It has been almost a month since our last update and we want to make sure we are keeping our baseball community up to date with the latest information we have regarding the status of our in house season. Like everyone else, we continue following the guidance and advice of our State and City officials.
As the governing body of our league, Babe Ruth International has advised all local leagues to act in accordance with their local municipalities to ensure the safety and well-being of their youth athletes and families.
As of May 20, Phase 1 of the re-opening process in Connecticut has begun. Additionally, Governor Ned Lamont has indicated that youth sports will likely be included in Phase 2 which, as of now, is scheduled to begin at the end of June. Obviously there are a number of factors that go into his decision-making process and things can change at any time. We also have to keep in mind that Rogers Park is owned by the City of Danbury. We had previously been advised by our local officials not to expect youth sports to return to Danbury until at least the fall. Given the Governor's plan for youth sports to be included in Phase 2, that local guidance may change as well, again depending on a number of different factors.
So what does this mean for us at Danbury Youth Baseball? It is our wish more than anything to provide clear, concise guidance and information. Unfortunately, we still don't know what will become of our planned Spring in house season. If State and City officials indicate that youth sports can return at the end of June or early July, we will make every effort to get the kids back on the field, provided that any new regulations related to COVID-19 can be maintained in order to keep everyone healthy.
We understand that this amount of uncertainty can make many of you feel unsure of what to think. If there is anything we can do to help you during this time, please do not hesitate to reach out to us via email, or through our Facebook page.
Please continue to be safe and healthy and we hope to see everyone down at Rogers Park as soon as it is safe to do so.
Today Governor Lamont announced that all schools will remain closed until at least May 20. It is still our goal to put together an in-house season, depending upon what the Babe Ruth League organization decides to do with regards to the summer travel season. If the dates for the travel tournaments are pushed back far enough, our hope is that we will be able to play our Spring season, just pushed back into early summer.
As always, we thank you for your dedication to Danbury Youth Baseball and we appreciate your continued patience during this time of uncertainty.
Stay safe, stay home if possible, and don't forget to wash your hands.
We are excited about the upcoming Spring season! Use the registration link below to register online to play baseball at DYB this Spring. This registration is for players aged 5-18. You read that right! DYB now has a program for 5 year olds! Tell your friends and neighbors!
Prospective coaches can also register now using the Coach registration link below, but PLEASE make sure you visit the Coach App tab of the Forms & Information page to review all of the current requirements for becoming a coach.
Any current Babe Ruth aged player may also register to be a youth umpire at this time. Youth umpires are needed for our Double A division this season.
Click HERE to learn more about the Safe Sport Act and how it effects managers, coaches, assistants, parent volunteers here at Danbury Youth Baseball.
After reading all of that, you probably still have some questions. Here are the basic facts surrounding this federal legislation, and how it effects us here at DYB.
Signed into law on February 14, 2018, the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 (referred to simply as the Safe Sport Act on this page) requires all managers, coaches, board members, as well as any other persons/volunteers, who provide regular service to the league, and/or have repetitive access to, or contact with, players or teams, complete Awareness and Prevention Training.
The Awareness and Prevention Training program is broken into two pieces:
Click HERE for more Frequently Asked Questions regarding this process. This page also contains a link to initiate the background screening and the Awareness and Prevention Training via SportsEngine.
The background screening process can take up to 5 business days to complete, so we encourage all board members, managers, coaches, assistants, or anyone who anticipates having involvement in team activities in any significant way to please start this process as soon as possible so there are no disruptions to your ability to be involved.
Note: Solid one piece wood bats are permitted for use in all divisions and must conform to Rule 1.10. No laminated or experimental bats shall be used in a game.
For more information on bat regulations, please visit the Bat Regulations page located in the Forms & Info area of our website.
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