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Softball Yukon executive director George Arcand

Softball Yukon postpones season until July 16

Softball Yukon has postponed the softball season until July 16. This follows an update issued by Yukon Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) Dr. Brendan Hanley on June 30 limiting outdoor events to 20 people.

By Morris Prokop on July 7, 2021

Softball Yukon has postponed the softball season until July 16. This follows an update issued by Yukon Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) Dr. Brendan Hanley on June 30 limiting outdoor events to 20 people.

Softball Yukon executive director George Arcand explains why the decision was made: “It was based on what we heard from the CMO and his asking all Yukoners in any organized events- or in our case a league- to limit it to twenty people, and six feet apart. And you cannot play softball if you do that.”

Arcand says this is the third postponement of the season. “We had already gone down for a couple of weeks. We are just continuing until we see it get better, and he changes his order.”

“Prior to this one we had postponed for one week and prior to that for two weeks. So we had been down for three weeks already. And that was all during that time that the kids and the grads…all that was going on. And that caused the first shutdown. Based on what he came out with, we had said we were going to shut down one more week, and reassess it on the 2nd of July, which we did, and based on what we got from the CMO…we decided to go down for two more weeks and see if it gets any better.”

Arcand confirmed that the latest postponement is directly related to the outbreak. “Absolutely. There was no other reason. If it wasn’t for the outbreak- and Yukon is without a doubt in it’s own wave- so from a Softball Yukon perspective, it’s our decision, and our need to make the decision, is based on COVID, but we also have to look at the organization, and the liability it would put it in if we did not follow the CMO.”

As for the dustball Tourney, it is dust in the wind. “That was long gone.”, says Arcand. “There was never any way we could run Dustball. There was too many people. To have 700 or 1000 people when really he’s asking for no more than 20…so Dustball will not happen, and we hope that maybe with all things resolved we can be back next year with it.”

Arcand admits it’s difficult to enforce Covid protocols on all ballparks. “I would say to the most part but not entirely. It was a concern. We have absolute control over the complex, cause we have people here, but we don’t have any supervisory position at any other ballpark. So that was and always will be a concern.”

Regarding reimbursement of fees paid to Softball Yukon, a meeting was scheduled for Monday evening. “There would likely be some sort of reimbursement.”, says Arcand. “I don’t know. It isn’t likely to be 100 percent, but our group is meeting this evening (Monday), and that very subject is on the table. So we’ll come up with a refund policy based on what expenses have been incurred.”

“The co-ed league right now is being run by softball Yukon. We took over the league in January 2020, and, although we didn’t play in 2020, we are still running the league. So any refunds would come from Softball Yukon.”

Arcand is still waiting on a meeting with Hanley. According to Arcand, teams are restricted to 15 people per team this year. There are four teams to a bubble. At any time, when two teams are on the field, there are 30 people, so the limit of 20 is exceeded.

Meanwhile, Arcand has this message for the players: “The only thing I can tell them is that we are as frustrated as they are, if not more, and we can only hope we can get back on the field as soon as we can. But we’re not going to put the jeopardy of our players and their health at risk.”

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