With the growing COVID-19 pandemic, it comes as no surprise --though certainly very disappointing--that the "Stand Beside Her" tour across the country has been cancelled for the rest of this year.
The tour began in February and Team USA was able to play 16 games in Florida, Arizona and California winning them all before announcing on March 12 the first of the cancellations, games scheduled to be played in the Northwest.
USA Softball also announced that several other events have been put on hold.
Here's the official release issued Tuesday morning...
USA Softball has been following the developing COVID-19 pandemic as the safety and well-being of the USA Softball community continues to be a top priority for USA Softball.
“Stand Beside Her” tour presented by Major League Baseball (MLB)
USA Softball is announcing the cancellation of all originally scheduled 2020 stops on the “Stand Beside Her” tour, presented by Major League Baseball (MLB). As it relates to the U.S. Olympic Softball Team and any potential new dates and stops for the “Stand Beside Her” tour, presented by MLB, there are still a lot of moving pieces and discussions to be had before determining appropriate next steps.
We understand the disappointment that may come with this decision as the softball community has waited 12 years to see the sport of softball return to the Olympic stage and have a U.S. Olympic Softball Team come to their city. Although the wait for our sport’s return to the Olympic Games has been delayed a bit longer, we can’t wait to watch these resilient athletes get back on the field when the day finally comes.
We understand that ticket holders and fans will have a variety of questions regarding the cancellation of a tour stop in their area. For ticket refund inquiries, youth clinic refund inquiries and general questions, please contact the appropriate tour stop hosts who will be able to provide that information as soon as it is available. As refund policies are available, they will be posted on each stop’s event page at StandBesideHerTour.com.
2020 Gold Ball Gala
The 2020 Gold Ball Gala, originally scheduled for May 27 in Oklahoma City, has been postponed until further notice.
2020 U-18 Women’s National Team Open Tryout
The registration period for the U-18 Women’s National Team (WNT) Open Tryout, which is tentatively scheduled for June 15-16 in Oklahoma City, has been put on hold. USA Softball will have a decision by May 11 on whether to hold or postpone the U-18 Women’s National Team Open Tryout, at which time we will open the registration process. In the event the U-18 WNT Open Tryout is canceled, USA Softball will offer registration refunds.
2020 USA Softball National Championships
USA Softball will make a determination by June 1 of the status of the 2020 USA Softball National Championship Finals and the 2020 USA Softball Junior Olympic (JO) Cup, which take place beginning in mid-July and run through the beginning of September.