Hanover Youth Ball Families, It is with great sadness and a heavy hearts that we have decided to cancel the 2020 Hanover Youth Ball (HYB) season for all in-house, travelling baseball, and travelling softball teams .
We always put your children's safety at the forefront of any decision we make.This decision did not come quickly nor easily. We weighed all of the possibilities and the many unknowns of COVID-19. The new rules and guidelines affecting the play, and ultimately affecting the enjoyment of the game, will not be easy to follow and adhere to with over 250+ kids in the program. In the end, we needed to make a decision so we can move on as an organization and as a community.
We truly hope you understand our decision and that it has taken many meetings over the last 2 1/2 months to come to this conclusion. Also, thank you for your patience during this time as we've been waiting for updates from the government and leagues.
We will be working with Sportsengine to begin the process of refunding your registration fees. You should see a refund in the next 4-6 weeks. We will also shred all DIBs checks.
We too are disappointed that our summer season will not be played, but we hope you all stay safe and we look forward to seeing you in our Summer 2021 season!
~Hanover Youth Board
We wanted to reach out to everyone and let you know that HYB Board are meeting regularly and discussing options for the upcoming season. We are still holding out hope, but at this time, we are waiting on a decision from our Governor along with the MYAS and MN Softball leagues as to when games can be played. Here is the info from those leagues:
The Governor’s Task Force for Youth and Amateur Sports, has scheduled a call with all Minnesota youth sports organizations, the Commissioner, and the MDH Epidemiologist for further instructions for today and tomorrow to discuss the Phase III of the Stay Safe plan which will determine if or when games will be allowed to be played.
So where does this leave us as an organization?
We have been given the go ahead to start practices on June 1st, however, with the uncertainty of whether or not games will be played, we are holding off on starting practices until we get the final decision on the games. The HYB Board will meet once we receive the Governor's decision and discuss the outcome. We hope to have a final decision next week.
In the meantime, we know that some of you are eager to play and some may have uncertainty about playing. We would like to hear from all of you. So if you have not done so already, please fill out the survey and let us know how you are feeling about the season and what your thoughts are.
Stay safe everyone!
~Hanover Youth Board
5-12-20 Update: A Joint Statement was released by the MYAS, Minnesota Softball, and Metro Baseball League stating that they have presented the Governor and his staff with guidelines on how we can safely start playing ball again. A community statewide commission was established and they will be formalizing the guidelines for all youth sports by Friday May 15th. The hope is that the Governor will come back with a decision to resume play in the next few weeks. Click here for the full article.
Until we hear a final decision from the Governor, we will have to keep our games and practices on hold. No practices or games will be played for any Hanover Youth Ball teams, inhouse or traveling, until further notice.
5-1-20 Update: According to the Governor, the Stay At Home order has been extended to May 18th. Therefore, No practices or games will be played for any Hanover Youth Ball teams, inhouse or traveling, prior to May 18th. We are waiting for updates from our traveling leagues Coordinators on how they plan to go forward afterwards and will share that informationwhen we get it.
Hang in there and stay safe!
While the season is still on hold due to COVID-19, the Hanover Youth Ball Board continues to keep player safety as our utmost priority, and we will continue to make decisions in alignment with the recommendations of the MN Governor and the CDC. Therefore, as we learned recently, the stay at home order has been extended to May 18th by the MN Governor.
Travel Baseball and Softball Updates
Gopher State Baseball League
After a league-wide vote from baseball community leaders on options for league play start date and duration, we have tentatively set the start of the 2020 Gopher State Baseball League (GSBL) for the week of May 18, 2020. It has been determined that teams would play their regular season and the playoffs would be eliminated. Regular season games could be played through July 29, 2020. For more information please visit http://myas.org/media/5324/baseballstatementapril9.pdf
Crow River Youth Baseball League
Summer ball is in a holding pattern and do not expect any games to begin prior to June 1st depending on when the State gives the all clear. The latest start date is July 6th and extend into mid-August with a condensed season. If games can not begin by July 6th, then they will go into fall ball mode and consider summer ball a wash.
The Coaches Meeting has been postponed until further notice. They may try a Facebook meeting. More on that to come.
Big West Softball League
Will be following the MN Governor's orders to stay home until May 18th and will need at least a week after for communities hold tryouts and form teams.
In-house Leagues including T-Ball, Girls 8U, 10U, Boys Machine Pitch and Boys Coach Pitch teams will follow the MN Governor's orders to stay home until May 18th with plans to start practices and games then.
No practices will occur for any Hanover Youth Ball teams prior to May 18th.
We will continue to keep you informed as decisions are made.
Stay safe, stay home, and stay healthy.