Dear PGSA Families,
Our thoughts continue to be with you during this challenging time. The last few weeks have felt pretty different from how we normally live our lives.
With the current “Shelter in Place” mandate and the closure of all public parks throughout Sonoma County (as of yesterday), the PGSA season is obviously still suspended until further notice. We felt that it is important for you to also know that all PGSA players are registered with USA Softball and guided by the rules and regulations of this organization. Therefore, we must first have the approval from USA Softball before the PGSA Board can even consider whether or not it is safe to proceed with the season. Please see the communication at the bottom of this email for the latest update from the NorCal USA Softball Commissioner, John Gouveia.
The PGSA Board has and will continue to meet during this hiatus to discuss the important matters that are on everyone’s minds. Potential start date, modified game/practice scheduling, partial refunds, sweatshirt distribution, Steal Breeze tryouts – these are a few of the topics that were discussed during our board meeting/call this past Monday. Rest assured that we are working hard to put a plan in place and remain hopeful that the COVID-19 situation improves sooner rather than later.
Please continue to take the necessary precautions to help keep your family safe, healthy and prevent the spread of COVID-19. This includes respecting and abiding by the measures that Sonoma County has taken to keep our community safe by closing the parks and fields. We are all making sacrifices and changes to help the greater good. We’ll continue to provide updates as the situation evolves and more information becomes available.
Regards, PGSA Board
To Our Nor Cal Family:
As most of you know, the IOC has announced the postponement of the Olympic Games until 2021. USA Softball of Northern California stands by this decision as it was becoming increasingly apparent that the chances of organizing a successful event of this magnitude safely were quickly dwindling away as the COVID-19 pandemic worsens by the day.
Softball is one of many diversions in our lives that we take for granted when times are good. Now that we are experiencing a new reality is when we realize how important those diversions are. I want to assure all of you that USA Softball of Northern California will stand ready to get back on the field as soon as it has been deemed safe to do so, but not a minute before. It is our sincere hope that this will happen soon but it would be irresponsible for us to even speculate when that might be while the crisis continues to escalate. For the time being we continue to urge all of you to follow all shelter in place orders, maintain social distance protocols and support your local businesses and workers as best you can under current guidelines. The one thing you can be sure of in these unsure times is that when the time to “Play Ball” again is here, USA Softball of Northern California will be ready to work with all of you to get our lives back to normal and to start enjoying our great game again.
With deepest sincerity.
John Gouveia, Commissioner
USA Softball of Northern California