Dear HYBSA community:
The Board met tonight for a virtual meeting and we wanted to communicate a couple things. In the back drop of all of this certainty, we continue to watch this evolving situation carefully, reading notices, recommendations, speaking with other towns, schools, government groups as well as Babe Ruth to help drive to a decision we believe is best for our league. By default, we will be following suit with the nation, the state and town in terms of policies and the implications for our seasons. Here are a few highlights:
Spring Training: Indoor practices scheduled to start 3/21 in the school gymnasium is canceled as the school is closed and given the state of emergency. Spring training will not be moved outdoors unfortunately either given the the new recommendations to limit group gatherings.
Season: While baseball is a non-contact outdoor sport with small numbers of participants, ensuring safety remains HYBSA's priority. Team practices are delayed at least until April 6th, when the school and Town of Harvard fields are currently scheduled to re-open up. We will certainly reach back out over the next couple of weeks as we know more. Most of the season's games are currently scheduled to start on April 27th or later, and as of today, we remain on schedule.
Options for the season include: no change, shortened season with fewer games, or ... well, we just don't know yet, but will let you know when we do.
Fields: Per the office of the Select Board of Harvard, a notice went live on the website just today:
Monday March 16, 2020 Status of Town of Harvard Playing Fields: In an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus and until further notice all playing fields in Harvard are closed for use. This step is being taken in line with Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association’s (MIAA) delay of all school sports for 2+ weeks. An announcement will be made a week ahead of the fields being open for activity. Thank you all for your understanding and cooperation with this directive and these difficult times.
Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth League: The guidelines that both Softball (Cortland League) and Baseball (Macintosh League) follow are in line with the Babe Ruth League. The general guidelines they have offered us so far are:
- Adhere to State Public Health recommendations
- “No-Contact/No-Handshake” Policy
- Maintain Good Hygiene Practices
BBQ: As of right now, we are still on for the biggest, baddest BBQ ever, scheduled for May 16. Hopefully coronavirus doesnt mess with this year's festivities, we have some good things in the works.
Cabin Fever: It's going to be hard on us parents and our kids with work-from-home and distance learning policies colliding our worlds, being cooped up at home. Why not schedule in some outdoor time and have a catch with your child(ren)? That's the stuff of Field of Dreams. Plus, they will be more ready for the season when we are eventually cleared for take off.
And, as always - PLAY BALL. (Just with fewer people, maybe just your family and more space).