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Madison Little League Coronavirus Update 3.13.20
03/13/2020
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Madison Little League Coronavirus Update 3.13.20
Madison Little League
P.O. Box 243
Madison, CT 06443

March 13th 2020

Madison Baseball Community,

 

     I’m writing to you as a parent first and the President of Madison Little League (MLL) second.  A lot has been going on recently, and the country is going on an unwanted vacation from daily activity. The unprecedented outbreak of the Coronavirus COVID-19 (CV-19) and the global public health crisis it has spawned is an extraordinary circumstance.  The situation is evolving so quickly that we can't be sure of what tomorrow will bring.  Just as 9/11 changed our lives forever, this will too. First, our prayers and thoughts should be for those that this has and will affect significantly from a physical and financial standpoint. 

 

     I am writing today to share some recent actions Madison Little League (baseball and softball) is implementing. We understand that we don’t have answers that we are 100% sure are correct. We also know we are not the only organization/people searching for answers.  MLL understands we may not have agreement by all involved with what we are doing as of now; and that’s okay because this is not our personal decisions as to what we would do individually, this is we believe is the best for a volunteer run youth organization.  One common theme we are trying to follow. Default to Safety.  We don't have all the answers that we wish we had for the questions I'm sure you and MLL volunteers themselves have. We also realize where MLL might be on your list of priorities right now.  We are not going to repeat the medical advice that is being communicated by everyone. Here is MLL information in a fluid situation where we are going to adjust as necessary. 

 

     We will be deferring to state and local and local ordinances (health and school and town) when possible in regards to how we proceed. Still, we reserve the right to go further if we believe that is best for MLL. We also get recommendations from Little League International (LLI), our parent organization. LittleLeague.org/coronavirus

 

As of now ALL MLL activity is suspended until at least April 6th. What this means is;

  • Baseball clinics @ Brown  are postponed to a later date
  • Softball clinics @ Batter Up are postponed to a later date
  • Majors and AAA Draft postponed
  • Minors Draft for softball is postponed
  • Mandatory coaches, first aid, and information meeting at Brown also is postponed

 

Now for the season.

  • Earliest we would start practice is April 6th 2020.
  • Opening Day (which was April 18th ) as we are used to is not going to happen.  This doesn't mean we won't have an 'opening day,'. But it does mean we won't be having a parade and a large gathering (per state and local ordinances which are currently 250/100 people), as we have in the past.
  • When will the start of games be?…don’t have a solid answer for that.  We will see what the state regional local and LLI suggestions are as we move forward in regards to youth sports. If we start April 6th we would start the season on time (April 18th)
  • The spring season when we have it will be adjusted accordingly to qualify enough games for the All-Star programs at various levels.  What requirements and processes are will be communicated by LLI.

 

     Please visit the web page for more information. http://www.madisonctbaseball.com/ We will try and communicate as clearly and quickly as we can. Please also understand that we are volunteers, and finding a time to put our heads together doesn't come as easy as we would like! I know Madison residents will continue to be understanding of how different people react to what’s happening around the world right now, and be understanding of their decisions.

     

     We will all be learning lessons from CV-19, while being nervous and unsure is normal, remaining optimistic is paramount not only for our well-being, but the young, innocent, bewildered little leaguers that don’t really grasp what’s going on.  Here in Madison we have a great community, and we have a great sports community.  While things will change those two definitions won’t change.  I’m looking forward to getting out to Jaycee, Nelson, Academy or Polson and having a few sunflower seeds and a few laughs, seeing friends and more importantly having the opportunity to see the kids of Madison get to play ball!

 

Stay safe, stay informed, and stay optimistic!

Matt Anderson

Matt Anderson MLL President 
734-320-2165

by posted 03/13/2020
Madison Little League (MLL) Coronavirus Update

Madison Little League (MLL) Coronavirus Update

Last updated March 11, 2020

As of March 11, 2020, all organized MLL activities are still on schedule. We are closely monitoring the situation, and any subsequent news or developments will be updated on this webpage.

At this time, and for the safety of others, no one shall participate in Little League activities if you or your child are ill; have a fever, cough, or respiratory condition; have a compromised immune system; are in any other group that may be at an increased risk of contracting a virus like the coronavirus; or have recently traveled to a country listed on the CDC’s Risk Assessment by Country. For more information please visit the following sites:

State of Connecticut Dept. of Public Health - latest information, resources, and guidance related to coronavirus (COVID-19) -  https://portal.ct.gov/coronavirus

Little League International - Coronavirus Update - https://www.littleleague.org/player-safety/coronavirus-update/

 

Official Statement from Little League International

As of March 10, 2020

 

“With the news of the increasing spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we wanted to inform you that we are taking this situation very seriously. We are monitoring the situation closely, and we are advising all our leagues to follow the guidelines set by the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), your state’s public health department (click here for the CT state public health department), and other county and/or local authorities including area school districts and government agencies.

We encourage all those that are actively participating in their Little League seasons – including players, volunteers, families, and fans – to follow the best practices as outlined by the CDC, which include washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (if soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer); avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands; and avoid close contact with people who are sick. We would also encourage you all to limit close, physical contact with others (including shaking hands). Click here to learn more about the CDC recommendations.

Leagues should consult the appropriate county and/or local authorities regarding recommendations on how to proceed with large gatherings of people.

Also, if you or your child are ill; have a fever, cough, or respiratory condition; have a compromised immune system; are in any other group that may be at an increased risk of contracting a virus like the coronavirus; or have recently traveled to a country listed on the CDC’s Risk Assessment by Country, we encourage you or your child to refrain from Little League-related activities until cleared by your healthcare provider.

Local Little League programs are encouraged to exercise utmost precaution following the guidance of local, state and federal health agencies. In addition, cleaning and sanitizing hard surfaces and shared equipment that your league utilizes; tipping caps/visors instead of shaking hands at the end of a game; making sure all players have their own water/drink bottles and are not sharing; stocking bathrooms and concession stand areas with soap and hand sanitizer; and, if any volunteers are uncomfortable or cannot attend a league or district meeting, utilizing free phone/web conferencing service, are some alternative ways that leagues can help follow best practices while this health concern remains.

If your league or district is taking proactive, preventative measures in regards to the coronavirus in your area, and delaying or altering its schedule or season, we ask that you please notify Little League International by emailing .

As the situation continues to develop, Little League International will do our best to continue to keep our leagues, volunteers, and families informed.


by posted 03/11/2020
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