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WTAA Corona Virus FAQs



WTAA Coronavirus Pandemic FAQs

Why did WTAA cancel the Spring 2020 Recreation Seasons for Flag Football? The state of Massachusetts mandated that all schools remain closed for the remainder of the school year as part of the Non-Pharmaceutical Intervention of Social Distancing to combat the spread of the global pandemic known as Coronavirus Covid-19. Because Massachusetts has extended the social distancing and stay-at-home directive currently until May 18th.
As of May 11th, 2020 Gov. Baker has yet to release the details of a 4 Phase reopening plan.

Why doesn’t the WTAA extend their Spring seasons indefinitely into the summer? The primary reason is that we cannot predict how indefinite the extension would be. With every passing day, more families will withdraw from the league – removing both players and volunteers – and it would be too difficult to sustain the planned seasons.

Does the WTAA intend to offer Summer 2020 sports in lieu of Spring sports? We will be prepared to offer Summer 2020 recreational sports if permitted by the government and health authorities. Keep in mind that this is all predicated on the details of the 4-phase reopening plan from the state.

Why didn’t the WTAA initially offer full refunds when the Spring 2020 sports were cancelled? As with many youth sports organizations, a significant amount of funds have been spent or contractually committed well prior to “Opening Day.” As such, the WTAA stands to lose in excess of $9,000 if full refunds are given to all families.

What expenses did WTAA incur by offering Spring Sports and having over 150 kids register to play? If the season is cancelled, what costs were there? Doesn't the town of Wareham pay for the fields and field maintenance?
 By offering a 2020 Spring Sports season and subsequently having over 150 kids register to play, the WTAA incurred the following costs: Credit card processing and bank fees, accounting fees, insurance fee per player, coach resources, volunteer background checks, coaches training seminars, facility usage fees, and field maintenance. Though teams did not yet start to practice, WTAA Spring Flag Football, for example, held indoor player evaluations which required us to use school property and janitors for a fee. Regarding fields, the WTAA is currently in negotiations with the School Dept. with hopes to mitigate their initial field usage bill of over $10,000. This bill was brought to the school committee and contested. Being a small organization that relies heavily on registration fees, which are the lowest in the region, the WTAA has never had to pay such a large amount to utilize the fields. We are optimistic that the WTAA and the School Committee will come to an agreement for the benefit of our town's youth. Yet the bill still remains the same.

Why would it be difficult for WTAA to absorb the spent or contractually committed funds? the WTAA is an all-volunteer, local community, non-profit organization. The WTAA is not designed to make money. Our programs all submit deficit-free budgets with the primary source of income from registration fees. We use the income to pay for all of the expenses involved with running a youth sports organization, including unexpected expenses such as equipment failure or loss, and field damage. Any profits that may result after a given season are returned to the program for future equipment purchases and capital improvements.

Further – our volunteers are committed to ensuring that the WTAA is available for our community when we move beyond the Corona virus Covid-19 global pandemic. We anticipate that families will be looking for “Symbols of Normal” and we will work tirelessly to be one of those symbols. In addition, we anticipate an increase in families requesting financial assistance with their league registration which we plan to provide. Absorbing a significant loss of funds will create difficulty in executing these plans when "Normal" returns.

What are my registration fee recovery options now that the season is canceled? We are offering 4 options:

1.       100% registration fee credit to a future WTAA sports season, good through Dec 31st, 2021. This option will allow the league to minimize the effect of sunk costs on future 2020 seasons. The credit will be distributed in the form of a “Coupon Code” which would be applied at “Checkout” during registration for a subsequent WTAA sports  program season.

2.       100% registration fee donation to the WTAA which we will use to help sustain the WTAA organization and fund future scholarships for children of low-income and military families. We provide needs-based financial scholarships for approximately 5-15 children each season.

3.       75% registration fee refund. The 25% of your registration fee that is retained will help to offset sunk costs such as operations and field maintenance.

4.       100% registration fee refund via check or refund using the card used during your registration. (If you paid your registration fees with cash, you will be issued a check for your refund). No portion of your registration fee will be retained however, the credit card transaction fee along with the service fee will not be refunded.

What will be the timing of the refund, whether 75% or 100%? We will begin processing requested refunds as early as May 20,2020. You’ll have until June 15th to request a credit or refund, and if no choice is designated, your fee will be considered a donation.

How do I submit my choice for my registration fee option? Please follow the instructions below. Log into the WarehamTigers.com  account that you had used to register your child(ren) for the WTAA Spring 2020 Sports season. Verify your full name and address in your account settings .For each registered participant in your account, select the Edit (pencil icon) option and answer Question #1 which presents the four registration fee choices. Scroll down and click SAVE at the bottom when you are done. Repeat this process for each registered child. We will begin processing requested refunds on May 20. You’ll have until June 15th to request a credit or refund, and if no choice is designated, your fee will be considered a donation. If you chose the 100% credit option, Coupon Codes will be distributed via email beginning June 15.
Click here for step-by-step instructions.

What if I don't remember my Username and Password for WarehamTigers.com? If you need to lookup your Username or reset your password - and the "Forgot your Username or Password" option is not working for you (for example, if you had changed your email address or the reset email message was filtered as SPAM), please call the website support line at 866-258-3303.

May I request a 100% refund, but then use those funds to submit a matching donation through my employer?
 Yes, some families have elected to double the impact of their donation by utilizing matching donations through their employer.

Will I receive a donation letter for tax purposes if I choose to donate my registration fee? Yes, the WTAA will send a donation acknowledgement letter to all families who donate their registration fee. **Please note** - The CARES Act adds a new above-the-line deduction that allows an individual who does not itemize to deduct up to $300 of cash contributions to a qualified charity. This is in addition to the standard deduction.

Does the WTAA intend to offer Fall 2020 sports? We will be prepared to offer Fall 2020 recreational sports if permitted by the government and health authorities.

Will the WTAA still create and hold practices for elite flag football teams to compete at NFL Flag tournaments scheduled in the Fall?
Currently the WTAA has not yet created any travel elite flag football teams. If the CDC, state, and local guidelines state that we can conduct small practices and parents are willing to let their participant play, then we will build the elite teams off of player evaluations and coaches selection. Keep in mind that elite players will be traveling to other states to participate in Official NFL Flag sanctioned tournaments.

What if I don't see my FAQ? We will periodically update this page with any necessary FAQs. If your FAQ is missing, please email us:  [email protected]

WTAA COVID-19 WAIVER AND RELEASE

WTAA COVID-19 WAIVER AND RELEASE


*This Waiver and Release will be required to be accepted by WTAA members during the online registration process.*

COVID-19 has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. The Wareham Tigers Athletic Association (“WTAA”) has established preventative measures and policies to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19 following CDC, MA, and local guidelines. WTAA cannot, however, guarantee that you, your child(ren), will not become exposed to and infected with COVID-19. 

This Waiver and Release of Liability Relating to Coronavirus/COVID-19 (“Waiver and Release”) is effective for the entire 2020-21 WTAA sports seasons, and encompasses any and all WTAA events and activities (“WTAA activities”). .

I acknowledge that I have read each paragraph of the Waiver and Release. 

I acknowledge that I had the opportunity, before signing the Waiver and Release, to ask questions about, discuss, and negotiate any of the terms set forth in the Waiver and Release. 

I acknowledge and understand the contagious nature of COVID-19, and I voluntarily assume the risk that my child(ren) and I may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19 by participating in WTAA activities, and that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, disability, or death. 

I acknowledge and understand that I am agreeing to the terms set forth in the Waiver and Release, as consideration for my child(ren) being permitted to participate in WTAA activities. 

I acknowledge and understand that the risk of becoming exposed to or infected by COVID-19 while participating in WTAA activities may result from the actions, omissions, or negligence of myself and others, including, but not limited to, WTAA employees, volunteers, and all of WTAA program participants and their families. I acknowledge and understand that it is impossible to eliminate the risk that my child(ren), and my family, become exposed to and infected by COVID-19 when participating in WTAA activities. 

I, for myself, my child(ren), my heirs, personal representatives or assigns, voluntarily agree to assume the risk that my child(ren), and my family, may be exposed to, and become infected by, COVID-19, when participating in WTAA activities, and I agree to accept responsibility for any injury that my child(ren), or my family, may experience in connection with WTAA activities, including, but not limited to, personal injury, disability, illness, and death. I voluntarily agree to release WTAA and its officers, directors, agents, volunteers, coaches, and insurers (the “Released Parties”) from and against any and all liability, claims, demands, actions, damages, or causes of action of any kind arising from or related to my child(ren) or I being exposed to or infected by COVID-19 when participating in WTAA activities.
 

The Waiver and Release is limited to claims premised on the negligence of the Released Parties; the Waiver and Release does not apply to claims which are based on the intentional conduct, or reckless disregard, of the Released Parties. 

In the event of any dispute arising under or related to the Waiver and Release, the laws of the State of Wisconsin shall apply. 

I UNDERSTAND THAT BY ACKNOWLEDGING AND ACCEPTING THIS WAIVER AND RELEASE, I AM RELEASING CLAIMS WHICH I MAY OTHERWISE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO PURSUE, AND AM GIVING UP SUBSTANTIAL RIGHTS.

BY SELECTING "YES" I AM ACCEPTING AND ACKNOWLEDGING THIS WAIVER.


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