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Hello to all our CRLL families,

It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that we announce the cancellation of our Spring 2020 season. The board met on Friday night and after much discussion, decided the safety of our players was too important to risk playing a season in the next two months. We had hoped that we would be able to play some type of season this summer but it is clear that any season we played would be filled with so many challenges that most of the fun would be lost. We are still working with our district staff to work out the possibility of an All-Star tournament for the 12-year-old players that are aging out. This tournament would likely take place at the end of October or early November. Details are still being worked on so once we have more information, we will get it out to you. 

As soon as we have details for Fall Ball, we will send out an email with information. The goal right now is to have registration between July-August 8th with teams being formed the following week. Practices would start mid-late August; games will start after Labor Day and end either at the end of October or first part of November. This is contingent upon it being safe for us to resume play and while still following any social distancing requirements that may still be in place.

Given that we were so close to starting games, the league incurred many costs it cannot recoup so we are not able to offer full refunds. We will put our financials on our website for those that would like to see where the registration fees were spent. As a result, we have listed several options for your Spring 2020 registration fees:

1)     Request a partial refund (70%) of your Spring 2020 registration. Our finance committee will work to get your refund to you by the end of the month, hopefully sooner.

2)     Request a credit to use for Fall Ball 2020. This credit will be in the amount of 70% of the registration fee paid for Spring 2020.

3)     Request a credit to use for Spring 2021. This credit will be in the amount of 70% of the registration fee paid for Spring 2020.

4)     Donate your Spring 2020 registration fee to CRLL. We realize for some families this may not be possible but if you are in a position to donate to the league, it would be very much appreciated.

Please think over your options, take your time and then email us at [email protected] when you've made your selection. 

 

We would like to thank all our coaches, assistant coaches and volunteers who worked countless hours to get our season going and hope to see many of you for Fall Ball or next spring season. We understand this isn't the decision many of you were hoping for but we feel it is the right one for all our CRLL players and families. For now, stay home, stay safe, stay healthy and know that baseball and softball will return. We look forward to the day when we can all safely return to the baseball and softball fields we all love so much.

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5/1/2020:
CRLL is still holding out hope for spring/summer season if it can  be done safely for all our players, volunteers and parents. Games will be played at night or early Saturday mornings to keep everyone out the heat as much as possible.  We hope to know more by the end of next week and will share updates with you as we have them. Please read the communication sent out from Little League International on Thursday:

Due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Little League International has made the difficult and disappointing decision to cancel its World Series and Region Tournaments for first time in organization history; commits approximately $1.2 million in support to local leagues

2020 MLB Little League Classic Presented by GEICO Also Canceled; Event Will Return in 2021

After a thorough assessment of the impact the devastating COVID-19 pandemic has had on 6,500 community-based Little League® programs in 84 countries and based upon the direction of governmental and public health authorities, and in consultation with medical professionals and our Board of Directors, Little League International has made the difficult and disappointing decision to cancel its seven World Series tournaments and their respective regional qualifying events.

“This is a heartbreaking decision for everyone at Little League International, but more so for those millions of Little Leaguers who have dreamt of one day playing in one of our seven World Series events,” said Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO. “After exhausting all possible options, we came to the conclusion that because of the significant public health uncertainty that will still exist several months from now, and with direction from Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine, as well as senior public health officials and government leaders from locations where our other six World Series are held, as well as the their qualifying regional tournaments, it will not be possible to proceed with our tournaments as we’ve hosted them for nearly 75 years.”

As we assessed the feasibility of including these tournament opportunities as part of that resumption of play, a number of factors went into the decision to cancel the World Series and Regional Tournaments, including:

  • The inability to play qualifying tournaments in many of our U.S. and International regions, coupled with direction from federal officials regarding the complexity of international travel restrictions and immigration requirements.
  • An indication from teams from around the globe that they will be unable to participate or travel to these tournaments.
  • The testing and mitigation protocols that would need to be in place at these significant public events should an individual participating or attending an event be diagnosed with COVID-19.

The cancellation includes the 82 regional qualifying tournaments and their respective seven World Series events:

  • Little League Baseball – South Williamsport, Pa.
  • Little League Softball® – Greenville, N.C.
  • Intermediate (50/70) Baseball – Livermore, Calif.
  • Junior League Baseball – Taylor, Mich.
  • Junior League Softball – Kirkland, Wash.
  • Senior League Baseball – Easley, S.C.
  • Senior League Softball –Sussex County, Del.

As 2021 was originally supposed to be the playing of the 75th Little League Baseball World Series, that celebration will now take place in 2022. More information about World Series locations and future dates can be found at LittleLeague.org.

As a result of this decision, the 2020 MLB Little League Classic presented by GEICO, originally scheduled for August 23 between the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles, has also been canceled. Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association have already committed to returning to Williamsport for the 2021 MLB Little League Classic next August.

“Delivering this news comes with a very heavy heart. We have never had to cancel our World Series tournaments, but, right now, as our world comes together, we must do everything we can to help stem the spread of this deadly virus,” said Hugh E. Tanner, Little League International Board of Directors Chairman. “While we take this pause from the World Series and Regional Tournaments this summer, we are committed to working with our volunteers and staff to continue to provide an unparalleled youth sports experience to all children and be back stronger than ever in 2021.”

To assist the local Little League programs as they continue to assess their local operations, Little League International will be crediting all chartered programs with the affiliation fees paid for their chartered teams in 2020, which totals approximately $1.2 million in support to local leagues. These funds will be credited through Little League’s Data Center and be available for local leagues to use on current balances, future affiliation and insurance fees, tournament enrollment, and other Little League-related expenses.

As each state and community will have different guidance for resuming organized youth sports, Little League International strongly encourages volunteers to confirm with their local and state health officials that it is safe to do so before resuming Little League activity after May 11. These playing opportunities could include not only regular season activities, but opportunities for local district, and, perhaps, state all-star tournament play to provide players, especially those moving up to a new age division in 2021, a tournament experience, if possible and safe.

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