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Due to the Covid-19 virus, all SCVAA Softball, Kindergarten T-Ball, Mountain Biking and K-9th. Grade Baseball have been postponed until Spring 2021. Fall sports program registrations are on hold until further notice. More information will be distributed as it becomes available regarding possible Fall Sports programming.
Baseball, T-ball, Mountain Biking and Softball seasons update, May 7th., 2020:
The Bd. of Directors of the SCVAA have recently discussed, remotely, what would be possible with our programs this Summer as they relate to the COVID-19 situation. We took into consideration the Governor's Task Force recommendations, as well as the school district and many cities decisions regarding field access and also the many comments that we have received from parents. Since the Governor has extended the Stay-at-Home order until May 18 th and many cities and schools have closed all fields for use until at least May 31 st, we have reached the conclusion that we are unable to offer safe and productive programs this Spring/Summer.
The Bd. of Directors of the SCVAA have decided to postpone the 2020 Softball, Kindergarten T-ball, Mountain Biking and K-9th. Grade Baseball seasons until Spring 2021.
We are going to try and possibly have our Seniors Baseball League (10th-12th grade) if it is allowed and it can be done safely. We would like to be able to give this years High School Seniors their last year of baseball if possible. We will be waiting a few more weeks to see if it is even going to be allowed to have our 10th.-12th. grade baseball program. If their season is not possible, or for any 12th. grader not wanting to participate this year, we will issue full refunds (less a $10 processing fee) to all those 12th. grade players.
In postponning all other Spring/Summer sports' seasons until 2021, we will be able to keep all players registered, and in most cases, even left on their originally assigned teams. We will adjust all players current grades up one level. No refunds will be issued, only credit for next season since 2/3-3/4 of expenses have already been paid for such as: player and coach caps and visors, player shirts, player pants, coach shirts, baseballs, softballs, field chalk, replacement helmets and bats, score books, first aid kits, ice packs---etc. We always have to purchase everything in Jan. and Feb. to be ready to go in April. In issuing credit instead of refunds, we are insuring nobody loses any money, parents nor the VAA and this will actually save many people a little money because if they were moving up to a level that cost more: K to 1st., 3rd. to 4/5th., 6/7th. to 8/9th., that would not need be paid. We would still have to refund our 12th graders if we are unable to give them a safe season of some kind since unfortunately they would not be eligible to play next season and this December we will open up registration to new Kindergartners and anyone who moved to the area over the Summer, but everyone else would be already registered and all set to go for 2021? If come next season you decide not to play, move away, or play for another league or sport...etc., refunds would be allowed at those times.
We understands that these decisions are not necessarily the most popular, but we would never want to subject your children to hazardous situations. We hope this whole situation will correct itself sooner rather than later, and we can resume normal programs in the very near future. In the meantime, we appreciate your continued patience and understanding during this unprecedented time.
We will distribute more information on Fall sports once it becomes available.
Baseball, t-ball and softball season update, April 9th., 2020:
We are holding off on a decision to either cancel the season or proceed with a season until it becomes more clear what is going to happen by May and June. We are still hoping we may be able to have some sort of season in June and July but it all depends on what happens over the next weeks and month and what the health officials advise? Even if we are allowed to and we do have a season, we have made changes to assist with social distancing and virus mitigation. There will be no bleacher seating areas anywhere. Parents will need to watch from baselines and spread themselves out. Restroom buildings and drinking fountains will remain closed and instead porta-potties will be placed on the outskirts of fields. We will not be taking team pictures this season. We will do everything we can to keep people apart while allowing kids to get outside, have some fun and burn off some energy as long as it's safe to do so.
If we do have to cancel the entire season, we won't be able to issue refunds since 2/3-3/4 of expenses have already been paid for such as: player and coach caps and visors, player shirts, player pants, coach shirts, baseballs, softballs, field chalk, replacement helmets and bats, score books, first aid kits, ice packs---etc. We always have to purchase everything in Jan. and Feb. to be ready to go in April. What we would have to do is credit everyone for next season. In fact, we could move everyone up one grade level in our system so they could even stay registered. This would actually save many people a little money as if they were moving up to a level that cost more, that would be left alone. We would have to refund our 12th graders since unfortunately they would no longer be eligible and we would open up registration to new Kindergartners and anyone who moved to the area over the Summer, but everyone else would be registered and all set to go?
If we do have some sort of season in June and July and you would rather not participate this year, you will still receive the full credit for next season.
We will update this page as more information becomes available.
A Note about the Covid-19 Virus and the SCVAA
Staying Informed and Healthy
First and foremost, we care about everyone’s safety, and are closely monitoring the situation and guidance from the Minnesota Dept. of Health (MDH), the Center For Disease Control (CDC), MN. State High School League (MSHSL) and local school districts to ensure we are giving you the most up-to-date information possible. Because the situation and policies do vary, we encourage everyone to stay informed and follow the recommendations of your local health authorities.
It’s worth our repeating the advice for protecting yourself and others: Be sure to stay home from work or any activity when you are feeling sick. Wash your hands frequently with soap and/or alcohol-based sanitizers; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; cover your mouth or nose when you sneeze or cough; and maintain distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. Of course, if you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing yourself, seek medical attention.
We have taken all steps within our power to help mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus, Covid-19. We are fortunate that we have no programs currently running and our Winter Sports programs finished before the virus started to spread in the United States. We have cancelled our Annual Spring Volunteer Appreciation Banquet scheduled for April. We have postponed upcoming Board and Sport Commission meetings. We have put the start of our Baseball, Softball and Mountain Biking Seasons on hold. We are cautiously optimistic that we will be able to have a Summer Sports season and believe our kids will really need it but expect the start will be delayed, season possibly shortened and maybe also extended. We will continue to plan and assign players to teams, assign and contact coaches via email and build schedules but have postponed any coach meetings or equipment pickup dates until further notice. Further information will be posted here and distributed via email once we get further guidance from the health experts and state officials.
The SCVAA has relied on many thousands of volunteers since it's inception in 1967 and we would like to ask that the volunteer spirit continue during this time of need. While you are waiting to coach young boys and girls in youth sports, we ask that you take time to also check on those in need. Maybe you have an elderly neighbor(s) who you could go pickup groceries or medications for so they may remain home and safer. Or maybe you are a stay-at-home parent and you have a neighbor(s) who are employed in the health care or emergency services fields and you can help them out with daycare while schools are closed? Whatever your situation or skill-set is, now would be a good time to put it to use as long as you can do it safely. Together we will overcome this situation and helping others is a great way to start.
SCVAA Weekend at Dick's Sporting Goods, Postponed
The VAA Weekend at Dick's Sporting Goods has been postponed. We will work with our Dick's Sporting Goods Representative to try and find a new date after it is safe to proceed.
As part of their support of our program, DICK’S Sporting Goods will be offering our families, coaches, and participants their deepest discount! Our discount shopping event will take place on 3/28/2020 – 3/29/2020 at the Woodbury store location. On these dates, DICK’S will offer our families and participants 20% OFF EVERYTHING IN THE STORE (some exclusions apply).
The link below will allow you to access the coupon for this discount shopping event. Simply bring the linked coupon via your smartphone or print a paper copy to receive the 20% discount. COUPON IS VALID DURING ADVERTISED EVENT DATES ONLY.
VAA Day with the MN. Twins, Friday, July 31st, 7:10 PM
The SCVAA is offering group rate tickets to see our Minnesota Twins take on the Houston Astros at Target Field on Friday, July 31st. at 7:10 PM.
About the SCVAA
The St. Croix Valley Athletic Association was organized in 1967 for the purpose of promoting and providing athletic programs for youth who reside in the communities throughout the Saint Croix Valley. The SCVAA is a volunteer organization that sponsors youth athletic programs for children in grades ranging from kindergarten through twelfth, (depending on sport) in baseball, basketball, cheerleading, Mountain Biking, football, soccer, softball and wrestling,
If you are interested in actively participating in one of the SCVAA programs, please review the information within this website or contact the specific sports commissioner listed on the individual sports' pages. You may also send information rquests to:
P.O. Box 44
Stillwater, MN 55082
We Use Trusted Coaches
The St. Croix Valley Athletic Association is now a member of Trusted Coaches which is an online youth coach's training/educational program. Coaches will receive first-aid training, concussion instruction, a nationwide criminal background check and be certified in either the Positive Coaching or Inside-Outside Coaching character education courses. Upon completion, coaches are issued a Trusted Coach Membership Card and placed on the Trusted Coaches National Registry. For more information, please log onto www.trustedcoaches.org.
SCVAA Volunteer Opportunities:
Volunteers Are Needed to Support Every Sport Each Year
Without parents and other adults stepping forward the league cannot exist. Please consider helping run the SCVAA Leagues by volunteering for one of the positions available. Please contact a Commission member for more information.
Volunteers from the Past:
The St. Croix Valley Athletic Association encourages and appreciates the efforts of individuals that step into critical roles within the organization. In addition, the SCVAA recognizes companies or individuals that contribute significantly to the success of youth athletic programs.
Please visit the awards links for listings of recognition given to volunteers and contributors who have had a significant positive impact on the St. Croix Valley Athletic Association.
Help us help the children of the St. Croix Valley
The St. Croix Valley Athletic Association is qualified as a 501-C3 non-profit organization in the State of Minnesota. All donations to the SCVAA, monetary or property, are fully tax deductible.
Although the league attempts to run a fee based league with each sport utilizing a balanced budget, from time to time there are special projects that may require additional funds or equipment. Check back to this page for a listing of projects when appropriate.