We provided this update via email to our LSTAA families today:
We hope you and your family had a good Memorial Day and we sincerely appreciate the sacrifice of our military and we share in remembrance of those that paid the ultimate sacrifice to our nation.
We want to take a moment to update you on the status of the 2020 playing season. Much has yet to be determined by the state government officials but we are informing of where things stand as of today in regards to the season. Please note that the season is NOT CANCELED AT THIS TIME, but if we resume play this summer it will look different than what the normal season has been.
It is clear that the Pennsylvania Department of Health has stated that organized sports will not be allowed in the Yellow Phase which Dauphin County is expected to move to on May 29. Therefore, we are in an unfortunate situation of waiting until we are in the Green Phase to determine the course of the season. We remain optimistic that will occur by mid-June and if so some sort of 6 week season is possible depending on the governmental guidance and regulations that we as an association must follow. The LSTAA Officers are meeting on a regular basis to evaluate these regulations and the impact—both practically and financially—will have in order to resume play.
The Board is hopeful and continue to work toward some variation of baseball and softball once we get to the Green Phase. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenging situation for everyone, with some more impacted than others. We recognize that some may have contracted the virus themselves or sadly lost loved ones, jobs, reduced wages, etc. We sincerely want to express our sympathy during this time. We also know that as counties move out of the Red Phase there is a significant amount of people that want to salvage some part of the season for their kids.
LSTAA has agreed to issue refunds to anyone not wishing to play this season. Again, the season is NOT CANCELED at this point but we understand that some of you have already made this decision and that is fine. We would like you to know that LSTAA has already paid for numerous expenses that will not be able to be recovered such as player insurance and online registration and credit card processing fees. We are working to recover our uniform deposit (which was stopped during the forced business closure of our vendor) which will help but not guaranteed. Additionally, all sponsor monies collected will have to be either returned or forwarded to next year’s season should the sponsor so desire.
LSTAA is asking as many of you as possible to consider donating or crediting your registration fees to next year so that we can offer refunds to those families that need it most due to the situations outlined above. Additionally, anyone that is seeking a refund we are asking for your patience at this time as we develop a process to hand write checks to you. Credit card companies do not allow us to refund back to the credit card you used at registration after 90 days. So, we will have to hand write checks to you and mail them. In order to have that process go accurately, we need you to log into your LSTAA account and confirm we have the correct mailing address for you. We are also developing a “pick up process” at our next LSTAA Association Meeting on June 16 if you want to exercise that option.
Therefore, the options are as follows and we would like you to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org expressing your option by Friday, June 26:
• Donate your 2020 fees to LSTAA.
• Credit all your fees toward any fall 2020 or spring/summer 2021 season.
• Request a refund.
• NOTE: If we don’t hear from you at all and we end up canceling the season, we will—by default—credit your account for a future registration fee/season.
Finally, for those that are hanging with us for a season, we will continue to update you as we know more information from the State of Pennsylvania and the leagues in which we are affiliated. All three leagues (Central Penn Midget Baseball League, East Shore Fast Pitch Softball League, and the Suburban Teener Baseball League) are all having board meetings in the next two weeks to review what the season schedule may look like assuming we resume play. All leagues are looking at an abbreviated June/July playing season.
Please be patient with us as we work through this unprecedented situation. Thank you for your support and understanding.
LSTAA Board of Directors