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Apr, 2020

Virus Update

Dear Little League Volunteer,

We understand that many of our districts, leagues, volunteers, parents, and players want to get back to the Little League® field, and so do we, but our primary focus is on the safety and well-being of all of our members around the world. Little League International will continue to monitor the progression of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak both in the United States and around the world and provide updates to its local leagues and districts. However, especially as certain states and municipalities begin their phased approaches to reopening, it is highly encouraged that each league and district adheres to the guidelines set forth by their respective state and local government and health officials in terms of public gatherings, organized youth sports, and sporting events when determining when it is safe to return to Little League activities after May 11. Leagues should contact their state and local health authority and other municipalities for guidance prior to resuming any Little League activities. For a listing of state health departments, visit CDC.gov.

We are planning to have more information and guidance to our volunteers by early May. Please continue to visit LittleLeague.org/Coronavirus for all the latest updates. A complete Season Resumption Guide will include information on the following:

• Pre-start checklist
• Team adjustments and Interleague Play/Combined Teams guidance
• Finance and insurance review
• Scheduling assistance
• Approved rulings for 2020 rule and regulation updates
• Communications tools
• Best practices in returning to Little League play

As your league prepares to assess the resumption of Little League activities, we strongly encourage you to follow the important guidance outlined here. Additional items will be included in the pre-start checklist with the Season Resumption Guide:

• Determine the start date for practices and games following all required state and local guidelines. Little League International strongly encourages leagues to contact their local/municipal/county health department and other municipalities to receive the most appropriate recommendation for your specific league. If your league plans to fully alter your offerings for the 2020 season, please contact [email protected].

• Contact board members, volunteers, managers/coaches, and families to confirm if anyone is unable to continue in their position for the rest of the planned season.

• Confirm field availability for the rest of the season and, potentially, for an extended season (through June/July/August).

• If fields are unavailable because of local municipality healthy/social distancing/gathering restrictions, your league should not resume Little League activities in any way.

• Develop and share your league’s refund policy for families and sponsors that are unable to participate for the rest of the year.

• Please review the Financial Guide at LittleLeague.org/Coronavirus for more information.

• Determine if new manager/player counts based on any new registrants or anyone unable to participate will require rebalancing teams.

• Confirm that all existing and new volunteers have completed the required background screening process.

Also, we would encourage you to join the Aspen Institute Project Play on April 29 (2-3 pm ET) for a youth sports webinar. Former baseball star Omar Vizquel and other experts will discuss how parents can help kids creatively and safely engage in free play during the pandemic. Register for free: as.pn/covid19sportswebinar4.

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Thank you for your patience, dedication, and leadership in your communities. Please be on the lookout for the Season Resumption Guide and additional, important communications in the coming weeks.

Sincerely,

Little League International

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