The purpose of this hub is to keep you up to date with the latest news, FAQ’s and guidance as Ireland returns to playing softball during the COVID-19 Pandemic. As COVID-19 is an evolving situation, this page will be updated regularly as the Softball Ireland guidance changes. Players or teams can use the contact form at the bottom of this page to anonymously raise concerns about player or team activities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Return to Play Protocol v2.1 (Published 19/9/2020)
Island of Ireland
Level 5 – October 22, 2020
Games – No
Practice – No
All Softball activities inclusive of training is suspended for a period of six weeks from Thursday October 22, 2020. Click Here for more details
Important Dates (Updated)
Sunday 24th August 2020
Suspension of play in Leinster is lifted and teams may return to training and games in accordance with Government Guidelines.
All players are required to completed the Redicare Web App Symptom Questionnaire (link below) before games. You must be given a ‘Play’ outcome to participate in a game or training. If you receive a ‘No Play’ outcome then you are requested to remain at home until your symptoms have resolved.
Frequently Asked Questions
What do I do if I test positive for COVID-19 and recently played Softball?
Should you test positive for COVID-19 please follow all HSE/NI Exec guidelines. If you have recently played/trained with your team during the period which you may have been contagious we would ask that in the first instance you advise the teams designated COVID-19 Officer prior to advising team mates. The COVID-19 Officer should then contact the Softball Ireland Medical Committee for agreement on next steps and communication with the broader team and softball community if required.
Who do I contact if I am having an issue with the Redicare app?
Should you need support with the app, please email firstname.lastname@example.org – this email will be redirected to our app provider. Should your issue not be resolved after a number of days, please contact email@example.com.
I have a hotmail or MSN email account and I am not receiving a ‘One Time Password (OTP)’ from the Redicare app.
We have been advised by Redicare that the hotmail.com and msn.com email providers are blocking Redicare OTPs from being received. We recognise that a number of players may have used these email addresses to register and we would ask that they re-register with a different email account if possible. Redicare will delete all hotmail.com and msn.com email registrations to enable players to re-register with another account.
When can I play softball in Ireland?
Training can recommence in Ireland (excluding Northern Ireland) on Saturday 4th July 2020. League and friendly games can recommence in Ireland (excluding Northern Ireland) on Monday 20th July 2020.
When can I play softball in Northern Ireland?
Training can recommence in Northern Ireland on Saturday 11th July 2020. League and friendly games can recommence in Northern Ireland on Monday 20th July 2020.
Can I organise a tournament or blitz?
No. At the present time Softball Ireland have concerns that tournaments and blitzes could promote the spread of COVID-19. This decision is under continual review and Softball Ireland will notify the membership if and when it considers it safe to hold a tournament or blitz in 2020.
Will Softball Ireland be organising any tournaments?
The Softball Ireland Board can also confirm that the Brian Walshe Cup, IOST and Softball Ireland National Club Championships have been cancelled in the 2020 season.
Can I organise an open day?
Yes. Open days are permitted, provided the following conditions are met:
– All Return to Play Protocol recommendations are adhered to;
– The number of attendees is strictly limited to a maximum of 26 people present (inclusive of players, coaches and volunteers);
– A record is made of all attendees (inclusive of players, coaches and volunteers) and forwarded on to Softball Ireland for contact tracing purposes.
A player on my team has tested positive for COVID-19 and large number of the team are now self-isolating. Do we have to forfeit our upcoming game(s)?
No. If enough players on a team have to self-isolate to the point of a forfeit, SI would recommend that the game(s) be rescheduled rather than incurring a forfeit. SI do not want the threat of a forfeit to cloud players’ judgements regarding the possible need to self-isolate.
If you have any questions regarding COVID-19 and softball, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you previously messaged us using the online form, technical issues have meant that we did not receive your query – please resend it using the email above.