Sports Events Will Return; Here Are a Few Things We Can Do in the Meantime

By Sherri Middleton, Executive Editor

Everything is changing rapidly now where a viral strain is sweeping the world. The sports world is no exception. Sports planners, destinations and park and recreation departments are now working out of an abundance of caution to help curtail the rapid spread of Coronavirus – COVID19.

While events are postponed and travel may be limited, there are still things we can do to plan for our new normal. Sports events, travel and play will return to our lives. Remain informed. Use common sense and plan for the return of better times.

Here are some tips I thought about as ways to fill time when our schedules are interrupted:

• Children and young adults will now be out of school for several weeks or longer. Enroll them in online courses. Take virtual tours of museums and landmarks.

• Update and study contractual obligations for your events.

• Planners should be working on future emergency planning and contingency planning.

• Use this time for training, budget planning or operational management. This can be solo work.

• Attend an online educational course to advance your career.

• Write about your experiences. Share your thoughts.

• Remember to exercise. Take a walk alone or with family. Relax.

• SafeSport Certification is still required. If you haven’t already done so, please take the time to complete the certification requirements.

• Contact insurance carriers or legal entities to see if your events are covered and what liability might exist.

• Use the time to promote your sports events that will be rescheduled at a later date.

• Open your video and photo libraries and share on social media. This is the perfect time to promote your event or destination and remind people that we will return to play when it’s safe. Watching sports makes us happy.

• Clean your laptop keys, wallet, purses, phones and credit/debit/library cards.

• Make time now to plan for upcoming events. We never have enough time in our normal lives.

This, I believe, is a temporary setback and a chance for all of us to catch up on necessary administrative duties and opportunities to expand our business models.

Editor’s Note:The thoughts and opinions in this post are my own and not influenced by others.