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2020 Spring Season Update

LSLL Families,

I hope this message finds you, your family, and our baseball community staying safe and healthy during this difficult time in our history. Last night the Board of Directors met to discuss our Spring season in light of recent announcements from Governor Northam.

As always, the safety of our players and families is always our utmost concern. As a league we are working to balance this with any capabilities we have to host a baseball season for our children. We believe the resumption of normal routines will be very important for our community once it is safe and permissible to do so.

At this time, Loudoun South Little League remains “closed” with our Spring season delayed. We will reevaluate this decision in the early May timeframe. In addition to state and local guidelines (currently set for early June but subject to earlier withdrawal of restrictions) we are also awaiting guidance from Little League International. These are key pieces of data the league needs before making a final determination on our season. Some options under consideration include playing a full or partial season with modified start and end dates. We appreciate your patience as we evaluate the best options for our players.

LSLL is a non-profit organization focused on enriching our children and bringing our community together. As a non-profit we operate each season “independently” with our registration fees and sponsorships covering the costs incurred for that season. This means we do not carry large cash balances between seasons nor do we incur any negative balances using credit lines. Specific to this season, the league has incurred a number of sunk costs including player uniforms, equipment, Little League dues, insurance, and facility rentals for player evaluations. These are normal and routine costs we incur every year in preparation for a successful season and costs which hit our books in advance of COVID-19’s impact on our lives.

As President, I have a fiduciary responsibility to the league and our community to ensure we operate within our limits. As such, we halted all discretionary spending three weeks ago and we have been conserving our cash balance throughout March. This past week we performed some financial modeling to understand what might happen if we had to eventually cancel the season. Based on our sunk costs and our cash balance, we have determined that partial refunds would be possible for each player.

As I mentioned earlier, we have not yet cancelled the season and will not be issuing mass refunds at this time. We are hoping to maximize our sunk costs this spring and get our players on the field when we’re allowed. But I felt it was important to set the right expectation with our families.

I would be happy to discuss these issues with any families who would like to dive deeper on our decisions - especially those who are facing financial hardships at this time. Please email me directly!

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Regards, Joe Soricelli - LSLL President

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