COVID-19 Impact / League Update

2020 Season is officially cancelled. Please check your email for details.

May 27, 2020

Hello NSLL Families,

Once again, we hope this email finds you all safe and healthy.  Again, the board thanks you for your patience while we work through various scenarios to try and make the 2020 happen.  

We would like to thank all of the families that participated in the survey we sent out.  We had 75% of the league complete the survey, which we used as a tool to help us make some difficult decisions.

After reviewing the survey results, having many conversations with the Northshore School District, City of Bothell, District 8 Little League, Little League International and given that King County will more than likely not be moving to Phase 2 anytime soon,  NSLL has made the very sad decision to not move forward with the 2020 season.   

This decision was not an easy one to make and many tears have been shed.  Our wonderful volunteer Little League Board truly appreciates all of the support that we have received from our amazing community.

If and when fields become available late this summer/early fall, we may explore the opportunity to host a fall ball league.  Please note, we will not be able to accommodate any questions at this time regarding fall ball.

We have come up with three options for you to select from in regards to your registration fees. 

1.  Donate your registration fee to Northshore Little League.
2.  $75.00 Refund per player up to a maximum of $225 per family.  Checks will be mailed to each family and should be received by July 31, 2020
As we have previously communicated, Northshore Little League is a non-profit organization and the majority of our expenses occur prior to the March 1st season start date. The league has already paid the majority of our annual expenses including: Little League Charter Fees, Insurance, Fields (NAF), equipment, and uniforms.  These amounts paid are non-refundable and account for the bulk of the league's annual expenses.
3.  $125.00 Credit for each player up to a maximum credit of $375.00 applied toward 2021 registration fees.  If you choose a credit, the amount credited will be non-refundable and will expire when registration closes for the 2021 season.

Please complete the following document to indicate how you would like the league to proceed with your registration fees.  You have until June 15th to complete this information.  If you do not submit your request, the league will gladly accept your registration as a donation.


We hope that everyone has a fun, safe summer and keep playing baseball and softball!  If you are interested in making a difference in the league, our annual board elections will be held in early September.  More information to come in August.

Thank you all again,
2020 NSLL Little League Board

May 9, 2020

PLEASE READ THIS EMAIL IN ITS ENTIRETY.  IT IS LONG AND THERE IS A LOT OF INFORMATION. 

Hi Northshore Little League Families,

We hope this email finds all of you well!  Once again, thank you for your patience while we try to process the information given to us by various entities.  The good news is, we have come up with a plan to have an awesome summerball season!  

IMPORTANT PLEASE READ AND COMPLETE THE SURVEY INCLUDED IN THE LINK AT THE BOTTOM OF PAGE, IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOU COMPLETE THE SURVEY REGARDING YOUR PLAYER(S) SO WE CAN PLAN FOR OUR SEASON.  THIS SURVEY MUST BE COMPLETED BY MAY 22ND AND PLEASE COMPLETE ONE PER PLAYER.


The league is developing our strategy for when the State of Washington moves to Phase 3 of the COVID-19 Social-Distancing measures and the league resumes its modified baseball season. Our current planning principles are detailed below, pending guidance from Washington State health public officials in moving to Phase 3, which will permit outdoor groups and sports activities up to 50 people.


We are planning for games to start between June 16th - July 6th with the season ending on Sunday August 9th.This will end up being an 8-10 game season or so. There will be no practices.


It is the Parents and Coaches responsibility to make sure that players, parents, coaches and umpires not feeling well do not attend NSLL Events, this is a risk mitigation strategy as a community. Symptoms include fever, cough, chest tightness, shortness of breath, runny nose, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. Any community member with any of these symptoms should stay home and avoid any league activity. Anyone not feeling well are strongly encouraged to seek medical advice to consider whether they should be tested for COVID-19.

 

Persons considered at a “higher risk” should not attend league events. Persons that are at higher risk include older community members (over the age of 65 years), those living in nursing homes or long-term care facilities, or those with medical conditions including respiratory disease (such as asthma or COPD), heart conditions (such as previous heart attack or heart failure), diabetes, chronic kidney or liver disease immunocompromised, or severe obesity (BMI > 40).

 

NSLL supports the practice of maximizing social distancing (maintain a physical distance at least 6 feet). We recognize that the sport of baseball is well-suited for spacing of players, yet there are constant opportunities for close contact including between catcher and batter during plate appearances and during plays at the bases. Multiple players will be handling the baseball throughout the game, particularly pitchers and catchers. Strategies to mitigate close contact include the following:

·       Players will not be congregating in the dugout. We will be physically spacing players out when not on the field.

·       Events are limited to 50 participants at the game. This restricts one family member per player to attend the individual games.

·       Family members (spectators) will be distanced away from players in designated areas which are like to be further from the infield play (ie along the outfield foul lines and the outfield). The exceptions will be the designated scorekeeper and pitch counters or a single person behind the backstop only when their player is at bat.

·       Coaches will structure warm-up drills to minimize close contact of players.

·       Game situations may be modified to expedite play.

 

Other personal protective measures the league plans to implement to mitigate against potential transmission:

·       Adult participants, including coaches and umpires, will be asked to wear facemasks during league events.

·       Players are required to only use their own equipment, including helmet, bats, and gloves. There will be no sharing of equipment. For players that do not have their own equipment, the league will sign out equipment to the player for the duration of the season.

·       Additional catcher’s equipment will be supplied to AAA baseball and above. Catchers will not share equipment during a game, and coaches will sanitize the equipment between games if transferring the equipment to another player for the next game.

·       We intend that hand sanitizer will be used regularly throughout the game to support hand hygiene while sharing handling of the baseball. Please help support the league and your coaches with obtaining these safety materials in short supply including sanitation wipes and hand sanitizer.

·       Outside of baseball plays, players will avoid physical contact (including no high fives or handshakes). At the end of games, players will line up on respective baselines and cheer, shout, wave, or tip hats to the opposing team and umpires.

·       Extra gloves will be stocked in first aid kits for coaches to use in the event they have to render first aid to a player.

·       Extra umpire equipment will be made available to the higher levels of play.

·       League volunteers will endeavor to consistently clean surfaces that may be the source of contamination including dugouts, benches, and bleachers.

·       Players will be encouraged to maintain good hygiene practices including:

o   Hand sanitizing frequently (between innings)

o   Avoiding touching their face

o   Avoid congregating between innings at gates

 

Modifications of playing norms:

·       Batters will be allowed to step out of the batter’s box between pitches to maintain more distance between batter and catcher.

·       Umpires will remain a safe distance from players. This may include calling balls and strikes from well behind the catcher or behind the pitcher.

·       We expect transitions will be longer between innings to avoid chokepoints.

·       Modifications to changing catchers during games to avoid sharing equipment.

 

If parents, coaches, or players have any concerns regarding their personal health and safety, they should alert the league of concerns and avoid league events.

The guidelines and recommendations listed above, along with any additional guidelines from the state, will be followed until they have been lifted by CDC or State Government.

We are all ready to be back on our fields and see the players with smiles back on their faces. However, this is something none of us have experienced and we all need to do our part in assuring the safety of our players, coaches, parents, and volunteers once we resume playing.

 

PLEASE COMPLETE THE SURVEY IN THE LINK BELOW BY MAY 22ND.  IT IS CRUCIAL THAT IT COMPLETED.  PLEASE COMPLETE ONE SURVEY PER PLAYER IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD.  THIS SURVEY MUST BE COMPLETED BY MAY 22ND.

 

https://bit.ly/NSLLSurvey  

 

Again we want to say THANK YOU to everyone who has stuck with us during this unique season.  We are looking forward to getting everyone back out there as soon and as safely as possible.

 

Thank you,

The 2020 Northshore Little League Board

April 14, 2020

Hi NSLL Families,

I hope you all had a chance to enjoy your spring break.  We have some updates and initial information that we want to share with you regarding the 2020 season.

While we realize that there are still a possibility these dates can change, this is our hope and initial plan to get the season started.

As you all know we are in a Stay Safe at Home mode per the Governor until May 4th. 
Little League International has recommended that ALL leagues suspend any activity until  May 11th.

Currently, we are making plans along with the 12 other leagues in District 8 to hold our season from Mid- May/beginning of June until the end of July.  Under this plan, practices could potentially start mid-May with games starting June 1st.

The Northshore School District has cancelled all field use permits (practice fields) until May 4th.  If these permits are made active again come May 4th or shortly after and small gatherings are allowed, we would be able to start practicing again starting Mid-May.  

The City of Bothell/Northcreek Fields (game fields) have been cancelled until May 4th. If these permits are made active again, we will be able to start holding games on these fields come June 1st.

Northshore Athletic Fields (NAF) in Woodinville (game fields) are privately owned and they are ready, willing and capable to open up their gates and host our games as soon as it is safe to do so.

I have no information regarding All-Stars at this time, as we haven't received any information from Williamsport.  We hope to have some updates on that soon.

To recap, we are looking to start games June 1st, season ending July 31st.  Practices will be dependent on the field use availability with NSD.

In the upcoming days, you will be receiving a separate email directly from your manager with additional information. We are trying to streamline the lines of communication right now and keep players/families feedback organized by team. (Managers, you will be receiving an email from me with further instructions).

PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS EMAIL WITH FEEDBACK, QUESTIONS, CONCERNS, COMMITMENT LEVEL, ETC...  

Again, thank you all for your patience!  This will be a season to remember!  And, with the season happening during the summer, we should have plenty of sunshine!

Erin Peistrup
President
NSLL

April 7, 2020

Hi NSLL Families,

I hope this email finds all of you healthy and still enjoying spending time with your families.  I want to give you a quick update on where we are with the 2020 season.  I have had a few families email me this morning after the announcement of schools being closed for the remainder of the school year.

At this time, the season is still on a pause.  Our goal and hope is to still have a season.   I have been involved in several meetings with our league, other leagues in our District as well as Little League International.  There are several scenarios being discussed based on various start dates and other variables. I know this seems vague but trust me when I say that every league wants to get back out there and play as soon as we safely can!

At this time, I don't have much more information to share, however I hope to have some additional information in the upcoming weeks.  We are asking families to please hang on a little bit longer while we wait to see how this all plays out. 

We as a league, appreciate all of our families and your flexibility while we work through a very unique and difficult time.  In the  meantime, please keep training and practicing at home so when we can get back out there we will be ready!

Warm Regards,
Erin Peistrup
President
NSLL

March 12 (3:44pm) Letter from NSLL President

Hi NSLL Families,

Well.....we held out as long as we could.  Little League International has suggested that ALL Little Leagues suspend ALL activities until April 6th.  What does this mean? For now, ALL Northshore Little League sanctioned activities (practices, games, meetings, events) have been suspended until April 6th.   This could change if the ongoing situation gets better or worse.  We are still encouraging players to practice at home.  If you would like to get together with your friends in small groups and play some baseball, please do so!  Here's the email from Little League International:

Dear Little League Volunteers,

As information continues to become available regarding the increasing spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), we wanted to provide you, our leagues and district administrators, with additional guidance on the implementation of the Little League® program in your local communities.

Little League International operates more than 6,500 programs in more than 84 countries, and therefore, we recommend that our leagues exercise an abundance of caution and implement a temporary suspension of all league activities until no earlier than April 6.

While each community is being affected differently by the coronavirus, the Little League International Board of Directors and staff feel that it is in the best interest of our volunteers and participant families to delay the implementation of the Little League season to begin no earlier April 6. If your league chooses to continue to operate in its local community, then we strongly encourage you to seek the counsel of your community municipalities, public health departments, and local school districts.

For those leagues that have already begun their seasons, we kindly ask that you postpone all league activity that may involve the gathering of individuals for games, practices, events, or meetings. If you have not started your season, we kindly ask that you modify your schedule and season plans to start no earlier than April 6.

Should Little League determine that the recommended delay of the season will extend past April 6, we will provide timely notification and information regarding the impact of such a delay.

We are committed to communicating with you on a consistent basis, providing you with additional information and best practices to work through the coronavirus pandemic. Please look for our official communication via email, on our website (LittleLeague.org/Coronavirus), and on social media (@LittleLeague).

Over the course of the next few weeks, Little League will continue to provide additional guidance on the impact of delaying the season on player eligibility and tournament participation, charter and insurance status for the year, A Safety Awareness Program plan deadlines, and guidance for communicating with parents and families in your communities. At this time, no decision has been made regarding delaying the start of the Little League International Tournament, however, it is our hope that Little League seasons can continue uninterrupted after April 6.

Based on Little League International’s recommendation that you suspend your season until April 6, Little League will be considerate of the missed game play opportunities as we establish a new policy for tournament eligibility for the 2020 tournament season. It is our hope to alleviate any concerns of the impact of the situation on the tournament season and that your league and its families can focus on the health and well-being of your community at this time.

We will continue to work with our medical advisors as we closely monitor the situation, and we are advising all our leagues and families to follow the guidelines set by the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), your state’s public health department (click here for a listing of state public health departments ), and other county and/or local authorities including precedents set by area school districts and government agencies.

We encourage you to share this information with parents and membership of your league to ensure they are up-to-date and informed.

As the situation continues to develop, Little League International will do our best to continue to keep our leagues, volunteers, and families informed. We encourage you to stay in touch with Little League and share any additional feedback or questions from your local communities by emailing [email protected].

We will be thinking of our global Little League community during this difficult time.

Sincerely,

Stephen D. Keener

Stephen D. Keener
Little League President and CEO


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact to directly.

Thank you,
Erin Peistrup
President
NSLL

March 12 (8:10am) Letter from NSLL President

Good Morning NSLL Families,

Again, I want to thank all of our board members, managers, parents, other volunteers and especially the players for your cooperation, patience and understanding while we process constantly changing information and make tough decisions but decisions that we are confident in. Our league is aligning ourselves with the other North end Leagues (North Bothell, Northlake & Woodinville).  The Presidents of these 4 leagues are in contact each day and attempting to make decisions together as we are all part of the Northshore School District.  

 Many of you may be wondering what to do with Governor Inslee's statements yesterday. At this point all field permits remain open, NSD High Schools are still practicing and we are operating and planning for our season so practices are still on and our games will start on Saturday March 21st.. We will of course keep you updated regarding any changes. Please remember to follow the recommendations below as well as current CDC recommendations also are stated below.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place.
  • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces –  no handshaking or high 5s
  • Do not share equipment other than the ball.
  • Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc.
  • Disinfect gear during and after each practice you know kids like to  touch stuff including their friends bat.
  • If you are hitting indoors (NSLL is recommending you don't), Dottie has recommended split squads, i.e. 6 players for 30 minutes then the other 6 players for 30 minutes. Parents drop players off and wait in the car or outside of facility to avoid larger unnecessary congregation of people.
  • It is up to each player's parent whether you send your player to practice or not, it is up to the manager as to whether they have practice or not.
  • Please be extremely cautious and follow healthcare advice if you, a family member, you live with or if someone you know is in regular close contact with your player and are classified as a high risk person in determining whether to send your player to practice or not.
  • We will be requesting that families limit attendees at games (we will send more information next week regarding protocol for games)
  • High risk classes
  • Older adults
  • People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
    • Heart disease
    • Diabetes
    • Lung disease
  • If you are sick even slightly do not attend practice even with the most minor ailment and especially fever, cough or sore throat.
Current CDC Risk Guidelines:

Medium risk:close contact (within 6' more than 2 mins) of confirmed case of COVID-19, being on an aircraft within 6' of known COVID-19 (within 2 seats), living in same household, an intimate partner, or caring for a person in a non-healthcare setting with COVID-19 while consistently using precautions. (without precautions is high risk).

Without symptoms: 
  • Recommendation to remain at home or in a comparable setting
  • Practice social distancing
  • Active monitoring as determined by local priorities
  • Recommendation to postpone long-distance travel on commercial conveyances
With symptoms (Fever, cough, shortness of breath):
  • Self-isolation
  • Public health assessment to determine the need for medical evaluation; if medical evaluation warranted, diagnostic testing should be guided by CDC’sPUI definition
  • If medical evaluation is needed, it should ideally occur with pre-notification to the receiving HCF and EMS, if EMS transport indicated, and with all recommendedinfection control precautions in place.
  • Controlled travel: Air travel only via air medical transport. Local travel is only allowed by medical transport (e.g., ambulance) or private vehicle while symptomatic person is wearing a face mask.
Low risk: being in the same indoor environment (classroom, hospital waiting room) as a person with known COVID-19 for a prolonged period but not meeting the definition of "close contact"

No symptoms:
  • No restriction of movement
  • Self-observation
With symptoms (Fever, cough, shortness of breath):
  • Self-isolation, social distancing
  • Person should seek health advice to determine if medical evaluation is needed.
  • If sought, medical evaluation and care should be guided by clinical presentation; diagnostic testing for COVID-19 should be guided by CDC’sPUI definition.
  • Travel on commercial conveyances should be postponed until no longer symptomatic.
No identifiable risks:
No symptoms: no restrictions

With symptoms (Fever, cough, shortness of breath):
  • Self-isolation, social distancing
  • Person should seek health advice to determine if medical evaluation is needed.
  • If sought, medical evaluation and care should be guided by clinical presentation; diagnostic testing for COVID-19 should be guided by CDC’sPUI definition.
  • Travel on commercial conveyances should be postponed until no longer symptomatic.
If any of you have any questions or concerns, please email me directly @ [email protected]

Thank you again,
Erin Peistrup
President
NSLL

March 5 Letter from NSLL President

First and foremost, thank you ALL for your patience and understanding while the league works out logistics with the school district and other entities.

Northshore Little League was waiting to make any decisions until we received information from the school district regarding the use of the fields at the schools for practices.  This is our plan as a league for the next few days.

The school district has NOT cancelled field use permits, except at Frank Love (which doesn't pertain to us) & Woodmoor (which does pertain to us).  

Only our Majors & Minors teams for both baseball and softball, Intermediate Baseball & Juniors Softball are practicing this week.  

We already have Northcreek Field 1 (turf) reserved for most of them to share this week and next week.  This has been our plan for quite some time because of Daylight Savings.  The managers are all working together to make this work.

Tonight/Tomorrow -  Majors/Minors/Intermediate/Juniors are still practicing at North Creek 1 or their school fields. 

Saturday - NO AAA, AA Baseball practice.  NO AA/89ers, A/Farm Softball Practice. They will start practice on Monday.  

Saturday - Majors, Minors both baseball & softball, intermediate baseball, Jrs Softball - may practice at their school fields as scheduled.

T-ball is not starting until April.

If a team has Woodmoor Elementary as a practice location for any practices, Tim Viers our Field Scheduler will be in touch with the manager(s) directly to find temporary practice locations until Woodmoor Fields open back up.

We have made it very clear to managers and all families that is your choice to attend practices or not attend and we will respect your choices.   

As a league and board, we also feel that having the option to attend practices might be the only "normal" that kids might have for the next few weeks, let alone the only physical activity.  And as long as there isn't an influx of kids testing positive for this, we are continuing on.  

We have asked managers and parents to follow common sense and use best practices for sanitizing and attending practices.  If you are sick stay home, if a family member is sick stay home, don't share any equipment or water bottles, wipe down all equipment after practice, wash your hands, no high fives.  We have also provided each team with hand sanitizer and anti bacterial wipes.

We are also pushing out the start of our games to the 21st of March, which is one week later that scheduled.  

If you have any immediate questions or concerns please direct them to your manager first.  If your manager isn't sure of an answer or solution, they will be reaching out to the board.  As you can imagine, we are being inundated with questions and having to rearrange a lot of schedules.  Most of us still have full time jobs and now get to take on the role of home school parents :-)

We are in uncharted waters here and the board is having to make decisions that we didn't think we would have to make.  I can safely say that this wasn't in the plan when I volunteered to be President of the league and this will be a season for the record books.  Hopefully in more ways than one!


Thanks,
Erin Peistrup
President
NSLL

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