Those reading this are very likely aware that the NCAA recruiting dead period for recruiting has been pushed out to July 31. I have been told with significant confidence that the deadline may get pushed even further, out to August 31. Of course, until it is, it is just hearsay.
So at this time we have not made any changes to the dates. Each week it feels like we get closer to a more normal setting for kids on a ball field, and if possible, I'd like to run the event as close to normal as I can, and that includes being able to have coaches in the stands or observing in some manner. That would obviously eliminate July dates, though with streaming services and the like, it's not out of the question to still go in July and provide significant exposure for the players.
That being said, I do have two future weekends booked at the same facilty as fallback dates if need be, August 8-10 and September 5-7, which is Labor Day weekend.
That is the lay of the land today. I will continue to assess the landscape and see where we fit, so as to maximize the benefit for the players and the college coaches.
I am sure all registered players for BAWS 2020 are wondering about the summer and how things will be affected by the coronavirus and social distancing measures. Include me among those who are wondering.
BAWS 2020 is presently planned for July 10-12. Like many organizations, we are preparing to hit a moving target and obviously that is challenging. In lieu of that, I have secured future dates (at Islanders Field) if BAWS 2020 has to be pushed back in the calendar. Again, that is an IF. I have 100% assurance of from the facility administrator.
I am also working on adjusted formats for the event, again, if need be. I believe there are formats that can work to keep players and staff safe and within social distance guidelines. Of course, again, it must be said that we do not yet know what those guidelines will look like for mid-July, late July, August, September, or October, though we are getting some more clear ideas of what it will all look like.
In the near future I will script out our safety protocols, which I will then distribute via email and post on the BAWS site. I will also distribute event-execution protocols when they are solidified. The BAWS menu bar will have future communications published there when appropriate. I understand that no matter each individual's stance on the shelter-in-place procedures, safety precautions/guidelines, etc., this is serious stuff and we are at the beginning of a long road ahead, speaking specifically to where BAWS and showcases are positioned in the sports world.
Things that will be addressed:
Safety measures - Players
Safety measures - Staff
Social distancing at check-in & within the complex
Event format adjustments - showcase portion & game play portion
At Islanders Field there will be some specific precautions put in place as the facility staff determines what will be permitted by the state, San Joaquin County, and the city of Lathrop. It seems there are some basics procedures/precautions included in a forward plan that will be put in place, such as...
1. PPE and face masks for staff and umpires
2. Testing will likely not be required by the facility
3. Increased frequency of custodial staff cleaning and sanitizing the facility between games/field activities
4. Washing stations will be added to the dugouts
5. Hand sanitizers available in the dugouts, within the stadium, and the restrooms
6. Concessions will NOT be opened in the early stages of reopening the stadium. We will know more by BAWS dates
7. Facility has added two vending machines for drinks and plans to add additional for home and visitor
8. Seeds NOT permitted; facility pondering a protein bar vending option
9. Adhere to 6' social distance guidelines, which eliminates player meetings, mound visits, etc.
10. Longer breaks between games/field activities to allow for dispersion of people. Warm-ups can take place on adjacent soccer fields. No contact between teams
11. One team permitted in batting cage at a time
12. Dugouts sanitized between games. Dugouts are LARGE enough to keep social distance
13. Online streaming will be added value for the players' exposure
There will be MUCH more in place by the time BAWS rolls around, specific procedures and guidelines, perhaps additional waivers of liability for assumption of risk of Coronavirus/COVID-19. That will be something for me to work through with the insurance company, as well as with the required policy for the facility.
When I DO have information that is tangible and concrete I will notify all registered players/families. In the meantime, be well, keep working hard at school, your minds, your bodies and your game.