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May, 2020

2020 Season Update

Rainier District Little League

The Rainier District Little League Board met recently to discuss what should happen with the season now that Governor Inslee has laid out the Safe Start Plan.  I want to thank everyone for their patience and support as we worked through this difficult situation.

After careful consideration, we have made the following decisions about the 2020 Little League season:

  • The Tball, TnToss, and Coach Pitch seasons will be cancelled.With heavy hearts, we agreed managing social distancing and sanitization requirements would be too difficult for this age-group.
  • The Kid Pitch Baseball Divisions (Rookies, Minors, and Majors) will play a shortened season. The commencement of this season will be tied to Phase 3 of the Governor’s Safe Start Plan.We are planning for the season to begin mid-June and end around the last week of July.We are hoping to have a weeknight practice and weekend games, but that schedule depends on what fields are available.
  • The 50/70 and Juniors Baseball Divisions and all Softball Divisions will play a shortened season. The commencement of this season will be tied to Phase 3 of the Governor’s Safe Start Plan.We are planning for the season to begin mid-June and end around the last week of July.This season will be highly dependent on the number of players that are able to play.In addition to the considerations for Kid Pitch, we are still determining which leagues in our district are also fielding teams.

As mentioned in previous emails, the RDLL Board has been meeting regularly since the COVID-19 situation started.  We have been reviewing information from state and local health officials and following guidance from Little League International.  Additionally, we have consulted with other leagues in our district. Please understand that we will continue to monitor the situation closely and will follow the recommendations for Phase 3 of the Safe Start Plan. This is the current plan with the current information we have available; if Phase 3 changes, our plan will change. As we work to put on a shortened season, RDLL is committed to maintaining the health and safety of players, coaches, and families.

Financial State and Registration Fees

When the RDLL Board met, we also discussed the current financial state of the league. As a result of that discussion, we have made the following decisions about registration fees:

  • For families that are able to make a contribution, we would greatly appreciate a donation of any registration fees.RDLL is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit, and your charitable contribution is tax deductible. Please contact us at [email protected] by May 31st if you are able to donate your fees.
  • For families in divisions that were cancelled or are choosing not to play, we will offer credits for next season in two phases.These credits can be applied to your registration fees for next year:
    • Phase 1: We will distribute partial credits to you by June 15th.Please look out for additional emails to come out by division in the coming weeks.Credit amounts will vary by division to account for variances in registration fees and expenses.
    • Phase 2: We will offer a second round of credits to you, distributing any additional funds after we receive credits or refunds from our expenses and donations.
    • Please note: we may not be able to credit registration fees in full.
  • For families that are not planning to return next year or require a refund, please contact us after you see the division emails to discuss options for a refund that will follow the same phased approach as the credits.

The board reviewed our finances in depth to determine the fairest and most equitable approach that we could take in light of the extraordinary circumstances we are in.  We wish that we were in a place to refund everyone back their full registration fees immediately, but we are not. In order to put on a Little League season, RDLL made financial commitments for items like uniforms, field rentals, charter fees, insurance, and equipment starting in January.  We will not receive additional revenue from the Snack Shack since it will have to remain closed, and a shortened season means we will receive fewer dollars from corporate donations related to volunteer matching. We are unsure when and to what extent we will receive refunds or credits for charter fees, insurance, and unused field time. Because of this uncertainty, we decided on the two-phase credit. Our goal for phase 1 is to credit as much of the registration fees as we can based on our current financial situation. Our goal for phase 2 is to credit as much as we can after understanding all credits and refunds we receive from our expenses and how many donations we receive.  Our plan is to return all registration revenue collected in 2020 for players that do not participate after we have fully covered all expenses.

All of this is a far cry from how we envisioned this season when we started planning it back in December.  We are excited at the prospect that we may be able to at least get a little part of the season in for a few our ball players, but we are saddened that we won’t be able to put something together for our Tball and Coach Pitch players.

Looking forward to hopefully seeing many of you on the ball field!


John Wright

RDLL Board President

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