Covid - 19 has closed our festival for three years. Never did we believe when we were forced to close in March 2020 that we would not see our dodgeball friends for two more years. Covid has been devastation and we hope that 2022 and into 2023 that things will start to return to normal. We had hoped to offer our festival in 2022. We had the date booked and was about to release our dates shorty before Christmas 2021 when the government closed down all indoor events with at the time no end date in site.
An event this size requires months of planning and large amounts of funds to be spent before the actual dates of the festival. In early January we were forced to shelve the event as we still had no end date for the lifting of restrictions and things needed to be booked. As we could not guarantee the event would be allowed to proceed and faced with a short time line we had no choice but to push the reopening to 2023. We had looked at other date possibilities but ran into issues either with the facility or the fact that both Nationals and the Worlds were happening after June in Canada.
HOME COMING - We sincerely hope that you will return to the festival in 2023. We are using the theme Home Coming because this festival is a big part of the reason the community has grown across the country and beyond. We want to see you all again and see the smiles and love that is our great sport of dodgeball.
All Covid protocols will be followed. Stay Tuned for Updates
Hello Pro Sports Community
The past five months has been a different ride for everyone and as things start to move back to somewhat normal life Pro Sports wants to give you an update on the current situation, future events and credits for those who have had leagues postponed and or events delayed. This past March 12 we shut down operations and have not yet been allowed to begin events. Currently as the province moves to Phase Three some limited sports and events can begin to be held if the right conditions are met. I have divided this email into sections as it is quite long and you may or may not want to read about every event or subject. Everything is covered from credits to refunds to events to expected play dates.
BACK TO THE FIELD REQUIREMENTS
1. We can start to offer some sports in limited ways. Currently any league including officials must not exceed 50 participants. This means that when calculating events we must include exact team lists and the officials must be included in the numbers. For the most part this means no more than 4-6 teams depending on the sport. There would be no use of spares allowed for any team so teams must know their rosters.
2. Players on the sideline must be social distancing from other players.
3. Equipment must be cleaned and players must leave the facility before a new group is allowed to participate. This means after each match we must clear the field or gym and clean everything before the next group of 50 take the field or floor.
4. Players must sign waivers that they have no symptoms and are not supposed to be involved in any other sports bubble.
As you can see this presents some challenges for leagues and it drives up cost as we have to book field time for cleaning.
SPORTS BEING CONSIDERED FOR FALL PLAY
Flag Football Tournament - 3 week league - Beginning September 13 - Details to be announced on August 26 - Mixed and Men’s Divisions / Rec and Competitive
Ultimate League Tournament - 3 week league beginning September 13 - Details to be announced on August 26. - Mixed Divisions
Beach Dodgeball Tournament - September 26-27 - Mixed / Women’s / Mens Divisions - Details to be announced August 26
BACK TO THE GYMS REQUIREMENTS
Currently it does not look like the school boards will be allowing community use permits. If this policy continues we will not have required space to offer indoor events this fall. We are investigating alternative venues in a limited capacity. More information on these events will follow.
CREDITS AND THEIR USE
All captains for our 2020 Winter season have been credited on behalf of their team. Credits for teams were determined by the amount off season played last winter and insurance costs paid on behalf of teams. All captains will receive information on the amount of the credit as some teams had not yet paid full fees.
Individual players on teams CANNOT apply for a credit. Team fees were paid by the captain and therefore it is the captain we must issue the credit too for each team. Players can contact their captain to decide how their team will handle the credit. We cannot give individuals credits from team events UNLESS the captain issues us names, emails and amounts for all players. CAPTAINS WILL BE NOTIFIED ON THIS OPTION.
NBA registrations will be credited to the person who made the payment on behalf of the player.
National Dodgeball Festival Registrations - credits have been issued to the person who made the deposit for the team
CREDITS CAN BE USED FOR ANY PRO SPORTS EVENT
Credits are issued and can be used for any Pro Sports event or activity. If your team wants to have a bubble party, nerf gun battle or archery tag game you can use the credit to pay all or partial cost of the event. YOU CAN USE THE CREDIT FOR ANY PRO SPORTS EVENT OR RENTAL.
REFUNDS - CAN I GET A REFUND?
Pro Sports has lost all income since March 12. We have literally lost thousands and thousands of dollars in bookings and income from the loss of our busiest time of year cancellations due to COVID. I sincerely wish we could refund all funds owed to our loyal Pro Sports community. One of the biggest challenges of my company and me as a person has been dealing with this substantial loss so close to our two biggest events of the year. It has hurt us a great deal financially and even more in our letdown to not be able to simply refund peoples monies. As we said early in this pandemic the fact that we were shut down so close to the Nationals and NBA start up meant that we had spent thousands on equipment expecting our registrations and fees for Nationals to be sent during late March. We lost 85% of our yearly income in 4 days. This is not something I want for the company and for the players, parents and kids who take part in our events. Our rental business alone has lost almost 60,000 in bookings cancelled due to COVID. It has left me in a situation where I can only issue credits and a promise that no matter what we will return and make good on every credit we have issued. I wish I could say when things will return to normal but sadly it is just simply unknown.
To those that have sent messages about refunds I am very sorry we cannot accommodate this request. With no income for the company and massive losses in bookings we are simply trying to stay afloat as a company and getting ready to return in various new forms when permitted.
THANKS FOR DONATING CREDITS TO HELP PRO SPORTS
Special thanks to the people who have messaged us and told us to use their credit to help keep Pro Sports going during these tough days. It is greatly appreciated and has helped keep us going. We have had other messages wondering if this was possible and we can certainly give receipts to anyone who wishes to use their credit to help Pro Sports. If you choose to allow your credit to be put back into the company simply send an email and if you want a receipt just include that in the email.
I hope to rectify this situation over the next year as things return to normal. Once the company events (NBA, Nationals) are back up and running we should be able to handle refund requests in limited situations. Hopefully in 2021 this will happen.