A Letter from David Rocha, Owner of Fastpitch Nation and Fastpitch Nation Park.
Dear Coaches, Parents and Players,
As we all try to navigate these most difficult and extraordinary times, let me start by wishing you all safety and hope that you and your families stay healthy and everyone comes out ready to enjoy the sport we all love, once this crisis has passed.
Status of tournaments at Fastpitch Nation Park in Windsor, CT.
On 3/16/20 the Connecticut Governor’s Executive Order 7d was issued and announced no gatherings of more than 50 people can be made anywhere indoors or outdoors through 4/30/20. The government has effectively shut down our park through 4/30/20 for tournament play.
Further on 3/16/20 the President of the United States and the CDC asked everyone across the nation to observe no gatherings of more than 10 people for 15 days. This effectively shuts down our park through 3/31/20 for everything.
- As you can imagine, I, like many other business owners across the nation, am absolutely frantic with worry. It’s very simple.
- We are worried if our businesses will survive.
- Will we be forced to declare bankruptcy?
- Will our families and the families of our employees lose their homes and livelihoods?
- Will the government be able to help business and people who lose everything?
Many of you own businesses or have jobs from which you may be furloughed during this time, so I think we all can appreciate the worries we all have. This situation is going to cause a lot of pain everywhere and it is a pain we all need to share. No one entity can bear all the pain. Neither the businesses or all the customers can bear it all. We will have a nation-wide pain sharing and we can only hope it is over soon.
With that in mind, here is our plan to address the crisis and get back to playing softball, assuming we are once again playing at full capacity on 5/1/20. Should the government extend the ban, we will reassess this and decide then the appropriate course of action at that time. Of course we hope that does not occur.
- The tournaments scheduled for 3/21, 3/28, 4/5, 4/11, 4/18 and 4/25 will not be played due to the government ban.
- Teams that have already paid their registration fees will be given credit and first opportunity to play in future events at Fastpitch Nation Park either this spring and summer (where still available), this fall or during the 2021 season.
- If you have a hotel reservation our hotel coordinator is cancelling the reservations on your behalf. No one will incur any charges and please do not contact the hotel directly.
- In order to compensate for the late start of our season we will be adding events the first two weeks of August, 2020 and we will start the 2020 fall season early to insure that we have the capacity to meet the demand for all the teams that will have lost games due to this crisis. We have asked USSSA's national office to extend the 2020 season roster and registration through August 2020 so you will not need to re-register to play in August. Should they be unable to do that, we will play August events as independent as opposed to USSSA events.
- Further it is possible the high school season will be cancelled. Should this happen we will open up tournament opportunities for all the older teams, up to our capacity, once we are back fully operational. Also, we will create a weekday high school league for teams that want to play. Once we know what happens with the high schools we will inform everyone.
- Once operational, the season will continue as planned and all the events that are scheduled post 5/1/20 are planned to be played as originally scheduled. USSSA has suspended tournament sanctioning during this crisis. Should state law allow us to return to playing and USSSA has not resumed sanctioning we will play events as planned but as an independent as opposed to a USSSA event. Since all state laws are not in sync, our time frame and USSSA's nation-wide view may not align initially but it will not hamper us to return to playing events as planned.
- No team will lose a paid registration fee, however, no refunds are being offered as this extraordinary situation is neither your fault or ours. It’s just one of those once-in-a-lifetime occurrences that we all hope never happens again. The fee for an event a team has paid may seem inconsequential to a team or an individual, but collectively all those fees are the life’s blood that allowed us to build and now operate this facility that so many of you have come to love and to count on. We need to be sure we can weather this storm and remain in business for all the players today and those yet to come. The plan we have put in place we are confident will do just that.
Lastly, I want to thank the thousands of coaches, players and parents who have made our park a success. For me to realize my dream of building such a place for the girls of this region was amazing. I am now fighting with all the resources I have and all the knowledge and experience I possess, to make sure we are here for you after this crisis is over and for many years to come.
Sincerely Yours in Softball,
Fastpitch Nation Park in Windsor, CT
- Home to USSSA and USA Elite Select Tournaments, Showcases and USSSA Nationals.
- Conveniently located at 1001 Day Hill Rd., right off I-91 (exit 38) in Windsor, CT.
- 11 irrigated and fully fenced (black vinyl-coated chain link) regulation fastpitch fields.
- 24' tall, 100' wide-view net backstops and 5' perimeter fences.
- Weather-resilient red Alabama shale infields and natural turf outfields.
- Covered, enclosed and fully screened 8' tall dugouts for player safety and comfort.
- 3,200 sq/ft building for retail, storage and plentiful real bathrooms (11 women's stalls, 7 men's stalls).
- Free WI-fi throughout the park and free charging stations for mobile devices.
- Live streaming of all games on all fields throughout the park.
- Food court with a variety of food choices.
- More than 1000 paved parking spaces.