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UPDATE MARCH 25, 2020

 

Hope is at the core of baseball fandom, and Vienna Little League is still clinging to that hopeful spirit amid the COVID-19 crisis.


Thanks to decades of enthusiastic participation by our community and generosity from countless sponsors and benefactors, VLL is fortunate to have some advantages that other youth sports organizations may not. Chief among those advantages are our own baseball diamonds at Yeonas Park, where we're still running the lawnmowers and maintaining sufficient operations to allow us to resume baseball activities as soon as it is deemed safe and appropriate.

VLL will continue to adhere to all applicable public-health orders and the guidance of government authorities concerning social distancing and large gatherings. We are also taking into consideration the recommendations of Little League International.

For now, VLL activities remain suspended indefinitely. But no decision has been made on whether or when we may have our "spring" 2020 season and, like any thoughtful umpire, we prefer to wait as long as possible before making any such call.

2020 is a year like none of us (or our parents, or even some of our grandparents) have ever experienced. There is little normalcy to be had, and creativity and improvisation have become our watchwords.

We promise to keep you advised as more definitive decisions are made about when -- not if, but when -- this delay-of-game will end.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact our League Safety Officer at  .

Eternally hopefully yours,


Vienna Little League

 

UPDATE MARCH 17, 2020

 

To the VLL Community,  
 
As we all adjust to the unprecedented changes to our lives caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Vienna Little League continues to evaluate the ongoing impact on our spring season.
 
The League is aware of the revised recommendation from Little League International that seasons begin/resume no sooner than May 11, based upon the current direction from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concerning avoiding public gatherings.
 
VLL anticipates that significant adjustments will need to be made to our operations, team schedules, and other events as circumstances continue to evolve and as additional guidance and directives come from federal, state, and local authorities.
 
It is our sincere hope that this will be only a temporary hiatus and that we will manage to have some semblance of a Little League season in our community. For now, however, VLL activities remain suspended indefinitely until further notice.
 
We will continue to share updates with you as additional decisions are made. Thank you for your continued support for our League's mission.
 
Sincerely,
 
Mike Jreige
VLL President

 

UPDATE MARCH 13, 2020

 

To all VLL Volunteers:

First of all, I want to thank you for your dedicated service to Vienna Little League. The folks on this email thread -- including the Board of Directors and all managers and coaches -- have put in countless hours of work for the benefit of our youth players, and we are all deeply disappointed that public-health circumstances have led us to temporarily suspend League activities.

(If for any reason you've missed the messages that we've sent out over the past two days, they are appended below.) 

I know there are those who believe VLL and other organizations are overreacting to the COVID-19 pandemic, and so I wanted to take a moment to clarify *why* VLL has suspended activities -- and how you should interpret that action in the coming days and weeks.

VLL's action is supporting a containment strategy that relies upon the use of multiple "social distancing" measures. These measures are intended to minimize contact even among outwardly healthy individuals and even within populations that are at low risk of serious complications, and they have been found to be most effective when implemented early in an outbreak.

It would undermine that public-health strategy for players to congregate for informal practices or play during the current period of suspension. Therefore our coaches should *not* organize (and should discourage others from organizing) any gatherings of VLL players during this hiatus. It will not benefit anyone in the long run.

In this regard, it is worth noting that Little League International's regulations authorize the VLL Board of Directors to remove any manager or coach "whose activities in another youth baseball/softball program are deemed detrimental to the operation of the local league."

We will be in touch as decisions are made about the resumption of activities and any rescheduling of postponed events or other changes to our season. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

 

John O'Keefe

VLL Safety Officer

 

UPDATE MARCH 12, 2020

 

This evening Little League International recommended that all member leagues suspend their activities until at least April 6 in order to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread.

VLL has made the difficult decision to implement that recommendation.

Effective immediately, all VLL activities are suspended until April 6 at the earliest.  

Any resumption of formal team activities after April 6 will take account of the FCPS calendar and may be subject to further delay as circumstances warrant.

In addition to practices and games, this suspension/postponement of activities includes:

  • Opening Day ceremonies;
  • Team equipment pickups; 
  • Coaching clinics and workshops; and
  • New member check-ins.

We will provide more information to coaches, players, volunteers, families, and fans as additional decisions about specific events are made, including any revision to previously published team schedules.  

In the meantime, we thank you for your patience and understanding in this difficult time.

Sincerely,

 

Mike Jreige

VLL President

 

UPDATE MARCH 11, 2020

 

To the VLL Community:

Like sports leagues and youth organizations worldwide, Vienna Little League is closely monitoring the evolving public-health risk posed by the outbreak of novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19. 

At this time, VLL is continuing to hold outdoor practices and games as scheduled, but we will adapt as necessary to protect our community as circumstances change and based upon the advice of government authorities and Little League International.

Although our player population thankfully appears to be at low risk of developing serious complications from the virus, we recognize that children may contribute to transmission among more vulnerable populations.

VLL therefore is asking all players, volunteers, families, and fans to follow these best practices to reduce the risk of spreading germs within our community:

In addition, VLL is instituting the following rules for all practices and games until further notice:

  • Teams will not engage in post-game handshakes or "hands in" huddles; players and coaches should instead consider non-contact displays of sportsmanship and camaraderie.
  • To avoid risks associated with sharing food, all snacks (including seeds) are prohibited from dugouts unless required for a medical reason.
  • Participants may not share water or drinks.
  • Players should avoid sharing equipment whenever possible. To reduce the need to share equipment, we are suspending the use of catchers for all Rookie and Tee Ball play. The League is working to supply additional equipment (e.g., catcher's masks) to any teams that need it to minimize in-game/practice sharing, and we are acquiring a disinfecting solution that teams can use to sanitize shared equipment between uses by different players.

Parents are encouraged to thoroughly clean players' personal equipment after practices and games, including bat handles, helmets, and other frequently touched gear. 

Finally, in the event Fairfax County Public Schools suspends after-school activities, VLL will follow that direction and suspend our activities as well. (NOTE: The announced FCPS student holiday on Monday, March 16, does not include the suspension of after-school activities.)

We will provide further information and guidance to our volunteers and families as circumstances warrant. If you have questions or concerns, please contact our League Safety Officer at 

Sincerely,

Mike Jreige

VLL President