distancing guidelines that have been in place. Per the amendments below, you are not required to wear masks when social distancing is an option. However, we ask you continue to keep your distance from players and coaches during games so we don’t have to continually have the players mask up/down. 

Thank you all for your help during these challenging times, it is great to see us all back on the fields safely and having fun. Keep it up!

Josh Bishop - 2021 SLL Safety Officer
[email protected]

Relevant context from recent amendments to our policies:

Facility Operators and Activity Organizers must require facial coverings to be worn by all participants during active play except:

For low risk or moderate risk sports when outdoors where social distancing can be consistently maintained. This includes for example, but is not limited to, the following low and moderate risk sports: tennis, pickleball, disc golf, golf, biking, surfing, horseback riding, individual sailing, fishing, hunting, motor sports, gymnastics, cross country, individual rowing, skiing, baseball, softball, beach volleyball, and running formats where social distancing is maintained.    

Participants for all sports must wear facial coverings on the bench, sidelines, start/finish lines at all times and in any huddles or time-outs from active play. For purposes of this guidance, a facial covering means a face mask or cloth facial covering that completely covers the nose and mouth.   

This requirement applies to all spectators and chaperones, coaches, staff, referees, umpires, and other officials.   


While winter may only be settling in now, believe it or not, it is not too early to be thinking about the Spring 2021 baseball season. As such, we wanted to provide an update on our plans, and how COVID-19 will affect what the league is able to do.

As a bit of background information: during the summer and fall of 2020, Southborough Little League was able to safely conduct baseball practices, games, and clinics for kids between the ages of 8 and 16 by following guidelines put forth by the State of Massachusetts and the Town of Southborough, as well as implementing a number of additional safety measures that was reviewed with and approved by our Recreation Department. Please find those guidelines at this link. While we were concerned initially that younger players may have a harder time keeping masks on and/or staying socially distant during baseball activities, with kids returning to school and practicing these safety measures regularly, it is our intention to offer baseball at all levels for the Spring 2021 season, as well as some number of winter clinics at HitQuarters in Shrewsbury.

Please note that so long as we remain in our current state with respect to COVID-19, any and all safety guidelines implemented this past summer and fall will remain in effect in 2021.

Of course, as conditions - and therefore guidelines from the state and town - change, our plans will need to change accordingly. If we are unable to run a Spring 2021 baseball season for whatever reason, Southborough Little League will refund your registration dues, minus a small fee to help defray costs incurred in preparing for the spring.


Algonquin Baseball and Softball Association
 PO BOX 147
Southborough, Massachusetts 01772

Email: [email protected]

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