This page is designed 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 v1.0 (Published 26/6/2020)
Saturday 4th July 2020
Softball Ireland Insurance will be reactivated and training can resume in Ireland (Northern Ireland currently excluded)
Monday 20th July 2020
Friendly and League games can resume in Ireland (Northern Ireland currently excluded)
Frequently Asked Questions
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?
We cannot yet confirm a date for the recommencement of softball in Northern Ireland as the Northern Ireland Executive have not yet provided a date for the return of recreational sports.
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.