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2020 Season Cancelled

Hi All

I hope everyone and their families are doing well. This has definitely been a couple of tough months for everyone. 

Of course you can tell from the subject of the email that I have sad news. The Woodinville Little League board voted Tuesday night to cancel the 2020 season. We tried and tried to make it work, we thought that if we could wait it out, we could salvage a season. Ultimately we have run out of time and still don't have line of sight to a start date. 

The board made the decision to shut down based on the criteria as follows:

1) To our best knowledge, fields would not be available until well into July, and would then be subject to social distancing requirements. Woodinville Sports Fields is not available due to Replacing the turf and Northshore School District is non-committal on reservations. Northshore Athletic Fields appeared to be our only option. With 50+ teams that is not enough fields. 

2) King County just applied for a modified phase 2. Then there is a 2 week wait until they can apply to phase 2. Then another 3 weeks until phase 3. And yet another 3 weeks until phase 4. Until we were in phase 4 we would be limited to the number of fields at NAF we could use. This was 8 weeks' best case scenario. Meaning games won't start in earnest until the end of July. Not long enough for a meaningful season. 

3) We have had 10% of the registrants already request a refund, including several managers. 

4) Uncertainty around some of the social distancing guidance was also a major concern for some of our members, for example would kids have to wear masks in the middle of the summer when playing,  It put the board in a tough position to police social distancing guidance and we felt it would be unfair to ask managers to police it with all the other things on their plates.

5) Liability of someone getting sick while playing.  Although played a minor part in the decision, there isn't enough information regarding the risk to the league. 

6) The inability to offer a quality program for both boys and girls.  With  our neighboring Little Leagues, NSLL, NBLL  and  NLLL, cancelling in the past week, the Board felt softball would be a difficult proposition. We rely on interleague games to complete our softball scheduling. Without the other leagues, there aren't enough teams for games. 

7) Corona overload.  People are tired. It has been months of ups and downs

 

I am sure many of you are wondering, "With the cancelling of the season what happens to my registration fees?" The good news is Woodinville Little League made the decision to provide everyone a refund, who requests it. With that said. the Board would like everyone to consider other options for your registration fees as the league has tens of thousands in sunk costs that we will not be reimbursed or credited for in 2020. Items such as Insurance, District dues, field and batting cage rental costs. 

So here are the 3 options we would ask you to consider. 

1) Refund - We will refund your total registration minus the $3 fee charged by Sports Connect. 

2) Apply your child(ren)'s registration towards next year - Even if the registration fee increases because your child(ren) move divisions, you will not be charged any extra for that child(ren) next year. If you decide not to sign up next year, we can refund you at that time. 

3) Donation to the league - A donation would be tax deductible and it would be eligible for corporate matching, if applicable.

Action Required - Please email [email protected] and let us know your intentions for your 2020 registration fees. 

I appreciate everyone's dedication to Woodinville Little League. I am sorry we couldn't pull together some sort of season for all the children of Woodinville. 

If you have any questions please let me know. Stay safe. 

Thanks 

Sean Daily

WLL President

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Woodinville Little Leage, PO Box 88
Woodinville, Washington 98072

Email: [email protected]

Woodinville Little League

Woodinville Little Leage, PO Box 88
Woodinville, Washington 98072

Email: [email protected]
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