2020 Spring Season Status - LEAGUE INFORMATION
I realize that there are a number of businesses and services that have begun returning to a work around our state. With that being the case a number of folks have inquired as to any change in our league status. We have been anxiously awaiting information that will give us safe and proper guidance towards our effort to return our players to our fields. I have included bellow the most current information we have received regarding a possible return.
Quoting a recent memo from the FB City Manager, “Public health conditions will be monitored throughout the month of May to determine whether those facilities can be opened to the public after that date (May 22).” Facilities includes our recreation centers and other City buildings (City Hall, Utility Billing). We hope to have a more definitive answer closer to May 22nd, but we at least now have an idea.
With that in mind we are being told, at this time, that the earliest that the Fernandina Beach’s Buccaneer Park will be opened potentially is 5/26...this will also likely be with restrictions which have not been communicated to us yet.
The current position of the Babe Ruth State Commissioner is to create a contingency plan and hope to release it after input from their Executive Board. One area he’s included in this would be for parks to have the month of June to play locally and then those interested in post season, would have the opportunity to participate in District and State play in July. Obviously this would be an option for all. Those not wanting to participate could continue local play.
Many details would need to be worked out, including following guidelines that would be in place at that time, eligibility etc., but they are setting up this plan in case we have the opportunity to resume play.
All this being said, there will be a return to the fields at some point in time. I believe that based on the information provided that there is a real possibility that we may have baseball (with defined restrictions) as soon as June 1- that said, I would recommend for the players that are planning on returning to the fields to start getting ready to do so. Start slowly throwing a ball around in your yard to get arms ready to play ball. The spring season typically has 3+ weeks of practices leading up to game play to build up arms but this modified schedule would not allow for that length of a break. This is most important in the older age players and pitchers of any age to reduce the chance for injury.
There have been question regarding summer plan conflicts and some inquiries into refund policy. Players that choose not to participate in this will be refunded. I do ask if you would wait until we have a bit more clarity (to know if we can even have this modified season) because it would be much easier to process all refunds simultaneously. I thank all of you for your continuing patience and support through this time and we have faith that we will get through this.
If you have any questions that I may be able to answer please contact me directly…
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