Dear BRSLL Families,
I am prefacing the following official league message with my own personal message here. Baseball to me is part of the fabric of American culture and history from Little League to the Major Leagues, and a sport that I have personally enjoyed since I was a toddler in my backyard. It was my hope, as was the Board’s, to provide a baseball and sporting outlet to our community this summer. That time has passed, and perhaps we held out hope too long, but please understand that our hope was in the interest of being an outlet for our youth during a time that has been so difficult - an understatement at best. I wish you all well, and it is with a heavy heart that we are issuing the following news.
2020 Spring Season Cancelled
As you all know, the league was hoping to salvage some type of Spring 2020 season. However, due to ongoing circumstances with Covid-19, as well as a lack of necessary City and County approvals for large youth sports leagues to resume activities, the BRSLL Board has unfortunately decided to cancel the 2020 Spring Season. Please read on for more information and next steps.
Why are you making this decision now?
This was a difficult decision. Our original plan and enthusiasm was based on being able to return in mid-July, and many families and coaches were willing to stay on-board with that expectation. Given the current Covid situation plus the lack of local approval, we found it difficult to ask families to continue planning for a compressed season amid this uncertainty. Other local leagues (e.g. San Mateo American, Foster City, San Carlos, Redwood City) have also canceled their seasons and are looking to the Fall. We know this comes as disappointing news to many, but by cancelling now, hopefully families can more effectively plan the remainder of their summer.
What’s the refund/donation process?
Refund checks for the lower divisions (T-Ball and Farm) have already been processed and mailed. Remaining divisions (AA, AAA, Majors, and Juniors) can either request a refund or donate their fees.
We ask ALL families to provide your choice via this online form by AUGUST 1, 2020: https://forms.gle/c6SbR7WmGueyJxCq5
This form will allow us to more efficiently process refund/donation requests. As we shared in our prior communications, and consistent with lower divisions, families who wish to receive a refund shall receive a 50% refund on their players' registration fees, less the $7.50 administration fee.
I see other teams on the fields. Why can’t BRSLL be on the fields too?
Some of you may have seen other local soccer or baseball teams practicing on local fields. BRSLL pursued avenues similar to these club organizations, specifically the possibility of running our league as a summer camp/childcare program. This path, however, was not deemed feasible. With over 250 participants and 75 adult volunteers, administering a camp required a significant amount of logistical, financial, and legal requirements that our league was not able to effectively satisfy in this compressed timeline.
Will there be Fall Ball?
The league still hopes to play some type of Fall Ball (late August-November). If held, Fall Ball will not require any payment of fees and will likely work differently than in years past. It may be skills-oriented only (no games), could include games within BRSLL-only, or could be with other local leagues (as in years past). The league will make this determination as we get into August or as circumstances warrant. For those of you unfamiliar with Fall Ball, here is some information from last year.
What do we do with uniforms and/or equipment?
Your manager will reach out to you regarding uniform returns. Until that time, we ask AAA, Majors, and Juniors families to place their clean uniform top and belt in a bag labeled with your Division and Team Name for future pickup/dropoff.
For managers/coaches, your division coordinator will reach out on next steps for equipment return (i.e., game balls, catchers’ gear, and pitching machines).
What about Hit-a-Thon and Hit-a-Thon donations?
As part of the season cancellation, Hit-a-Thon 2020 is canceled as well. Like registration fees, you will have the choice to donate your current pledge(s) to the league, or request a refund. Please be on the lookout for a separate communication on next steps.
I’m interested in joining the Board of Directors. How do I do that?
We have a number of Board Members who have served us for many years and are stepping down for the upcoming 2021 Season. BRSLL is wholly volunteer-driven and I would love to see more of our community, especially those with children in our lower divisions, join the Board. You don’t need to be a coach or manager; you simply need to want to help continue to make baseball a great program for kids in Belmont-Redwood Shores If you are interested, please reach out to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always, we want to thank you all for your patience and understanding as well as your ongoing support of BRSLL. When baseball does resume, we know our community will have more enthusiasm than ever. If you have any questions or concerns about the above, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or a Board member.
President, BRSLL on behalf of BOD