• Mountain Sports Covid-19 Rules and Restrictions


      The guidelines below are set to adhere to the Interim Guidance for Administrators and Participants of Youth, College & Amateur Sports Programs that was released by the NC Department of Health and Human Services on May 22, 2020. 


      NC DHHS Recommends Limiting Sports Activities to Those in Which Participants Can Maintain Social Distancing, or Close Contact is Limited and Brief: Examples include golf, baseball, softball, cycling, swimming, diving, dance, tennis, disc golf, horseback riding, track and field, figure skating, curling, running, and pickleball. 


      • If you are feeling sick or showing any signs of COVID-19, stay home! 

      • Coaches are responsible for monitoring team members for symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath. More information on how to monitor for symptoms is available from the CDC. 

      • Coaches, players, umpires, scorekeepers, event officials, event staff and spectators who arrive symptomatic or develop symptoms will be required to exit the venue.

       • Please note that parents/guardians of youth players are now required to sign a new “POST COVID-19 USSSA Waiver.” The signing process is done by logging in to the individual’s guardian or player account on USSSA.com. 

      o Players who do not have a waiver signed (by a parent/guardian for youth players) will be moved off of their roster and into a “pending” status. Once the new waiver is signed, the player will be returned to their team’s official playing roster.

      • Per CDC guidelines, if a coach, player, umpire, scorekeeper, event official, event staff or spectators has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or is presumed positive by a medical professional due to symptoms, they should stay home until: o No fever for at least 72 hours since recovery (without the use of fever reducing medicine AND o Other symptoms have improved (i.e. coughing, shortness of breath) AND o At least 10 days have passed since first symptoms • Per CDC guidelines, if a coach, player, umpire, scorekeeper, event official, event staff or spectator has been diagnosed with COVID-19 but does not have symptoms, they should remain out of sports activity until 10 days have passed since the date of their first positive COVID-19 diagnostic test, assuming they have not subsequently developed symptoms since their positive test.

      • Each team will be permitted up to 25 spectators. This will be enforced by event staff.

      Coaches/Managers will be responsible for making sure their team does not go over 25 spectators. 

      • Please follow all directives from event officials, park officials and all signage or markings. Failure to do so will result in ejection from the event venue.

      Click here for NC DHHS FAQ regarding wearing masks.

       • Players may wear PPE as long as it doesn’t compromise their safety or the safety of others on the field. We encourage all involved to use NC DHHS guidance in regards to masks.

       • ALL event officials, staff, umpires, coaches, players, spectators must practice social distancing of six (6) feet or more apart as much as possible. Teams should avoid group activities outside of the playing field, including but not limited to, batting practice, pepper, team drills, team meetings and team meals. 

      •Mountain Sports will schedule games to include adequate buffer times between games to allow coaches, players, scorekeepers and spectators to enter and exit the facility with little to no interaction.  The nursery field and the festival area up top are great places to warm up while social distancing. DO NOT approach the field until the previous team has departed and the area has been cleaned.

      • Expand the Dugout Area - Teams should plan ahead with extra tents for players to be under while we are using the expand the dugout concept.  Players should maintain six (6) feet distance as often as possible. Expanding the dugout area may involve spreading players out beyond the dugout into traditional spectator seating behind the backstop.

      • Players may not share equipment (i.e. helmets, bats, etc.) 

      • Keep Clean! Teams are encouraged to supply their players with antibacterial wipes for disinfecting equipment in between innings and in between games. ALL are encouraged to wash hands (for at least 20 seconds) or apply hand sanitizer as often as necessary. We strongly recommend applying hand sanitizer in between innings, as well as, immediately prior to and following any physical or face to face contact. Face to face contact should be minimal. Teams are required to clean their dugout areas of all trash, equipment and other items after each game. Team personnel should wipe down and disinfect the dugout area’s hard surfaces prior to and after each game. Mountain Sports/City of Morganton staff will disinfect the dugout areas and bathrooms regularly. 

      • No shared drink bottles or coolers. We recommend that each player has their own drink bottles or small coolers. 

      • No handshakes, high-fives or other physical contact between players, coaches and umpires.

      • All spectators should bring their own chairs. Bleacher areas and other places for public gathering will be closed off. 

      • No parents allowed on the field at any time.

      • Please refrain from spitting. Sunflower seeds are banned.

      UPDATE 5:00 PM 6/5/2020  ALERT -  Return to Play WAIVER Instructions click here.
      We will be operating at reduced capacity as long as NC is in Phase 2, so most age groups have already filled. We are finalizing our detailed rules with City of Morganton and will be posting Monday. Catawba Meadows covers 230 acres and we feel confident that we can all work together to respectfully social distance and comply with local guidelines. We do know for sure that we can only allow 25 spectators per team, bulk gate fee of $125 per day instead of invidual spectator admission(Temporary Phase 2 Requirement), and no concession stand/batting cages.  You can pay at the event, website, or call 828-318-9092.  Please have your team go online and sign the waiver that was sent out on 5/12 regarding return to play and COVID-19.  Can't wait to get back on the field for some 2020 baseball!
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      Tournament Contact Information

      Director Steve Ledford 828 279-6018
      Email steve@mountainsportsusssa.com

      Tournament Format

      The tournament format for this event will vary depending on number of teams and field space.  Championship brackets are based on results from all pool play games, not classification.

      Schedules Published and Notifications
      Schedules are posted at www.mountainsportsusssa.com 10:00 PM on Wednesday the Week of the Tournament.

      Please check the schedule for changes and especially during inclement weather.


      8U - 12U - 3 Game Guarantee

      If your Team Drops out after 8:00 PM Tuesday the week of the event you are Charged a $250 Administrative Drop Fee.

      Please Make Checks Payable to
      Mountain Sports Baseball
      42 Change Up Dr.,
      Canton NC 28716

      Playing Request
      You must submit request by email before 5:00 PM on Monday before event.  Verbal and Text requests are not considered.  Requests will be considered, but not guaranteed.  We will do our best to honor your playing request, but will not compromise integrity of tournament to do so.   If we see any problems or a consistent pattern with your request you will be notified.

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