Covid Regs

Covid 19 Guidelines

We thank the members of the Ruffnecks community for their adherence to protocols and responsible communications throughout the Covid 19 pandemic.  We were able to maintain Ruffnecks activity by following the guidelines and advisories to mitigate the spread of Covid 19.

As of May 29, 2021 the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is fully reopened.  Outdoor sports mask requirements and activity limitations are lifted.  Massachusetts remains under the guidelines of a Travel Advisory.  Ruffnecks travel during the summer of 2021 will follow Massachusetts and CDC guidelines.  We continue to ask members of our community to observe best practices.  We also ask everyone to review this page and its contents.

The Ruffnecks program engages in significant travel.  Destinations for the 2021 summer season include Arizona, Georgia, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, South Carolina and Tennessee.  We encourage families to familiarize themselves with any specific regulations that may affect any of those states.

Links to Important Guidelines & Considerations

Important Updates as of June 29, 2021

  • As of May 29, 2021 the Governor of Massachusetts rescinded limitations on Youth and Amateur Sports
  • Ruffnecks players and families move forward with Summer 2021 plans under a Consent & Waiver.
  • We encourage families to review the CDC guidelines and the state guidelines of destinations where we travel.

For current Massachusetts guidelines, please use the general link to for full information across all sectors and for reports and updates on response to the pandemic.  For summer Ruffnecks travel, we adhere to CDC Guidelines for interstate travel.  We keep the following links as points of reference ONLY:

Team Travel and Trips

The Ruffnecks program is in full team travel mode.  We follow the CDC guidelines (see link above).  A few reminders follow for preparation in advance of trips:

  1. Unvaccinated players must submit a negative PCR test no sooner than 72 hours before the start of the trip.  The start of the trip is defined as the time of the flight or check in at the team hotel.
  2. The PCR test results must be sent to the Director and to Jackie Pelc at
  3. Requests for room assignments with vaccinated players “only” will be considered but may not be accommodated.  The program is not at liberty to disclose any medical information including vaccination status.
  4. Vaccinated players who experience the onset of illness will be treated for the symptoms, and families will be notified.
  5. An unvaccinated player who experiences the onset of ANY illness or symptoms for any illness will be immediately isolated, and the parents/guardians must assume custody of the player within 24 hours.  Travel home, housing, and other arrangements must be made by the family.  All expenses are the responsibility of the family.
  6. Unvaccinated players must be retested within the window of CDC guidelines upon return from trips.

Ruffnecks players and their families are encouraged to make their own, informed, decisions in determining the level of participation for indoor and on-field activities.  Additional guidelines are provided below:

At the NEBC: Guidelines for Activities

Ruffnecks players, families, coaches shall abide by NEBC guidelines, restrictions, and mandates.  NEBC directives are intended to provide a viable, safe, practice and playing environment.  NEBC guidelines and regulations may change from time to time.  The Ruffnecks program and the NEBC work together to maintain a safe environment and appropriate measures for safety and contact tracing.

The NEBC may, from time to time, issue directives for player and/or spectator safety.  These directives may or may not be related to Covid protocols.  We ask members of the Ruffnecks community to respectfully follow any guidance or restrictions imposed by the NEBC staff or management.  The viability of the NEBC tournament season is important to all of us.

NEBC Batting Cages Are Closed