MYBI has decided to cancel the 2020 Mahtomedi baseball season due to all the moving factors associated with the impact of COVID-19.This cancellation includes in-house and travel teams of all ages.Refunds will be issued over the next couple of weeks (less a $10 processing fee and any donations that were made).
A couple of weeks ago, the youth baseball/softball leagues drafted a proposed set of safety guidelines so that baseball could return this summer.These guidelines were presented to the Governor’s office on Monday and this has turned into a statewide commission to bring back youth sports on a larger scale beyond baseball.Gopher State/Metro Baseball leagues don’t anticipate hearing back from the Governor’s office for several weeks sothey are unable to provide a provisional season plan or timeline at this point.
Below is some color on each of the programs that lead us to our decision and some additional information on what is next.
MYBI will not be able to offer its in-house program or kindergarten camp for several reasons.First, we do not believe it is realistic that we could expect very young children to follow the proposed guidelines.Second, our in-house teams beginning in 4th grade through high school level play in the St. Croix Valley Athletic Association’s league and they cancelled their program last week.Finally, there is no way a season can begin until June and the season would nearly be over.Once we receive the future guidelines then we will reassess if there are activities that MYBI can provide to its youth in-house players this summer.
MYBI is unclear what the timeline looks like, the length of the season, if tournaments will be played, etc.In addition, you may no longer feel comfortable with your child playing, or the new schedule (when it becomes available) may not for you, etc.For this reason, we are cancelling what you previously registered for.However, once we get an idea of what the season could look like then we will re-evaluate facilitating that offering for Mahtomedi.If we can facilitate a baseball season, based on future guidance, then we will open a new registration that allows you to decide then if you want your player to participate with a new plan in place.
MYBI is committed to providing baseball for Mahtomedi players and we are beyond disappointed to be sending this email this evening.Your support has been greatly appreciated over the last couple months.We will continue to monitor the situation and review future guidance to determine what baseball season or activities can be provided.