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2020 Spring Season Cancelled

Jun 4, 2020 10:39 PM
Whitney Little League

 

June 4, 2020

Dear Whitney Little League,

 

Saturday, March 7th for most of us was the last time we all gathered together. We all enjoyed the annual parade of teams, the smell of the snack bar’s grill firing up and celebrated the league’s 60th anniversary. Days later an abrupt stop was ordered by authorities due to COVID 19. We all first assumed this would be a minor bump in the road, then it turned into three (3) months of painful waiting, and compromising. We held out as long as we could before making this decision because we had hoped that we could resume playing baseball. The Whitney Little League Board of Directors are extremely saddened to announce, that the decision has been made to cancel the remainder of the Spring 2020 Little League season.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the current regulations set in place and the requirements likely to be present in order for us to obtain a permit once we may be allowed to play, we do not envision a safe manner in which we can resume a way to play baseball in a method that keeps our players and families safe. Nor can we envision playing a game that would be compliant with any COVID-19 best practices and guidance requirements from all levels of government (School District, County, State and Federal). This also includes guidance from Little League International. As of today, San Juan Unified School District (SJUSD), Sacramento County cannot provide a definitive timeline on when our league could access the baseball fields. At this time, we cannot justify the risk of gathering versus the reward of playing a heavily modified version of little league baseball. Additionally, many of the local Little Leagues surrounding Whitney have already cancelled their 2020 seasons. This would include Arden, College Glen, Eastern, Fair Oaks Orangevale (FOV), Rosemont & Sunrise LL’s with Rancho Cordova, Citrus Heights & Carmichael considering canceling as I write this letter.

As a league of nearly 300 kids, there are regularly hundreds of people who visit our ball fields on a Saturday. We do not believe that in good faith, we could uphold all the guidelines that would be set forth for our league to follow while still providing a beneficial spring season for your ball player. We are devastated for our managers, coaches, families and most importantly players, from our new t-ballers who’s smiles couldn’t be contained as they ran the bases for the first time to our life long Whitney Little Leaguers who will be saying farewell to their youthful experiences of Whitney Little League. As we move forward, we are hoping we can offer an informal “sandlot” style program this summer, and hopefully a robust Fall Ball season. With 142 families out of roughly 200 who responded to our survey, nearly 85% reported they WANT to play this summer. You have my word, if we can, we will. We are looking for ways to make the fall ball season even more enjoyable and are looking forward to the 2021 Spring season.

The Whitney Little League Board had planned for our typical spring season and the majority of those costs for our spring season had already incurred prior to the shut down as a result of the pandemic. On behalf of the Board of Directors this letter will briefly review those costs and incomes that reflect the finances and current funds available for the 2020 season. Since the inception of this unprecedented event, I have attempted to be as forthcoming and transparent with our expenses and current available funds to you the league members so you can understand our current fiscal situation as it pertains to a credit, or refund. As such, the following are a list of operational & set-up costs incurred for the 2020 Spring season, as well as the funds collected from income sources prior to the shut down and the current balance for the 2020 Spring Season.

Uniforms

$16,423

League Administrative fees (LL charter, insurance, utilities, portables, QuickBooks, PO Box, website & technology, etc.)

$10,987

 

Snack bar equipment/food/supplies: 

$5,266

Field improvement supplies/maintenance:

$2,837

Total:

$35,453

Registration Income

$39,383

Candy Sales Income

$ 5,753

Snack Bar Income

$ 2,199

Total 2020 Spring Season Income

$47,335

Current 2020 Spring Season Balance

$11,882

 

As you can see, If Whitney Little League, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization were to offer a refund to our 278 players we serve, we would be insolvent. To be frank, the league would cease to exist. This being the case, the Board of directors has determined the best possible resolution to provide something to those who choose to request it, would be to provide the following options to our league members. This refund will be in the form of the League Volunteer fee in the following manner:

  • Each league family will be offered a $50 volunteer fee returned if you have yet to submit the reimbursement form.
  • If you have submitted your volunteer fee reimbursement form, Rest assured we have them and process them.
  • The members of the 50/70 Developmental team may also request a refund of the $50 which was additional to their Spring season registration fees as they did not receive a uniform, and the fees would have been used for additional Umpire costs offsite which weren’t used.
  • If you wish to be refunded your $50 volunteer fee, please click on this link and fill out the form provided.

We ask this to be filled out NO LATER than June 30th. If the document is not received by June 30th, the league will assume you have decided to donate your refund toward the league and the youth it serves. On July 7th from 6pm to 7pm at Eastern Oaks Park, board members will be present to distribute checks to those who wish to receive their fee returned. We will also be present at Eastern Oaks Park on July 11th from 9am to 11am.

The 2020 Spring Season marks my third and final year as a Whitney Little League Board member. I have done my best to serve the league with a humble heart and am so very proud of what WE have all accomplished. Never in my wildest dreams would I ever think I, as the board, would need to lead the league through such a nightmare. I can’t begin to share with you how heavy it has made my heart to call the season and how dreadfully disappointed we are as a leadership group. It is our hope the majority of you can understand the thought process of our decision and that it was made in the lens of what is the best, most safe choice for our youth and your family.

If you have any concerns or want to discuss any of this information in greater detail, please reach out to me personally or to any of our board members. On behalf of the Whitney Little League Board, we thank you for your understanding and continued support.

 

Tim Snyder

Board President,

Whitney Little League

president@whitneylittleleague.com

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