I hope this email finds everyone healthy and coping well under these unusual and somewhat unpleasant circumstances. It certainly has been a trying couple of months and not what we envisioned our spring/summer would be when we met in January planning our BBSC 2020 season. Our daily lives and routines have been uprooted. Never in our lifetimes have we had to face the disappointments of lost celebrations, graduations, Bat/Bar mitzvahs, basketball games, school and even the consideration of Softball.
B’nai Brith Canada over the past six weeks have been gathering food supplies to help needy and at-risk seniors and other individuals in our GTA community who may be going without food. We are committed to continuing to provide food to these needy individuals every week until they can return to their normal routines. If you, a family member or anyone is in need, please let us know and B’nai Brith Canada can coordinate efforts to help. In order to fund this initiative, B'nai Brith has launched anEmergency Food Donation Campaign. Any donations are greatly appreciated!
The purpose of this letter is to let you know of some updates and where things are at, as of today. There are so many questions regarding the summer of 2020, and our goal at B’nai Brith Sports of Canada has always been to remain transparent and honest during this process with our communications.
We will update you towards the end of May and continue to do so as information is presented. We know the financial impact of this crisis has left many of you in a difficult situation and we will do whatever we can to partner with you to ensure that we can make this situation better.
BBSC supports our government and the measures it is taking to bring the safest outcome for all of us. As a result of the Ontario Government’s shutdown of all non-essential businesses, all summer outdoor permits and sports facilities have been closed since mid-March and the question is when and if the Government will allow these facilities to reopen, and under what conditions?
B’nai Brith Sports is working on contingency plans to deal with a shortened season. The City of Toronto and Vaughan have been keeping us informed on what parks will become available once the Province provides the “ALL CLEAR.” It goes without saying; if there ever was a time for softball and a good ‘night out’ with friends, it is now!
WILL THERE BE A 2020 BBSC-SUMMER SOFTBALL SEASON?
As of today, we believe we will start a shortened season late June/early July. We are scheduling for a 9 or 10 week season plus a condensed playoffs. We are told a lot of this decision-making will depend on Parks and Recreation and our local governments decision regarding isolation standards. BBSC feels that the Softball season of 2020, if permitted to proceed, will be a very important season as members rely on an evening with friends to help relieve the daily stress’ in life. Never have positive in-person social interactions been so important and needed.
WHAT SHOULD I DO ABOUT TEAM FEES?
Registration is now complete. Once the season is permitted to proceed, a new, lower team fee will be calculated. We will refund the excess amounts to those teams that have paid in full. Those teams with deposits only, will top up their full team payment. Players will complete the membership dues process if they have not done so already.
B’NAI BRITH SPORTS OF CANADA: will refund 100% of any deposits, and all team fee funds paid for summer 2020 if the government decides that B’nai Brith Sports of Canada Softball cannot open. We cannot, however, refund your membership dues, as those are fully tax receipt-able payments. As a non-for-profit organization we will always put our members first over and above our own financial situation. We would therefore ask you to await any decision this may regard.
Finals have been postponed. The coaches have decided that we will wait till we can finish the final 2 games in the series. If the COVID 19 issue drags on into 2021 Basketball season we will award FINALIST trophies to both teams.
This season has been one of the most competitive seasons on record! In case you missed the awards for 2020.