Softball Manitoba Return to Play Guidelines

As of May 7, 2021: In accordance with the Province of Manitoba’s Public Health Orders, Softball Manitoba is suspending all programming. This includes all softball clinics, practices and games held by Softball Manitoba and its members. The suspension of these activities will remain in effect until at least May 30, 2021. Changes will be made to programming as current Public Health Orders are amended.



2021 Return to Play Document - revised April 28, 2021

*Games and practices currently not allowed under public health orders.




Question: Can we start playing league games? 
Answer: Yes, as per PHO, outdoor games are allowed and Member Leagues may start the outdoor competition season as scheduled, or later if they need to prepare and finalize details. 

Question: How early can teams arrive before games for warm-up? 
Answer: Please consult the facility being used for this question and others. Please respect that facility guidelines may differ from PHO. 

Question: Are tournaments allowed? 
Answer: No, as per PHO, multi-team tournaments are not currently allowed. 

Question: Do players and coaches have to wear masks during games? 
Answer: Players and coaches must wear masks whenever they are NOT actively in game play/ cannot physical distance (2m).  
While actively engaged in game play on the field, coaches and players are not required to wear a mask. 

Question: How many are allowed on a coaching staff? 
Answer: The maximum is 5 and all staff must be registered on RAMP as either a coach or manager. Anyone registered as a ‘coach’ must be certified per requirements here  

Question: I'm adding a 5th staff member, should they register as a coach or manager? Are there any certification requirements?
Answer: They can register as a manager. The only 'certification' required is Respect in Sport which is completely virtual. Please see our website here for Respect in Sport details. 

Question: What if a coach can't make it one day, can someone else fill in?
Answer: No. We encourage teams to register the max amount of staff (5), and ensure it is only those 5 registered members fulfilling staff roles at games/practices. 

Question: Is the team safety officer responsible for spectators physically distancing?
Answer: Each team's safety officer is responsible for their team's spectators maintaining physical distancing. (Plus contact tracing and that it is only 1 spectator per minor athlete as per PHO and Softball MB's RTP).

Question: Does the safety officer need to be on the coaching staff?
Answer: No, it can be a parent/guardian spectator. NOTE: if you want your safety officer to have dugout access (for sanitization purposes, etc.), then YES they would need to be registered staff with a minimum of Respect in Sport certification.

Question: If a parent/guardian is on the coaching staff, do they count as the 1 spectator for their athlete on the team?
Answer: No.



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Note: MPSL teams can enter the park 1 hour before game time. Slo-pitch teams can have access 30 minutes before their game time.

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