It is wonderful to see kids out playing ball! Practices are underway for Single A, Double A, Triple A, and Majors. Tee Ballers, you are up next! We are particularly excited to welcome a number of new families who joined us for this unique Fall season – whether you are new to the area or new to baseball, we are glad to have you.
We have a lot of news this week – please read to the end!
Don’t forget the pre-event screening required for EVERY practice and game. Reach out to your Manager or COVID Coach if you need the link. If you cannot answer “NO” to EVERY QUESTION, stay home. We want to err on the side of caution, so if there is any concern whatsoever about unexplained symptoms or possible exposure, please do the right thing for your family and our League, and STAY HOME. If your player or a family member has been exposed, please let your Manager and COVID Coach know that you are unable to participate at this time and will return to play when your player can meet League policy of fully completing precheck. Missing practice or a game in the name of being extra cautious is no problem – thank you for keeping us safe!
As previously announced:
We are NOT sharing equipment (bats, helmets, etc.). Many gloves, helmets, and bats look alike – not to mention those green Gatorade water bottles – so PLEASE LABEL EVERYTHING.
Every player MUST have a mask or gaiter at every event. Players may wear their League-issued gaiter and/or an item of their family’s choice. Please wear whatever face covering you feel safest and most comfortable with. Masks are mandatory when social distancing of 10’ cannot be followed. Players are allowed to wear a mask at any and all times. Players are not required to wear a mask while on the field during game play, but may choose to do so.
Please follow all instructions from your COVID Coach – whether you are a player or a fan. These volunteers are in place for your safety.
Be on the lookout for additional COVID Safety updates from your Manager or COVID Coach, from me, or from our League Safety and COVID Leads. We are committed to frequent communication – thanks in advance for reading any additional updates. Constructive suggestions are always welcome; please email our COVID Lead, ErikRosedahl (
) with ideas.
Tee Ball Time:
Teams are now formed and our Tee Ball coaches are completing COVID Safety training this evening! Managers have already – or will soon – send out info about the first practice, which will take place next week. Fall Tee Ball players will enjoy great training and scrimmages, and I am really excited about the safe and fun program developed by our Tee Ball Coordinator, Dave Crance.
We have additional needs for Tee Ball Coaches and COVID Coaches. Any Tee Ball families who can help – or have questions about where and when to report -- contact Dave at
Equipment Needs & Generous Donors:
As previously announced, equipment is available to any player who needs it! Need a bat? A helmet? A glove? An extra gaiter? Speak with your Manager and the League will provide it.
BIG THANKS to the generous donors who have stepped up to ensure we have equipment for everyone. If you’d like to join this list and earn our eternal and tax-deductible gratitude, visit www.fckll.org and click “DONATE” on the left hand navigation bar.
Annual Meeting & Volunteer Opportunities:
Our Annual Meeting will be September 8, most likely in a virtual format, and is open to all. If you want to learn more about the League and how we do what we do, please join us that night. Details and links will be released at a later date.
We are 100% volunteer-run, and we need our Board, Managers, Coaches of Record, COVID Coaches, Team Parents, and YOU to make it a success. Open positions include AAA Coordinator, Challengers Program Lead, Legal/Government Liaison, Field Captains, and Assistants to the Secretary, Treasurer, Scheduler, and VP of Operations. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Laura Downs (
) for more info on any of these roles, or to discuss other skills you can bring to our playing field.
New families who were welcomed above: We’d especially love your involvement and new ideas. Please reach out to Laura to see where you can fit into our team!
Calling Bored Teenagers (and Adults):
One more very important need: Umpires! Men and women age 13 and older are invited to Ump. New umps must attend a training on August 19 or August 22. Returning umps are also welcome and encouraged to attend training. Wear comfortable clothes and a face covering. To add your name to our Umpire cadre, or with questions, please reach out to our Umpire-in-Chief and Jack of All Trades, Bob Cascella(
As if safe play during a pandemic weren’t enough to worry about, we are encountering bees (not murder hornets, we promise) at some fields. As players place gear at 10’ intervals along the fencelines, please be cautious about the yellow plastic tubing atop the fence. We are working with our County partners on this issue, but please exercise caution. Players may want to place bat bags and gear on the grass rather than over the fence posts. If your child is allergic, make sure your Manager is aware of this (via the annual Medical form as well as a reminder conversation).
That’s plenty for one week. Opening Day is next Saturday, August 22, and we are excited. For obvious reasons we will not do a Parade and Opening Ceremony this season, but nonetheless…. Let’s play ball!
We are following CDC and Virginia guidelines and have consulted with many Leagues, including those who played during Phase II.
Earlier this week we trained our COVID Coaches for Single A and above; we will meet with the Tee Ball group on the 13th. Turnout and response have been awesome – thank you.
At the beginning of your first practice, plan on a brief Team Meeting during which your Manager and COVID Coach will review all safety instructions. Be on the lookout for emails with info about the annual medical waiver, one-time COVD waiver, and COVID screenings prior to each event.
This week's COVID Coach trainings brought up important questions about masks. As you know, the League has purchased a branded cooling gaiter for every player and coach. Players will be issued a gaiter at the first practice. They must bring this or a mask/gaiter of their choice to every event.
In accordance with our previous guidance, masks are encouraged for coaches and players. Masks are mandatory when social distancing of 10’ cannot be followed. Players are allowed to wear a mask at any and all times. Players are not required to wear a mask while on the field during game play, but may choose to do so.
We are committed to a safe and fun season. That said, returning to activities of any type is a family choice, and if you and your family choose not to play this fall, we completely understand and look forward to seeing you in the spring.
Gifts of Time and Money:
I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank the Board Members who have worked tirelessly this summer to establish our Return-to-Play plan. These volunteers – plus ALL the Managers, Coaches of Record, COVID Coaches, and every parent and player – will make our season a success.
Several FCKLL families have donated funds to help any players who may have last-minute equipment needs. I won’t name their names here, but I hope they feel our gratitude! Anyone who’d like to make a tax-deductible gift is invited to do so at www.fckll.org – click “Donate” on the left hand bar.
Tee ballers: If you have not heard from your team’s Manager yet, it is because we are still finalizing a few of our rosters, to account for players who joined or left the League since Spring. If you have been asked to confirm that you are playing tee ball, and have not yet responded to that message, please get back to us ASAP! We need your input to finalize our teams and schedule. We have made the decision to shift the tee ball start date one week, to August 15, to make sure we have the right number of balanced teams at that level. If you are a tee ball family with questions, please contact our wonderful Level Coordinator, Dave Crance (
The League is focused on setting ourselves up for an outstanding fall season that is safe and rewarding for all players. We are a 100% volunteer-run not-for-profit, and we need your help to make it all happen. Various Board positions will be open (usually for two year terms) beginning in September.
These include President, COVID Response Coordinator, Coaching Coordinator, Assistant Treasurer, Assistant Player Agent, Assistant Secretary, Challenger Program Assistant, managers, team parents, snack bar helpers (if and when we can open our snack bar), and more! Think of all the glory that could be yours, as the next FCKLL President!
Officer slates are typically finalized in August with a vote in September. If you would like more info about any of these positions, please reach out to