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May, 2020

Elmer LL to PLAY-BALL!

As you may have heard, Gov. Murphy announced on Friday that youth sports teams may start practicing June 22. We don’t know the exact parameters of what will be allowed (ie, coaches wearing masks, bleachers closed, concessions closed, sharing of bats, etc.), but we are excited about being able to plan our season.
 
We took a poll of the coaches to determine who would be available in the summer or if pushing the season to the fall would work better. Below are the results.
 
Softball: Jr., Majors and Minors will play a summer schedule. Whether they play or not may be determined by what other leagues are doing throughout the District. 
 
T-Ball: Organizing 5- and 6-year-olds is difficult enough in a regular season, let alone having to worry about any social distancing requirements. With that said, we are going to cancel T-Ball this season. We are disappointed, but we are following LL International’s guidance and agree with them that it would be challenging for all involved.
 
Instructional Baseball: We are still polling the coaches.
 
Minors Baseball: Will be playing a summer schedule.
 
Majors Baseball: Will be playing a fall schedule.
 
Junior Baseball: Undecided
 
Later this week, we will email parents a survey so you can tell us your child’s availability to play according to the league he/she is in.  Levels playing in the summer would start practices June 22 and play July 6 to August 15Fall ball will likely start practices in late August with games starting after Labor Day.   If too many players cannot play in a given season, we may need to reorganize teams.
 
For those who cannot play, we ask that you consider letting the league keep your fees and we will give you credit toward the next time your child plays. We have had quite a few expenses this spring and refunding everyone would be challenging. Of course, if you are facing financial difficulties or your child is no longer going to play in the league, we will provide a full refund—or accept your fee as a donation.
 
We thank you for your flexibility and patience. We understand people take vacations and they will miss games and practices, but at least we are able to offer kids a season. We know you likely have a lot of questions and we hope to give more answers when we email you the survey.
 
Thank you so much.
 
Elmer LL Board of Directors
 
 
 
 
 

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