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October 17, 2020


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Important SVBL News

Dear SVBL Players and Families, 


It is with a heavy heart that we are officially cancelling spring season.   Unfortunately, with aspects of the Safe at Home order issued by the state, county, city and RSRPD, we are unable to play any type of full team competitive baseball at this time.   

We have been in communication with the other Simi Valley youth baseball leagues trying to come up with a plan to make the season happen. However, we all came to the same conclusion to cancel the spring season and our focus is now on summer play. 

If the Safe at Home guidelines allow us to form some sort of baseball during the summer, we will most definitely be doing that.  Whether it be practices, clinics, camps, scrimmages, tournaments, etc. All active Spring Season players would be eligible for summer play.  

With the cancellation of the Spring Season, we will be offering your Snack Shack Volunteer deposit back, since many of you were unable to have the option to work your hours.  If you are in the position to leave your volunteer deposit as a donation to SVBL, we would greatly appreciate it.  If you are in need of receiving your $75 volunteer deposit back, please let us know by Wednesday, June 3rd by sending an email to  In the email, please state Your Name, Player’s Name, Division and Team Name/Manager. We will work on those as quickly as possible.  It may take up to 30 days to send them out.  

 In regards to the Field Day deposits, SVBL offered 4 Field Days over 3 months that were very well attended.  Those attendees who worked their hours will be receiving their refunds in the next few weeks.  As a non profit organization, we follow different rules than a “For Profit” business.  When we receive registration fees, we turn those around quickly to prepare for the Spring season.  Besides our regular insurance, Cal Ripkin/Babe Ruth charter and Park n’ Rec rental fees, we spend your registration fees on field maintenance with turface, clay bricks, paint, base posts, protective fence tubing, new home plates, maintaining the batting cages, bull pens, scoreboards, backstop padding, field equipment and the large amount of baseballs used each week. Plus, we use registration fees for team uniforms and of course, opening day. Finally, we have the cost of maintaining the snack shack and all the standard utility bills of electrical, water and trash.   

Please know we are thinking of you all during this stressful time and hope that everyone is staying healthy and safe. We will notify everyone about upcoming opportunities for Summer Baseball Play. We just want our players back out there playing the sport we all love so much. 


Best Regards from your SVBL Executive Board of Directors, 


Kristin Newman - President

Andy Gerber - Vice President

Jim Monahan - Treasurer

Julie Degnan - Secretary

Mike Reinhart - Director of Baseball Operations

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To Our SVBL Family, 

Simi Valley continues to feel the impact of COVID-19, and our thoughts remain with those who have been affected. As we continue to adapt to following the guidance of Gov. Newsom’s “Stay at Home” order, we want to keep you updated on SVBL's continued efforts to support our families in these difficult times. Please take the quick poll on our HOME page

We know many of you are facing unforeseen challenges as businesses and schools remain closed. SVBL is here to help out a family if it is of need. Please continue to stay safe during your time at home. 



Coronavirus ALERT

Dear SVBL Families,

Due to the continued Park & Rec closures, school closures and “Safer at Home” statewide mandates, we have held off on making a definite decision on continuing with our Spring Season.  With this unique and unprecedented situation that seems to change daily, we will wait until at least May 1st to make a final decision.  After that, we will determine if we are able to play a shorten season in May and June.  

We really miss seeing all of you out at the fields!!!  Please stay safe and well at home and we look forward to getting these kids out playing again soon.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this unbelievable time.

Best Regards,

SVBL Executive Board

Kristin Newman
Andy Gerber
Jim Monahan
Julie Degnan
Mike Reinhart




 Dear SVBL Families - 

We are currently looking for volunteers to fill Board positions for the up and coming baseball season. Feel free to forward this email to someone you know that may be interested if you are unable.

Serving as a Board Member is a rewarding and exciting opportunity to be involved with SVBL by actively participating in our efforts to support the ideals of good sportsmanship, honesty, integrity, loyalty, courage, and respect by providing instruction for the youth of our community so they may become law abiding, respectful, healthy, and trustworthy citizens. The SVBL Board of Directors is comprised of volunteer parents, coaches, umpires, and other members of our community serving the league by protecting league funds, safety, and development of athletes. We remain committed to the highest standards of honest, ethical, and legal behavior. We firmly believe that operating with strong sense of integrity is critical to maintaining trust and credibility with players, parents, coaches and managers, the community and ourselves.

To be eligible for consideration you must have a child registered at SVBL or if you do not have a child at SVBL, have no children registered at any other league and be at least 18 years of age.

TO APPLY:If you are interested in becoming an SVBL Board of Director’s member please contact via email to for our consideration and to be added to the ballot for voting.

DURATION OF TERM:Board of Directors are elected for a term of August through July the following year + one additional meetings. 

If you are not interested in any position but still have a desire to volunteer your time or talents, we are always looking. Simply email and request to be contacted or visit and click on Volunteer Opportunities. 



 - SVBL Board of Directors


Good Evening SVBL Families-
After much thought and discussion -due to the Coronavirus and the impending rain we will be suspending League play for the next two weeks until the end of Spring Break.  This will include Practices and Games starting tomorrow March 13th.  We will touch base with all of you towards the end of Spring Break and we hope to be able to resume league play after March 27th.   We will postpone our baskets and auction items for the first Saturday we all play together again!  More information will be sent out about picture day.  While this was a hard decision to make we thank you for your understanding and we want to take every precaution to keep you and your children safe.  
Thank you 
Your SVBL E-Board
Kristin Newman
Andy Gerber
Jim Monahan
Julie Degnan
Mike Reinhart



Hello SVBL Families: 

Due to the concerns surrounding the novel coronavirus and in accordance with CDC we would like everyone to know that we understand the health of everyone in our league is most important. that we are taking extra steps in keeping our Bathrooms and Snack Shack sanitized at all times.

In accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and other health authorities, SVBL is implementing some new, mandatory health and safety procedures as part of a proactive approach to preventing the spread of germs. 

 “No-Contact/No-Handshake” Policy 

SVBL is instituting a precautionary “no-contact, no-handshake policy” to be observed at every level of the organization until further notice. This includes all physical contact and extends to customary game-related activities, such as pre-game coaches’ handshakes, umpire-coach introductions, and post-game handshakes between members of opposing teams. Instead, staff, players and coaches should use verbal queues, such as saying “good game,” without shaking hands, high-fiving or fist-bumping.


We will keep monitoring information from the CDC and in the interim do what is best for you and your family.

For Prevention the CDC recommends: 

1. Avoid close contact with people who are sick 

2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth 

3. Stay home when you are sick 

4. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue  

5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces 

6. Wash your hands with soap and water.   

Thank you all and please email me if you have any questions.

 Kristin Newman

SVBL President


Opening DAY SVBL 2020


SVBL wants to give a warm and sincere THANK YOU to our photographer for the day~

MARIAH WHALEY of Distorted Halo Photography

for capturing our opening day baseball spirit  



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We'll see you in Omaha (maybe), we're sad but we understand you are doing your part in your State of NY. 


March 20, 2020

* COVID-19 Update *

In the best interest of our country, state, local community, local partners, coaches, umpires and most importantly, our employees, players and their families, whose health and safety we are obligated to protect, Cooperstown Dreams Park has determined it is necessary to cancel the 2020 season.

All teams will receive a 100% refund or the option of future participation. Cooperstown Dreams Park employees will remain working at reduced hours and payroll, to the extent permitted by the mandates of Governor Cuomo.

In response to calls by many levels of government for help from the private sector, we have notified the New York State Department of Health, Otsego County Emergency Services and Bassett Healthcare that our facilities are available for use, if needed in combating COVID-19 or for caring for those inflicted with the virus. Cooperstown Dreams Park will also establish a local food donation center and food kitchen for those in our community that are in need of basic essentials, as permitted by governmental agencies.

Cooperstown Dreams Park was hoping to avoid this outcome, but it is the only responsible course of action. Like the rest of the nation, we have never experienced anything like this. We know our staff will be resilient and steadfast in its preparation for the 2021 season and that once again the joyous sounds of kids playing the game of baseball at Cooperstown Dreams Park will be heard.

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