Softball NSW welcomes the positive news for our junior Teeball and Softball athletes following the announcement by NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro on June 2 with the return of community sport competitions.
View: Media Release June 2nd
The current government advice, although positive for our junior athletes, does cause some concern for the delivery and management of community games and competitions on the holistic level. Our Adult participants perform significant roles as Administrators, Volunteers, Coaches, Umpires and Scorers in our sport’s junior delivery. With the absence of their own participation experiences and opportunities this may impact their own availability for those roles and the ongoing delivery of junior sport.
We do remain hopeful that the NSW Government will also approve a return to play for adult athletes in the very near future, recognising the significant role sport plays in our community and the positive impact that sport can have in both physical and mental health of individuals.
The following should be noted regarding the Government’s announcement:
- This is age restricted: “Community sport competitions can restart for those aged 18 years and under from 1 July.”
- There are no guidelines clarifying if you need to be 18 years or under at the date of return-to-play, start of the year, date of registration or other.
- There has been no reason regarding why there is an age limit provided by the Government.
- There are no guidelines regarding the number of parents allowed to attend – particularly for young children’s age groups – or spectators.
- Our Associations and Clubs are run by volunteers. The engagement of volunteers may be difficult – particularly those over 18-year old club participants not allowed to compete.
- The press release advises that “A decision on a potential return date for adult community sport will be made at a later stage.” This includes state leagues and similar elite level competitions for people aged over 18 years.
Until further information is provided, there is still the requirement to comply with current Public Health Orders.
On May 22nd, Softball NSW released its ‘Return to Training Guidelines’ and shortly thereafter amended the temporary suspension on all Softball activities by allowing groups/teams to recommence training, whilst ensuring to follow to the advised Public Health Orders.
As noted with the release of the Softball NSW Return to Training Guidelines, further updates will occur and be circulated to the community when possible. This will also include the Return to Play Guidelines following further government advice.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our whole community for their patience, understanding and support during these very challenging times. Please continue to train and follow our Guidelines and at all times be safe. I am sure very soon we will be seeing our sport on many Diamonds across the state full of players enjoying the game we all love so much.
Any questions in relation to the above information please contact me at any time via firstname.lastname@example.org
Download: Message from the CEO June 3