The RGSA Executive has been monitoring the situation with the goal of building a return to play plan that we believe will allow us to have some form of a softball season, while maintaining all the precautions required to ensure that we minimize the risk to all players, parents and coaches. The RGSA Executive do have most of the steps completed so we are authorized by Softball BC to hold practices for registered teams.
In the spirit of honoring and respecting the new provincial health standards around physical distancing and providing you a safe environment for your player, team coaches, umpires, volunteers, parents and spectators, you will see many changes to how we use the facilities, bleachers, dugouts, washrooms, concession (if open), the softball diamonds and equipment but most of the game will be the same.
Lots of Hand sanitizing, equipment and structure cleaning & disinfection, no sharing of gear or high fives for good plays or skill assessments, but hopefully a place out of the house where softball team friends can talk and cheer but stay safely distanced apart.
When do we start?
Diamonds should be available for practice for players U10 age group and older and for training skills for U8 age group and younger players sometime after June 29 if all the re: registration is complete for your player and her team. Coaches will notify players and / or their parents when practices will be allowed.
BUT, all players, coaches, volunteers, parent helpers, parent spectators will be required to sign new waivers and agreements of understanding specifically related to Covid-19. Signing these forms is mandatory. Without a signed waiver, players will not be allowed to participate in any Softball BC sanctioned events, including practices. Note that you will need to sign a waiver not just for your daughter but also for any parent or spectator who plans to be on the field. There is one important caveat regarding these waivers and the insurance we get through Softball BC: There is no insurance coverage for Covid-19 related issues. This goes for the executive, coaches, volunteers, players, and parents. It is for this reason that we must have the various waivers. You must be aware that there is an added risk now for playing any sport. RGSA will do everything it can to plan for a safe environment, but we will need everyone’s help in the process. Look for the orange button on the home page labelled 2020 Summer Program.
What can I expect from the season?
Now that things are moving, I will do my best to keep you updated with the latest news. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to drop me an e-mail and I will do my best to answer your questions.
Please see the attached executive summary and the entire Return to Play Plan at: https://softball.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Softball-BC-Return-to-Play-Guidelines-June-15-2020.pdf
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