Softball Ontario COVID-19 Statement
To: Coaching Community
From: Softball Ontario
Date: March 16, 2020
Softball Canada, Softball Ontario and the Member Associations are continuing to
monitor the very fluid COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak situation. On Friday, most
of the city and regional recreational centres and school boards closed their doors
for 3 weeks in a socially responsible effort to contain the spread of the virus.
As a result, Softball Ontario will be suspending ALL activities, including
Coaching, CANpitch and Umpire clinics scheduled through April 5th. We will
assess the continuation of clinics beyond that date in the coming weeks as the
If you feel sick or have traveled outside of Canada in the past 14 days, we ask that
you to follow the direction of our Health Officials who ask you self-Isolate for 14
In order to manage the risk, we will recommend you:
Check the advice from the authorities in the community where you plan to hold a
meeting or event. Follow their advice.
1. Develop and agree on a preparedness plan to prevent infection at your
meeting or event.
2. Develop and agree on a response plan in case someone at the meeting
becomes ill with symptoms of COVID-19 (dry cough, fever, malaise).
3. Provide information or a briefing, preferably both orally and in writing, on
COVID-19 and the measures that organizers are taking to make this event
safe for participants.
4. Display dispensers of alcohol-based hand rub prominently around the
5. If there is space, arrange seats so that participants are at least one meter
6. Open windows and doors whenever possible to make sure the venue is well
7. Refrain from physical contact, such as shaking hands.
8. If anyone who starts to feel unwell, follow your preparedness plan or call
your hotline. Depending on the situation in your area, or recent travel of the
participant, place the person in the isolation room. Offer the person a mask
so they can get home safely, if appropriate, or to a designated assessment
9. Thank all participants for their cooperation with the provisions in place.
10.Retain the names and contact details of all participants for at least one
month. This will help public health authorities trace people who may have
been exposed to COVID-19 if one or more participants become ill shortly
after the event.
11.If someone at the meeting or event was isolated as a suspected COVID-19
case, the organizer should let all participants know this. They should be
advised to monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days and take their
temperature twice a day.
12.If they develop even a mild cough or low-grade fever (i.e. a temperature of
37.3 C or more) they should stay at home and self-isolate. This means
avoiding close contact (1 meter or nearer) with other people, including
family members. They should also telephone their healthcare provider or the
local public health department, giving them details of their recent travel and
Risk Warning: Sports programs should disseminate information to all staff,
coaches, players, parents, and spectators about the coronavirus risk and practices
that should be undertaken to mitigate risks. Information should be disseminated by
way of email, social media, coach talks, and public announcement