Aug 21-COVID 19-Update: Community Softball to Continue

Aug 21-COVID 19-Update: Community Softball to Continue

On Monday 17th August, Softball NSW received additional guidelines via the NSW Office of Sport and NSW Health’s Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant.

These guidelines highlighted numerous actions in which the community sport and recreation sector were advised to implement commencing Wednesday August 19th through a minimum period of 6 weeks.

Following receipt of this letter, Softball NSW provided an update to our community which highlighted the implementation of those recommendations and complying with that advice.

We will always ensure that our organisation act under the guidance of the NSW Chief Health Officer in providing and delivering a safe environment for all members and the community.

Of particular concern and seeking clarity for our organisation and community was the point on ceasing activities that result in mixing of participants from different regions. The terminology of regions has numerous interpretations and not applied with the current structure of our sport.

Following further engagement with NSW Office of Sport and Dr Chant on Wednesday afternoon, we can confirm that NSW Health will take a pragmatic, common sense approach to the implementation of the high-level recommendations articulated by the NSW Health. This will allow Softball NSW to work towards a tailored implementation of the recommendations in a way which achieves the aims of the NSW Health at the same time as allowing community sport to continue to operate.

We are extremely grateful for Dr Chant and her team taking the time to address this point among others from the original correspondence and are comforted in her assurance that both she and NSW Health are committed to community sport.

Softball NSW’s application of this point for our organisation and sport;

  1. Association Competitions and Training may continue their existing activities with continued implementation of the SNSW Return to Play Guidelines and COVID Safety Plan in place and must have full compliance with all elements within.
  2. Other activities will not be sanctioned by SNSW, that include participants from other Associations/Clubs and Regions are unable to proceed e.g. Gala Days, Masters Events and State Championships.
  3. Out of Local Area; If participants are members of a Team, Club or Association not located within their local area, they should consider whether it is necessary to participate in activities at this time.
  4. Travel; Participants should not be travelling into Greater Sydney from regional NSW to participate in activities nor travelling across regions in regional NSW.

It is imperative to note that the overall principle is to restrict activities to local competitions to avoid inter-mingling and potential community transmission.

The implementation of the NSW Health Guidelines along with the Softball NSW Return to Play Guidelines are as follows;

  • That all activities (such as Gala Days, Masters Events & State Championships) that result in the mixing of participants and staff from different regions will cease for the advised period;
  • Activities that result in overnight stays, for example multi-day training camps will cease for the advised period;
  • Face-to-face social activities, for example post-training or post-match group dinners or awards functions will cease for the advised period;
  • As per our Return to Play Guidelines participants should avoid carpools or bus travel with people from different household groups where possible;
  • As per advice provided on July 17th, spectators will be limited to one parent/carer only where a child requires supervision during their participation in training or games.

As stated, localised Association Competitions and Training can continue in line with the Softball NSW Return to Play Guidelines and following strict implementation of the (Softball NSW Approved) Association’s Safety Plan. We understand that should community transmission continue or increase, the Public Health Orders and COVID-19 Safety Plan requirements may be reviewed and amended accordingly.

With the application of these additional guidelines, it is imperative that our community maintain their vigilance in delivering and providing a COVIDSafe experience for all.

Pathway Programs

The advised cancellation of State League and Waratah League, postponement of our Under 14 State Championships and Under 18 State Championships will stand. Further advice on an updated reschedule of these events will be released in the coming weeks which may include the adjustment of other events too.

We appreciate the Softball community’s patience at in these challenging times.

If you have any questions in relation to this information, please make contact via ceo@softballnsw.org.au

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