Lunada Bay Little League Families,
Let me start by saying that I hope that you and your families are healthy, safe and remaining relatively sane. We are obviously in unprecedented times and I know that with all that is going on from home schooling to work disruptions, Little League Baseball is probably not at the top of your priority list. However, I wanted to take a few minutes and provide you and your families with an update on Lunada Bay Little League, guidance from Little League International, and more broadly around what the Executive Board and I are thinking about our near term future.
Our 2020 season was off to a great start, all three upper divisions were up and running and off to solid starts in Interleague play. Our younger divisions were just starting up and getting more and more playing time on the Minor and Major fields. The Challenger Division had also gotten off to a terrific start, and we were just days away from the start of the popular “Friday Night Lights”. All the while there was this building uncertainty about the coronavirus and what it would mean for our community. Last Thursday morning the Executive Board and I debated on and passed a new policy that banned the post-game handshake between players at all levels across our league in an effort to help minimize the potential spread of the virus. We were in the process of communicating that new policy when we received word that PVPUSD was suspending the use of their facilities which include all of the fields that we utilize. This action essentially suspended our season, both practice and games, until further notice. Later that evening PVPUSD suspended all classes across the district until April 6th. Meanwhile our parent organization, Little League International, issued guidance and encouraged all leagues to shut down baseball activities until April 6th as well.
A lot has happened since then and our reality continues to change daily. Lunada Bay Little League games and practices continue to be suspended and will be for the foreseeable future. It is imperative that we as a league suspend all baseball activities, that includes formal and informal practices and gatherings, whether at our facilities or not. I want to be on the field with my son and his team more than anyone, but, that is not in his best interest or the best interest of the community that we all share.
The majority of major professional sports and other large events have pushed back or delayed their participation, at this point that is how we are viewing this suspension in play. At this point we are still hoping and planning to finish our season and participate in playoffs and the Little League All-Star tournament . Little League International has come out and pushed back any start or resumption of baseball activity until May 11th. Our schools remain closed and we are waiting to see if they will reopen on April 6th as planned. The bottom line is things are changing on a daily basis and we have no idea what news tomorrow will bring. If we can play baseball again this season you have our commitment that we will make it happen, however modified it might be. You also have our commitment that we will keep you updated as we make decisions and informed about our thought process. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me directly. In the meantime, please keep your family safe and healthy and know that the LBLL community will get through this together.
President, Lunada Bay Little League