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Hello League Families!

Covid 19 is affecting us all in different ways but we are happy to working towards baseball and softball in the weeks ahead.  See our latest league update here on the site.  

We are welcoming players into any divisions for which registrations are presently open, including families from others towns.  We want to try to give all a chance to play this year.  For late registrations we will do everything reasonable to find a spot for that player but draft timing and roster logistics mean there's a risk some may not be able to be added.  Therefore we'll work on a first come, first served basis per division as the finalize our season and teams.

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Covid-19 Baseball / Softball Update

We are one big step closer to baseball and softball!!!

 

As many are aware, the Governor's update this week provides a path to play baseball and softball sports this summer.  Our league board has been meeting regularly and doing the pre-work to be ready to act on the new guidance. We are happy to provide an update on our current situation and plans:

 

COVID Response & Planning

  • Timing:
  • Our understanding of the current MA state guidance is that it will allow for practices and some team activities to start around the second week of June. 
  • Games would be able to start with phase 3. We are targeting July 6th for first games.  
  • Season length is to be confirmed but provisionally around 6 weeks plus playoffs for certain divisions. This may be adjusted by division and pending any changes to season start.
  • All times are subject to change with the state phase progression.
  • There are further details expected from the state in the next week on the specific guidance for each of the phases. This will determine the accommodations we will make on our end.
  • To process this and manage an evolving situation, RYBSA has created a Covid Response subcommittee. This group is working to develop Return To Play Guidelines that will explain the schedule and expectations we have for different activities, divisions, and individuals. 
  • The Return To Play guidelines will be aligned with our state and local guidelines and our inter-town partners where appropriate. 
  • The specific guidelines are a work in progress at present but we will be posting updates on them in advance of starting any allowed activities. We will share via email, website, and physical postings as appropriate to help families understand what to expect. 
  • At this time we need to keep the complex closed, pending clear guidelines to be compliant with phase 1 and 2 guidance - thanks for your understanding and we are working to open when possible.
  • Even as we are all so eager to restart sports, safety of the league community will remain priority number 1.
  • We have proactively started sourcing gaiter style masks for players and coaches. 
  • We expect participants and attendees of any league events to comply with the Return to play guidelines as well as state and local guidelines as a condition of participating to help keep everyone in our league community safe.

 

League Impact & Response

  • Even as we are encouraged by the path to start playing, the financial impact already sustained by many leagues has been significant and we are not immune to that. 
  • Field rentals and concessions are major sources of income that offset a large portion of annual operating expenses, which began back in December.
  • We are thankful for the flexibility we have seen from our sponsors and league families as we navigate these challenges.
  • As the scale of this situation grew we cut back discretionary spending wherever possible. In many cases, we have replaced the work typically paid to external contractors with board members volunteering hours for spring cleanups, construction, and repairs.  The group has combined for over 120 person hours of on-site volunteering.
  • Going forward we are exploring options to lesson the impact and strengthen our position by finding ways to use our league and facility to enable others a chance to play without disrupting our main league rec activities. 
  • We are leaving registrations open - if you have family or friends in nearby leagues that are unable to play, they are welcome to sign up here and we will evaluate options to incorporate them where possible.

 

Next Steps

  • League will be drafting Return to Play Guidelines in the next couple weeks. Details to be shared.
  • Division VPs will be reaching out and working on any Division-specific guidelines that will be incorporated into the Return to Play guidelines. 
  • If you have questions or feedback about your player's situation in a specific division, reach out to the Division VP.
  • If you have any other questions or concerns, you can contact the appropriate board member through our website here:   https://www.rybsaonline.com/board
  • Check out RYBSA being shown on a Turn To Ten spot last night...  https://turnto10.com/news/local/ri-families-push-for-sports-games-ma-prepares-season-guidelines
  • Get your players out playing some catch and starting to think baseball and softball!!!

 

Thanks!

RYBSA

RYBSA

Welcome!

You have reached the league website for Rehoboth Youth Baseball & Softball Association.   We are located in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.  

Our mission is to provide a fun and educational baseball experience for youth from Rehoboth and surrounding communities.  We include recreational baseball and softball from Tee ball through Seniors as well as hosting all-star tournaments and sending our all stars around the region.

Thanks for your interest in RYBSA - See you at the fields!