News and Announcements
May 23, 2020… UPDATE: As the State phased re-opening continues to evolve and new information is presented from the CDC, we are optimistic that we can safely begin a return to the baseball and softball fields for our older players (Minors divisions and above) around June 8th. Our Board of Directors has been working very closely with Town Officials and the Recreation Commission to put forth a time line for a return to the field that will comport with CDC, State and Town safety guidelines, as well as State and Local phasing requirements. We are excited at the potential of restarting the season, as we know this would be a positive mental, physical and social experience for our players and families alike. Thus far, SKLL has received favorable feedback from various members of the Town Recreation Commission for our continuing efforts to pursue possibilities for baseball and softball during the late spring/summer months. In addition, Town Officials have acknowledged the depth and detail of our preliminary safety plans that have been presented by the SKLL Board of Directors to date.
Again, it is our hope that the baseball and softball fields may open in South Kingstown on or around June 8th, at which time the baseball and softball divisions mentioned above could begin some level of practicing. In addition, it is also our understanding at this time that should the phasing plan for re-opening in RI continue to advance on schedule, the Town could possibly allow for local in-house games to begin at the end of June or beginning of July. Given this schedule, we would propose a game schedule for the respective divisions that could run until approximately the end of July or first week of August. Again, we want to emphasize that this plan is based on the best available information to us at this time and is subject to change if different guidance is mandated at the State and Local levels.
Furthermore, the return to play will come with a very specific, detailed and creative safety plan with guidance for players, coaches and spectators during both practices and games. Thus far, the preliminary safety plan includes specific measures to ensure maintaining social distancing to the greatest extent possible, i.e. limited and restricted use of the dugouts, prohibited team huddles and conferences. In addition, the League and Town are planning a plethora of sanitizing and cleaning measures, i.e. installation of hand sanitizing stations at fields and/or in dugouts, and possible portable hand washing to be installed at local fields. Our League itself has already purchased hand sanitizer and wipes for each team manager for use during practice and games. These are just a few components of the safety plan we will have in place for our players, coaches and volunteers so that families will be confident that when their players are able to get back on the field, it will be as safely as possible. A full version of our safety plan will be made available to the entire League once approved at the State and Town level.
As we get closer to the start date, more information will be passed on to our registered families in these divisions. Thank you for your patience as we work through this most unprecedented time. We hope you know the welfare and safety of all players in our league is of the utmost importance to us and we appreciate your ongoing support as we get through this time together. We look forward to seeing you all again on the field soon!
May 23, 2020… TBALL, Instructional Baseball & Instructional Softball POSTPONED: As the State phased re-opening continues to evolve and new information is presented from the CDC, we have come to the unfortunate realization that our players in our T-ball, Baseball Instructional and Softball Instructional divisions will not be able to safely return to the baseball and softball fields this spring/summer. While we were optimistic all spring, after much discussion by our Board of Directors and taking into consideration the concerns raised by town officials, and the recent restrictions and guidelines put out by the state, we realize that we cannot begin any type of season for this age group anytime soon and have decided it is best to share this with all of you sooner than later. Obviously, this is a decision that no one wanted to make, but we are all in agreement that this is what is best for the health and safety of these players, families, and volunteers at this time.
Although we won’t be able to offer T-ball, Instructional Baseball or Instructional Softball this spring/summer, we do want to let our families know that we are excited to announce we are working to put a plan in place for a fall ball season for T-ball, Instructional Baseball and Instructional Softball, which is not something we’ve ever done before. We know how disappointed the players in these divisions will be, and so we have been working very closely with Town Officials and the Recreation Commission to comply with CDC, State and Town safety guidelines and state and local phasing requirements in order to be able to offer a 6 week fall ball season beginning on or about September 1st. We will of course keep you all updated as we work through a detailed and creative safety plan that will be put in place so that families will be confident that when their players are able to get back on the field, it will be as safely as possible. A full version of the safety plan will be made available to the entire League once approved at the State and Town level.
Registration fees for the spring 2020 season will be refunded automatically by June 8th for all players registered for T-ball, Instructional Baseball or Instructional Softball, and will be processed the same way that payment was initially made. As soon as we have more information on the new Fall Season for T-ball, Instructional Baseball and Instructional Softball, we will let you know.
Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work through this most unprecedented time. We hope you know the welfare and safety of all players in our league is of the utmost importance to us and we appreciate your ongoing support. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to any member of the Board if you have any questions or concerns as we get through this time together. We look forward to seeing you all again soon!
Opening Day Postponed – New Date TBD
A message to our SKLL famlies…
UPDATE: Makeup Evaluations for Minors and Majors Baseball will be held Monday, March 9th at 5:30 pm.
Attendance is mandatory for players who want to play Majors baseball and for 8 year old players to be considered for Minors Baseball. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns.
EVALUATIONS for MINORS & MAJORS BASEBALL DIVISIONS will be held SATURDAY, MARCH 7th, 2020
Location: URI Baseball hitting barn at URI baseball field – Athletic complex entrance on Route 138
Check your email… players registered as of February 28th have been sent an email with the assigned time for your player’s evaluation. Players should bring glove, helmet and bat and wear comfortable clothes for a baseball workout; SKLL will provide helmets and bats at the evaluation for players if needed.
If your player is registered for the Minors or Majors BASEBALL Division and you have not yet received an email, or you have any questions or concerns, please email email@example.com. We look forward to seeing your player next Saturday.
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