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May, 2020

2020 Season Update

Good evening all,

It has been about 4 weeks since our last update so I wanted to get something out to everyone just to let you know where we stand with our 2020 season.  Beginning this past Friday the Governor has started to open up some businesses in Ohio.  He, however, did not open up youth sports as of yet.  Under the Continued Closure list, we fall under Organized Recreational Sports Leagues.  It does appear that the Governor is opening things up in stages, but a specific plan with dates has not yet been provided.  I am still optimistic that this summer we will be allowed to play baseball, but the obvious question is when.  I know this doesn't answer questions about the exact date we will begin, but it is better in our estimation not to give a definitive date, only to be disappointed if we cannot play then.  As an organization, Lake Youth Baseball is ready to start when a plan is implemented.  I am sure that guidelines and safety protocol will be provided as part of the plan to start playing again, and I want to assure you that LYB will take those seriously and we will not put our players on a field unless all safety procedures can be followed.

Within the last few days I have either spoken directly to, or exchanged emails with, all the league directors that our teams play in.  They are all still committed to providing a season once it is safe to resume play.  We do understand that there does come a point where there is just not enough time to have a season, and we do not want to interfere with the ability of other youth sports to start their season, but we do not exactly know when that "drop-dead" date is yet.  Please know we are trying to delay the need to cancel as long as we can.  We did however discuss the possibility of needing to cancel our season in its entirety at our last board meeting, and along with that we discussed how refunds would be handled.  We are not ready to lay out that plan yet, but one is in place if the need arises.

So we are still committed to wait.  All of us are just as anxious as most of you to get back out on the ball fields.  I personally cannot wait for that first practice when the team is together again and the joy of a new season is on the faces of all the coaches and players.  That day WILL come, it is my hope that it is sooner rather than later.

As always, the LYB board is here to assist our members as best we can.  If anyone has any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to myself or any of the board members.

Thank you for your understanding, and stay safe.

Brent Schrock
Lake Youth Baseball - President

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