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Mar, 2020

PHLL Cancels 2020 Spring Season

Hello PHLL families, 

We hope this finds you and your family well.  The past few weeks have been filled with uncertainty and drastic changes to our daily lives ... changes which at this time don't have a clear end in sight.  WCCUSD schools and fields will be unable to reopen this school year given current safety concerns and ongoing social distancing, and the California "stay-at-home" order at this time is through May 3rd.  Current guidance from Little League International is not to resume any league activities until May 11th at the earliest.  There is no doubt that life will eventually return to normal, but it looks increasingly like that return is still a way down the road.

PHLL had planned a great 2020 season, and we were off to a strong start on February 1.  Unfortunately, the conditions created by COVID-19 have understandably shut our league down along with most businesses and organizations throughout the state, and, increasingly, the country.

The PHLL Board of Directors has been discussing our league's options continuously, and the decision has been made to officially cancel the remainder of the 2020 Spring season and to offer a 70% refund of registration fees along with a 100% refund of volunteer fees to our families.

It's good that the kids were able to get some teeball, baseball, and softball time on the fields, and we were fortunate to get approximately one quarter of the 2020 spring season in before the shutdown occurred. 

There are many fixed and non-refundable costs incurred by the league year-round, from equipment purchases and field maintenance, to league charter fees, insurance, credit card transaction fees, etc.  Retaining a small portion of the registration offsets those costs while allowing the League to refund a substantial part of the fee back to you.

We know that cancelling the remainder of the Spring season is disappointing, and the PHLL Board shares in that disappointment.  We are considering what options there may be for an earlier start to Fall Ball to help get players back on the fields as soon as possible.  We will keep you posted on those plans.  As always, please check the PHLL website for the latest information from the league.

Refunds will start to be processed soon and will be credited using the same method used for your registration payment.  Please allow us and the banks a few weeks to get through them all.

Wishing you all good health, and looking forward to seeing you at the fields sometime down the road.  

Arnold Lum
Pinole Hercules Little League Board of Directors
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