San Marcos Youth Baseball Softball Association (SMYBSA) is tentatively seeking to run baseball and softball leagues in Fall 2020. In order to plan for a fall season in a way that will work best for all involved, we would like to know how many players and coaches are interested in participating. Please read through the tentative schedule and notes and then fill out the survey below whether you are interested in being part of a fall league, or not.
Tentative Schedule: Practices would begin on or about August 24, with games running approximately from mid-September to the end of October. The number of games per week, and the total number of games for the season, will depend on availability of opponents.
A fall league will only be played if allowed by state and local guidelines for safety during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Players, coaches, parents, and fans will be required to follow safety rules set by the City of San Marcos and SMYBSA according to the guidance of the CDC and any other relevant standards.
Games will most likely be played in San Marcos, Wimberley, and Kyle—players will need to be able to travel to those out-of-town games.
Games will be run according to the rules of PONY baseball and softball, as well as SMYBSA local rules.
The method of organizing team rosters will depend on the level of interest. There will be no try-outs or draft. Either coaches will organize their own teams, or coaches will coach their own child(ren)/dependent(s), plus players randomly assigned to the teams. SMYBSA will have final say on how rosters are organized.
San Marcos Youth Baseball and Softball Families, May 21,2020
After thoroughly considering the possibilities for resuming play, the San Marcos Youth Baseball Softball Association Board has decided to put our families first and cancel the remainder of the Spring season. We discussed what play would look like if we decided to resume this summer. For example:
How terrible we all would feel if a child in our league, or a family member there to watch, were to get sick and not recover. Would it be worth the risk to play a handful of games?
Who would enforce the multitude of new “social distancing” rules and regulations at the game fields and at practices? (To view a sample of these regulations please visit http://usssa.com/coronavirus)
Typically, the spring season would be ending for most kids at this time, what would it mean to resume play during the hottest months of the year?
Would there be time to re-organize teams since some families will continue play and some won’t?
Most area recreational leagues have already cancelled their spring season. Since we partner with many of those cities, would we even have opposing teams to play?
We hope this gives you a glimpse into our conversation. Please know that we didn’t take the decision lightly. We are on the SMYBSA board because we love these sports and of course would want nothing more than to be able to have our baseball/softball community back in action. However, it’s just not our time right now. We are in discussions about a possible fall season but only time will tell.
In addition, we understand that some are feeling the financial struggles that have come with this pandemic. Therefore, we are currently determining if we can afford partial reimbursements given that uniforms were already purchased, we paid umpires and had other expenses for the games that have been played, and we have made field improvements, including the newly constructed batting cages at the Ramon Lucio complex.
If you are able and willing to waive your reimbursement and contribute the funds as a donation to the league, we would be extremely appreciative. However, we also understand if you need the reimbursement, please feel free to make your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always, we thank you for playing with SMYBSA. We appreciate your understanding.
San Marcos Youth Baseball Softball Association (SMYBSA) Board
102 Wonder World Drive, #304-530 San Marcos, TX 78666
Parents and Players,
This has certainly not been the way we expected this season to go. Although we are still hopeful that we will be able to have a season of some kind, our priority continues to be the health and safety of all our players and their families. The city of San Marcos parks remain closed with no announced open date, and the recent Governor's order prohibits outdoor sports involving more than 4 people until May 18th. SMYBSA is developing contingency plans to hold a season during the summer, perhaps in June and July, but unfortunately there are still too many unknowns to make definite plans.
We appreciate your patience and we hope that you are all staying healthy at home. We also hope you will plan to play some baseball and softball when we can open the fields. That will be a great day.
Stay safe, stay ready to play.
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