The past few weeks have been nothing less than intense and will likely initiate some significant changes to our way of living. Unfortunately, MTBSA (as well as LCYBL) is caught in the middle of a tug of war between what can and should be done. Governor Wolf has been adjusting his approach to allowing reopening of the state based on feedback from those affected by his decisions. If you support an earlier re-opening of Lancaster County, I encourage you to contact the Governor’s office by email AND by phone: https://www.governor.pa.gov/contact/#OnlineForm.
Your voice will make a difference.
MTBSA has been alluding to the fact that there is a plan moving forward that will allow our kids to get out on the diamonds this summer. This week coaches will be reaching out to all families to verify interest to continue with an abbreviated season. Our anticipation (given the latest governmental information) is that we will begin our season when our county goes to the green phase as instructed by the Governor. By the latest projections, it could be the last weeks of June with play through the middle of August. Again, this entire schedule is dependent upon appropriate clearance from the State and applicable local heath and government institutions. Due to the uncertainty for approval to resume activities, we need to continue to be as flexible as possible.
As stated above, expect a call from one of our coaching staff to confirm that your child is still interested in playing ball, and which one of the two options listed below would be their preference. Keep in mind, under both options there will be some form of CDC guideline pertaining to youth sports that will need to be followed. These guidelines have not been provided as of this date. With the feedback received from the telephone survey, we will be better suited to provide a direction that follows with wishes of most of our organization.
Option #1 Full Play:
This option would consist of an eight-week 16 game baseball season with 2 games per week. We will try to get a couple weeks practice prior to the start to help condition the kids prior to games. This format is consistent with LCYBL and will be followed with a formal tournament at the end of the season. This season will be a similar, however truncated, to our regular spring season. At this point most of the organizations within LCYBL are participating. There are a few that are running into field usage issues that are forcing them to step aside.
Option #2 Development Play:
This option would consist of team organization and group camps led by our coaching staff and volunteers. We would still have games, however there is no competitive play. This would be an all MTBSA organization breaking away from LCYBL for this season only. Having organized practices with scrimmages will allow the kids to get out and refine their skills and help to maintain their abilities until the next season.
**Unfortunately for our softball side of the organization, this is the only option available this year.
We certainly understand that, should the season proceed, some families will not be comfortable either option. Once we have a better understanding of interest, we will work toward an equitable plan forward for those families. Due to this, Option #3 would be to not participate in MTBSA this season.
Thank you for all your patience during this difficult time. I know I am not alone in saying that I miss interaction with the players and baseball fans, who I consider my ‘springtime families’.
MTBSA - President