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Good Evening West Lancaster Little League Families ~

As the concerns surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) evolve, we would like to update you on the status of our West Lancaster Little League 2020 baseball season.

West Lancaster Little League finds the safety and wellbeing of all of our players as being the most important factor of our league. Since receiving information from Little League International of the recommendation for local leagues to suspend their season, West Lancaster Little League Board of Directors has been in non-stop communication. I have also been in regular communication with our District 51 Administrator and all District 51 league presidents. Little League nor District 51 would put in a requirement to suspend the season and it was clarified that if the season resumed, all league insurance coverage would remain in effect. Each local league was directed to do what they feel appropriate for their league.

In an effort to make the most effective decision, it was decided that I would reach out to all team managers and ask that they in turn reach out to their team of parents. It was asked that a consensus from each team be provided as to their opinion of whether to continue to play, with health precautions in place, or suspend the season. Out of the 20 teams that responded, 15 requested to continue to play.

As news of the community impact continued to unfold today, we were all informed that our local schools have been closed. Some schools being able to continue with virtual education and others extending their scheduled spring break by a week or two. We were also informed that Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation activities were suspended, AYSO spring season was suspended and Mulligan’s Family Fun Center is temporarily closed, along with our local Southern California theme parks and professional sports teams.

In order to make the most informed decision for our league of players, our West Lancaster Little Board of Directors considered all of this information as well as all information known from the CDC and recommended health precautions.

Effective immediately, West Lancaster Little League Board of Directors has made the decision to postpone our regular season games until the week of April 6th. We are not suspending our season, we are only postponing regular season games.

We plan to resume the game schedule beginning the week of April 6th as it is currently listed. We will move all missed games exactly as they are set on the schedule to the end of the season, with a plan to play into the month of June. This will include the games missed due to the weather (03/10, 03/12, 03/14).

Teams may continue to practice and may schedule scrimmage games with other teams within their same division. Parents are responsible to decide if they’d like their child to participate in any practices or any planned scrimmages, no player or team is required to do so and no player or team will be penalized for not doing so. These games will not count toward division standings. If there is a player who wants to continue to participate in practice or scrimmage play but their team has opted out of this option, please advise the league and we’ll temporarily move your player to another team within their division.

Managers – our Board of Directors will be meeting on Sunday, March 15th to address the plan for scrimmage play and how to set up a game. We will then forward this information directly to you.

We appreciate all of your continued support of West Lancaster Little League and your ongoing patience with this matter. This was a tough decision for all involved. As we continue to navigate through this stressful time, we hope for all of our families to remain healthy. We look forward to seeing everyone back at our fields in April!  

There are several reminders for our families that include:

  1. If a player is sick or has contagious symptoms (fever or respiratory issues), please keep your child home until at least 24 hours after the fever has broken.
  2. Everyone should wash his/her hands frequently (soap and water preferred for 20 seconds or longer);

  3. People with a cough should cover his/her nose when coughing or sneezing, and dispose of tissues immediately;

  4. Avoid close contact, like sharing food, with anyone who is exhibiting symptoms of a cold;

  5. Avoid touching one’s eyes, nose, and mouth;

  6. Clean and disinfect common areas regularly;

  7. Get plenty of sleep, drink water, and eat nutritiously;

  8. Get a flu immunization to prevent influenza if you have not done so this season.                                               

Always check with reliable sources for the most up-to-date and accurate information about the coronavirus.


On behalf of the West Lancaster Little Board of Directors,

Natalie Chapman
President
West Lancaster Little League

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