Category: COVID-19

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Softball Ireland Return to Play Framework

Softball Ireland are fortunate to have two doctors on the Board, representing North and South of the border respectively, as our medical committee. Following the most recent public health advice from the HSE and the NI Executive, they have presented initial return to play timelines to the Board. Following receipt of feedback from the regions, the Board have approved these as our national framework. The committee will now consider detailed return to play protocols (including playing rules), while the Board works with the regions on challenges such as insurance costs, field availability and competition structure. 

1. Seek to reactivate Softball Ireland insurance as of 20th July 2020.

2. Teams may train from 20th July 2020 provided insurance is in place, no more than two teams are present at the diamond and the Softball Ireland return to play protocols are adhered to.

3. Games may commence from 1st August 2020 provided insurance is in place, no more than two teams are present at a diamond and the Softball Ireland return to play protocols are adhered to.

4. No tournaments will be sanctioned in 2020, including BWC, IOST, SINCC, and club/national tournaments at home or abroad.

5. Team captains must submit electronically a list of attendees at training or games, within 24 hours, in line with HSE contact tracing requirements, for 6-week retention.

6. SI will make a final decision on Softball Ulster activity after the NI Executive publishes timelines for their recently published roadmap.

Expected return to play timeline
Expected Softball Ireland Return to Play Timeline

This position is subject to change as further information is made available to the public by the HSE and NI Executive. Final decisions on when games will be played, competition structures and fees will be set by Softball Ireland and the regions, subject to this framework and the SI Return to Play Protocols (TBA) being adhered to. The Softball Ireland Return to Play Protocols will be issued no later than the 30th of June 2020. Any questions to secretary@softball.ie.

COVID-19 Update from Softball Ireland

The Softball Ireland Medical Committee is currently assessing the recently published HSE guidelines on the phased reopening of Ireland and the impact this will have on our sport. As Softball is an all-island sport, the proposed return-to-play roadmap will require finalisation following discussion of the UK Government’s planned announcement this weekend.

We are aware of our members’ eagerness to open the season as soon as possible, but we must balance that with the safety of everyone on the field. Consideration is being given to the most up-to-date medical evidence, the best practices of other national Softball Federations and the ever-evolving nature of the coronavirus pandemic.

Softball Ireland’s proposed return-to-play roadmap will be reviewed by the Softball Ireland Board at its May 14th Board Meeting and announced on May 15th.

COVID-19 Postponements Update

Further to the government announcement to extend the current phase of lockdown to May 5, 2020 and at that point, any reduction in intervention would only be a step down to the previous phase of restrictions, the Softball Ireland Board on the recommendation of the Medical Committee agreed all Softball activities remain suspended until May 31, 2020. The suspension is subject to review of the Medical Committee on May 5, 2020.

Our thoughts continue to be with all our members and their families at this time.

We would also like to thank all our members working on the frontline during this crisis

Under-22 Women's Team

European Competitions Update

APRIL 2, 2020 – IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Softball Ireland have received confirmation this morning that due to the ongoing global crisis caused by the COVID-19 vires the WBSC Europe Softball Division has decided amend it’s 2020 tournament schedule.

WBSC Europe Softball Division has confirmend the following:

  • European softball international events for 2020 under Softball Europe have been cancelled except for;
  • European Championships which act as qualifiers for World Cups 2021- the events have now been postponed to September.

What does this mean for softball Ireland?? Softball Ireland National teams and clubs were entered in three competitions in 2020 and update on the status of these tournaments is below:

  • Women’s European Championship postponed to September 20 – 26, 2020
  • Men’s Slowpitch European Championship *CANCELLED*
  • European CO-ED Super Cup (Dodder) *CANCELLED*

The Fastpitch Ireland Board, Softball Ireland Board and Medical Committee will review Ireland’s participation in the Women’s European Championship once venue’s have been confirmed. Any decision on Ireland’s participation in the event will be athelete driven with consideration been given to the health & safety of the players and whether it is felt the athletes will have adequate time and opportunity to prepare and condition for the tournament.

The full statement from the WBSC Europe Softball Division is available HERE

COVID-19 Update From Softball Ireland Board

Update Statement on COVID-19 from the Softball Ireland Board

 Wednesday, 25 March, 2020

Immediate Release

 

Updated statement from Softball Ireland regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the impact on the upcoming season and tournaments:

Softball Ireland continues to closely monitor the coronavirus pandemic and advice from both national and international health organisations and experts.

The health and safety of the Softball Ireland community is our top priority and we want to continue to implement the utmost precautions to limit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Further to the announcement of tighter restrictions by the Irish & British governments in the last 48 hours.
 
Softball Ireland wish to reconfirm that its instruction to the clubs, regions and national teams to suspend all training sessions and upcoming competitions until the end of April remains in place.
 
At this time it appears likely that the suspension may continue into May and June, however the Softball Ireland Board will continue to monitor all governmental instructions and the advice of the Softball Ireland Medical Committee on this ever changing situation and update the membership accordingly.
 
Softball Ireland would like to thank our members who in numerous different capacities are on the “front line” of this emergency.
 
Lastly, we encourage our members to continue following the advice of the HSE and to self-isolate as necessary, have proper hand hygiene and that the use of social distancing is the most effective way we have of stopping the spread of this virus.

Statement on COVID-19 from the Softball Ireland Board

Statement on COVID-19 from the Softball Ireland Board

 

Thursday, 12 March, 2020

 

Immediate Release

 

 

Statement from Softball Ireland regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the impact on the upcoming season and tournaments:

 

Softball Ireland is continuing to closely monitor the coronavirus pandemic and advice from both national and international health organisations and experts.

 

The health and safety of the Softball Ireland community is our top priority and we want to implement the utmost precautions to limit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

After recent conversations by our Medical Committee with other sporting NGBs, Softball Ireland is instructing its regions and national teams to suspend all training sessions and upcoming competitions until the end of April. We understand that this decision results in a significant amount of inconvenience and disappointment to our members, volunteers and supporters.

 

This decision has been undertaken with consideration for our members, their families and friends, as well as the general population.

 

We find ourselves in a dynamic and rapidly changing situation, and will make any necessary changes to optimise the season, if possible, for our members. It is likely that the suspension will continue into May and June, but we will monitor the situation and update the membership accordingly.

 

Lastly, we encourage our members to be aware of the significant amount of misinformation being disseminated on social media, and only take advice from recognised authorities. Remember that avoiding travel to affected areas, self-isolating as necessary, proper hand hygiene and use of social distancing are the most effective ways we have of stopping the spread of this virus.