It is with deep regret that we must inform you that the OCSL summer baseball/softball/t-ball season has been cancelled.
This is due to the extension of the stay at home order through the end of May (ref: "Director's Stay Safe Ohio Order"
) as well as an Ohio Department of Health regulation forcing a policy from OHSAA to close all school facilities (including baseball/softball fields) through June 30, 2020 (ref: OHSAA Administrator Update
). Because of these continued closures, the uncertainty of future restrictions, as well as limited ability to extend the season beyond July due to competing activities, the OCSL board had no option but to cancel the upcoming season and hope for a better outcome in 2021.
Our board of 16 volunteers spends all year preparing for the summer season. This is definitely not what we wanted to happen, and I assure you that there was and continues to be discussion about any possible solutions to get the kids outside to enjoy our recently updated fields after the restrictions are lifted. We realize this is devastating news, and it affects each of us on a personal level as well. The fact of the matter is that the health and safety of our players and their families is our top priority, and the new restrictions from the ODH, OHSAA and Governor's office forced this decision for us.
Families who have already paid their registration fees through the OCC will be provided three options:
- Rollover your 2020 OCSL registration fees into 2021 OCSL Registration with the caveat that any player who moves into another OCSL league (due to age) with higher registration fees, OCSL will absorb the cost (i.e., no additional charges incurred).
- Donate the registration fee to OCSL, a nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) designation. If you chose this route you will be provided a receipt for tax deduction purposes.
- Request a refund check to be mailed to you, less a $5 fee per player for administrative/payment fees already incurred by OCSL/OCC.
Please complete the online form (link below) no later than June 1 with your preferred option. NOTE: Anyone who does not submit the form will automatically receive 2021 OCSL registration for their player(s).
On behalf of the OCSL board, I want to wish you and your family well during this time. Although we won't see each other on the fields this summer, please remember that we are all in this together. Our volunteers continue to go above and beyond to fulfill OCSL's mission, and I want to thank them for their efforts throughout this crisis. You can find a list of our volunteers here
in case you are ever inclined to offer your support or gratitude.