Lunada Bay Little League Families,
I hope that all of you and your families are healthy, safe, and enjoying your summer vacation. Since our last communication, which was the survey back in May, many things have changed and unfortunately some realities have remained the same. I wanted to take a few minutes and give you and your families an update on our process, and explain decisions that have been made and our outlook going forward for Lunada Bay Baseball.
First of all thank you to all the families that responded to our survey back in May. The results were overwhelming and informed much of what we as an organization have done over the last two months. More than 80% of our league responded that they wanted to return to the fields and play baseball. It was because of this response that we reached out to work with other leagues both on and off the hill to assess best practices and coordinate efforts. We worked as a board to create a safety and operational plan for how we could play baseball within the guidelines laid out by the State and County. We worked to ensure that we would have the proper equipment and supplies to have a safe return to the fields for players and spectators. In short, we spent the last two months working to bring baseball back to our community.
For a while the momentum was positive and it looked like we were possibly going to be able to salvage at least a modified season. However, that trend over the last five weeks has reversed and with the current numbers being reported and the most recent reclosures, we have decided to cancel the 2020 Spring season. This was not a decision that was made lightly and without serious discussion and debate. Some might think that this should have been done months ago and many of you will feel that that there is still time for a modified season. I get both arguments, but without the use of our fields for the foreseeable future the debate is futile.
Going forward, the fields and our facilities remain closed to organized use. There has been some discussion about Fall baseball. Those discussions will continue, and if State and County circumstances change before the fall we will make efforts to put some type of organized baseball together.
I’m sure this situation has taught all of us valuable lessons. One of the lessons it has taught me is how valuable Lunada Bay Little League is to the fabric of our community. The amount of texts and calls I have gotten from many of you about how much you and your families miss Lunada Bay baseball has been overwhelming. We will play again and hopefully soon. To the twelve year old kids and parents who lost their last season of Little League, I feel particularly bad for you. Thank you for the eight years you spent dedicated to our league, and good luck in Junior League or wherever your baseball career takes you. To the rest of the league, I look forward to seeing everyone back on our fields as soon as possible. In the meantime, stay safe and healthy and know that the LBLL community will get through this together.
Scott Hunter, LBLL President