2020 continues to throw everything it has at us.
While it wasn’t what I had intended, my sign-off from the October letter is ringing truer every day.
We are by no means out of the woods yet. There will likely be more challenges ahead as we enter the fall, and the uncertainty around what restrictions the province will need to mandate for the community's health and safety remains.
Throughout this process we are listening to all members who wish to express their opinion to us on what they believe we should be doing, as MODS exists to serve the membership. We recognize that there are polarizing opinions here. I also want to recognize that, though we did receive a few impassioned complaints questioning the Board’s decision-making, the vast majority of communication from members on this topic has been understanding of the complexity of the situation and supportive of the direction we have been setting. Please continue to reach out and hold us accountable, as the Board’srole is to represent the entire membership.
I wanted to use this letter to shed a bit of light on the Board’s process over the last month as we twice made the decision to postpone league games. The challenge that the Board regularly has to face is to weigh the pros and cons of all the available information, and try to make sound decisions that protect the organization and our membership now and in the future. COVID-19 has presented a generational challenge to organizations and individuals as we all seek to make the best decisions that we can.
For some context, here is some of the challenging information we’ve been faced with over the past month as the Board debated what the best course of action is for us to take:.
All this to say - there was no clear and obvious course of action. There were risksand potential costs no matter what we decided.It was uncertain whether we would be mandated to shut down effective November 2nd, though the information available to us was pointing to the potential of that when the Board made the decision to extend the pause of game play on October 26th. As much as we hope to return to the field again soon, it was helpful for the organization to get clear directions from provincial health on October 30th that play is suspended indefinitely with the heightened restrictions.
How long the mandated shutdown of sport lasts is anyone’s guess. If there’s one thing I’ve learnt through all of this it’s that things are constantly changing with this situation, so at this point we are not in a position to speculate on a return date.
Should we return to play, while we recognize that everyone who registered made that decision given the available information, no one should feelforcedto play if they no longer feel safe doing so. If your circumstances have changed such that you are no longer comfortable fulfilling your commitment to play, you should not feel obligated to. Please reach out to staff to start that conversation if you are in that situation. We want to work with our members at this time to make sure we are offering programming that is both safe and desired. Likewise, if you remain committed to playing should the provincial restrictions be lifted, staff would also welcome hearing those commitments.All this feedback will help us as we do our best to plan for what comes next.
In the hopes that my sign-off rings true a month from now in the same way that last month’s did - be safe, please follow all public health guidelines and hopefully we find ourselves in a better position from a community health perspective in a month’s time.
President - Manitoba Organization of Disc Sports