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HSLL COVID-19 Policy

Our Highland Springs Little League COVID-19 Policy was last updated on 7/3/2020.  The policy was created to allow a safe and successful baseball and softball season with the State and Henrico County requirements.  The policy will be updated as the requirements in the State and County change. Please reach out to [email protected] if you have any questions regarding our policy.

Highland Springs Little League COVID-19 Policy

July 5th Communication




As you know, Governor Northam has moved Virginia into phase III as of July 1, 2020.  As always, we want to inform all families of those updates and how they affect Highland Springs Little League. The updated policy has been posted.

            We have revised our COVID-19 Policy with the updated requirements from the State and Henrico County.  Those high-level changes are:

  1. Restrictions as to who can come to the game has been removed.  Anyone can come to practices and games to watch.
  2. The number of individuals allowed at each field has been increased from 50 to 250
  3. Operations of Concessions is allowed

With these new changes, we want to still provide a few reminders:

  1. We still want to keep the possibility of spreading germs and bacteria at a minimum, so please still limit the amount of people you invite to the fields.  Keep in mind, we still must abide by social distancing policies.
  2. Concessions will be open for practice if you forget snacks or drinks for your child(ren).  We are still encouraging parents to provide their own snacks and beverages at practices and games.
  3. Concessions has its own COVID-19 Operation Plan to be reviewed.  Please take some time to review that portion of the updated COVID-19 policy.  Those who are scheduled to work in Concessions will need to sign that you understand the policy prior to your shift.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us.

See you on the field.

Thank you,
Highland Springs Little League Board of Directors

June 10th Communication



As of June 5, 2020,Governor Northam has opened most of the state of Virginia into Phase II.  Henrico County is included in that phase and so is youth recreational sports. Henrico County has identified some additional requirements and restrictions such as where fields are open, lights will not be available on the fields until June 15th.  Also, concession stands are closed in Phase II.

Highland Springs Little League has been working hard to create a policy that includes all restrictions and requirements from the State and County along with some recommendations from Little League International to ensure our families have a safe and successful return to the sport.

We will be communicating with our Managers, Coaches, Team Mom's and parents soon to solidify committments before we push forward.  Everyone must have an understanding, agree and sign the policy created before access to the fields for HSLL events is allowed.  We want everyone to know that a lot of thought, hard work and conversation has been conducted to make the document as thorough as possible.

If you have any questions regarding this statement, please feel free to contact us at [email protected] .

Thank you, 
J
immy G. – President of HSLL

May 13th Communication



As of May 11, 2020, Little League International has released their ban and Little Leagues across the world are able to begin their seasons IF local government authorities have allowed them to do so.

Although Virginia’s Governor Northam has started to open the state again, we have not been given the green light to use the fields just yet.  We are expecting to start practice on or around June 10th. 

If you have any questions regarding this statement, please feel free to contact us at [email protected] .

Thank you,
J
immy G. – President of HSLL


April 17th Communication




April Letter to HSLL Families

Dear Highland Springs Little League Families,

While there is a high level of uncertainty regarding when or if we will be able to play ball this spring/summer, we want to assure you that we will continue to plan for ways to make certain our children have a positive experience.

As of right now, in compliance with the Stay at Home Order given by Governor Northam, we are planning to start practices on June 11, 2020. Once restrictions are lifted, we will have 2 weeks of practice before our first games. We will re-evaluate our dates and timeline if there are changes made to the Stay at Home order. 

All information provided is conditional. We will not start a season until it is safe to do so. The health and safety of our children is our #1 priority. The HSLL Board has promised to keep our families abreast of any updated information provided by Little League International and/or Governor Northam. 

We encourage our parents and guardians to continue to work with your children, engage in practicing skills and staying positive through this unique ordeal. This long “rain delay” is brand new to us all. 

Hopefully we will see you on the fields soon.

Sincerely,

Highland Springs Little League Board

Little League International Update

Little League® Cancels 2020 World Series and Region Tournaments

Due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Little League International has made the difficult and disappointing decision to cancel its World Series and Region Tournaments for first time in organization history; commits approximately $1.2 million in support to local leagues

2020 MLB Little League Classic Presented by GEICO Also Canceled; Event Will Return in 2021

After a thorough assessment of the impact the devastating COVID-19 pandemic has had on 6,500 community-based Little League® programs in 84 countries and based upon the direction of governmental and public health authorities, and in consultation with medical professionals and our Board of Directors, Little League International has made the difficult and disappointing decision to cancel its seven World Series tournaments and their respective regional qualifying events.

“This is a heartbreaking decision for everyone at Little League International, but more so for those millions of Little Leaguers who have dreamt of one day playing in one of our seven World Series events,” said Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO. “After exhausting all possible options, we came to the conclusion that because of the significant public health uncertainty that will still exist several months from now, and with direction from Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine, as well as senior public health officials and government leaders from locations where our other six World Series are held, as well as the their qualifying regional tournaments, it will not be possible to proceed with our tournaments as we’ve hosted them for nearly 75 years.”

  • The inability to play qualifying tournaments in many of our U.S. and International regions, coupled with direction from federal officials regarding the complexity of international travel restrictions and immigration requirements.
  • An indication from teams from around the globe that they will be unable to participate or travel to these tournaments.
  • The testing and mitigation protocols that would need to be in place at these significant public events should an individual participating or attending an event be diagnosed with COVID-19.

The cancellation includes the 82 regional qualifying tournaments and their respective seven World Series events:

  • Little League Baseball – South Williamsport, Pa.
  • Little League Softball® – Greenville, N.C.
  • Intermediate (50/70) Baseball – Livermore, Calif.
  • Junior League Baseball – Taylor, Mich.
  • Junior League Softball – Kirkland, Wash.
  • Senior League Baseball – Easley, S.C.
  • Senior League Softball –Sussex County, Del.

As 2021 was originally supposed to be the playing of the 75th Little League Baseball World Series, that celebration will now take place in 2022. More information about World Series locations and future dates can be found at LittleLeague.org.

As a result of this decision, the 2020 MLB Little League Classic presented by GEICO, originally scheduled for August 23 between the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles, has also been canceled. Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association have already committed to returning to Williamsport for the 2021 MLB Little League Classic next August.

“Delivering this news comes with a very heavy heart. We have never had to cancel our World Series tournaments, but, right now, as our world comes together, we must do everything we can to help stem the spread of this deadly virus,” said Hugh E. Tanner, Little League International Board of Directors Chairman. “While we take this pause from the World Series and Regional Tournaments this summer, we are committed to working with our volunteers and staff to continue to provide an unparalleled youth sports experience to all children and be back stronger than ever in 2021.”

To assist the local Little League programs as they continue to assess their local operations, Little League International will be crediting all chartered programs with the affiliation fees paid for their chartered teams in 2020, which totals approximately $1.2 million in support to local leagues. These funds will be credited through Little League’s Data Center and be available for local leagues to use on current balances, future affiliation and insurance fees, tournament enrollment, and other Little League-related expenses.

As each state and community will have different guidance for resuming organized youth sports, Little League International strongly encourages volunteers to confirm with their local and state health officials that it is safe to do so before resuming Little League activity after May 11. These playing opportunities could include not only regular season activities, but opportunities for local district, and, perhaps, state all-star tournament play to provide players, especially those moving up to a new age division in 2021, a tournament experience, if possible and safe."

See the Video from the CEO of Little League HERE

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