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Ripken Baseball - 2020 Spring Season Update - As of June 12th

Dear MYBA Families,

It has been a while since I have communicated with all of you.  I wanted to take a few minutes to bring you up to date on the current state of the MYBA Ripken Division and also our plans for the remainder of 2020.  

The MYBA Ripken Board of Directors made the decision earlier this spring to refund all registration fees that had been collected.  The decision was made at that time that we would wait for further guidance from both the state and local levels before moving forward with any baseball activities.  On June 8th, "Phase 2" began in the state of Massachusetts.  Those guidelines stated that within Phase 2 was the allowance of "youth sports in limited fashion".  On June 6th, MYBA (along with all other youth sports organizations in Marlboro) was provided with the list of guidelines that clarified the definition of "limited fashion" by the City of Marlboro Recreation Department (who is responsible for the administration of all Marlboro fields).  That list of guidelines is as follows.  In addition to these guidelines, it was noted that field permits will not be issued at this time to any organization.

  1. Please adhere to social distancing guidelines (Everyone must stay 6 ft apart or wear a mask)
  2. Users should sanitize hands before and after play and not share equipment.
  3. Activities must be limited to no-contact drills and training exercises. Contact sports are those where ordinary play puts players into contact or close proximity to one another, and include, without limitation, basketball, football, baseball, softball, soccer, field hockey, and lacrosse.
  4. Scrimmages, organized games and tournaments are not allowed for Phase II
  5. Group size is limited.  Must separate participants into groups of no more than 10 participants, including coaches and staff

MYBA was also given further direction by the Recreation Department that "shared equipment" includes the ball that would be used.  That would mean that players would not be able to play catch or do basic baseball drills where multiple players would be touching the same ball.  Based on this piece of information, the decision was made that it is not feasible to conduct baseball activities.  I wanted to make sure that everyone in the MYBA family has all of this information in the event that there are any rumors going around in relation to what is allowed. 

There will be a survey coming out shortly to try and gauge interest in baseball activities for the upcoming summer months.  The responses we receive will help us determine if there is sufficient interest in running some type of baseball program this summer, assuming we enter Phase 3 (no earlier than June 29th based on current state guidelines).  The MYBA Ripken Board is committed to offering the most enjoyable experience possible for everyone involved, which is why we want to gather this information from the families that make up our program. 

Thank you very much and I hope that everyone is staying safe during these times.

Sincerely,

Marc Kantor
President - Marlboro Youth Baseball Association

 

 


 
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