Santa Paula Little League Families,
Of course, we have every desire to provide a baseball season to your child, and we had hoped to be back on the field by now. But without support from our city, county and state to open our snack bar and use school playgrounds for practices, and without being able to provide a sufficiently safe and healthy environment for our players, spectators, and volunteers at Harding Park, we could not in good conscience move forward with a season. Therefore, it is with a heavy heart that we bring to you the news that our 2020 season is officially cancelled.
Many of you have inquired about refunds of your registration fees, and we understand the hardship many in our community are facing. We are attaching two charts to this letter that show what our income was this year and what it was spent on. Please understand that the vast majority of SPLL expenses every season are due before a game is ever played, and registration fees only partially cover those, while we rely on snack bar sales to cover the rest.
We also had many unexpected and extraordinary expenses this year, not least of which was commercial grade appliances for our snack bar, as the county would not let us operate without them, and our league could not operate without a snack bar.
However, we worked very hard in the off season to have successful fundraisers and to secure generous sponsorships and donations from our community. While those funds were earmarked for developing our league with better equipment and facilities, we have decided to offer as much relief as we can afford to the families who need it, and we hope to make up the difference with further fundraisers this offseason. And so, we are offering a partial refund of $30.00 per eligible player to any family who makes a request for refund by June 30th, 2020. Please submit a written request to firstname.lastname@example.org. For those families that do not wish to receive a refund, we deeply appreciate allowing us to have stable ground to start our 2021 season.
We are saddened for the players who never played an official game, and especially for those who missed out on their last year of eligibility to play Little League Baseball. We wish the older players every success in high school baseball and beyond, and look forward to seeing the younger players out there for the 2021 season, when we will all win by being back on the field!
We will also be sending notification for picture distribution, so please look out for that.
God bless, and be well,
Board of Directors
Santa Paula Little League
Many of you have asked about the League’s coronavirus protocol. Tonight, many of you received notice that Santa Paula Unified School District has suspended classes effective Monday, following the emergency declaration Ventura County made this afternoon.
In like manner, Little League International has recommended to all leagues that play be suspended until at least April 6. Santa Paula Little League has decided to follow this recommendation, and therefore we have suspended all baseball activities – including games, practices, and team activities – effective immediately, until April 6 or further notice.
We recognize that this decision will be a great disappointment to our players and an inconvenience to our parents. However, we have agreed that we should do our part in the county-wide effort to prevent significant community spread of the coronavirus.
Rest assured that our Board of Directors is preparing several revised schedules to ensure your children are given a full season of play prior to the International Tournament Season, if and when it becomes prudent to resume play, as we hope it will.
Until we resume, God willing, practice with your children when you can, stay healthy, and please regularly wash your hands with soap!
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In need of Umpires!
“You don't need to be a veteran umpire. We will loan you equipment, will give you free training by senior umpires, and will feed you on nights you umpire a game.
Not confident to get behind the plate? We are in desperate need of field umpires, and you can gain confidence working with a veteran umpire, and we will reward you with umpire gear for games worked.
Plus, you will have the full backing of Santa Paula Little League Board. If you're taking verbal abuse from fans/coaches/players, the board member on duty will shut it down quickly.
Do you still have an excuse?”
If interested, please contact our UIC Domiane Forte. His info is found in the "Our Board" section of this site.
Santa Paula Little League is entering into its 64th year. SPLL participates and is sanctioned by Little League Baseball of America and locally in District 63.