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May, 2020

Important League Update: Tentative Season Plan Announced

Hello WPYBLL Families,

Thank you to those that joined us for last Thursday’s Virtual Town Hall. It was wonderful to “see” many of you and we appreciate you spending your time with us. If you missed it, we invite you to view the recording here. 


President: Charles Shepard
Secretary/Rosters: Jeff Kenny
Treasurer/Umpire Program/Scheduling: Matt Heidkamp
Member/Attorney: Peggy Osterman
Member/Grants: Wendy Vasquez
Member/Sponsorships: Blythe Szafoni
Member/Communications + Grants: Lori Blandford

All Stars Program: Joe Perona
Coaches/Rosters: Barrett Calvert
Equipment: John Barton
Events: Leah Hammer
Fields: Tom Killoren
Safety + Sanitation: Larry Liss

Our tentative plan (dependent upon IL's + Chicago's policies for the return of youth sports, as well as access to Chicago Park District fields) is to begin practices (adjusted for social distancing requirements) in mid-June and have games beginning July 12. Season will run through August 23, including playoffs. If Chicago does not move forward to Phase 4 at the end of June as anticipated, we will need to cancel the season.

WPYBLL has appointed Larry Liss as our Safety and Sanitation Coordinator. Larry is leading our COVID-19 safety efforts in preparation for our 2020 season. Every part of this plan comes back to one thing: the safety and well being of our players, families and community. We continue to closely monitor many resources, including guidelines from: the CDC, State of IL, City of Chicago, Little League Baseball, Chicago Park District, and Restore Youth Sports, to name a few. The details will be shared once we receive official guidance from the state and city. While the game and the experience will look a bit different this year, we are confident we can have fun and be safe.

- Full refund through June 12th excluding the $17 for fees.
- After June 12th, no refund requests will be granted as we assume you've decided to play this season.
- Should WPYBLL cancel the season, options for refunds will be granted to all. 

- Memorial Day tournament canceled
- Small-group practices to start in mid June
- Scheduled for July 3-5 Northbrook tournament
- All Stars games will be scheduled weekly in July and August versus Northside Five opponents with intent to avoid All Star/house game conflicts. Rescheduling of rainouts may result in unavoidable conflicts; we’ll do our best to limit them.
- Two tournaments playable between June 25 and July12. Tournaments to be scheduled with All Star teams coach input.
- There will be a refund for the postponed 2+ weeks of winter training.

We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we navigate these unusual circumstances and we will continue to keep everyone informed as we work toward our mid-June season start. We’re doing everything we can to get the kids out on those spiffy new fields this summer!

Yours in youth baseball,

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