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by posted 03/26/2020

3/12/2020

Good evening all parents, players, coaches and members of the Diamond Gems Organization.

At this time the New England Diamond Gems are cancelling all Gems practices remaining which is this Saturday and Sunday at all locations no exceptions until further notice.

It is in the best interest of the New England Diamond Gems Organization and Board of Directors and all its members to ensure the health and well being of our student athletes , parents , and coaches at this time due to the Corona Virus.

President Jim Rines
Vice President Johanne Iozzo

 

Order the stop of all Gems activities on this date March 12 , 2020
We will revisit the health issues in two weeks with the board of directors. Upon our meeting all members will be notified with our decision with in 24 hours of the meeting scheduled for March 25th , 2020

This notification includes the following facilities
Extreme Sports
Candia Sports center
Hampshire Dome
Concord Sport Center

Coaches please let all your players and parents know of this notification. If your training at of these facilities please advise there management that you will be not attending your scheduled field time and hitting time.

To: USSSA Membership

Subject: Notice of New USSSA Mandatory Health & Safety Procedures
Due to concerns surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and other health authorities, USSSA is implementing some new, mandatory health and safety procedures as part of a proactive approach to preventing the spread of germs.

Throughout the USSSA organization, we are adopting these new measures effective immediately. We cannot stress enough how vital it is that all USSSA participants adhere to these guidelines.

No-Contact/No-HandshakeĆ¢€ Policy

USSSA is immediately instituting a precautionary no-contact, no handshake policy to be observed at every level of the organization until further notice. This includes all physical contact and extends to customary game-related activities, such as pre-game coaches™ handshakes, umpirecoach introductions, and post-game handshakes between members of opposing teams. Instead, staff, players and coaches should use verbal queues, such as saying good game, without shaking hands, highfiving or fist-bumping.

Maintain Good Hygiene Practices

All USSSA employees, membership and participants in USSSA-sanctioned events should be aware of the coronavirus risk and take the necessary precautions to avoid exposure to germs. This includes maintaining good hygiene practices. We strongly recommend the following:

• Wash your hands often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds
each time
• If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand
sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol; this is suggested after any
physical contact with another person or with a shared surface
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, if possible when
coughing or sneezing, then properly discard the tissue in the trash
• Avoid close contact with anyone else who is coughing or sneezing or
who is otherwise sick
• Clean or disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

Advice from the CDC

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has a specific Q&A regarding the virus in children:

Q: Are children more susceptible to the virus that causes COVID-19 compared with the general population and how can infection be prevented? A: No, there is no evidence that children are more susceptible... - see here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019- ncov/specific-groups/children-faq.html

We will provide updates related to these new measures or let you know about any additional precautions to take if and when they become necessary. We appreciate your cooperation in following these new procedures as we work together to maintain the highest health and safety standards as an organization.

If you have any questions regarding an event in which you are registered to participate, please contact your local USSSA state director or other point of contact for that event.

Thank you.

Donny DeDonatis III
Chief Executive Officer

The USSA Softball association has put this information out.
Please read:

To: USSSA Membership

Subject: Notice of New USSSA Mandatory Health & Safety Procedures

Due to concerns surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and other health authorities, USSSA is implementing some new, mandatory health and safety procedures as part of a proactive approach to preventing the spread of germs.

Throughout the USSSA organization, we are adopting these new measures effective immediately. We cannot stress enough how vital it is that all USSSA participants adhere to these guidelines.

No-Contact/No-Handshake Policy

USSSA is immediately instituting a precautionary no-contact, no handshake policy to be observed at every level of the organization until further notice. This includes all physical contact and extends to customary game-related activities, such as pre-game coaches™ handshakes, umpirecoach introductions, and post-game handshakes between members of opposing teams. Instead, staff, players and coaches should use verbal queues, such as saying good game, without shaking hands, highfiving or fist-bumping.

Maintain Good Hygiene Practices

All USSSA employees, membership and participants in USSSA-sanctioned events should be aware of the coronavirus risk and take the necessary precautions to avoid exposure to germs. This includes maintaining good hygiene practices. We strongly recommend the following:

• Wash your hands often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds
each time
• If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand
sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol; this is suggested after any
physical contact with another person or with a shared surface
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, if possible when
coughing or sneezing, then properly discard the tissue in the trash
• Avoid close contact with anyone else who is coughing or sneezing or
who is otherwise sick
• Clean or disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

Advice from the CDC

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has a specific Q&A regarding the virus in children:


Q: Are children more susceptible to the virus that causes COVID-19 compared with the general population and how can infection be prevented? A: No, there is no evidence that children are more susceptible... - see here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/children-faq.html


We will provide updates related to these new measures or let you know about any additional precautions to take if and when they become necessary. We appreciate your cooperation in following these new
procedures as we work together to maintain the highest health and safety standards as an organization.


If you have any questions regarding an event in which you are registered to participate, please contact your local USSSA state director or other point of
contact for that event.


Thank you.

Donny DeDonatis III
Chief Executive Officer

As the President and Director of operations we all need to abide by the notification from USSA written above once the Organization as approved releasing all Gems team activities.

The board supports all of the above and is waiting for USA , and NSA to send the same notification out.

The NHIAA as postponed several tournament events in New Hampshire.

Hopefully with in two weeks this out break subsides and we can move about our daily lives and routines.

Thank you
Jim Rines
New England Diamond Gems
President/Director of Operations

Johanne Iozzo
Vice President
New England Diamond Gems


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We don't only care about wins on the field, we care about success in the classroom.

To learn more about the New England Diamond Gems Organization,

view our video at http://youtu.be/7-MrUMyrTzg

Based in Southern New Hampshire, the Diamond Gems are a competitive Junior Olympic fastpitch softball program which competes on the state, regional and national levels.  Our players, which age from 10 to 23, come from throughout Southern New Hampshire and Northern Massachusetts.  During the "off-season" from October through April, the girls continue to work hard, participating in school sports, conditioning and fitness programs, and practicing indoors. We are very proud that many of the girls are among the academic standouts in their respective schools.

Our win/loss record during the summer will be important, but our focus is for the girls to learn, be "showcased" to colleges and, most of all, have fun. We won’t win every game, but we should always be competitive.  Coach Rines expects that when our games end, our opponents, the umpires, and the fans will all agree that our young ladies did their best, showed respect, and brought honor to themselves and their organization.

The New England Diamond Gems is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization.

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