Update on CSMS Planning in the face of Covid-19
Dear Calgary Senior Men’s Slo-pitch League Members:
No doubt you’ve already received many emails from the organizations and businesses you are involved with concerning the actions they are taking in order to deal with the Covid-19 health emergency. Your CSMS League Board of Directors would like to do likewise.
As a Board, our biggest concern right now is the health and safety of the 300 or so CSMS League members and their families. Based on age alone, over 70% of our membership demographic falls into the ‘at risk’ (60+) category for the Covid-19 virus. We are worried about you, our wonderful friends in this league, and are thinking and praying for you during this difficult time. It is our hope that none of you contract this virus, and that if you do, its course will be mild or even unrecognized.
During this difficult time, your Board has not been idle. Thankfully, even though we cannot and would not want to meet at our normal venue, the Canadian Legion, we have been able to meet as a Board ‘virtually’ over the internet and will continue to do so. Over the next month we will continue to meet online and make decisions about the 2020 CSMS League season and tournaments. Of course we will be monitoring restrictions and recommendations from provincial and federal authorities in determining what activities we can and should put together.
You should be aware that the City of Calgary has closed access to our diamonds through June 30th, and that the province currently is banning gatherings of more than 15 people. Therefore, unless these restrictions might be unexpectedly eased, it is clear we have lost at least ½ of the 2020 season.
Over the next month your Board will decide what slo-pitch activities may be both possible and wise for the latter half of the summer and fall. Please understand that in these uncertain times we, like you, have no crystal ball and have less information than we’d like. Hopefully we are starting down the back side of this thing and we can salvage some slo-pitch in 2020. But as important as slo-pitch is to all of us, it pales in comparison to risking even one person getting severely ill.
Stay tuned, stay home and stay safe. We will get through this and before you know it be playing the best sport there is, out under warm sunshine. Keep an eye out for further information from your Board in late April or early May.
Our best wishes,
CSMS League Board of Directors