Final Decision Regarding The 2020 ROSL Season

UpdatedSaturday June 20, 2020 byJay Kuhlman.

Dear Royal Oak Sandlot League Families,

 

Summer officially starts this weekend and usually that means baseball and softball fields full of players, and stands full of family and fans. Like you, we miss being on the field and can't wait play again!

 

At the end of May, we as a board made the tough decision to cancel the 2020 Royal Oak Sandlot League Baseball & Softball season with the safety of players and their families as our top concern in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Three days later Governor Whitmer lifted the Stay Home, Stay Safe order, and shifted the entire state into Phase 4 which lifted many restrictions that hindered us from playing. 

 

As a result of the Governor’s decision, we decided to issue a survey to ROSL families to gauge interest in returning to the fields for a shortened season that would include strict new guidelines for players, coaches, and fans. This was used purely as an informative survey for the board to consider while we discussed if proceeding with a shortened season is something we could do safely and quickly.

 

After taking all facts and information gathered into consideration, namely, the safety of players and families as the top priority, liability for the league, and how to regulate strict social distancing requirements, among many other factors, the ROSL Board of Directors held an overwhelming majority vote to not start the 2020 season. We understand that this will come as a disappointment to many and we ask for your understanding. The board wants to return to the field when it is safe, and all the appropriate measures have been put in place to play ball in a manner that protects your player and ultimately your family from COVID-19.

 

We continue to work on what baseball and softball will look like in the future. We have a committee that meets regularly to consider what will need to be in place when we return to the field. That includes gathering personal protection equipment (PPE), how to properly social distance during a game and practice, establishing attendance protocol, drafting waivers that will need to be signed by all families, and the list goes on and on.

 

In the end, we look at canceling the season as an opportunity to best refocus our efforts on how to safely play ball in the future so there are no concerns about safety and nothing is rushed into play. We also see this as an opportunity to remind everyone that the board is made of volunteers and you can volunteer to be a member if you want your voice heard. If you feel passionate about the decisions being made, and want to contribute to those decisions, we ask you to consider being part of our board so you can help represent the baseball and softball community in Royal Oak.

 

Baseball and softball are not going away. You could say we’re simply in between a double header, and we’re just warming up to make sure the next season is a winner.


 

Respectfully,

Royal Oak Sandlot League Board