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Bennett's Creek Little League - - ID# 03460611

Bennett's Creek Little League - - ID# 03460611

President's Corner

PRESIDENT’S REPORT  May 13, 2020

In Accordance with the 2020 Operating Manual, this President’s report is available to all general members.

BCLL Family,

First and foremost, we hope each and every one of you are healthy and safe during these trying times.  Our concern for you and your player’s safety is always our number one priority.  As you may know, Little League International has canceled the 2020 World Series and all Regional Tournaments due to travel challenges and restrictions world-wide due to COVID-19.  Virginia State tournaments have also been canceled due to the same reasoning, however, Virginia state Little League leadership, along with our District Administrators, have been advised to conduct a delayed spring season as best as practical. 

With that said, we are happy to announce that after a lot of research and planning we will be re-opening the spring 2020 baseball and softball season starting June 11th, 2020.  The season will end around the beginning of August (contingent on District All-stars) totaling 6-8 weeks of operations. This parallels VA District 6 course of actions and has been approved by the Bennett’s Creek Little League Board of Directors. 

Those unable to play during this timeframe due to summer commitments, moving or health concerns can request a full refund or balance credit for next season. Once a refund is provided we are unable to open the summer registration for your player. An online form to complete such request to our league Treasurer can be submitted by clicking here: Refund Request Form.   

Keep in mind that this plan is always subject to change as it currently meets the requirements of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Governor’s directives and Phasing stages in dealing with COVID-19 safety protocols.  If the Commonwealth leadership changes any current timelines, then our schedule is subject to changes or cancellation.  As mentioned, your safety is our number one priority.

Our current polling has a vast amount of you desiring to have a season, so our goal is to provide such in a safe and timely manner.  As some have declined to participate this season, teams and players in each division may have to be adjusted to accommodate an even distribution.  Our Player Agents, along with other key board members and coaches will be working hard to fulfill these requirements, so I ask you all to please be patient in this process. 

Once all teams are set, practices will commence post 11 June.  Practices will be two weeks in duration prior to game one (essentially where we left off). Games schedules will be forth-coming, to include inter-league games at the higher divisions with possible inter-district games (Districts 7, 8, 15). 

There is a plan to conduct a modified (or standard) District All-star tournament.  More information to follow on that event and potential follow-on Inter-District Tournaments (Mini-state). There is no current plan to change our 2020 Fall Season.  More to follow from District and League Planning.

There will be a lot of changes regarding how we operate, based on COVID-19 mitigations.  These have been staffed by the board and have been approved at the League level.  They are based on Little League International, CDC and State guidance and are robust in nature.  Rest assured, our number one priority is your safety and that of your players.  As my own son is a player, I personally take this seriously as do all board members.  With that said, I would like to personally thank each and every member of our Board of Directors for their countless hours and self-sacrifice in the planning and soon to be execution of our safety plans/season.  There will be a separate document detailing those for all to see.  As a quick note, our fields are currently closed to the public until 11 June.  Please respect those directives as we gear-up towards a fruitful and productive season ahead.

Finally, I want to thank all of you for your patience and understanding during these surreal times.  We all want what’s best for our children.  Bennett’s Creek Little League is dedicated to serve our community with a safe and fulfilling product for all to enjoy without the worry.  We thank you for your corporation.  Let’s play ball! 


Sincerely,

Mark D. Grob

President

BCLL Softball and Baseball

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