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2021 Season Update (3/1/21)

Mar 1, 2021 8:55 PM

<updated 3/1/2021>

All baseball players have been moved from the ‘Waiting List’ to the ‘Shopping Cart’ for Little League Spring 2021 Season. If you have yet to register, there is still time—registration will remain open until 3/11/2021.   YOUR PLAYER'S REGISTRATION IS NOT COMPLETE, HOWEVER. 

In order to finalize registration and enable our volunteers to form teams, please take the following actions by 11:59pm, Friday, March 5, 2021:

  • PAY REGISTRATION FEE. Login, and click the Checkout button in the Shopping Cart, and follow the prompts.
  • WAIVERS via DOCUSIGN. A separate message will be sent out regarding waivers soon. Please note that each player/volunteer must sign all appropriate waivers prior to participating in BRSLL in any way.
  • PROOF OF AGE, RESIDENCE, SCHOOL.
    • Returning players who reside within Belmont/Redwood Shores boundaries: no further action required.
    • Players who reside OUTSIDE Belmont/Redwood Shores boundaries, BUT GO TO SCHOOL IN BELMONT/REDWOOD SHORES: Please provide proof of enrollment ( Little League International requires this information for each season.
    • FIRST TIME PLAYERS: Please provide proof of age (birth certificate, or passport) AND proof of residency (Drivers licence including residential address, bill addressed to residence, deed, or lease agreement) to BRSLL Registrar at brsllhelp@gmail.com.

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<updated 2/24/21>

With the good news that COVID numbers are finally going down from the Holiday peak and with the recent CA Department of Public Health relaxation of return to play rules, we have decided to accelerate our return. Our originally communicated/planned date of March 15 is a GO!!!

With this recent news, we are going to forgo our phased reopening plan and go directly into forming teams, practices, and games. We have made this decision based on the recent good news, but also because of the feedback we received from our volunteers and the community at-large. 

Families

  • We will be closing registration on March 11th. If you have not already done so, please register immediately at www.brsll.org even if you are still on the fence. (If you cannot remember if you registered yet, you can check in your account on the site. Everyone remains on the waitlist for now.)
  • We are targeting formation of teams by March 15th and begin practices that week. 
  • This year we will NOT be having tryouts for our upper divisions (Juniors, Majors & AAA).
  • AA ONLY  will have evaluations on a date TBD. Stay tuned for updates.
  • Farm & T-Ball - we will announce teams prior to March 15th.  
  • We will hold our league town hall on Wednesday March 10th.  A separate announcement will follow shortly.

Managers/Coaches:

  • If you want to coach this year, please register as well. We will be approving coaches over the next couple of weeks. 
  • Please reach out to your respective division coordinators if you’ve not done so to confirm your manager/coaching interest.
    • Juniors:  Mark Becker (markwbecker@comcast.net) & Ernie Chan (expoernie@yahoo.com)
    • Majors: Mark Becker (markwbecker@comcast.net)
    • AAA: Ernie Chan (expoernie@yahoo.com)
    • AA: Owen Amurao (Owen.Amurao@gmail.com)
    • Farm: Joe Andrews (andrewsjoe@gmail.com)
    • T-Ball: Jon Stevenson (jonny_stevenson@yahoo.com)
  • Division Coordinators will share specific team formation/draft process, dates, etc.

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<updated 2/5/2021>

The BRSLL Board approved a return to play plan starting on March 15th. On this date, we will launch our Phase 1 (“Spring Training”) program, where we will be preparing our boys/girls for the upcoming season.

On December 14, 2020 the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released guidelines regarding youth sport activities. Here are the main details as it relates to baseball:

Purple Tier (currently): We are permitted to practice/train under our Phase 1/Spring Training structure. We are currently finalizing our protocols/field access with both Redwood City and Belmont.

Red Tier: Once in the red tier, we will be permitted to play games. Baseball is the first major team sport that can return to games in this tier. (Soccer and football must wait till Orange, and indoor basketball must wait until Yellow. More details can be found here).  IF it appears San Mateo County will enter the Red tier much more quickly than anticipated, we will pivot quickly to Phase 2 (Formation of teams).

We know that you may have lots of questions and we are planning to hold a Town Hall meeting to help answer any questions you may have. We will also release an FAQ prior to the Town Hall. Stay tuned for details.

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For reference, here are the previously-approved Phases:

Phase 1: “Spring Training” - In line with other teams/leagues that are currently operating, we will run this first phase in a camp-style configuration. Players will be divided into groups that maximize our ability to maintain proper cohorts/bubbles and minimize inter-mingling of players/coaches. The league is finalizing details around our exact grouping/cohorting process.  In addition, this phase may also include usage of paid professional coaches depending on availability of coaches and overall costs.

Phase 2: Practice as Teams - In this phase we will divide into teams for the season and will be allowed to practice. No games, scrimmages, and/or combined practices will occur during this phase. We will also continue to minimize intermingling of players/coaches. As with Phase 1, we are finalizing our process for the formation of teams and will share that soon.

Phase 3: Games Allowed - Games will be allowed but will be required to strictly follow State/County guidelines. This may include adjusting/augmenting the games and/or rules to ensure compliance and maximize safety.

Exact timing is dependent on broader community COVID numbers and dictated by State/County guidance.  However, we are currently targeting Phase 1 to begin on March 15, 2021. We’re estimating Phase 1 will last 4 to 8 weeks or until Phase 2 is allowed. Each phase opening will be dictated by State/County guidelines that expressly allow the corresponding activities.  
 

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