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Crow River League Cancels Summer Youth Baseball & Softball Seasons
Crow River League Cancels Summer Youth Baseball & Softball Seasons
Celest Stang
Saturday, May 23, 2020

The Crow River League has announced that it will cancel the 2020 summer youth softball and baseball seasons. For families who paid the summer registration fee through Kimball Community Education, you will have an option to be reimbursed in full, or you can leave those dollars on your family’s community education account as a credit to use towards future programming.

Communication regarding the district’s facility usage policy for this summer will be posted by June 1, 2020.

CROW RIVER LEAGUE RELEASE – May 22, 2020

This email comes with a very heavy heart, and to be honest, some tears. As you are aware we didn't get the result from the Governor and his Youth Sport Task Force that we were hoping for. Although we are now able to have practices with "pods" of ten on a field we still have no guidance as to when/if we will be able to resume games. Based on the phase in model we are entering phase two on June 1. Games will not be permitted until we achieve phase three. We have no criteria or timelines as to when we may enter into phase three.

We are fairly certain that tournaments will not be permitted this summer in a fashion that would resemble anything we would want. Some of our associations are also receiving push-back from their local government and schools with regard to field usage.

Based on the above mentioned situations and lengthy discussions with many league directors and some families Crow River has made the very hard decision to cancel the 2020 baseball and softball seasons. Please understand that this decision had been one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. Due to the open endedness of this situation our local boards are under a large amount of pressure and stress with parents and dealings the situation as a whole. Our families are under a lot of stress also with all of the unknowns with regards to timelines and potential safety risks. My goal is that our families and board members will be able to breath again, per say. At least everyone will be able to move forward in whatever fashion that may look like for each of us.

My hope is that the State will have all of this figured out and that we will be able to go forward with a successful fall ball season. As our Softball/Baseball Consortium continues to work with the Governor's Task Force I will send out updates on any new developments.

Here is my request of you for our kids this summer....ENCOURAGE THEM TO GET OUT AND PLAY SOME SANDLOT BALL. Guide them to get ahold of some friends and find a field or someone's back yard and play some pick up ball. Let them pick teams, the old school way, and have some fun. Encourage them to simply play. Let them explore and learn the game (without being coached) and fall in love with it in a whole different way. If we can all do that for our kids this summer will turn out to be a successful one.

Thanks to everyone single one of my directors and your board members for all of your hard work. I know that it seems to be unacknowledged but what you are all doing is "Building Strong Young Men and Women One Game At A Time".