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SFYBA Update 5/25/20

Hi Baseball Parents and Families:

We want to provide you all an update on all that is happening regarding baseball for this season.  Things are starting to come into focus, but there is still a lot that we do not know.  We are hoping for more clarity over the next week or two.

Here is what we know as of this writing:

  • This past Thursday, the Minnesota Department of Health and Governor Walz officially authorized team baseball practices to begin on June 1 as part of Phase 2 of Stay Safe MN.  This comes along with stipulations that need to be put in place in the name of safety, including, but not limited to: encouraging social distancing as much as possible, minimizing or eliminating player physical contact, making sure participants do not participate if they are sick, and disinfecting equipment as much as possible.
  • The authorization to play games comes as part of Phase 3 of the Governor’s Stay Safe MN.  While a date for transition to Phase 3 has yet to be defined, Gopher State (as well as other baseball organizations) are making plans for that to occur on or around June 15.  Gopher State (along with the other baseball organizations in the state) are meeting almost daily with the Governor’s office, attempting to get solidified dates so that planning can take place.
  • If games can occur beginning on June 15, Gopher State is still planning on having either a full regular season or close to a full season (14-16 games) playable between June 15 and July 31.  Gopher State has already announced that they will not have the single elimination playoffs that typically take place.  This is to allow extra weeks to get the full regular season in.  All indications are that baseball will not go beyond July 31.

Here is what we still do not know as of this writing:

  • As noted above, we do not know the exact date of when games will be able to begin.  We also do not know what, if any, modifications will be mandated to play games.
  • We do not know if tournaments will be allowed to be played.  Those typically involve bigger crowds and more contact.  The Governor has yet to weigh in on that.  We do know that our 10U-11U St. Francis Summer Classic currently scheduled for June 5-7 will not occur on that weekend.  We have not yet decided on whether we will cancel the tournament or try to reschedule for a date later in the season, possibly in July.  As of now, we are still planning for the 14U St. Francis Summer Classic on June 19-21, pending more information from the Governor.
  • We do not know yet if the Gopher State Tournament of Champions (or any other state tournaments) will occur in July.  That has not been announced yet by Gopher State.

Here is what SFYBA is doing:

  • SFYBA is committed to having some sort of a baseball season, if at all possible.  We feel that, especially with how this year has gone, the social and emotional well-being to the players of playing baseball and having some sense of “normalcy” will be of great benefit.
  • SFYBA is committed to meeting (at a minimum) all required safety regulations and requirements put in place by the Minnesota Department of Health or other authorities to allow for a safe return to the baseball field. 
  • SFYBA is working to provide all teams with hand sanitizer to be available for players and coaches in the dugouts as well as sanitizing supplies to be used on any potentially shared equipment.
  • SFYBA is committed to evaluating the financial costs of this season and returning value to families for costs not incurred.  For example, if teams do not play in 3 tournaments, lower field rental costs due to the delay, etc.  With the current uncertainty, we cannot estimate what that will be, but it will be something that will be evaluated as details for the rest of the season come into focus. 

We do expect that further clarity will be provided in the coming weeks and we will adjust our plans as needed.  We know that this does not provide the certainty that families are looking for, but to maximize the playing opportunities for our participants (safely), we are still at the mercy of the state authorities. 

We understand that there may be families concerned with the safe return of their player to the field even with the authorization by the Minnesota Department of Health and any requirements that they will put in place for safety.  If you are in this situation, please reach out to your age coordinator to discuss your concerns and options.

13U-14U Age Coordinator:

Josh Sanders

612-221-2314

11U-12U Age Coordinator

Seth Johnson

763-439-3712

10U Age Coordinator

Waylon Hejny

763-331-1161

Thank you all for your patience as we work through these times.  Our hope (as with everyone’s) is that there will be more clarity soon and hopefully a safe return to the baseball diamond.

SFYBA Board


MYAS/Gopher State Baseball Update 5/21/20

A collaboration of statewide community-based baseball and softball organizations
 
2020 “Safe Play: Back to the Diamond” Update
 
The Minnesota coalition of statewide youth baseball and softball organizations has been actively working to seek further clarification from the Governor’s press conference yesterday.

We did speak to the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission and Commissioner Tomes to further understand the next phase of the Minnesota Stay Safe Plan.  The Governor’s Task Force for Youth and Amateur Sports has scheduled a call with all Minnesota youth sports organizations, the Commissioner, and the MDH Epidemiologist for further instructions.

An update of Minnesota’s "Stay Safe" plan can be found at mn.gov: https://mn.gov/covid19/forminnesotans/stay-safe-mn/stay-safe-plan.jsp.  A new column, called "Organized Youth Sports," has been added to provide clarification.
 
What does this mean for organized community-based youth baseball and softball?

  • Organized practices may begin June 1, per MDH guidance. 
  • No timeline has been set for Phase III, which calls for games to begin. 
  • Our goal is to hold league games beginning June 15.

Once we gain further clarification, we will notify you immediately! 

Thank you for your patience during these unprecedented times.  

Dawson Blanck – MYAS/Gopher State Baseball

Patrick Reese – MYAS/Gopher State Baseball

Bobby Strickland- MYAS/Gopher State Baseball

Kim Eul – MBL/MBT

Jeff Eul – MBL/MBT

Dan Pfeffer – Minnesota Softball/USA Softball Minnesota

Tom Bye – Minnesota Softball/USA Softball Minnesota


MYAS/Gopher State Baseball Update 5/15/20

May 15, 2020 
 
Back to the Diamond Update
 
A collaboration of Statewide, Community-Based Baseball and Softball Organizations
 
As we navigate through this fluid situation, we would like to thank you for your patience and understanding as our organizations continue to work toward safely returning youth baseball and softball athletes to ball fields in 2020.  

As many of you know, the Gopher State Baseball League, the Metro Baseball League, and Minnesota Softball have come together to create a unified voice for youth baseball and softball in Minnesota. One of our main priorities through this collaboration was to author the “Safe Play: Back to the Diamond” guidelines. These guidelines and supporting documents were constructed to inform policymakers how we can safely start playing baseball and softball in Minnesota by creating a template for our leagues and others across the state.

Those efforts have allowed us to become a leading voice within a statewide task force created by the Governor and led by the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission with the goal of getting many different youth sports restarted in a safe and healthy manner, as soon as possible. Each day this week, we have met virtually with the youth sports task force. The goal of the task force is to formulate a universal return-to-play scorecard that all sports would use to create guidelines specific to their sport.  Those sport-specific guidelines will then be evaluated by the Governor’s office and the Minnesota Department of Health as they make decisions about which sports can safely reopen. The task force and statewide youth sports organizations are in the process of finalizing the scorecard and, early next week, will present it to state officials for approval.  Once the scorecard is accepted, our Safe Play: Back to the Diamond guidelines will be quickly modified, if necessary, and submitted immediately for consideration.   
 
https://www.startribune.com/youth-sports-walz-administration-working-toward-return-toplay/570481072/
 
Based on what has transpired, here is our proposed Minnesota youth baseball and softball timeline:
 
• May 26 - Begin BB and SB tryouts and practices following CDC, MDH and Safe Play: Back to the Diamond guidelines (State of Minnesota may push this back to June 1)

• June 15 - League games with spectator traffic and distancing guidelines in effect and managed
 
As always, thank you for your time and dedication to youth baseball and softball!


MYAS/Gopher State Baseball Update 5/11/20

May 11, 2020 

Joint Statement
 
A collaboration of Statewide, Community-Based baseball and Softball Organizations
 
As we navigate through this fluid situation, we would like to thank you for your patience and understanding as our organizations continue to work toward safely returning youth baseball and softball athletes to ball fields in 2020.  

As many of you know, the Gopher State Baseball League, the Metro Baseball League, and Minnesota Softball have come together to create a unified voice for youth baseball and softball in Minnesota. One of our main priorities through this collaboration was to author the “Safe Play: Back to the Diamond” guidelines. These guidelines and supporting documents were constructed to inform policymakers how we can safely start playing baseball and softball in Minnesota by creating a template for our leagues and others across the state. The “Safe Play: Back to the Diamond” guidelines have been received and discussed by Governor Walz's task force.   

As a result of our joint efforts, we were invited to assist Governor Walz and his cabinet in creating mechanisms for restarting youth sports. Following a virtual round table led by a State Commissioner, a community statewide youth sports commission was established to safely bring amateur athletes back to the playing field.  The goal of this statewide commission is to formulate a catalog of sport return-to-play plans and create a universal playbook, or template, that all Minnesota youth sports would follow. This will be a way to get youth sports restarted in a safe and healthy manner, as soon as possible.   This community statewide youth sports commission will be formulating and finalizing these goals in an expedient manner, given our timeline.

The initial plan is to finalize the guidelines/template by Friday, May 15 in hopes the Governor's office will, in the next few weeks, come back with a decision on returning to practice/play. This is optimistic news for everyone, as we all yearn to safely return of youth baseball and softball as soon as possible. These developments, however, will likely change our tentative timetable that we announced on May 4.  At this point in time, we will not be proposing any new timelines until more has transpired.  

As always, thank you for your time and dedication to youth baseball and softball!


MYAS/Gopher State Baseball Update 4/9/20

Good Afternoon Community Baseball Leaders

With today's baseball update, we have attached the MYAS/Gopher State official statement on the 2020 baseball season. This statement can also be found on the Gopher State Baseball page and the Gopher State Baseball League (GSBL) page. Feel free to pass this statement along through out your community or post it on your own association web pages. Thank you for understanding through these difficult times. We just need to take this one day at a time and stay positive that we will be playing baseball one day again soon.

While you are stuck inside away from your team, we have put together even more At Home Baseball options to help you stay ready for the season.

The At Home Baseball + Series, presented by the MYAS/Gopher State Player Development, is your chance to receive some individual expert training at home, while we wait and hope for team baseball to return. For more information or to sign up visit our page here: http://myas.org/baseball/at-home-baseball/

Get the GameSense App FREE for the month of April through MYAS/Gopher State. Read pitches faster with this baseball visual reaction training app! Their pitch recognition technology for softball and baseball players helps them stay prepared while adding an exciting new level to their training. Baseball Coaches sign up here. Baseball Players sign up here

Facebook Live Free At Home Baseball Event. Join us this Friday, April 10, at 11:00am for another installment of At Home Baseball Live with Gopher State Baseball. This week we are honored to welcome Dave Hieb, Northwestern University-St. Paul head baseball coach & head athletic trainer since 1994. Follow us on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/GopherStateBaseball/

As always, stay safe and healthy. Even though we are not working from our office, we are here to help. Feel free to reach out with any questions you may have. All of the previous updates are on email below if needed as well. Thanks and have a great day.

Patrick Reese

Program Director

Main: 763-781-2220

Email: patrick@myas.org

1011 Osborne Rd NE 

Spring Lake Park, MN 55432


SFYBA Update 3/30/20

SFYBA continues to monitor the situation of our baseball season.  At this time we are canceling the following events.

Canceled Activities

4/16/20  SFYBA Picture Night

5/8/20    SFYBA Youth Night

Spiritwear Orders

Ideal Advertising has decided to extend the closing date of the spiritwear store for SFYBA to Midnight, Sunday, April 19th.  Please email any questions to www.idealad.net or call them @ 763-862-3699

*Make sure to order correct sizes.  Orders are non-refundable or exchangeable so please view the size charts online.

Just a reminder that no organized SFYBA team activities should take place until further notice.  We will continue to monitor the situation to determine if further action will need to be taken, taking into account actions and recommendations by the CDC, MDH, MSHSL, school district, and other area organizations.

More information will be communicated regarding our baseball season in the coming weeks.


SFYBA Update 3/25/20

Consistent with the Governor stay-at-home order that goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 27th and will expire at 5 pm on April 10th, (this order can be extended) No organized SFYBA Team activities should take place over the next two weeks (until April 10th).  We will continue to monitor the situation to determine if further action will need to be taken, taking into account actions and recommendations by the CDC, MDH, MSHSL, school district, and other area organizations.

Canceled Activities

4/6/20    Kick Off Night & Concussion Testing

4/13/20  Chipotle Fundraiser


SFYBA Update 3/15/20

SFYBA is actively monitoring the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) situation in the United States and here in Minnesota. The situation is rapidly evolving, and we are relying on the most current information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to direct our decisions and actions. Current information on Coronavirus impact in Minnesota can be found at: https://www.health.state.mn.us/

Consistent with the school closure announcement today, the temporary suspension of spring sports activities by MSHSL, as well as similar announcements by area organizations, no organized SFYBA team activities should take place over the next two weeks (until March 30).  We will continue to monitor the situation to determine if further action will need to be taken, taking into account actions and recommendations by the CDC, MDH, MSHSL, school district, and other area organizations.


15th Annual Summer Classic

Baseball Tournaments

June 5th - June 7th      10A, 10AA, 11A, 11AAA, 15AAA

June 19th - June 21st  14AA & 14AAA

If you have any questions, please contact Cory Stoeckel @ 612-412-0325



    What Age Level Should I Register For?

    The official age cut-off date is May 1st. For example, to play on a 12U team in 2019, the player must be 12 years or under on May 1, 2019.  However, SFYBA recommends each player play with his/her grade (if age eligible) even if their birthday falls on or after the cut-off date. For example, if you are a 6th grader and your 12th birthday is May 15th, you would be eligible to play 11U but we would recommend you play 12U because that is primarily where all 6th graders will play.

    SFYBA fields a team or teams at ages 10U-14U.  We may also field a 9U team.  If not, we will evaluate 9U players for a spot on 10U teams.  8U/2nd grade players are allowed to register and try-out, but note that SFYBA does not field an 8U travelling team.  8U players will be evaluated for spots on a 9U or 10U team.

    If a player plays at 9U or 10U as a 2nd or 3rd grader (plays up), SFYBA wants them to return to their grade level team the following year, meaning they will play two years at an age level.


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