Hi everyone! We sent the following message to our email database yesterday and wanted to make sure everyone saw it.
We hope you are all doing well and staying healthy. With the anticipation of Governor Lamont keeping youth sports in Phase 2 beginning June 20, we have begun having more direct conversations with Mayor Boughton with regards to the status of Rogers Park and Danbury Youth Baseball. While we don't have any definitive answers at this time, we are cautiously optimistic that Rogers Park will be open by late June or early July.
We are still coming up with a framework for what a Summer Session might look like and right now we anticipate that it will be loosely based on the Sandlot program that we ran last summer. There will be a set of guidelines that must be followed with regards to COVID-19 and social distancing, etc. A waiver will also be provided to all participants and must be signed in order to participate. Our plan is to offer this Summer Session free of charge to all players who are currently registered for our Spring season. Space will be limited and will be on a first come, first served basis with each division having a dedicated night (once a week) for their session.
With that in mind, we have a few questions that we need you to answer. Responses are required and are due before 5PM on Monday June 8. If we do not hear from you, our assumption is that you are not interested in the Summer Session.
Question 1: If Rogers Park opens and we are able to offer a Summer Session, will your child/children participate?
Question 2: If you answered Yes to question 1 , will you be available to assist the kids in making sure they are following any social distancing and other guidelines required by the State/City/Danbury Youth Baseball?
Please send all responses to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your child's name(s) when responding.
Again, we are asking for a response prior to 5PM on Monday June 8. Please take a few minutes to answer these questions.
Turning a hopeful eye toward the Fall, we are also beginning to look at options for conducting an extended Fall season. Our plans have only just begun to materialize on this and we are thinking of the possibility of starting the Fall season in late August and having it run through October. Anyone who paid for and is still currently registered for the Spring season will be automatically registered for the Fall season at no additional charge. Again, this is a VERY fluid situation we are in in general, and our plans for the Fall are likewise very fluid and subject to change at any time based on numerous factors.
Danbury Youth Baseball Association
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.
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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