(Rockford, MN) — The president of the Minnesota Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association says this is a challenging time for high school coaches and players in Minnesota. Dawn Engebretson is the head softball coach Rockford and says they all understand why the season has been put on hold, but it is a something coaches and players are trying to cope with in unique ways statewide. Engebretson says players on her team have been staying in touch via social media and trying to stay upbeat and optimistic. Engebretson says they have been “competing” for the best Snapchat video or funniest posting of the day in recent days. She says one of the bigger disappointments for many teams in Minnesota is after months of fundraising for spring break trips to play softball, all of those trips had to be canceled. She says she’s telling players from her team to get some physical activity in at some point during the day while they are at their house. That can include swinging a bat in the garage, or running around the neighborhood, or even throwing a rolled up sock in the house to keep their arm in shape. Now, Engebretson says she’s hoping they get some good news at some point that maybe the season can resume at some point later in the spring.
MNN Sports Director Mike Grimm spoke this week with Dawn Engebretson about the current situation: