Dear Yellow Springs Youth Baseball Community:
Yellow Springs Youth Baseball, Inc., is delighted to announce that we will move forward with baseball activities in compliance with Responsible RestartOhio guidelines. Registrations are now open for the 2020 summer recreational baseball program. Click the 2020 Registration link in the Registration widget in the upper right-hand corner of this page.
Boys and girls ages 7 to 11 are eligible to play in the coach-pitch Minor League. Boys and girls ages 10 to 14 are eligible to play in the player pitch Major League. Players should expect up to two games and two practices weekly, either weekday evenings or Saturday mornings. A Skills Clinic will be held on Saturday, May 30, at 11:00 am for new players and players considering moving up to Majors for the first time. The season will be shorter than usual, starting in early June and running through July 18.
UPDATE 6/8/2020 - Minor League registration is currently on hold as all teams are at capacity. Please contact the league directly at email@example.com if you would like to be placed on a waiting list.
There will be no postseason Potluck. Plans for a virtual or in-person awards ceremony, if any, are to be determined.
For those who took time to participate in the preliminary interest survey, thank you for taking the time to do so. We needed to know that community feels that baseball can be done safely and that you trust us with the important responsibility of providing the activity to your children. Based on our review of the state guidelines as well as the concerns expressed in the survey, we have identified several key elements of our 2020 Health and Safety Plan as follows:
- Each team will be required to make use of a Social Distancing Coach with the sole responsibility of ensuring compliance with state guidelines as well as the league plan.
- All games will be held on the Softball Field or Major League Field, both of which are fully outdoors. No dugouts will be used. Instead, players will be asked to bring folding chairs or blankets that can be set up appropriately distanced.
- All players, coaches, umpires and spectators must conduct daily symptom assessments. Players assessment should be performed by responsible guardians at home before leaving for a baseball related activity and again by coaches upon arrival at a practice or game. Anyone experiencing symptoms must stay home or leave to go home immediately. All participant's attendance will be digitally registered. Suspected cases will be reported to Greene County Public Health.
- Appropriate (minimum of six feet) social distancing of players, coaches, umpires, and spectators should be maintained at all times.
- Players will be provided face coverings for use in the designated coach/player area. They will not be required while on the field of play. Coaches and umpires will maintain face coverings at all times.
- Bats, helmets, and gloves will not be shared so each player will need to provide all of these equipment items for their own use. In the event of hardship, the league can provide these items on a case by case basis.
- Balls and any other equipment that must be shared will be sanitized between uses. In the event that commercial sanitizers are not available, the league will provide its own sanitizers following CDC guidelines.
Additional details will be added to the 2020 Health and Safety Plan as the situation continues to unfold and will be posted on our website as soon as available.
Complete information, including fees, requirements and other details can also be found on the league website listed above. Based on our review of survey data, we anticipate that the league will not need to purchase additional equipment so we will be able to maintain our current fee structure. Fee payment can be made with a credit card as part of the online registration process, although payment is not required to complete a registration. Parents are urged to complete registration as soon as possible, and all paid registrations received before May 30 will get a $10 discount. A limited number of scholarships are also available, which can be requested as part of the online registration process.
Please note that the registration process provides the ability to make additional donations. In light of the equipment and safety products that will be required this year, we ask you to give special consideration this year toward making a donation. Equipment donations will also be accepted in bins located outside the shed at Gaunt Park. Also note that we have heightened needs for volunteering this year to support the social distancing plan. If you are interested in volunteering, please indicate in your registration or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For any questions, call 937-340-1396.