Sioux Falls (June 1, 2020) – Department of SD VFW Baseball Executive Committee has elected to hold the 2020 SD VFW State Baseball Tournaments. The Committee wants to ensure everyone understands the Department of SD VFW Baseball and the tournament committees/communities will never be able to eliminate Covid-19 virus risk. However, if everyone follows the return to Safe Play guidelines/recommendations, we as a baseball community, will help reduce the risk.
The Tournament Host Committee/Community will also be following their local Covid-19 guidance. We ask everyone’s patience and understanding as we bring this crazy summer baseball season to the best ending circumstances allow.
“Vulnerable individuals” are defined by the CDC as people age 65 years or older and others with serious underlying health conditions, including high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, and those whose immune systems are compromised such as by chemotherapy for cancer and other conditions requiring such therapy. If you don't feel well, running a high fever, have cold like symptoms or classified as vulnerable, please stay home. You not only affect you, but your teammates, coaches, fans and family members too!
Bottom Line: Teams should abide by Local, State and National COVID-19 Policies, have insurance and have permission from City or School officials to play. Local Covid-19 policies may cause short notice host location changes.
VFW Baseball may make adjustments to the classes in each age division based on the number of teams registered. Its imperative teams register as soon as possible to assist us in determining whether it’s state tournament structure as usual or if the age division may be better as an open class. Please follow the Department of SD VFW Baseball Facebook page (@departmentsdvfwbaseball) for the latest and fast breaking information.
ABOUT THE VFW: The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is the nation's largest and oldest major war veterans organization. Founded in 1899, the congressionally-chartered VFW is comprised entirely of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. With 1.7 million VFW and Auxiliary members located in 6,400 Posts worldwide, the nonprofit veterans service organization is proud to proclaim “NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS” than the VFW, which is dedicated to veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs. For more information or to join, visit our website at www.vfw.org or www.sdvfw.org.