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Broad Ripple Haverford LL

Letter to BRHLL 5/11/2020

BRHLL Families,

I hope that you and everyone around is well and staying safe.  The board of directors and I wanted to provide you the latest update to the information we are receiving from the Governor’s office with regards to dates when we can begin practicing and dates when games can begin. At this time, BRHLL intends to have a 2020 baseball and softball season. While other leagues in the area have decided to close for the season, our board of directors has reviewed the latest information from government and healthcare agencies and believe we can have a season while providing reasonable safety standards consistent with state and local government and healthcare guidelines. We have built a conservative approach leading into our season.  Our current plan is to begin practices on June 14.  You will be receive more information from your vice presidents of baseball and softball as we get closer to that date about our recommended practice plans with social distancing.  You will also be provided the league’s safety plan (posted on our web site under Resources) with guidance on what managers, coaches, players, and families must do before coming to the diamonds, while they are at the diamonds, and before they go home from the diamonds. 

Little League is recommending that teams get 3-4 practices in before games begin. With that goal in mind, we intend to begin our games no earlier than June 27. This is consistent with the Phase 4 guidelines with the governor’s roll-out plan. We still need to confirm with IPS that we can begin on the 54th Street diamonds as they are not allowing activities on school campus’ until July 1. More news to come on that. At a minimum, we can begin the season on the Fairgrounds diamonds if needed.

We are looking at concluding the season on or about Aug 1 but no later than Aug 8.  There will be no Rivi Closing Day pool party this year.

The situation and dates remain fluid as much of the information we are receiving is changing daily. We believe things will begin to become clearer as we get closer to June 1. While we are optimistic about the upcoming season, the board of directors reserves the right to cancel the season before it begins or if we determine that the risk to our family’s health becomes too great during the season. 

In the event that families decide not to play with us this season, they will be given options for a return of their league fees including: 

  • receiving a refund of their registration fees
  • carrying the registration fees over to the 2021 season 
  • leave their fees with the league as a charitable donation 


IMPORTANT:
We ask that families who intend NOT to continue with us this season to please notify us NO LATER THAN MAY 22 of their decision and what they would like to do with their registration fees by emailing their response to [email protected]. If you chose to receive a refund of your registration fees we will apply a credit to the credit card you used to register.  In your email response, please confirm a mailing address where we can send a check if needed. To date, we have only had a few families chose not to play this season and we look forward to having them back with us next season.

This email is intended to give you the latest information we have and to inform you of our intentions to play this season under the guidelines from the governor’s office and Little League International. More information will be forthcoming from your respective vice presidents in the coming days. Any questions around the season and team related issues can be sent to Jason Reyome at [email protected], Tess Krueger at [email protected], Kip Chase at [email protected], Katie Meek at [email protected] and, Chad Gilvin at [email protected]. Any questions about the safety plan and our social distancing/sanitation policies can be directed to our safety officer, Chris Bailey at [email protected].

Thank you for your continued patience with the fluidity of information coming your way. Things are starting to become clearer where we can start planning around dates.  Please continue to be flexible. And, as always, thank you for being a part of Broad Ripple Haverford Little League. You are an important part of what makes our league so special. 

Stay well and stay safe, and Happy Mother’s Day!


Regards,

Michael Jones
President
Broad Ripple Haverford Little League
cell: 317-753-9417

LETTER TO BRHLL COMMUNITY 3/13/2020

BRHLL Families,

The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors had a teleconference yesterday and, after a very thorough discussion, came to the unanimous decision to close all BRHLL diamonds and cages until April 6.  All practices will be cancelled for all league teams as well as all Bluehawks teams effective Friday, March 13.  We decided that this was consistent with the closing of several community schools. Although the risk of contracting COVID-19 in small group events remain very small, we felt we needed to act as good neighbors and responsible partners with the other groups in our community in the common goal of reducing the spread of the virus.  That said, I believe that this is the best decision for our families and our league and consistent with the “Broad Ripple Haverford Way."

As we were wrapping up our conference call, we received an email from Little League International requesting that local leagues suspend operations until April 6.  BRHLL will comply with that request.  We are not certain when we will be able to open the season. However, based on the letter, LLI is putting together contingency plans for a delay in starting the season. As we get new information from LLI we will pass along to you.  Right now, I would not look for the season to begin any earlier than May 2 but that could change due to the fluidity of the situation.

If you have any questions, please reach out to any of the following Executive Committee members and they will be able to provide you answers with the most up-to-date information we have.

The Executive Committee includes:

 

Mike Jones [email protected]

Tess Krueger, MD [email protected]

Jason Reyome [email protected]

Sean Burke [email protected]

Tod Perry [email protected]

Kip Chase [email protected]

 

As any new information comes in, we will inform you immediately.  The best thing we can do right now is to help others remain calm and use the steps outlined by the CDC and other healthcare agencies around reducing the spread of disease (washing hands frequently, cover your mouth if you sneeze or cough, and STAY HOME if you don’t feel well).  Pay attention to news from the CDC and the State and County Boards of Health for guidance.  There will be plenty of time for baseball and softball this spring and summer.

Regards,
Michael Jones
President
Broad Ripple Haverford Little League
email: [email protected]
cell: 317-753-9417

Letter to BRHLL Community 3/12/2020

Dear BRHLL family:

Your child’s safety and the collective health of our community are our top priorities.  We have been monitoring the changing coronavirus situation.  We may reassess in the coming weeks, but currently there is no guidance from leading public health organizations such as CDC and our local and state departments of health to cancel or suspend BRHLL activities. 

As a physician and board member of BRHLL, I recommend the following precautions to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and other infections in accordance with the WHO and CDC guidelines.

Wash your hands frequently

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.

Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

Alcohol based hand sanitizer will be available in the C-stand and pods at D3 and D6.

Maintain social distancing

Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth

Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

Practice respiratory hygiene

Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.

Packs of tissue will be available in the C-stand and pods at D3 and D6.

If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early

This is so important.  Stay home and keep your children home if feeling unwell. Don’t “push through it” for a BRHLL game or practice.  If you or your child has the following symptoms, please stay home until they have resolved for 24 hours: fever, chills and body aches, cough, difficulty breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, unidentified rash.  Seek medical attention if necessary. Follow the directions of your local health authority regarding current outbreaks and advise.

Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.

I look forward to a happy and healthy season for parents, coaches and players this upcoming baseball and softball 2020 season.  I will continue to stay up to date on local infections and global advice regarding coronavirus, influenza and other community acquired infections.

Sincerely,

Theresa M. Krueger, M.D.

VP Softball BRHLL

and

BRHLL Board of Directors

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