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June 9 Update

By Kevin Kostelecky, President, 06/09/20, 8:00AM CDT

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Please read the article for an update on Appleton Little League's plans to resume the 2020 season.

Appleton Little League June 9 Update

Dear Parents and Guardians of Appleton Little League current and past participants,

On Sunday, June 7, a special meeting of the Appleton Little League, Inc. Board of Directors was held to address the potential resumption of the season for 2020. The Board of Directors voted to proceed with the 2020 season, but there will be a number of differences in this season compared to prior years.

Refunds and New Registrations
  • If you would like to withdraw from the league, please contact us at as soon as possible, but no later than June 12, 2020. A full refund will be issued. Refunds due to withdrawals after this date will be reviewed by a special committee authorized by the Board. Remember, inability to pay will never result in the inability to play, so let us know if you need financial assistance.
  • Registration for new players remains open until Friday, June 12, but due to limitations described below, we may not be able to accept all new players. New players will be accepted first for those who are previous members of A.L.L., then by those within A.L.L. borders who have not been members, then finally those outside A.L.L. borders. A successful registration after June 7 may not guarantee a roster spot; if so, you'll be refunded and contacted.
Schedules

Appleton Little League currently does not have access to schedule games or practices at Appleton Area School District and games at City of Appleton softball/baseball fields. Therefore, there is a huge reduction in the number of fields we normally have available for games. All of our games are currently slated at and near our Gromer and Kratzer Fields at Scheels USA Youth Sports Complex as well as diamonds 1, 2, and 3 at Palisades Park in Fox Crossing.

  • Major Softball and Baseball (mostly league ages 11-12)
    • Due to time constraints and to prevent a large gathering, player evaluations and a normal draft will not be held; instead, players will be entered in a modified blind draft conducted by the Player Agent, Commissioners, and team Managers
    • Team rosters should be announced on or about June 15
    • Monday/Wednesday evening games should begin on June 29, finishing with a City Tournament to conclude the week of August 10
  • Minor Softball and Baseball (mostly league ages 9-10, with some 8s)
    • Due to time constraints and to prevent a large gathering, player evaluations and a normal draft will not be held; instead, teams will be formed primarily based on school attending / neighborhood by the Player Agent, Commissioners, and Team Managers
    • Team rosters should be announced on or about June 22
    • Tuesday/Thursday evening games should begin on July 7, with the season concluding August 13
    • A City Tournament may be held if field availability permits
  • Rookie Softball and Baseball (mostly league ages 7-8, with some 6s)
    • Teams will be formed primarily based on school attending / neighborhood as they have been in prior seasons
    • Team rosters will be announced on or about June 29
    • Monday/Wednesday evening games should start on July 13 and the season will conclude on August 26. Due to field availability constraints, game schedules may be different.
      • The first 4 weeks of the season will have 1 game per week on either Mondays or Wednesdays
      • The final 3 weeks of the season will have 2 games per week on Mondays and Wednesdays
      • To have maximum number of games for all teams, the Board voted to not hold a Rookie City Tournament in 2020
  • Tee Ball Softball and Baseball (league ages 4-6)
    • Teams will be formed primarily based on school attending / neighborhood as they have been in prior seasons
    • Team rosters will be announced on or about July 12
    • Tuesday/Thursday evening games should start on July 28 and the season will conclude on August 27. Due to field availability constraints, game schedules may be different.
      • The first two weeks of the season teams will play 1 game per week
      • The final three weeks of the season teams will play 2 games per week
      • Due to field availability constraints, many games, especially in the first two weeks, may be held in the grass area next to Gromer Field at Scheels USA Youth Sports Complex
  • No Opening Days will be held in 2020 since these are traditionally very large gatherings
  • Picture Day in its traditional form will not be held. A modified picture event may be held, if it can be done with consideration of best practices for players, volunteers, and photographers, as well as understanding of significant space and time constraints.
COVID-19 Specific Policies
  • Appleton Little League will follow the Little League International Best Practices guide found at www.littleleague.org/downloads/best-practices.  Some highlights from this guide are:
    • Dugouts will be adjusted to allow social distancing. This will require the dugout to expand past the normal fenced in dugouts.
    • Players must or will be strongly encouraged to have their own bat, glove, and helmet. The league, through team managers, will work with families who may need equipment supplied to them.
    • Sunflower seeds, gum, spitting, etc. will not be allowed.
    • The league requests that spectators follow social distancing practices of keeping at least six feet away from those not in your own household, and that those not actively engaged in watching the game not attend. 
    • Normal concessions will not be sold by Appleton Little League. No beverages (e.g. team water cooler), snacks, etc. will be allowed to be shared between players.
  • All players' parent/guardian/caretaker must sign a COVID-19 waiver before participating in any league activities.
  • While it was a tough decision, the Board voted to require each participant (players, coaches, safety manager, etc.) in the dugout area to wear a face covering (mouth+nose, cloth or similarly or more effective), other than when taking a drink. Face coverings will be allowed on the field of play, but won't be required.
  • We ask that each team have several parents take the role of safety managers, with responsibility for overseeing that proper safety procedures are followed.
  • No player fundraising or volunteering requirements will be enforced, though we still and always need great volunteers. For those who bought out of the player fundraising program and for all volunteering deposits or buyouts, refunds will be issued, though you'll have an option to donate those fees to the league. More information will be sent when the process is finalized.
  • If a player or member of their household has received a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, they must report this to at least the league's Safety Officer (Safety@AppletonLittleLeague.org) and/or President immediately.
  • If a player, spectator, coach, or anyone is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, such as a fever of 100.4° or above, they will not be allowed at any of our events, practices, games, etc.

We understand that this has been a difficult process for not only our leadership, but our players and families as well. We thank you for your patience as we took time to work through all the challenges that this year has presented. Working together as an Appleton Little League family, we are confident we can have a fun and safe 2020 season.

Let's PLAY BALL!

Kevin Kostelecky, President
Appleton Little League
President@AppletonLittleLeague.org
920.378.8888 cell/text