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Pending what Abbott says today, our league is apparently looking at restarting games on June 6 and running through most of July to finish the season. They're talking about things like having only 1 ump and putting them behind the pitcher, limiting the dugout to the first 3 players in the batting order when your team is hitting, having designated areas for the other kids, etc. Of course, getting the kids to stay away from one another will be the trick. Should be interesting. Normally CenTex All Stars runs through June. I guess that probably just won't happen this year.

Somewhat related: My 16 yo's volleyball team started practicing again on Friday, but outdoor in the sand, everyone with their own ball, just doing ball control and conditioning drills with distance between everyone. That went pretty well.

 

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Our league is also waiting for the Governor's words today. I think we'll make a go/no-go decision in the next couple of days. We can't keep dragging it out.

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1 hour ago, jkates said:

Our league is also waiting for the Governor's words today. I think we'll make a go/no-go decision in the next couple of days. We can't keep dragging it out.

Governor Abbott said Little League can open on May 31st. 

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I'm seeing practice can start 5/31 w/no spectators 1 guardian and games 6/15 with or without spectators.

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4 hours ago, jkates said:

Governor Abbott said Little League can open on May 31st. 

Yep. Looks like that's what we're probably gonna. 

I wonder if the high schools will get their June camps going, too.

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our all-star season ran the weekend before and during father's day - it's a very limited season - but hoping this will coincide with our league in houston. we don't play a summer season so hoping we can just push everything into the summer season and at least play a few games so it's not a total wash. it'll be interesting to see how it all plays out and what we actually end up doing. at least this is me talking optimistically - we've been working out 2-3 times a week since the season ended up not the same as actual game experience. 

*fingers crossed*

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I just received a text message that says, "POLL (Post Oak Little League) canceled officially - unanimous board decision."

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Sounds like we're gonna start practice on the 31st and start playing games on June 20th. Maybe a 2-weekend all-star tourney at the end of July.

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5 hours ago, jkates said:

I just received a text message that says, "POLL (Post Oak Little League) canceled officially - unanimous board decision."

Boo.

1 hour ago, wood said:

Sounds like we're gonna start practice on the 31st and start playing games on June 20th. Maybe a 2-weekend all-star tourney at the end of July.

Yes!!

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Yep, our league just announced that practices start 6/1 and games will start 6/15. Gonna be wild, and I'm still waiting to see what their plan is. They said they'll be sending another email with the way things will work, etc.

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As a Board Member in our league, I'm in charge of the youth umpires and the scheduling for all ages. It's going to be a ton of work and a total cluster if we end up having a short season. So....a big part of me wants us to cancel.

But, for the sake of the children, a part of me wants to play/coach.

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4 minutes ago, Pato del Muerto said:

You guys going to be sharing helmets and catching gear?  Allowing high fives?

We already don't share batting helmets. Use of catcher's gear will have to be addressed. No post-game high fives or handshake line. We'll probably only allow a certain number of kids in the dugout with the rest beside or behind, spaced out. Hand sanitizer available. A designated safety rep. Limited spectators, spaced out, masks encouraged. 

Personally, I don't think much of that matters for the kids. They are going to run, sweat, and jump all over each other. 

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Best of luck to all  !

No matter the level achieved,  we all can remember our Little League days.

Not frequently in public due to protocol,  but when at the grocery market and see kids,  it is noticeable they are not happy as before.  May this be the first step in a safe, healing process.   

 

 

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On 5/18/2020 at 2:58 PM, jkates said:

We'll see. Devil's in the details. But I'm choosing optimism! 

 

On 5/19/2020 at 5:47 PM, bschoolprof said:

Boo.

Yes!!

Yeah, so ... it was looking really good. Then they talked to the lawyers. Game over. Liability is too big and the potential cases too winnable by the plaintiffs if a kid gets sick.

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6 minutes ago, wood said:

 

Yeah, so ... it was looking really good. Then they talked to the lawyers. Game over. Liability is too big and the potential cases too winnable by the plaintiffs if a kid gets sick.

Boo.

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Looks like the only league in the Austin area that's playing is Round Rock. We might take some of our kids & combine with a tournament team in the area.

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So I'm sitting here wondering what has to happen to change this scenario. A vaccine? 

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I’m stilll following the pearland LL fb page from when we lived there. They take it very seriously. They have cancelled their season. 

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Select team 10u practice starts June 1st. Going to try and hopefully get a couple of tournaments in June before it just gets blazing ass hot.

 

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expect our league to announce cancellation in the next day or two.  The conditions LLA and the state have set out as requirements are simply not attainable or feasible.  Disinfecting dugouts after every game, social distancing, one in/out for restrooms, no concessions operating, etc.  Logistically that just doesn't work and even if you tried it it's not going to be a great experience for the kids.  

 

has anyone checked the USSSA site and seen that absurd waiver they're requiring, and also note they have raised prices $105 per tourney to $625 now.  Nations has no such waiver and still $425 for an event. Looks like if your tournament team plays this summer it will be all nations.  

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Got dammit ... just when puberty is really kicking in for my kid. He's starting to get really explosive and strong ...

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LT will announce 5/25 or so. Expecting to have a season. I’m glad, my youngest just made it to national league after 3 seasons on the edge. He played one game competitively, had a successful tag out at the plate where he threw off his helmet went for the wild pitch he blocked and recovered to make the tag. Just that kind of moment where you see hours of explaining and coaching coming together then - WHAM! Covid. My middle son is in his last season and hasn’t won shit, ever. He cried to me last season that he just wanted to win once. Well he got on THE team this spring. And WHAM! covid. These two boys really do seem to need this spring more than any other season. I hope they get it.

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When I posted about the cancellation before, it wasn't official yet. It is now. Just got the email. 

It's really too bad, not just for my kid, but for all of them. They're in 14U now and most of them have been playing together since they were 8 or 9. They've taken their lumps over the years, but had a lot of heart and have steadily improved. They are finally at that age where a lot of the mental stuff starts coming together and they're really developing physically.

The little bit that we got to do in the Fall and this Spring was just a blast, and they were looking really good. We were absolutely loaded, had tons of pitching, hitting, speed, and defense. We were definitely ready to make a run for the Centex Championship.

Little did we know that the season would end 2 games into it, and most of the 14 YOs' rec baseball careers would be over just like that, with no warning. It really sucks for them. Some of them might go on to play HS ball, but even if they do, they likely will be playing for different schools. Ah, well. Time to go try to make some lemonade outta these lemons...

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Looks like we're gonna put together a 14U AA tournament team for June & July ... so we got that goin' for us, which is nice. /carlspackler

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Good luck. My oldest is doing select and we plan to play a few tournaments. Middle one plays rec and I’m assuming it’s cancelled but haven’t heard the final word yet.

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