June 24 Season Update

UpdatedThursday July 2, 2020 by Site Administrator.

June 24, 2020 | Re: Season Update

Dear Parents, Guardians, Family, Friends, Coaches and Players,

PLEASE READ THE BELOW UPDATE CAREFULLY.

As promised, our Board has worked through many of the key logistics necessary to ensure a safe and enjoyable season within the guidelines we have been provided by the State of New Jersey. Below you will see some of the key points we will implement in order to be in compliance and provide a safe environment for the players and volunteers. Please be on the lookout for specific guidance for each Division/Field as there will be unique drop off and pick up instructions as well as guidance on how fans can watch.

Here is a link to the NJ State Department of Health issued guidelines for organized sports. Many of these are recommended or encouraged and not required. Please see below for our key plans.

Key PPYBSA guidelines:

  • Masks or face coverings will NOT be required for players, coaches and volunteers. We feel that all of the below measures will be sufficient based on the optional nature of the guidance regarding masks/face coverings from the State of New Jersey. Given the nature of the sport and the temperatures this time of year, we feel this is the best course of action. Players are permitted to wear a face covering any time if the player or their parent/guardian/caretaker deem it necessary. The same applies to coaches or volunteers. Masks or face coverings will NOT be supplied by the league and are at your own expense. If you will be requiring your player to wear a mask or face covering, we will ask you to sign a form stating such and giving us permission to remove your player from the game if they do not abide by your wishes.

  • All parents/guardians must eSign a waiver for their child to participate. This waiver MUST be completed by Friday June 26, 2020 at 11:59 PM ET. Click here to review and submit the waiver.

  • All Volunteers must eSign a waiver to participate. This waiver MUST be completed by Friday June 26, 2020 at 11:59 PM ET. Click here to review and submit the waiver. Please consider volunteering as this season, more than ever, will require extra help to meet the guidelines and if we do not get a sufficient response for volunteers, some divisions may be in jeopardy.

  • All players, coaches and volunteers will be required to print and sign a health screener questionnaire before entering the facility for every practice, game or league activity. Click here to download a copy of the screener form to print, complete and sign for each event.

  • All players, coaches and volunteers will be subject to a temperature check upon entering the facility. The reading will be recorded on the above questionnaire. Anyone who’s reading is 100.4 or higher will be not allowed to participate or to enter the facility. 1 parent/guardian is required to be with their player(s) at drop off and must hand in the questionnaire and sign off on the temperature recording.

  • No parents, guardians or spectators will be allowed on the field or in dugouts. Spectators must watch from designated areas (will vary by field) and follow all recommended social distancing measures as outlined by the State of New Jersey. We highly recommend limiting spectator attendance.

  • Only 1 person at a time may use the bathroom facility, if open and operable. We will have volunteers clean the bathrooms before the start of each game.

  • Each incoming team (Manager and Coaches) will be responsible for cleaning the areas where coaches and players will store equipment and sit (i.e. dugouts). The league will provide cleaning supplies at each field to be used for this purpose.

  • Hand sanitizer stations will be placed at several key locations on each field.

  • Signage about social distancing and hygiene best practices will also be posted throughout key areas of each field, at each entrance and at the restrooms.

  • We will NOT be operating the snack stands this season.

  • There will be no high fives, hand shakes, celebrations, huddles or grouping of players.

  • Sharing of equipment is strongly discouraged as we cannot be responsible for proper cleaning in between use by different players. Please ensure your player has all of their own equipment before coming to the field. We recommend all equipment and bags be clearly labelled with the player’s full name to avoid confusion. Many items look the same similar to luggage at an airport baggage claim.

  • No team drinks, snacks or sharing of drinks or snacks will be permitted. All drinks and snacks should be clearly labelled with the player’s full name and be stored inside their own equipment bag.

  • When there are back to back games on the same field, times will be staggered as much as possible to avoid overcrowding. Please be on time for both drop off and pickup to avoid any overlap. Use the entrance you are instructed to use for your division. The check in process will slow us down and we do not want to add to that if it can be avoided.

  • Player dugouts, seating and equipment storage will look very different than ever before. We will put social distancing measures in place with clear markings for where players and coaches can and cannot be. This may vary greatly by field based on general setup.

  • Anyone caught not adhering to all guidelines, not just the key ones outlined here, will be subject to removal from the game, field and possible suspension or expulsion from the league as deemed appropriate by the PPYBSA Board of Directors.

Credit/Refund Options for those who are unable to participate:

Our Board has done everything possible to create a fair and equitable policy given the unforeseen and unique circumstances regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on everyone. Our league incurred most of the season expenses before the pandemic hit and the guidelines we are required to follow has increased our operating expenses to ensure a safe environment.

The options are as follows:

  1. Transfer your registration to the 2021 Season as a credit. Fees for the 2021 Season will likely be increasing however, if you select this option, you will be considered paid in full for the 2021 Season and not be responsible for paying any incremental cost in registration.

  2. Donate your 2020 registration fee to PPYBSA. PPYBSA is a Non-Profit and your donation may be tax deductible. You will incur any and all costs to register for the 2021 Season when they are released.

  3. Opt for a partial refund and partial 2021 Season credit. You will receive a 50% refund now of the base registration fee (excluding late fees) and a credit toward the 2021 Season in the amount of $40. You will be subject to paying the incremental cost as a result of the likely rate increase next season, less the $40 credit. Refunds will be processed within 30 days from the close of the request period. Credits for the 2021 Season will be provided when registration opens for 2021 along with a discount code.

  4. If your child will be age ineligible for the 2021 Season, we will provide you with a full refund now of the base registration fee (excluding late fees). All of these requests will be vetted against your child’s registration and the Babe Ruth Age chart. Only eligible players will qualify.

You must submit your request for a credit/refund using this form no later than Friday June 26, 2020 at 11:59 PM ET, NO EXCEPTIONS. Click Here to submit a request based on the options above.

Other Reminders:

  • Our season will be at risk if enough volunteers do not step up. All volunteers must complete the proper background check and training course as mandated by Babe Ruth.

  • We have reopened registration for NEW PLAYERS ONLY. If you already registered for the Spring, you DO NOT need to re-register we will simply move you over if you decide to participate. Visit www.pointbaseball.com to Register as a new player. if you are unsure, please email us at info@pointbaseball.com

  • For Softball we have added a new Division for High School girls (current and entering Freshman ages 14-18 combined). This is now available for NEW PLAYERS to register. If you already registered for our 12-14U Division and want to have your child play in the new Division, please email us at info@pointbaseball.com and we will assist you. Visit www.pointbaseball.com to Register.

  • Some Divisions in Softball are currently at risk to not proceed due to lack of player interest based on the survey and an adequate number of key position players (pitchers, catchers, etc.) and volunteers. Now is the time to either let us know you want to play, volunteer or to register if you did not already. We have very limited time to either proceed or cancel certain Divisions. We may have to convert the 10U league to coach pitch and no umpires in order to continue.

Registration as mentioned above will close on Friday June 26th to enable ample time for teams to be assigned.

Respectfully,
The PPYBSA Board of Directors