COVID-19

Airdrie Girls Softball Updates

As COVID-19 continues to evolve, Airdrie Girls Softball Association (AGSA) will be providing organization updates here:

  • Our association, AGSA, plays Fastpitch in a larger girls fastpitch league that is run by the Calgary Minor Softball Association.
  • We are waiting for the Government of Alberta and Softball Alberta’s return to play protols for the 2021 season.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Airdrie Girls Softball wants to thank everyone for their continued patience as we try to navigate these very unusual times. Our board is in the process of working with Calgary Minor Softball to determine what the 2021 season will look like. We have commenced our outdoor practices and will continue to follow all public health measures.Airdrie Girls Softball wants to thank everyone for their continued patience as we try to navigate these very unusual times. Our board is in the process of working with Calgary Minor Softball to determine what the 2021 season will look like. We have commenced our outdoor practices and will continue to follow all public health measures.

May 26th, 2021 Announcement, will apply to all regions:

ALBERTA’S OPEN FOR SUMMER PLAN

Stage 3: Two weeks after 70% of Albertans 12+ (born in 2009 or earlier) have received at least one dose. EFFECTIVE JULY 1st, 2021

  • All restrictions lifted, including ban on indoor social gatherings
  • Isolation requirements for confirmed cases of COVID-19 and some protective measures in continuing care settings remain

 

Stage 2: Two weeks after 60% of Albertans 12+ (born in 2009 or earlier) have received at least one dose and hospitalizations are below 500 and declining. Expected to be in effect June 10th:

  • Youth and adult sports – resume with no restrictions, indoors and outdoors
  • Outdoor public gatherings (concerts/festivals) – up to 150 people
  • Outdoor fixed seating facilities (grandstands) – 1/3 seated capacity

 

Stage 1: Two weeks after 50% of Albertans 12+ (born in 2009 or earlier) have received at least one dose and hospitalizations are below 800 and declining. Effective June 1 unless stated otherwise

  • Outdoor physical, performance and recreation activities – up to 10 distanced people, all ages

Previous Restrictions:

Step 1 of the AHS “Path Forward” comes into effect on Monday, February 8, 2021,  All other restrictions remain in place.  (Please consult with the facilities that you are planning on using, if & when they will be opening and what protocols they have in place for training as it may differ from what is listed below)

The following restrictions will be in place UNTIL MAY 31ST 2021, and will be extended if necessary, for high case regions:

Mandatory, additional restrictions for high case regions – Effective May 5

Outdoor gatherings

  • All outdoor social gatherings must be limited to no more than 5 people and a maximum of 2 household cohorts.
  • Mandatory physical distancing must be maintained at all times between members of different households.
Mandatory, additional restrictions for high case regions – Effective 11:59 pm on May 9

Outdoor activities

  • All outdoor sports and recreation activities are prohibited, except with members of your household, or your two close contacts if you live alone. This includes:
    • all group physical activities, such as team sports, fitness classes, training sessions
    • all one-on-one lessons and training activities
    • all practices, training and games
  • Outdoor recreation facilities can remain open unless specifically closed by public health order.

There has been a new Sport, Fitness and Recreation guidance document released on April 28th, 2021 on the Government of Alberta website, see the document HERE.

Team Sport Activities

  • Children and youth will be allowed to participate in limited team sport activities.
  • Lessons, practices and conditioning activities are allowed for indoor and outdoor, team-based, minor sports/activities.
  • Sports competitions are not permitted for any age athletes at this time.
  • All participants must be 19 years old or younger, except coaches or trainers.
  • Maximum of 10 total individuals, including all coaches, trainers, and participants.
  • Physical distancing must be maintained between participants at all times:
    • 3-metres physical distance for indoor activities
    • 2-metres physical distance for outdoor activities
    • Coaches or trainers may enter physical distancing space for brief interactions with participants (for example, to correct form or technique)
    • Participants must be masked at all times, except during the training activity for indoor activities. Coaches/trainers/etc. must remain masked at all times indoors.
    • Access to change rooms must be limited, including accelerated arrival and departure, emergencies (for example, first aid) and washroom use.
  • All Albertans can practice sport of any intensity in groups of up to 10 (including coaches/trainers) so long as 2 metres’ distance can be mantained between participants and between groups (e.g. two groups sharing a softball diamond).
  • Coaches/trainers must remain physically distanced from participants and from each other, unless brief guidance or instruction is required (e.g., to correct form or provide brief demonstration).
    • Coaches/trainers must be 3 metresdistanced indoors, and 2 metresoutdoors.
    • The coach/trainer must perform hand hygiene before and after a closecontact interaction.
  • Softball training must be with certified softball coaches.
    • The softball coach must be fully certified in one of the NCCP softball streams, visit here.
    • Certified softball coaches must be prepared to produce this documentation if asked by AHS inspectors / facility operators.
  • Please ensure all equipment is sanitized between users.
  • Up to 10 spectators can attend a permitted outdoor sport, fitness, or recreation activity so long as individuals stay 2 metres apart from anyone who is not part of their household. (please ask spectators to keep away from the diamond/field area, including behind the backstop).
    • Operators should ask all attendees, including participants, parents, instructors and chaperones to check themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 using the Alberta Health Daily Checklist before attending the facility or activity.

You can read more about the changes from Softball Alberta here: https://www.softballalberta.ca/home/return-to-play/

For further information regarding the new measures, please check out the Target Public Health Measures page provided by AHS and the Government of Alberta.

https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx

For further inquiries, please contact Alberta Health Services.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS ON THE JUNE 10TH UPDATE

May 5th Update:

NEW mandatory, restrictions for high case regions come into effect at 11:59 pm on Sunday, May 9

These measures apply in municipalities or areas with more than 50 cases per 100,000 people, and with more than 30 active cases.

 Indoor activities

  • All indoor sport, performance and recreation activities for youth and adults are prohibited.
  • Indoor fitness and recreation facilities must close, including for 1-on-1 training.

Outdoor activities

  • All outdoor sports and recreation activities are prohibited, except with members of your household, or your two close contacts if you live alone.

This includes:

    • all group physical activities, such as team sports, fitness classes, training sessions
    • all one-on-one lessons and training activities
    • all practices, training and games

View the Alberta gov’t website – regional active cases page for up-to-date information.

Case numbers are updated every afternoon so please keep yourselves up to date with the status of your region.

https://www.alberta.ca/assets/documents/covid19-restrictions-high-case-regions.pdf

April 29th Update:

There have been a few important updates to the sport guidelines set out by the Government of Alberta, please see below:

There has been a new Sport, Fitness and Recreation guidance document posted on the Government of Alberta website available here.

There are 3 important updates on this document of note:

  • Players who are 19 years old can now participate in the group of 10 training.
  • Adult Albertans can now practice any sport outdoors in groups of 10 while following the rest of the guidelines within the document.
  • Sports competitions are not permitted for any age athletes at this time.

Please review the guidance document carefully before your training sessions begin to ensure all guidelines are being followed.

Feb 3rd, 2021 Update:

Softball Alberta would like to reassure our members that we will continue to work closely with our sport consultants from the Government of Alberta to update you all as we continue on through the pandemic. We hope we can see everyone back on the diamond in a few months, but we will continue to adhere to the restrictions and guidelines set out by the Government of Alberta & AHS. Our Return to Play Committee will be reconvening shortly and as soon as we can resume softball activities we will update our members on how to safely do so.

Each association and league will be in control of when or if they resume play once softball activities can start up again. The 2021 Provincial Championships are still being planned & Softball Alberta will be exploring all options in order for these events to go ahead. Softball Alberta also remains in communication with Softball Canada & the Western Softball Association regarding post-provincial championships.


Softball Alberta wants to remind everyone that before you can participate in any sanctioned softball activities your Association/Leagues/Players must:

  • Affiliate with Softball Alberta
  • Acknowledge all the “Return to Play” requirements  and submit the “Association Declaration of Compliance” form to Softball Alberta
  • Ensure all participants have registered into the Softball Alberta RAMP season which includes an Assumption of Risk Waiver & Declaration for each participant.
  • Obtain approval from your local municipality to use the softball facilities


Until all of this has been completed, players & coaches will not have membership with Softball Alberta. We urge everyone to be patient as we want to ensure we maintain the integrity of the game while respecting the health & safety of our members. 

Softball Canada’s return to play guidelines:

https://softball.ca/returntoplay

Softball Canada: www.softball.ca

For up to date information from the Alberta Government and Alberta Health Services visit: alberta.ca.
The Government of Canada COVID-19 information: canada.ca.