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December 21st message from Nor Cal USA Softball Commissioner

Hello Everyone

I hope that all of you are staying safe and will have a chance to enjoy the upcoming holiday season. The recent rollout of the Covid vaccine has been the first encouraging bit of news I've heard since the pandemic began. That being said, it's unrealistic to assume that this means 2021 will be back to normal, but I truly hope it will be much better than the year we just endured. I wanted to cover a few things in what will likely be my last message of 2020.  

CREDITS
We are processing the credit requests we received. As has been discussed the credits will be in the form of a registration extension into the 2021 season for those members who were paid for and approved, but were unable to participate this year. Credits will include the cost of membership and insurance, but items such as ACE, background checks and ID cards will not. Our National Office is still working on finalizing the process in order to integrate the credits when registrations for 2021 begin. We have not officially opened registrations at this time for obvious reasons and expect to do so once the credit process has been finalized. I've received a few questions regarding whether or not insurance coverage will be afforded to those participants should leagues and travel organizations be able to host clinics and/or tryouts before registrations begin and the answer is yes. Those leagues and organizations who have been past members of USA Softball will be covered as they resume activities but we do ask that you notify us once you begin any on field activities so we can work to get your participants registered.    

BACK TO THE BALLPARK FOR LEAGUE PLAY
At one of our zoom meetings it was requested that a Back to the Ballpark document for league play be developed to be used alongside the one that was developed for tournament play. That document is complete and can be downloaded below. 

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
As was previously reported Nor Cal reached out to the California Department of Public Health in a attempt to be proactive about returning to the field. Though we did not receive much more than a generic response I am happy to report that they did update their guidance for youth and adult sports. That information can be found at https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/outdoor-indoor-recreational-sports.aspx. It still defers back to the local health department but it was encouraging to see that the State did provide new information. Perhaps hearing from a lot of sports organizations, which I understand they did, helped. 

2021 TOURNAMENT REQUESTS
Even though everything is still up in the air the 2021 tournament request forms are now available and can be submitted once you have your field dates secured.

DUDLEY SPORTS CATALOG
Dudley has been a strong supporter of Nor Cal for many years. You can find the latest Dudley catalog below. 

2021 ROAD SHOWS
Lastly, a reminder that the annual Road Shows will be held virtually this year on January 19 and 20 at 7pm. Your league or organization may attend either night. Meeting links will be sent a few days prior. 

As we close one of the strangest years ever, I want to personally thank all of you for your support of USA Softball and for how hard you worked to try and salvage some kind of season for your teams and leagues. We will continue to work as well and I sincerely hope that we can have a 2021 that looks more like what we were used to before any of us ever heard the word covid.

All of us at Nor Cal wish you and your families a happy and most of all safe holiday season and we look forward to seeing many of you at our virtual road shows. 

Sincerely,

 

John Gouveia, Commissioner
USA Softball of Northern California

 

May 13th - Letter from the Commissioner

Hello again everyone

I hope this message finds you all doing well. My last message included some guidelines that USA Softball of Hawaii created for getting back on the field that you could review. Now USA Softball has created some recommendations that can be used by all of us when the time comes that we can start back up. These recommendations are geared toward game conditions but a lot of the protocols can be useful in many situations. Also there's a Q&A about insurance that you should find helpful and more importantly a liability release specific to COVID-19 that everyone planning some type of team or league activity should use. As has been the case since this journey began there are still more questions than answers and the situation is constantly being assessed and reassessed. The words tentative and subject to change should be used liberally whenever discussions on returning to the field are held. 

I've heard from some of you in counties that are beginning to consider "opening up" and have been asked if it will be ok to start practice and even start to form your summer travel teams. The short answer is yes, but as I've said repeatedly any activity has to conform with the guidelines set forth by your local jurisdiction, which usually means your county health department and other local officials, and you also have to received the ok from whomever the field owner is that you receive your field permits from to get back on the field. Also there is no guarantee as to what future events will be held, if any, and if counties will allow players from other counties to participate in events that do take place. As I said, still more questions than answers. 

I hope you find the attached information from USA Softball helpful. I'll have another update for you next week after the USA Softball Board of Directors meeting. 

 

Please continue to take care. 
John Gouveia, Commissioner
USA Softball of Northern California