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Mar, 2020

UPDATED MARCH 18: ALL BGSL SOFTBALL ACTIVITIES SUSPENDED UNTIL MAY 11th

Update: March 18, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 virus, the Barrington Girls Softball League will continue to follow the recommendations for softball related activities from Little League International as well as the Borough of Barrington, the County of Camden, the State of New Jersey, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the World Health Organization.

Links to the latest updates on the virus, as well as additional guidance and resources, being provided by these organizations are found below this paragraph.  The BGSL will continue to provide any updates relevant to softball on this page and through Facebook https://www.facebook.com/theBGSL/.  

Little League International:
https://www.littleleague.org/news/recommended-temporary-suspension-of-little-league-activities/

Borough of Barrington:
http://barringtonboro.com/covid-19-preparation-and-protection/

Camden County:
https://www.camdencounty.com/service/covid-19-updates-and-preparations/

State of New Jersey:
https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/ncov.shtml

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

World Health Organization:
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019



March 13, 2020

Hello to all BGSL Families:

I am writing to you tonight in hope that all of you are doing well and are minimally impacted by the worldwide crisis we are dealing with. I never imagined myself having to deal with such a serious issue as President of a recreational softball league. However, the situation in which we find ourselves with a worldwide pandemic, it’s something I must take with the utmost seriousness and give due diligence.

Tonight, our small town softball league was planning on having a gathering with all of our softball parents in a relaxed environment. To offer you an opportunity away from the field to get to know our coaches and members of our advisory board in a relaxed and welcoming setting. To have you learn more about our league, our values, our goals as a league and be available to you in person for anything on your mind before the season gets started. At the same time, it was our opportunity to get to know YOU.

Sadly, instead, I found myself having to reluctantly make the tough decision of canceling said get together and needing to deal with the serious issue at hand. Prior to canceling the Meet & Greet, I consulted with Mayor Harris and officials at Camden County then had discussions throughout the day with our coaches and Board members.

While we were not discouraged from going on with the Meet & Greet, we were informed of various cancellations taking place within the Borough as well as Camden County, planned conference calls scheduled to take place among all Mayors within Camden County tomorrow morning (this morning by the time you read this) and the fact that Governor Murphy held a press conference suggesting that gatherings of more than 250 or more people that include parades, concerts and sporting events should be canceled. Little League International also sent an email out one hour prior to our meeting suggesting, but not mandating, that all chartered programs temporarily suspend all activities.

Members of the BGSL Board and coaches met tonight with the sole purpose of addressing the matter at hand. Many of us came to the meeting confused, concerned and frustrated. I’m sure many of you are experiencing the same emotions, but we met ready and prepared to take on the task we are obliged to deal with. During the first part of our meeting many ideas and suggestions were discussed on what we do immediately, what we do moving forward, and what we do when the situation is over.

The ideas were thoughtful and informed. Several of our coaches and Board members are teachers or health care professionals having to deal with this head on at their professional jobs. We took many credible sources into consideration during our discussion and started to formulate a plan. We came up with an immediate time span of a minimum one week to suspend all softball activities, we developed plans for what policies we put in place once we resume our softball activities and we discussed permanent precautions we take to reduce or prevent any possibility of transferrable virus risks in the future.

Then we all got the notification at the same time on our phones. Our governing district, NJ District 14 of Little League International, who our 10U and up softball players are charted with, announced that all district teams are suspended until April 6th. ALL ACTIVITIES! MANDATORY! No games, no scrimagges, no practices. There will not even be any meetings until further notice.

Although our T-Ball Clinic and 8U divisions are not under the Little League charter, we are following their suggestions and guidelines for these divisions.

So, it is with deep regret, yet with everyone’s utmost safety and health in mind, that we are officially suspending all BGSL softball activities until at least April 6th. Our coaches or I will keep in contact with you and keep you abreast of any pertinent information.

We will continue to monitor what is going on with the crisis at hand and take advisement from the Borough of Barrington, the State of New Jersey, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the World Health Organization.

We will communicate to you our proactive plan to reduce risk moving forward once we all have a better control on the matter at hand.

I thank you all for your understanding and wish you all well. I am VERY disappointed that I had to write this email tonight but I realize it is necessary and the right thing to do. We will get past this and we will have softball.BGSL!!!

Warmest regards,

Sean Broderick
President – Barrington Girls Softball League

BGSL!!!
 

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