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MONDAY MORNING UPDATE

Follow Up to Saturday's Announcement

Dear FCKLL Family,

This is a follow up to Saturday’s announcement regarding a player who tested positive for COVID. 

We are confident that all protocols were followed. Neither the player nor their family members had “close contact” with other players or fans in our League. As such, FCKLL activities will continue as scheduled today, with the exception of the one affected Majors team. 

We are able to play today because our protocols worked. The player who acquired COVID consistently followed the rules – as did their teammates and coaches – and that behavior keeps others safe. Furthermore, the player’s family openly and immediately shared information with us, which allowed us to take decisive action right away. 

I ask you to stay vigilant in your adherence, in particular:

  • Complete the pre-screening for every event. If you have any affirmative answers, or don’t complete it, you cannot come to the field.
  • Parents and fans must spread out at the far reaches of the baselines and the outfield. We will be enforcing no parents in infield bleacher areas, behind the dugouts or even the home plate area. In the outfield fans must remain 10’ away from anyone who is not their immediate family or household.
  • Masks are encouraged for everyone. Masks are mandatory when social distancing of 10’ cannot be followed. 
  • Players must remain in their reserved spot when not playing. The only players in the dugout are in-the-hole, on-deck, and up-to-bat/just finished batting.
  • All foul balls must be retrieved by COVID coaches.

Playing is a privilege these days. Because of the nature of our sport, and a lot of hard work by the Board this summer, we are able to play. Good guidelines, and adherence to those guidelines, create a scenario in which, when a case occurs, others have not been exposed. 

Our community is a pretty remarkable place, and the Board and I thank you for your support throughout this memorable season. Let’s stay safe and finish strong.

Stay vigilant, and please reach out to your COVID Coach or Manager, or to me, if you have questions or concerns. 

--Kirsten & all at FCKLL


by posted 09/28/2020
SUNRISE FIELD REPORT

Weather Delays Today!!!

UPDATE as of 9:45 am: 

Schedules have been updated League-wide. Look for info from your Manager on any changes. Photo Day is ON as previously announced -- no changes. Thanks for your flexibility!

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There are changes due to the rain overnight. Please read carefully:

Games scheduled at Westgate 2 (the turf) are on time and as scheduled. Pictures for all teams playing at Westgate 2 also remain as scheduled.

Games will not be played at Jefferson Village, Leis Center East, or Larry Graves today -- these fields are closed. Teams scheduled there should attend their photo appointment as assigned. Stay tuned for a makeup date for today's games.

Games scheduled for Leis Center West, Westgate 1, and Idylwood 2 & 3 are delayed a minimum of two hours and potentially four hours. We are monitoring conditions and re-working the game and photo schedule, and will send another update on games scheduled at these fields, no later than 10:30am.


by posted 09/26/2020
NEWS OF THE WEEK

COVID Safety Reminder: Thanks for continuing all the great efforts to follow COVID protocols. The season will be over soon, but we cannot lose focus on safe practices on and off the field. Remember your pre-screenings, wear your gaiters, use sanitizer liberally, and give only virtual high-fives!

 

Picture Day is Tomorrow: Look for details from your Manager, and below.

 

Looking Ahead: Participation Trophies have arrived for Tee Ball and Single A; Managers will distribute next week. The regular season concludes on Saturday, October 3, followed by playoffs for Single A and above, beginning Monday, October 5. Everyone will wrap up on Saturday, October 10 or early the next week, depending on weather and other factors. Thanks for your flexibility as we find ways to get all our games in during this unusual season!

 

Show us the Money: We are still offering two gaiters for ten dollars, and accepting donations of all sizes. Last Friday our single-day donations totaled exactly $1000. This is so helpful and so generous – thank you, families, and let’s keep it going via this easy process

 

What’s the Buzz? We are still seeing occasional bee activity at our fields. Please exercise extra caution around the yellow plastic fence toppers, and of course, if you spot bees anywhere, steer clear. Stings should be reported to our Safety Officer ( ), and nests or other significant bee activity should be reported to our VP of Operations ( ).

 

What’s the Social Buzz? Please follow us on Facebook (@fckll.va) for photos, contests, and updates. 


by posted 09/25/2020
FRIDAY MESSAGE

Friday FCKLL News: Safety, Photos, $$, & End-of-Season Schedule

We hope everyone had a great week and we look forward to brighter skies and more games tomorrow.

A few reminders and updates in the meantime:

COVID Protocols:

  • Remember, you MUST fill out a pre-event screening, online, prior to EVERY practice and game. Your COVID Coaches are checking these submissions, and if your player isn’t cleared, he/she cannot step on the field. The pre-screening keeps all of us safe and playing ball. 
  • We have worked extremely hard to get back to playing baseball – please help us stay on the field! Players are doing a great job sticking to their assigned seats and exchanging “virtual” high fives and fist bumps – these things have started to feel very normal, which is what we want in this most abnormal season! Parents and siblings are reminded to stay 6’ away from non-family members, and are encouraged to wear masks.
  • Not feeling 100%? Please stay safe and stay home. Missing a practice or game is absolutely okay – there is plenty of baseball to be played in the future.

Picture Day has been moved from tomorrow, September 19 to next Saturday, September 26. We will send info out next week about where and when to report for a safe and socially-distant photo shoot.

Donations have been rolling in this week – thank you! Remember, $10 gets you two gaiters, and tax-deductible donations in any amount are welcome via this easy process

On a related note, we know several FCKLL families are waiting on information to pay outstanding fall invoices – we are working on the issue and promise to track you all down soon! Thanks for your patience.

Say It Ain’t So: Only two weeks left in the regular season!

  • Our regular season ends on Saturday, October 3 – tee ballers will all receive trophies, and they can hang up their cleats for the season on that date. 
  • Single A and above begin their season tournaments on Monday, October 5. The tournament features a traditional seeded, single-elimination format. For those who have played FCKLL before, this is what we normally do to close out the Spring season.
  • Championship games for Single A and above are scheduled for Saturday, October 10. If we have rainouts or a multitude of absences due to the 3-day weekend, championship games may extend into the following week. We ask everyone to remain flexible.

As always, a big thanks to all our Managers and other volunteers for your efforts – and to our players and families for adhering to this season’s unique requirements!

Stay safe and have fun,

--Kirsten & all at FCKLL


by posted 09/18/2020
WEEKLY PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE -- FROM SOMEONE NEW!

FCKLL Weekly News: Board Members, Safety, Photos, & Fundraising

Happy Friday, FCKLL Family,

We aren’t thrilled about having had more rain this week, but tomorrow’s weather looks brighter, and we are excited for a full day of baseball!

Safety Notes: 

Thanks again to all who are working diligently to follow COVID protocols. Our League is doing an admirable job. As a reminder, please keep your distance! Families and siblings should carve out their own space to cheer. Please follow the instructions of your Manager and COVID coaches at all times.

Picture Day:

Unfortunately, you won’t have 100 team photos from school, soccer, lacrosse, flag football, and swim team this year. What can you have? Baseball! Individual photos will be offered by our long-time sponsor, Olson Photography. Please look for instructions next week for an optional Picture Day on 9/19. All players will be photographed individually, with social distancing protocols in place, and then team composite photos will be generated. Please take part if you wish. Your Manager will send instructions. 

Two Gaiters, Ten Dollars:

We have received many compliments on our League gaiters! If you’d like a few extra for your player, parents, siblings, or friends, we have a deal for you. Simply donate $10 or more to the League, and get the gift of two gaiters. Donate at https://www.leagueathletics.com/UserForm.asp?RegID=137774&org=fckll.org, and we will email instructions on where to scoop up your new fashion statements.

We missed out on a great deal of revenue this year, including our annual fundraiser, spring registration fees, and some of our local sponsor pledges. Therefore, your gifts will be a huge help to the League. If you are in a position to donate more than $10, we’d be eternally grateful. As always, gifts are tax-deductible.

(Amazon) Smile for Baseball:

Another easy way to help? Choose us as your designated charity on Amazon Smile. It’s a single click that generates funds for the League – please do so at https://smile.amazon.com/ch/52-1287971 before you go on your next Amazon shopping spree. 

Leadership News & Notes:

Thanks to all who attended our Annual Meeting on Tuesday. It was great to see so many new and returning faces on Zoom. 

Your elected 2020-2021 Officers are:

President - Kirsten Fatzinger 
VP Operations - Sean Pipia 
VP Administration - Sean Mullin 
Player Agent – Chris Flanagan

Secretary - Kelli Edwards 
Treasurer - Bob Cascella 
Safety Officer - Jeff Walker 
Coaching Coordinator - Joe Greiner 

 

I’d also like to welcome our new Board members:

Brian Hegenbart 

Chris Scully 

Erik Rosedahl

Lucas McCann 

Steven Rios

 

The following fabulous folks are returning as Board members:

Amanda Springmann

Christian Downs

Dave Crance

Derek Toman

Erick Torres
Peter Upton

Jared Workman

Julie Herlands

Laura Downs

Paige Greiner

Ray Wu-Rorrer

Rob Fay

Sabrina Capanolla

Teresa Pipia

Tom Carmody 

Vinnie Wishrad

 

Finally, big thanks to our outgoing Board members: 

Chris Thompson (VP Operations – a huge and thankless job! Thank you, Chris!)

Flink Maco (Longtime coach, sponsor lead, and Level Coordinator – thank you, Flink!)

Jake Radcliff (Challengers program lead – amazing work, Jake!)

Kirk Niemi (Scheduler extraordinaire – rainy days won’t make you cry anymore, Kirk!)

Michael Holmes (Volunteer Coordinator, and the key to our new dugouts – thanks, Mike!)

Dr. Sarah Mossburg (Treasurer and masterful problem solver – thank you, Sarah!)

Scott Moore (Quartermaster and organizer or all things – you rock, Scott!)

As you all know, Joe Greiner has completed his term as President, but has agreed to stay on to support the League in various ways. I don’t know how he manages to Coach approximately a dozen teams per season, serve as League president, and smile through it all. Joe, the League is very grateful for your years of service, and lucky that you are willing to hang out with us a little longer!

I am very excited to take the reins as President. For those I haven’t yet met, I look forward to seeing you at a ballfield tomorrow or sometime soon. You can read a little more about my background on www.fckll.org.

Stay safe and have fun,

--Kirsten & all at FCKLL


by posted 09/11/2020
Safety Information

Let's Be Safe Out There!

We look forward to having a fun, safe season! Please help us ensure the safety of all our participants and volunteers by downloading and the reviewing the 2019 FCKLL Safety Plan.

Coaches are encouraged to have this document with them during all FCKLL activities. Coaches also should check out these pages on our website for additional safety information.

In emergencies, call 911. 

An automatic external difibrilator is planned to be added at Westgate 2. 

All safety incidents must be reported to the Leage Safety Officer, Jeff Walker.

Use this   to notify Jeff of a safety incident.  


by Patrick Mirza posted 03/28/2019
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Falls Church HS (FC4) - Falls Church TBD (9/28) 
Idylwood Park #2 - Falls Church OPEN (9/28) 
Idylwood Park #3 - Falls Church OPEN (9/28) 
Jefferson Village Park - Falls Church TBD (9/28) 
Larry Graves Field #2 - Falls Church TBD (9/28) 
Leis Center East - Falls Church TBD (9/28) 
Leis Center West - Falls Church OPEN (9/28) 
Westgate Batting Cages - McLean OPEN (9/28) 
Westgate Lower (Grass) - McLean OPEN (9/28) 
Westgate Upper (Turf) - McLean OPEN (9/28) 
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