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Update 05/17/2020

Hi GLL Families,

 

We hope everyone is still safe and well on this rainy day. 

 

We realize that all of you are waiting for answers on what a GLL season will look like this year.  We have been in contact with the North Shore Health Department and City of Glendale Mayor Kennedy for further guidance. 

 

We are following guidelines from the NSHD which prohibits team activities through May 21st.   The state and county are in the midst of creating youth sport guidelines to be released this week that will provide us with more clarity on how, if and when we can proceed.

 

In the meantime we continue refine our plans and policies and will incorporate those from the state as well.  We are working hard to get those plans released later this week with how we will proceed with the season along with our refund plans and policies.

 

Please, be patient as we work through all of these issues.

On the bright side we would not have played today anyway.




Update 05/14/2020


Hi GLL Families,

I hope that you are all safe and well!

As you all know we have been in a holding pattern during this pandemic.  The recent ruling by the State Supreme Court has created a little more direction.  Yesterday, the North Shore Health Department (NSHD) put out some guidance on activities and we are in communication with them to get more clarity on how, if and when we can begin to play baseball this summer.  We are currently working on a COVID Prevention Plan along with a Responsible Spectator Plan to create a safe environment for everyone involved with GLL.   

We understand that each person/family brings a unique set of concerns and circumstances.  With that in mind we are working on our refund policy and procedures for those that choose not to play this year.  We are also working on our schedule to determine if we can provide a typical seasons worth of games or if we need to shorten the season.  Our plan is to extend the season till the end of July at all levels with the potential exception of the Juniors Division which may end one week earlier.   Tee Ball is another division that offers a unique set of circumstances as we need to verify that we have fields available to accommodate them.

We are planning to put out our complete GLL opening plan early next week.

Thank You,
Glendale Little League



Message 04/24/2020

Dear Glendale Little League Families:

Nothing is more disappointing than seeing empty baseball fields, bleachers and dugouts.  It saddens the GLL Board, coaches, players, families, and fans as little league is something we all look forward to each spring. Our primary concern with our league has always been the safety of our players, their families and our community. 
 

As you are all aware, the Wisconsin Safer at Home Order has been extended through May 26th.   As of right now due to the Governor’s Executive Order, Glendale Little League fields will remain closed until at least May 26th or until we are allowed to based on the direction of the State of Wisconsin.

Like many of you, we miss baseball and want nothing more than to be out there playing and watching our kids enjoy the game.  We remain hopeful that some form of a Little League season will occur and we are working towards that goal.  The current priority for GLL is to develop safe alternatives for the 2020 season.  We are presently exploring all options whether partial season schedules, full season extended through the end of July, and the possibility of eliminating post-season All-Stars.  Our goal is to safely maximize opportunities for all kids to play baseball.  We are also looking into a variety of safety measures that we would have to adopt in order to ensure any potential form of a season following both the guidelines of Little League International and the North Shore Department of Health.  

In the meantime, we encourage you to practice with your Little Leaguer as much as possible, so when we are able to return to the fields, they are already in mid-season form!  If you are looking for some drills at home, please visit the Little League University site for instructional videos. https://www.littleleague.org/university .  We also encourage you to visit our facebook and instagram pages, @glendalelittleleague, for more ideas for backyard/driveway drills that your child can do with you or independently.  

Nonetheless, we would like to thank our amazing families, sponsors and community for their patience and understanding during these unprecedented times as we plan for the design of this years season.  We look forward to getting back on the fields as soon as possible and hope you and your family stay safe and healthy.  

Glendale Little League




Message 03/26/2020

GLL Families,

We sincerely hope that all of you are doing as well as can be expected in these uncertain times! 

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic is rapidly changing the way that we, as global citizens, think, act, gather, learn, and live our daily lives. And, yes, that also means how we play Little League.  Yesterday, the Department of Health Services of Wisconsin issued the “Safer at Home” order that places limits on social gathering and social distancing.  This order is in affect until April 24th. 

Glendale Little League will obviously follow the State order and will not plan any practices, clinics, meetings, or any gatherings until April 24th.  We will revisit this as the State directs and updates their policies.  We are hopeful that we can play baseball this year as we believe it will be a much needed outlet for our players, families and friends.   Currently our season is planned to begin April 25th (May 2nd for Rookies, May 16th for Tee Ball).  We will adjust our schedule as need be in an effort to get as much baseball in as possible while not putting our players and families in harm’s way. 

We are looking into the potential of refunds or partial refunds depending upon what happens with our season and/or schedule.  We have delayed our uniform orders at this point to potentially maximize that refund.  This will need to be a fluid situation just like the rest of our lives and we will do what we can in order play baseball while maintaining the safety of our community.

I was recently reminded of a quote by James Earl Jones in the movie Field of Dreams that seems fitting…

“America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It's been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt, and erased again. But baseball has marked the time.  It reminds us of all that once was good, and it could be again.”

Please, bear with us as we work through this situation.  We will keep you updated as the situation becomes clearer.  In the meantime stay safe!

Terry Sandee
President
Glendale Little League



Message 03/13/2020


Dear GLL families,

Glendale Little League is closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.  We have been monitoring the recommendations of the CDC, local communities and school districts as well as Little League International.  Little League International is recommending that all Little Leagues suspend their current seasons or suspend start of games or practices until April 6th.  We will follow this recommendation and ask that coaches hold off on initiating practices until April 6th.  

If there are any further changes to this plan, we will be in communication.  We currently intend to proceed with our season as scheduled starting with practices after April 6th and opening Day on April 25th and May 2nd for Rookies.

Thank You,

Glendale Little League

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