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May, 2020

COVID-19 Update 5/30/2020

Friends and Families of FLAG Little League,


The last few months have been unchartered times in many ways. One thing we have held onto in our communities is that we would have baseball and softball as a way of coming back together and introducing some normalcy back into our lives.

Unfortunately, Little League Baseball and Softball would not be what we once knew it to be. We have held out hope that we would be able to play baseball and softball in June. However, with the late re-opening of Erie County and the number of precautions mandated by health officials and Little League International we do not believe our players will have a normal fun and safe season.

We want to assure you that FLAG Little League is keeping the safety and welfare of our families at the forefront of our decisions. In coordination with information gathered with other area Little Leagues, along with the state and local governments, it is with much sadness that we are announcing the cancelation of the 2020 FLAG Little League Season. This was a very difficult decision and one we did not make lightly. 

We will now begin the task of canceling registrations and refunding money. We plan to begin the process of refunding within the next two business weeks. If you are interested and would like to consider using your registration fee as a donation to our league, we would welcome the contribution as this pandemic has hit us hard, and a donation to the league would be greatly appreciated.

While we won’t be playing Little League this summer, we still have many costs that we need to cover, including mowing and upkeep of the fields so that they are ready for next year, insurance, and maintenance of our facilities.  Little League International has decided not to refund the nearly $5,000 charter fee that we pay each year and has instead credited it to next year’s season.  Unfortunately, without this cash in our bank account, if we refund every registration dollar that we have received for this season, we will honestly have little left to fund our costs for the rest of the year.

With that said, a number of the FLAG Board members have generously decided to donate their registration fees for this season to help the organization make it through to next year.  We sincerely ask that each of you considers doing the same; however, we also understand that times are tough right now and many of you may need this money to help make ends meet.

We will process refunds the week of June 15th.  If you do not contact us between now and then, we will refund your registration fees with no questions asked.  However, if you would like to make a donation, please fill out a donation form by clicking on this link by Sunday, June 14th.

Please know that the Board of Directors will continue to monitor the guidelines put forth by Governor Wolf, local officials, and health officials as they are provided. If there comes a time in 2020 where it is safe to return to the ball field, we will look to do so. We will continue our communication as we make updates, as even with canceling registrations, we still retain your contact information in our database.  

We know that this note will be received with understanding, sadness, and possibly even anger. This decision was not an easy one, however, with such limited information on a safe return, we are left with no other choice. It is also important for us to share that we understand that for our 12-year old players and their families this cancelation hits especially hard.  Please know that we are committed to honoring their accomplishments in a meaningful way. Their contributions will not be forgotten and they will be celebrated.

Please continue to look out for yourselves and each other. We miss all of you, as well as the sounds of excitement and joy that normally exudes from our fields during this time of the year.

 

Sincerely,

FLAG Board of Directors




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