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.
  • Following the Government of Alberta and Softball Alberta’s return to play protols, Calgary Minor Softball Association (CMSA) has made the very sad decision to cancel the entire 2020 Season.
  • CMSA will not be hosting a league in the Fall and will be back in 2021.

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 has met and discussed the current situation with Stage 1 & 2 of the Government of Alberta’s plan for opening sports. Unfortunately we have come to the very hard decision to CANCEL the Airdrie Girls Softball 2020 Season. This will include our Fall clinics as Softball Alberta has cancelled all indoor sessions.

Many things helped us come to this decision, for example, Calgary Minor Softball is not hosting a League in 2020. Although Softball Alberta is allowing softball to go ahead, there are many social distancing rules in place:

Stage 1 – in place until July 5th (unless you want to stay in stage 1) – is for small group practices only, maintaining 2m of distance at all times. Screening and sanitization measures in place. No indoor training.

Stage 2 – to commence July 6th – is game play in cohorts of 50 (players, coaches and sanitation/screening volunteers). Meaning 3 teams will play each other for the season. Players and coaches must choose one team only (meaning coaches cannot coach 2 teams or play their own ball and coach their child) and also must quarantine between sports for 14 days, including if you change your cohort within the same sport. A few more rules to take note of for stage 2:

  • A volunteer crew is to sanitize the dugouts prior to the team entering. Each team must have their own game ball that must be sanitized as often as possible but the minimum is between innings.
  • No shared catcher’s equipment, no sharing of any equipment with the exception of bats.  Bats should be passed by the barrel and sanitized after each use. Pitchers can not lick their hands – they will be allowed to use a towel.
  • No base races, no high fives, no singing/cheering, no food of any sort (Gum, spits, etc), each participant must bring their own water bottle, sunscreen, bug spray, hand sanitizer, etc.
  • Volunteers will screen players ahead of them entering the field of play.
  • Spectators are encouraged to wear masks, players will NOT wear masks on the field but can wear them on the bench. Spectators must remain in the outfield area to view the game, no spectators behind the back stop or dugouts.
  • Players must stay out of dugouts during practices and minimize contact during games by extending the dugouts outside of the dugout to maintain the 2m distance rule.
  • Umpires can call the game from 2m behind the catcher or from 2m behind the pitcher.


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

We miss you all and look forward to seeing everyone again in 2021!

Stay safe,
AGSA Board

Softball Alberta has suspended all softball activities until June 15th, 2020. www.softballalberta.ca
 
The Government of Alberta has approved:
  • Phase 1, in place until July 5th
    • Only small group training
    • NO INDOOR TRAINING
    • Controlled training to adhere to protocol
  • Phase 2, to commence July 6th
    • Introducing game play between 50 person sport cohorts
    • NO INDOOR TRAINING
    • Controlled prescreening and sanitizing to adhere to protocol


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 has suspended all softball activities until May 31st, 2020. An update will be provided by May 21st, 2020. www.softball.ca

The Alberta Government is providing daily updates on Alberta Health Services from the Premier and Chief Medical Officer: alberta.ca.
The Government of Canada COVID-19 information: Canada.ca.