On Thursday November 12th, the State EEA made some updates to their guidance concerning out of state players. They posted it on their website but failed to send it to the members of the EEA sports subcommittee, so I apologize for the delay in getting this out to everyone.
Here are the updated changes:
Massachusetts teams can have players from outside Massachusetts so long as they follow the Massachusetts Travel Order. If they are from CT, RI or NY, they are from a high risk state and need to quarantine or get a COVID-19 test 3 days prior to arrival into Massachusetts. This is each time they come into Massachusetts. So if you practice once per week, they will need a test each week they come into Massachusetts. Massachusetts teams with players from VT, NH or ME do not need a test or quarantine at this time because they are currently from a lower risk state. For further information on the travel order, visit Mass.gov/MATraveler.
Massachusetts teams CANNOT play against out of state teams in Massachusetts. Massachusetts teams are allowed to play out of state, BUT they must comply with the Massachusetts Travel Order upon arrival back into Massachusetts.
Failure of any Massachusetts based team to comply with the EEA guidelines risks suspension of all team/league practices and/or games by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Again these are rules established by the State EEA and not USA Softball of Massachusetts. As further updates are made, I will do my best to get them out to everyone.
Deputy State JO Commissioner, USA Softball MA.