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Apr, 2020

COVID-19 Update

Dear AYBS Community,

We hope this email finds you and your family healthy and staying safe.

As we write to you, the Red Sox would be gearing up for their home opener at Fenway and we’d be counting down the days until our own Opening Day. While we don't exactly know when either of these events will happen, we can still look forward to knowing that when we get on the other side of these unchartered waters, baseball and softball will be waiting for us. Due to the recent announcement by Governor Baker that non-essential businesses shall remain closed until May 4th, we know our season will be delayed.  

As we approach what would have been our Opening Day, we wanted to provide an update as to what the AYBS Board of Directors has been discussing.  It is our goal and sincere hope that we will still play baseball and softball at some point this spring (and possibly into the summer).  We are preparing for the season with this in mind.  Prior to the COVID crisis, we ordered uniforms and equipment and contracted with our field maintenance company.  The Board is strategizing for a number of scenarios that will maximize our ability to play. The entire Board of Directors would love nothing more than to see our players and their families out on the fields as soon as it is safe to do so.

Many have asked about how their children might be able to prepare for the season, with canceled clinics and parks closed. While there are lots of drills found online that can be done at home, the most basic skill development is just playing catch. Whether it is an underhand soft toss to an aspiring tball or kball player, or long toss in the yard to a child entering their 12yr old season. Playing catch is the simplest form of bonding, development of hand/eye coordination and each throw is an opportunity to learn. We would encourage all families to get outside and throw the baseball or softball around.

We will have more information in the coming weeks about how plans are progressing and what precautions we will need to implement at the start of the season.

The most challenging days of this situation are still ahead of us, but we are focused on the days after that.  Our community is longing for normalcy and we look forward to a time when we can get back to being with friends, teammates and the camaraderie that comes with playing youth sports. We are committed to making this happen.

Please do not hesitate to reach out with questions, comments or concerns.

AYBS Board of Directors
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