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The following plan is provided as a guide to assist members and staff in ensuring appropriate safety protocols are
followed with respect to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Currently Softball BC has, with the assistance and guidance of Softball Canada and BC health authorities, taken the
– Guidelines and education on ways to minimize your risk of becoming infected or of passing the virus to others
– Hygiene standards to be followed when conducting clinics or meetings
– Suspension of travel to the USA under Softball BC sanction
– Cancellation of gatherings of 250 people or more, including indoor and outdoor softball activities, conferences,
meetings, or other similar events. Events which would fall under this restriction include any tournament hosting
at least 12 teams in one park over a weekend. It is reasonable to assume 250 people would gather at one time in
that scenario. It also includes any Opening Day plans for associations with a membership of 100 or more
athletes, where, again, it would be reasonable to assume 250 people would gather at some point in one venue.
The Softball BC board and staff are reviewing and preparing contingency plans for upcoming Softball BC activities
through the season, including coach and umpire clinics, Team BC programmes, and sanctioned events such as
tournaments and regular season play. We are considering a variety of options with the health and personal safety of the
softball community being our overriding consideration. I’m sure you will agree these are unsettling times that require
leadership and flexibility in order to navigate our way.
We will continue to update the Softball BC community membership on any changes as they arise. With the season ready
to start very soon in greater Vancouver and Vancouver Island, and Icebreaker tournaments scheduled, we are creating a
contingency plan should any of those events be cancelled. Softball associations and teams should be aware of this, as we
recognize there are financial implications for host and teams for the tournaments.
For more information:
The British Columbia Centre for Disease Control provides updates and helpful information on their website.
Guidance on mass gatherings
Common questions about COVID-19 from Healthlink BC
Recommendations on protecting yourself and your community.
COVID-19 pandemic preparedness and planning materials
Rick Benson, Executive Director, Softball BC