Ready for some Fall Ball? Send us your interest in the survey below. We are preparing for an enhanced fall season.
SWS Fastpitch is planning to offer an expanded Fall Ball program which will include weekly games with standings and a year-end tournament similar to our normal summer season program. In order to prepare for a formal registration, we need your feedback to gauge interest on our proposed format, field availability, and willingness to play under COVID guidelines.
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THIS IS A PRE-REGISTRATION SURVEY ONLY. FORMAL REGISTRATION WILL OCCUR LATER IN JULY.
To all coaches, parents and players: The SWS Board has reluctantly decided to cancel the 2020 Spring/Season due to the ongoing pandemic. The Board waited as long as we thought practical to have some sort of summer ball, but after much discussion and debate, it was decided that it is just not feasible to continue.
There were many factors to consider, but the main issue may be that we have simply run out of time to host a season. Our policy is to follow the Illinois 5-phase guidelines for reopening. We need at least Phase 4 (which allows gatherings up to 50 people total) to have a chance of scheduling games. Since we are now just entering Phase 3 (which allows only 10 people max) this essentially has eliminated the possibility of holding any games in June. It is true there might be a chance for July games, but that is not a certainty. Rather than continue to wait and see, the Board felt it would be best to move on in the best interest of player safety and to allow families to plan their summer.
There were other factors that weighed heavily on our decision as well. Even if we were allowed to reopen and conduct games, there are several safety protocols, insurance , and legal issues to address under this pandemic. The ability to monitor compliance of safety guidelines is also a concern. It would be very difficult to ensure the safety and health of players, coaches, parents and umpires.
However, as alternative, the Board will continue to meet this summer and work on a contingency plan for an enhanced Fall program. This would include addition of some weekday games plus a tournament at the end of the program. More details to follow.
As for refunds, we will be issue a full refund for all those who have registered less a small fee for credit card processing. All refunds will be credited to the card used at registration.
Again, the Board is very disappointed we are not able to provide a summer full of softball, something we have enjoyed providing for decades. But we also take comfort in knowing we are protecting the health and welfare of the SWS family.
In the meantime, please follow the CDC guidelines such as hand washing, social distancing and large gatherings to keep your family safe.