The following is an update from USA Softball about COVID-19:
To anyone involved in USA Softball of NY (Parents, Coaches, Players (Adult or Youth), and Umpires,
I am writing to inform you that the USA SOFTBALL organization is monitoring the situation regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic very closely and will pass along any news and/or updates as they become available. Our utmost concern at this time is the safety of our players, coaches, family & friends. Do to the fluid nature of this pandemic, presently our recommendations are for leagues, teams, and tournaments is to follow the direction of their local town, city, county, state or federal government. Most NY parks are under the direction of the local government and you should be in constant contact with them for any guidance or restrictions that they recommend.
Currently, I have not received any requests to cancel or change the dates for any tournaments in New York. It is my expectation that individuals that are hosting any tournament stay up to date on recommended postponements or cancellation guidelines. The expectation of USA Softball of New York is that each team will be afforded a full refund if you need to cancel or move your tournament to a date that is a conflict for a participating team. Please consider that the actions of your team, league, or tournament is a direct reflection on your team, league, or tournament. I truly hope that everyone adheres to the precautions and guidance from their local government agency. This is no different than when you call a game because of rain and 2 seconds later the sun comes out. If we could predict the future it would be great, but we cannot so we need to err on the side of caution.
This is a listing of RECOMMENDED actions that you could take:
1. Do not do any fund raisers during this time.
2. Curtail all team practice.
3. Cancel any clinic that you may be holding.
4. Postpone any team scrimmages/games.
5. Check with your town, city, county or county health organization prior to start up to get recommendations for your area.
The last item I would like to address is if anyone involved with your team, league, or tournament is placed in isolation, or tests positive for the Coronavirus, let me know immediately.
You need to remember that we do not really get into the busiest time of the season until May and maybe restrictions will be lifted by then.
We wish you all the best,
USA Softball of New York Board
As always, Niskayuna Softball will continue to monitor the situation and update everyone with our plans via website, social and email notifications. If anyone has any questions or concerns, please email email@example.com.