Information for Families of San Francisco Little League
Coronavirus, COVID 19, has spread from its initial outbreak in China and has spread throughout the world. Some countries, Italy and Iran for example, have had especially larger outbreaks. In the United States we are seeing COVID 19 in instances where there is no direct link between individuals who had been diagnosed with COVID 19 or who had traveled to China where the outbreak originated.
The body of knowledge on COVID 19 is incomplete. People exposed to COVID 19 may be able to spread the virus anytime between 2 and 14 days after exposure.
While a state of emergency has been declared in San Francisco, this was a proactive measure by the City and County of San Francisco to access money and resources in preparation of the ever-changing nature of this virus. The Department of Public Health and the San Francisco Unified School District have not shut down the schools or issued restrictions or bans on public gatherings.
If the State of California, the San Francisco Department of Public Health, the CDC, or the San Francisco Unified School District issues an order to shut down schools or ban public gatherings (sports events, concerts, fairs, etc.) San Francisco Little League will cancel the season. San Francisco Little League will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves and will take action if required in the best interest of the health and safety of our players and their families.
What do I need to do to be safe:
If you have traveled or plan to travel to an area in spite of CDC recommendations that have been identified to have Level 2 or Level 3 Travel Health recommendations, if you have not been screened/identified as requiring isolation/self-quarantine upon arrival back in the United States, please follow the CDC recommendations for self-observation, self-monitoring and if required self-quarantine. If you are sick after arriving home contact the San Francisco Department of Public Health and your physician as soon as possible. Call before going to your physician’s office or the hospital. Make sure you advise them of your travel itinerary.
If you are sick with shortness of breath, sneezing, cough, or fever, don't come to practice or games
If your siblings or parents are sick with shortness of breath, sneezing, cough, or fever, don't come to practice or games
Frequent hand-washing is key to prevent the spread of any virus. As soon as you arrive home or your office at work, after touching door knobs or door handles, elevator buttons, hand rails, etc., any time you may come into contact with something that has been touched or handled by the general public, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or an alcohol-based cleaner.
Wash your hands using soap and water or an alcohol-based cleaner for at least 20 seconds before and after using the restroom; before and after any snacks or food during games; before and after using public transportation
Fist bumps and elbow bumps are the best ways to show support. Hugs/high fives/chest bumps between players should be avoided
Cover your cough and sneeze when out in public by using the crook of your arm or shoulder. Avoid using your hand to cover your sneeze so you do not contaminate anything you touch
For those players in San Francisco Little League, Challenger, and Softball Divisions who have a medical condition that places them at increased risk for infection, pneumonia, upper respiratory infection, or who have a medical history of lung/pulmonary disease, please contact your child's physician for recommendations and guidance
Utilize reliable resources. This is a new disease and the body of knowledge is evolving. There is a huge degree of misinformation, please refrain from utilizing social media unless the source is the CDC, the San Francisco Department of Public Health, or the World Health Organization.
Your best sources for information are:
San Francisco Department of Public Health - https://www.sfcdcp.org/infectious-diseases-a-to-z/coronavirus-2019-novel-coronavirus/
The Centers for Disease Control – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
The World Health Organization (WHO) - https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happen
If you are traveling please find out about the travel advisory for your country of travel from the US State Department at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/
We encourage all families who choose to travel during the season to follow the State Department and Centers for Disease Control recommendations on self-observation, self-monitoring and if required self-quarantine. Don’t come to games or practice if you are sick with shortness of breath, cough, sneezing, or fever. Hand washing is key to preventing infection. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds before and after using the restroom, eating, or using public transportation, essentially anytime you may touch something that the general public has come into contact with.
If you have additional concerns you can reach Dan Gerard, MS, RN, NRP who is the San Francisco Little Leagues Safety Officer. His contact information is 415-317-0615 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear San Francisco Little League Community,
It is with a heavy heart that I have to let you know that San Francisco Little League has had to cancel its spring season. The same is true for many other leagues in our district, which includes all of Marin County. I fear it will be soon be true for a large number of other leagues throughout the Bay Area and across the country. I also learned today that there will be no Little League World Series this year.
A few of you have asked whether we are refunding registration fees. I would love to do that as I know that some of you reading this are likely in some financial distress because of the pandemic. To do so across the board, however, would bankrupt the league. We took in just over $195,000 in fees this spring. Our expenses this season thus far, including uniforms, equipment, field maintenance and costs, fees, insurance, and the like, have totaled approximately $171,000. Some of those expenses will continue to accrue, including field maintenance, such that we will be considerably in the red if there is no fall ball season this year, a contingency that we have to at least responsibly consider.
That said, we all recognize that some are hurting more than others. If you believe that your family needs a refund of fees paid, please email a note to me (email@example.com) by Sunday, May 10. Depending on the number of requests, the league’s board will try to assess whether the league’s modest reserves can be used for some full or partial refunds without endangering the league’s future existence. All of us who work behind the scenes firmly believe two things. First, a son or daughter playing little league should not be an unreasonable financial burden for a family. And, second, we want this league to remain viable when we all finally see our way through this pandemic.
Additionally, all players registered this season will be entitled to a $30 credit for either this year’s fall ball season (assuming it can take place) or next spring’s season. When you register then, claiming that one-time credit will be an option available to you. We are also looking into how we can facilitate treatment of entry fees as a tax deductible donation for those families who want to pursue that.
As we learn more from the city about its plans to re-open, we will make announcements about future play. Potentially, we could hold clinics or little league supervised pick-up games later this summer for all registered players. Similarly, when we know more from the city, we will make announcements about our fall ball season. Normally, fall ball sign-ups are in June and July, and the fall season begins just after Labor Day and runs through early November. While fall ball sign-ups will likely at least be delayed, the league would love to have a fall season so your children can play organized baseball. Obviously, we will only play ball if we can do it safely and responsibly.
A final note. All of us likely miss baseball in some way or another. The thump of the ball. The nerves as you watch your child pitch. The close play at first base. The dirty baseball pants that never come quite clean. There is a void. And the only way that I have found to fill it just a little is to go out and play catch with my son. I hope you have a few opportunities to do the same.
I look forward to seeing you all on a diamond soon. In the interim, please be healthy and safe, and feel free to write to me if you have any questions or concerns.
President, San Francisco Little League