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Spring 2020 Season & COVID - 19

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May 18, 2020 11:30am

Dear PDYSA Families:

We realize more than ever how we all miss the daily routine of practices, games, and social interactions.  The spread of the COVID-19 virus has impacted us on many different levels.  Our biggest priority is a safe environment for our league. 

We began monitoring the pandemic, its timing, and our local climate as it pertains to the nation, our valley, and our league.  It is with great consternation that we have now come to the decision that it is in the best interest of our league to cancel the 2020 Spring Season.

Each team and coach will have the ability to transfer their full registration to our Spring 2021 program.  Teams that were established in Spring 2020 will automatically transfer to Spring 2021.  **Players in the 14u softball and baseball divisions that do not wish to return or will become ineligible, we ask that you email us directly at [email protected]

We truly appreciate your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time.  We will continue to monitor the situation and try our best to keep everyone updated on any developments as it pertains to our league.  Last, but not least, we are coordinating efforts to use appropriate safeguards and implement new sanitizing protocols at the fields, snack bar, and restrooms.  We are optimistic that we may be able to see you all again very soon for Fall Ball.  We are dedicated to make PDYSA a welcome, safe, and clean environment for all players, families, and volunteers. 

Sincerely,

PDYSA Executive Board



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April 8, 2020 9:00am

Dear League Families,

The last few weeks have transformed all of our lives in ways we could never have imagined. We’ve spent many years bringing the joy of baseball and softball to the Coachella Valley; we are now doing our best to navigate an unprecedented situation for all. Our commitment is to continue to communicate with you regularly on the actions we are taking during this very difficult period, until the time that sport activities can resume as normal. Thank you for the patience and trust you have shown so far.

Coachella Valley Interleague(s) have suspended all games until May 4th, 2020; this includes All Games, Practices & Team Meetings/Gatherings

At this time the Leagues have suspended the Spring 2020 season until at least May 4th.  Of course, this is subject to change at anytime. 

It is our intention to continue play only when it is absolutely safe and we have been given approval to do so by our governing body, PONY National.

We will have a lot of flexibility with the schedule and many available dates and time slots to accommodate the teams and players that wish to remain and participate.

The health and safety of our players, family’s, volunteers, and fans is our top priority.  We fully support the measures taken by our local, and state governing bodies.  In addition we will abide by the guidelines that Pony National has set forth regarding the suspension of games, practices, team meetings, team gatherings, and delaying the season’s game play.  We will have more information as it becomes available.

Understanding that family’s have any questions, we are working through all of the effects of this announcement; below is a simple Questions and Answers that many of you may have.

Questions / Answers:

REGISTRATION FEES

Each league in the valley runs as a Not for Profit Organization which means each league incurs costs to process payments as well as up-front costs in advance of each season to plan for items such as uniforms, equipment, field maintenance, insurance, etc. Most if not all leagues have already purchased and provided uniforms and/or started game play.  Please note a policy for refunds and/or credits will not be initiated until we have absolutely determined that there will be no 2020 season.  PLEASE BE PATIENT with our executive boards; as this is a lot of work. Each league will have their own specific way in dealing with refunds or credits.  Any questions and/or concerns about refunds please email via website contact page.

GAME SCHEDULE

The game schedule will be revised, so that everyone gets in an equal amount of games.  The new schedule will not be available until May 04, 2020 or later.  Your first game will be May 4th, 2020 or a later date and time.

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS / ANSWERS:

We will send additional emails with updates

We will post on our Facebook page with additional updates 

Concerns and/or additional questions not listed above please contact your league directors via website contact page.

Sincerely,

Palm Springs Youth League

Palm Desert Youth Sports Association

La Quinta Youth Sports Association

Indio Youth Sports Association

Coachella Youth Baseball and Softball Association

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April 4. 2020 8:45pm
The league is evaluating the possibility of still having a season daily. If it has to be cancelled, we will apply the paid fees towards next season (less $55 which is the cost of the uniform). Otherwise, if needed, refund checks can be generated (less $55 which is the cost of the uniform).  Our hope is that all our families are safe and doing well.

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March 25, 2020 9:00am
No final decision has been made in regard to the 2020 season.  We are still hopeful to have a shortened or restructured season.  Please be patient while we weigh all of our options and establish new safety measures.  

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March 12, 2020 6:35pm

These are challenging times as we enter into uncharted waters.  The league is concerned about its community and everyone involved. In that vein, the season is temporarily on hold until further notice.  Additionally, the City of Palm Desert is being precautionary as well so there will be no fields or lights available for practice or games.  Please cease from gathering as a team for any baseball/softball activities.  There will be more information to follow in the coming days and weeks.  We appreciate your patience and wish the best to all our PDYSA families.

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March 12, 2020 7:45am

We have decided to Cancel Opening Day out of an abundance of caution.  We have vetted all possibilities and the decision to cancel weighs heavily on the safety and health of all our players, coaches, staff and families.

We will use these next several days to plan accordingly for the remainder of the season.  Please expect to see some changes in schedules and the possibility of some game cancellations.

We will work on getting new date(s) for pictures.

We will be implementing new dugout health procedures and hand washing and sanitizing stations. 

We ask for your patience while we navigate through this uncharted territory.

As always our players' safety is our number one concern.  We wish to be a part of making sure all our PDYSA players and families remain healthy and happy.

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WHAT BASEBALL FANS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CORONAVIRUS

What are coronavirus and COVID-19?

Coronavirus is a general term for a family of viruses, several of which are known to cause respiratory infections in humans. This current outbreak -- which began in Wuhan, China, in December -- was caused by a novel (not previously identified) coronavirus that the WHO named coronavirus disease 2019 (abbreviated COVID-19).

How does COVID-19 spread?

The virus is transmitted through respiratory droplets that are produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or exhales, though it is important to note that someone could have only mild symptoms -- or perhaps even be asymptomatic -- and still spread the disease.

There are two main ways the transmission can occur:

1) Person-to-person: This happens when people are in close contact (within 6 feet) of each other. If these respiratory droplets land in the mouths or noses of someone nearby, or are inhaled into the lungs, the virus can spread.

2) Via contaminated surfaces or objects: Respiratory droplets also can land on surfaces or objects. If a healthy person touches these, and then touches their own mouth, nose or eyes, they can become infected.

How to protect yourself:               
There are several things you can do, and encourage others to do, to avoid infection.

1) Keep your hands clean: Wash your hands often, especially after spending time in a public place, and before eating. Soap and water work well, but make sure to wash for at least 20 seconds and to cover all areas of your hands, including thumbs and between fingers.If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.

2) Avoid touching your face: As much as possible, try not to touch your eyes, nose and mouth, especially if you have not washed your hands recently.

3) Keep surfaces and objects clean: This applies particularly to things you touch all the time, such as doorknobs, countertops, faucets, and even phones. Use water and detergent or soap to clean, and disinfect with EPA-registered household disinfectants.

4) Keep your distance: Practice social distancing. Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick, or who is coughing or sneezing, and refrain from gathering with large groups.

5) Stay home: Work from home, if it is possible to do so, and avoid spending unnecessary time in crowded public locations, for example by ordering takeout or delivery instead of eating in a restaurant. In fact, many areas have closed or put restrictions on businesses such as restaurants and bars, or even taken more dramatic steps.

Remember that we all are responsible for helping keep the people in our communities safe, using these measures.

1) Cover your mouth: If you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth with a tissue, if one is handy, and immediately dispose of it and wash your hands thoroughly. If you do not have a tissue, cover your mouth with the inside of your elbow rather than your bare hand.

2) Limit close contact: The more people stay in, avoid public settings and refrain from gathering in large groups, the better the chances of limiting the spread of COVID-19, and protecting the people who are most vulnerable. That applies even if you feel fine.

3) If you’re sick, take extra precautions: Anyone with symptoms, even mild ones, should stay home, unless you are required to leave to get medical care (before visiting your doctor, call ahead). As much as possible, limit contact with others in your household, and avoid sharing items. You also can wear a face mask when around other people.

Recognizing the symptoms
It is believed that a person may develop symptoms anytime from 2-14 days after being exposed to the virus. The most common are:

• Fever
• Fatigue
• Cough
• Shortness of breath

Who is most vulnerable?               
While most people will experience only mild symptoms -- and about 80 percent will recover without needing special treatment -- about one in six will become seriously ill. Older adults and those who have serious chronic medical conditions are at a higher risk of developing severe symptoms.

Where to find more information

• Your local health department’s web site
• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
• World Health Organization


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