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We're back, and registration has reopened for the 2020 softball season!

Return to Play - Schedule

We’ve put together the framework of a season that we’ve tried to make work for as many girls as possible, knowing that vacations, fall sports, and other commitments will affect many of our players. We tried to build a schedule with as many opportunities for girls to practice and play as possible. It may not work perfectly for everyone and girls may miss more games than usual and that’s OK.

  • Mid-July: Teams formed and practices start.
  • August: Games, team practices, and combined skills practices on weeknights and Saturday mornings/early afternoons.
  • September to Mid-October: Games/practices on Saturdays and/or Sundays – we’re not able to play weeknights because of early sunset. Possible playoffs in the upper Divisions.
  •  We will not be offering our typical Sunday-only Fall Ball season.

Return to Play - Safety

WWSO has constructed a comprehensive safety plan using best practices and guidelines from the CDC, Little League, State of PA, and Bucks County health organizations. We’ll post a copy of the full plan on our website after it has been reviewed by Warrington Township. At a high level, we’ll have no shared equipment, lots of social distancing when possible, and frequent sanitization of high-touch objects:

  • All players will need to have their own equipment (glove, bat, helmet, facemask for older pitchers).
  • Coming soon, we’ll be having an Equipment Donation Day followed by an Equipment Come and Get It Day. If your daughter needs her own bat, glove, helmet, etc. we will have many donated items to choose from, for free!
  • Catcher’s equipment is the only equipment that will be provided and shared, and multiple sets will be given to each team. Girls will not share catcher’s equipment during the same day and it will be sanitized between each use.
  • Social distancing best practices between players, coaches and umpires. Girls do not need to wear cloth facemasks during game play or practice time. Dugout and bench areas will be extended to provide space to distance. Cloth facemasks will be required while girls are sitting on the bench and for coaches at all times.
  • Benches and dugouts sanitized before each game/practice. Game balls will be sanitized between each inning and teams will rotate their own set of balls in when they take the field. All other high-touch areas sanitized frequently.
  • No-touch thermometers provided to check all players for fever before practice. Procedures in place to address players who are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, test positive for COVID-19, or have come in close contact with someone who has.

 Return to Play – ACTION REQUIRED FOR ALL REGISTERED PLAYERS

After reviewing the high-level schedule and safety plan, we need parents of ALL PLAYERS to complete the following form to confirm whether your daughter will play in WWSO’s 2020 season. If your daughter plans to play in 2020, we need you to let us know so that we can be ready for her! And if she isn’t going to play in 2020, we’ll get your information so that we can provide a full refund. Action Required: Click the link below to confirm whether your daughter will/will not play (if you’ve already received a refund or your daughter is a Seniors players and you have already received a separate email, you do not need to complete the form): 

   WWSO 2020 Return to Play Form

If you have any comments, questions, or concerns, we welcome your email at WWSOBoard@gmail.com. We hope to see you all soon!


Registration Is Open for the 2020 WWSO Season!

Registration is open for the 2020 WWSO softball season! 

  • Recreational softball open to all girls 4-12 years old.
  • Registration rate for birth years 2001-2012 for the Spring rec season is $150/child. 
  • Registration rate for birth years 2013-2015 for the Spring rec season is $85/child.
  • Practices will start in July and games will run from August to mid-October. 

Click here to register your daughter for the 2020 softball season!


Follow WWSO on Facebook and Instagram!

League updates and pictures have been relocated to our Facebook and Instagram pages. Visit us there at:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/warringtonwarwicksoftball/

Instagram: @WWSOSoftball


Reminder: No Metal Cleats for In-House Games

Parents, in 2018 we will continue the WWSO policy of not allowing the use of metal cleats for in-house games.


2020 Clearance Requirements for Volunteers

In 2015, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania revised the law on establishing requirements for background checks for volunteers who interact with children. 

Who needs clearances?

Under Pennsylvania’s Child Protection Services Law (“CAPS”), any volunteer at least 18 years of age who is seeking an unpaid position as a volunteer responsible for the welfare of a child or having direct contact with children.  This applies to all individuals that will be a head coach, assistant coach, umpire and all Board Members.

Which clearances are needed?

All prospective volunteers must obtain the following clearances:

  • Report of criminal history from the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP); and
  • Child Abuse History Clearance from the Department of Human Services (Child Abuse).

Additionally, a fingerprint based federal criminal history (FBI) submitted through the Pennsylvania State Police or its authorized agent is required if:

  • The position the volunteer is applying for is a paid position; and
  • The volunteer has lived outside the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the last 10 years.

Volunteers who are not required to obtain the FBI Clearance because they are applying for an unpaid position and have been a continuous resident of Pennsylvania for the past 10 years must swear or affirm in writing that they are not disqualified from service based upon a conviction of an offense under §6344.

All volunteers will be required to obtain renewed clearances every 36 months.

Additional Background Checks:

As in the past, WWSO will continue to require that all of its volunteers submit annually to a national criminal background check.  All applicants must submit their information by completing the Consent to Perform Background Check.  The form is secure and information that is submitted is securely stored and encrypted.

Payment for Background Checks: Volunteers are entitled to receive one (1) CAPS child abuse clearance and one (1) CPSL state criminal background check every five (5) years at no charge.  Volunteers are responsible the cost of the CPSL FBI clearance, if required, every five (5) years which is approximately $27.00 at present.

Background Check Updates: Every 5 years, volunteers of WWSO must complete new background checks as required by CPSL.  The additional national background check required by WWSO must continue to be completed on a yearly basis.

For further information on the laws see: 

http://keepkidssafe.pa.gov/cs/groups/webcontent/documents/document/C_135249.pdf or contact WWSO Director of Risk Management, Josh Losey at WWSORiskManagement@gmail.com.

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Completion Process for CPSL Require Background Checks:

ALL NEW HEAD COACHES, ASSISTANT COACHES, UMPIRES AND BOARD MEMBERS MUST COMPLETE STEP 1, STEP 2, STEP 3, STEP 4A OR 4B, AND STEP 5.

IF YOU COMPLETED STEPS 1-5 IN 2017, 2018 OR 2019, YOU ONLY HAVE TO COMPLETE STEP 1 IN 2020.

Step 1.  Complete the WWSO Consent to Perform Background Check form (same as prior years):

New for 2020: We're going to have you fill this out directly on the JD Palatine website instead of sending us your information. It is more secure and provides additional safeguards and privacy. More info to come.
 
 
Step 2.  Complete the PA Child Abuse History Clearance:
 
 
Tips: 
- Create an Individual Account
- Organization is Warrington Warwick Softball Organization
- May take 10-20 minutes to complete
- You need to enter all of the places you've lived and people you've lived with since 1975
- Receive a response within 14 days
 
Step 3: Complete the Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Clearance:
 
 
Tips:
Warrington Warwick Softball Organization
- After submitting, click Control Number link
- Print/Save the resulting certification form
 
 
Step 4A: IF YOU HAVE LIVED CONTINUOUSLY IN PA FOR THE PAST 10 YEARS
 
   Read, sign, and return the following disclosure statement:
 
http://keepkidssafe.pa.gov/cs/groups/webcontent/documents/document/c_160267.pdf
 
 
Step 4B: IF YOU HAVE NOT LIVED CONTINUOUSLY IN PA FOR THE PAST 10 YEARS
 
   Complete the FBI Background Check (with fingerprinting) – Fee: $22.60
 
http://keepkidssafe.pa.gov/resources/clearances/index.htm
 
 
Step 5. Submit completed background check documents and certificates to:
 
 WWSORiskManagement@gmail.com or mail to WWSO, PO Box 183, Warrington, PA 18976.

 

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