IMMEDIATE ATTENTION - Health Statement And Action
Over the past 24 hours I have been inundated with questions about league reaction to the Coronavirus threat. There are specific league functions that come into play.
We have chosen to act legislatively similar to MLB, NFL etc in that while there is a commissioner that can make certain decisions, virtually everything of major importance depends upon the outcome of a team vote. We think that's a good approach, with me acting unilaterally only in emergency matters. While this can be on the fringe of that, we still have the flexibility to get a team vote.
What I sent out yesterday was a statement to be effective in the event teams chose to continue team function and games were played. It was not intended to be a definitive statement that we encouraged continuation of team functions. I wanted to get more time to obtain information, see government reaction and get a handle on the medical particulars of the situation.
There is no question that the lethal threat to youth is minimal at the worst, but they can be infected and while they may not suffer severe consequences, the idea is to stop the spread to our society as a whole, especially to old guys like me and grandparents of the players who are at the greatest risk. And that's not to minimize our primary function of keeping the kids healthy--that is a given--but to think in societal terms rather than center focused.
With that in mind I think it's time to take a team vote BY AGE LEVEL (since some of our age levels don't start team function until May) as to what course of action we take from here.
I propose a vote on one of two options: (1) We suspend all team functions for all teams through April 1 and revisit the matter at that time to see if we extend or pick back up with our normal function. (2) We allow each team or program to determine their process with the understanding that NO MANDATORY attendance events are scheduled. The latter allows parents to have their important say in the matter as to what they believe is the best course of action for their family.
I am aware that the Lebanon and LSO programs have suspended activities already. I applaud their prompt action. For those with scheduled team functions in limited space areas-you probably want to re-think that.
Founder & President Southwest Ohio League