On Friday, June 19, 2020, the Big Spring Girls Softball Association announced that one of their coaches had tested positive for COVID-19 and that the team had been notified.
The organization also immediately reached out to City of Big Spring staff, Big Spring Fire Chief Craig Ferguson, and the Texas Health Department to inquire how to proceed with the season. It was determined that the common areas of the softball complex would be disinfected nightly and BSGSA would provide hand sanitizer.
“We want to provide a good, clean, safe environment for not only the players, but for any of the spectators that are out,” said Johnny DeLeon, BSGSA President and City of Big Spring Parks and Recreation Committee Member.
According to DeLeon, all agencies contacted advised that the organization was cleared to continue with the season.
Recently, DeLeon addressed concerns in an open letter to citizens, players, parents, and coaches of Big Spring. In it, he reminded that BSGSA is a recreational league and they do not actively recruit players. He noted that parents register and pay for their children to play, and injuries and illnesses are always a possibility.
DeLeon also explained why refunds were denied, stating that recreational sports leagues are non-profit organizations and the money charged is just enough for the league to get started. He advised that when the COVID-19 precautions took effect, uniforms, insurance, equipment, and various other fees had already been paid, and a refund would have been minimal.
Ultimately, he emphasized that board members, coaches, and other league personnel are all volunteers who donate their time, attention, and love to their players.
“We are a quality of life program,” said DeLeon of the league. “We want these girls to go out and have a good time, to learn sportsmanship, to learn teamwork, to develop a skill that they may not otherwise know they had. Some of these girls will never play any other sport, some of these girls will go on to play multiple sports, but we want to instill that confidence in them that they are eligible to go out and do things, and that’s the only reason we continue to do what we do.”