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Nov, 2020

Winter Programs Update

Hello SAA families,

We hope you had a nice Thanksgiving this year.  While youth sports certainly weren’t top of mind for you, for SAA directors they weren’t far in the background. This year we can reflect on the things we are thankful for in this atypical year and our hopes for the road ahead.

With the support of volunteers, families, Springfield Township and Springfield School District we are thankful we were able to offer softball, soccer, field hockey and even a small dose of baseball to hundreds of kids in the community this summer and fall. We appreciate your patience as we sorted through logistics (fields, finances, schedules, equipment, registrations, health/safety standards) in unprecedented times.  We’re grateful for the cooperation we received from so many sources to manage the environment and enable outdoor youth sports.

Looking ahead, we know we are challenged by a lack of indoor resources to host our traditional winter programs. Last year we had 70+ hours of gym time reserved within school district facilities alone each week.  Given health and safety concerns there are restrictions beyond our control that inhibit our ability to host sporting events (tryouts, games, practices, etc.) indoors at the usual locations.  Suitable alternate venues aren’t available at this time.  We’ll continue to work closely with the school district officials to secure facilities as soon as they are available and safety protocols are established.
So, at this juncture we are hitting the “pause button” with 2020-2021 SAA intramural basketball.  We will re-evaluate as 2021 arrives.  SAA-sponsored wrestling and travel basketball will be on hiatus this year.  We’ll look for creative opportunities to engage kids safely in sports with an eye towards offering SAA youth sports again by no later than spring 2021. Our success with fall programs gives us full confidence that we can safely and successfully operate outdoor activities next year.

Best regards,

SAA Directors

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