COVID-19 UPDATE FROM NEZ SPORTS COUNCIL

As we all work through this unprecedented Novel Coronaviris Pandemic, the Executive of Northeast Zone Sports Council and the Baseball, Hockey & Softball Committees wish you and your family health and safety.  Keep well, watch some old sports videos, play your fill of video games, stay in touch with family and friends on the phone, work on a long-forgotten craft and catch up on some of those things we never seem to have enough time for. 

The latest updates on our NEZ sports programs are: 

Hockey:  is over for the season.  Here is the latest statement from Hockey Edmonton: 

Edmonton, Alta. – March 13th, 2020    Based on the recent decision from Hockey Canada (see below) effective immediately all sanctioned minor hockey events in Edmonton are cancelled until further notice. This includes practices, playoff games, the S4 Skills event this weekend, sanctioned team activities, and all sanctioned tournaments. Please see the table below for additional specifics concerning types of events. 

We support Hockey Canada in this decision as the health and safety of our athletes, their families, and the community are of utmost importance to us.  

This means NO team activities. No meetings, no windup parties.  NEZ Hockey will be in touch at a later date to gather up equipment and uniforms from all the teams.  Leave your bank accounts open.  We will settle outstanding invoices and payments as soon as possible.  All hockey questions should be directed to Carlos Vieira at nezhockeydirector@gmail.com 

Baseball:  Currently NEZ Baseball has 315 participants registered online.  We are leaving the online registrations open and still encouraging registrations at this point. You don’t have to pay the fee when you register – select e-transfer, cash or cheque.  If you have registered and paid already and there is no ball this season we will refund all of your paid fees. 

We are all parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles.  We want healthy, happy kids and once the danger has passed we want to get our kids back to their regular activities as soon as we can.  Back to school and back into sports.  That is why we are not prepared at this time to call the whole season off.  We are just waiting.  The situation is very fluid.  Things change daily, hourly.  Perhaps a late start, a shortened season, a season that goes into the summer months….. 

The latest from Baseball Alberta is:  MARCH 20, 2020 UPDATE 

Baseball Alberta is suspending all sanctioned activities until April 30, 2020. 

We have been in discussions with Baseball Canada and the other provinces regarding the impact of the COVID-19 on the upcoming 2020 baseball season.  We have been collectively considering the best information available from our national and provincial health authorities on how best to manage activities in this unprecedented time.  Baseball Canada has advised that all sanctioned baseball activities are suspended until at least April 30, 2020.  

Baseball Alberta recognizes that this decision will result in many questions regarding the status of the 2020 house league / community and competition seasons.  While we do not haveall the answers to these questions, Baseball Alberta is working with its members and peers to determine the best path forward with protecting the health and safety of our participants – players, coaches, and umpires – as our highest priority

For all baseball inquiries please contact Dave Ball at balldave308@gmail.com 

Softball:  Much the same as baseball this program is also on-hold.  We currently have 97 online registrations and will leave online registration open at this time.  Softball Canada has suspended all activities until April 14, 2020.  So once again it is just a wait and see situation.  If there is no season, full refunds will be given. 

For softball inquiries please contact Joselyn Smith at hosie09@gmail.com 

As for the rest…..Casinos and bingo halls are closed.  If anyone is scheduled to work one for NEZ just sit tight and do not go to your assigned hall/date.  We will have a look at all volunteer requirements once we see if we have a ball season. 

Meetings are cancelled in the short-term.  The Executive of the Sports Council will continue to pay the bills and look after business. 

We will post updates on the NEZ Sports website as they become available.  www.nezsports.com 

Stay healthy.  See you all at a ball diamond or in a hockey rink as soon as life returns to “some kind of normal”. 

Best wishes, 

Lorraine Jex, President 

Northeast Zone Sports Council 

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