We would like to acknowledge that our Softball BC office is located on the traditional and unceded territories of the Katzie and Kwantlen First Nations.
May 1, 2020
Last night in a meeting of the Western Canadian Softball Association (WCSA) a vote was held and passed, on cancelling the 2020 Western Canadian Championships.
The committee decided they would keep the rotation that had been set for this year for 2021, meaning Softball BC will still be hosting the U14 boys and girls Western in 2021.
Any team that has submitted a Letter of Intent for a Western will be contacted next week to arrange for the return of the cheques submitted with the Letter.
Please see the press release for full details.
April 22, 2020
Website Update Notification
Three new waivers/consent forms have been added to the Forms & Templates page of our website. Please visit https://softball.bc.ca/resources/forms-template to download the new forms.
April 16, 2020
SOFTBALL BC UPDATE RE.: COVID-19
To: All Members of Softball BC
In order to try and keep everyone up-to-date on Softball BC’s actions and position as we all do our part in the fight against the pandemic, this is an update on the provincial organization’s steps.
- SOFTBALL BC HAS EXTENDED THE DATE FOR NO SOFTBALL ACTIVITIES TO JUNE 1, 2020.
– Softball BC will not extend sanctions for softball related activities, including games, practices, try-outs, clinics, camps, fundraising or face to face meetings, to name a few. By not extending sanctions, we strongly encourage everyone to obey the rules of the BC Health Authority, and follow all physical distancing protocols in place.
- PROVINCIAL AND REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS REMAIN IN PLACE FOR 2020
– The board and members of Softball BC are not prepared to cancel the 2020 season at this point. We are working with hosts and in turn, local government to consider the feasibility of moving dates for these events later in the year. This will continue to be a work in progress as the province moves through steps necessary to keep us all safe. Softball BC will, at all times, follow the provincial guidelines and rules in place.
- CANADIAN AND WESTERN CHAMPIONSHIP UPDATE
– Softball Canada is in constant contact with the hosts of Canadian Championships and the Western Softball Association is doing the same. They are monitoring progress and evaluating different scenarios for these championships to take place. We are maintaining our dates for team Letters of Intent to attend their appropriate championships. Letters of Intent are due from Minor teams by May 15th and from Men’s & Women’s teams by June 1st. Your LOI should be mailed to the Softball BC office if you are intending AT THIS TIME, to participate. I want to assure everyone there will be follow up and confirmations should any of these championships take place before we commit to sending teams.
- RETURN TO PLAY TASK FORCE
– We are putting together task forces to create return to play plans should the rules for gatherings relax to the stage where we could resume play. Volunteers have been requested to serve on these committees to help us create a sustainable and safe environment for youth and adults to be able to play some softball this year.
- TEAM REGISTRATION DATES ARE DELAYED
– All clubs in BC collect Softball BC fees from the participants on our behalf. It is part of the annual registration fees each person pays to their club. The dates for clubs to register active participants in softball activities has been delayed indefinitely until such time as we have some certainty for a return to play or we move to preparations for the 2021 playing season.
- FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR LOCAL SOFTBALL CLUBS
– Provincial government community gaming grant program is accepting applications from all registered, not for profit sport clubs as normal. https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/sports-culture/gambling-fundraising/gaming-grants/community-gaming-grants Softball BC, as well, is advocating through a variety of resources, for our clubs who may face financial hardships to receive additional public funding. We also encourage clubs to follow the ViaSport sport club grant website https://www.viasport.ca/grants for opportunities to access other forms of funding
The board and volunteers of Softball BC are committed to our players, coaches, umpires and administrators returning to play softball when our government and sport leaders have said we are safe to do so. We remain cautiously optimistic that this can still happen this year, and so we will work to have plans in place that will allow this to happen while protecting our members and the public, to the best of our ability.
Rick Benson, Executive Director, Softball BC
March 27, 2020
Just a reminder that the Softball BC Office is closed until further notice. We ask that you do not try to the visit the office but instead email the staff member who you wish to contact as we are all working remotely until the office re-opens.
- Lesley Rowe, Member Benefits & Marking/Communications – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Haili Pettifer, Administrative Assistant (including Player and Umpire Registration) – email@example.com
- Mike Smith, Technical Coordinator – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jackie Desilets – email@example.com
- Jennifer He, Accounting – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rick Benson, Executive Director – email@example.com
Umpire Clinics Available Online
The health, safety and connection we aspire to carry on with our Softball BC Umpires is very important. Softball BC would like to share with you that we will be accommodating Umpires to continue with your certifications by attending an Online Umpire Clinic!
These clinics are available to all Umpires that have already registered for an upcoming Clinic that have been postponed. Please note some of the Clinics that will be available and are listed below have two different parts meaning two separate online sessions. Also, keep in mind if you have selected the option to have your association pay for your Umpire Fees and have not yet received confirmation to contact your club.
Not only are Online Clinics available for those that have already registered, but for new Umpires that wish to take an Online Clinic as well. If you wish to share this information please guide them to our Website to register online https://www.softball.bc.ca/umpire/umpire-certification-clinics/.
For more information please visit: https://softball.bc.ca/umpire/umpire-certification-clinics/
2020 BC Summer Games Cancelled
Statement from Softball Provincial Advisor Ann Holmes: Provincial Advisor notification 03-2020
|March 25, 2020
The BC Games Society, with the support of the Province of BC and the City of Maple Ridge, has made the difficult decision to cancel the Maple Ridge 2020 BC Summer Games.
Cancelling the Games was determined to be the most responsible precautionary measure to address concerns around the spread of COVID-19 and is supported by the Maple Ridge 2020 BC Summer Games Host Society. With up to 3,700 athletes, coaches, and officials anticipated to arrive in Maple Ridge for the BC Summer Games, necessary steps had to be taken to ensure the health and safety of the community and participants.
During this rapidly changing situation with COVID-19, the BC Games Society will continue to update you on plans going forward. We value our participants, host communities, and sport partners, and appreciate your patience as we do our part to support all of the unprecedented steps taking place to slow the spread of COVID-19.
We remain exceptionally grateful for your support and want to recognize how vital your work is to the success of the Games.
The full news release can be found on our website at www.bcgames.org/News/Latest-News/ArtMID/1810/ArticleID/1895/2020-BC-Summer-Games-cancelled-Maple-Ridge-to-Host-2024.
NAIG 2020 Postpones July Games
Read the full statement: Corona Virus Media Release_Postponement_ANNOUNCMEENT
March 23, 2020
Update from Sport Canada on COVID-19 – CLICK HERE
March 18, 2020
A message from Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, responsible for Sport, Lisa Beare
Suspension of Softball Activities
The Softball BC Board of Directors approved the contingency plan to suspend sanctioned softball activities until May 1st with a further understanding that the provincial organization will continue to closely monitor provincial, federal and global health authority directives which would impact our membership, as well as sport governing bodies, including Softball Canada for further directives and recommendations. We will update the membership and make appropriate adjustments to the period of suspended activities, based on these expert authorities.
SOFTBALL BC OFFICE
The Softball BC office will remain open as long as the Walnut Grove Community Centre continues to offer day camps and child care. Should the community centre close we will update the membership on our next steps. For now though Softball BC Staff are available during regular hours (Monday-Friday 830-430) and via phone and email.
March 16, 2020
To: All Members of Softball B.C.
SOFTBALL BC ACTIVITIES IN LIGHT OF COVID – 19
Dear Softball BC Member
The pandemic all Canadians are dealing with continues to be a fluid situation, with changes and updates coming hourly. Softball Canada has just announced they are suspending all related activities until April 14th.
With the new guidelines in place, both from our national sport body and those introduced by the federal government, we are suspending, immediately, all softball related activities until May 1st, 2020.
Our board is committed to ensuring we provide thoughtful and appropriate actions to protect our members, and we had stated previously that we would follow the directives and guidelines of health authorities and sport governing bodies. In order to remain consistent to that commitment, we are today taking this next step to do our part in helping reduce the possible spread of the virus. We will continue to monitor all agencies and governing bodies, should the guidelines change prior to May 1st, we will reassess our position.
Should you have any questions, or require more information, please direct your inquiry to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604 371- 0302 ext. 6.
Thank you for your continued support and cooperation throughout this crisis.
Rick Benson, Executive Director,
This is posted at the request and approval of the Board of Directors, and includes all meetings, events, practices, games, tournaments, clinics – any and all softball related activities.
MEMORANDUM- COVID-19 as of March 13, 2020 at 4:00 PM
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 following steps:
- 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