WPPA Baseball and Softball Activities Update - May 22 2020
Dear WPPA Families,
As we enter Memorial Day Weekend, we are obviously facing a very different start to what marks Chicago’s traditional beginning of summer.
At WPPA, the board continues to frequently meet and evaluate all options for getting practices and games going again for our kids. We have members of the board that are a part of the governor’s committee evaluating Illinois’ safe return of youth sports. We have dedicated members dissecting the CDC and government regulations to determine how we implement them at WPPA. We have members of the board that are a part of the healthcare community providing valuable insights to keeping our kids safe. All working to get our softball and baseball teams back out there was soon as possible.
Even with the above engagement, we still face uncertainty as to what our spring/summer season could look like. One aspect we are sure about, however, is that the make-up of our season structure will be markedly different than planned a few months ago.
Here are a few things we do know for certain:
Illinois is poised to enter Phase 3 of the “Restore Illinois” plan from Governor Pritzker at the end of May. Pending Mayor Lightfoot’s alignment, Chicago will closely follow.
WPPA is focused on staging games this summer, but under the current State and City “reopening plans,” we do not anticipate playing games until after the 4th of July.
Our house season may not look like it has in the past. We are considering a wide variety of options, such as weekly tournaments, extending the season through our typical fall ball season, or perhaps even canceling the Spring/Summer registration in order to reset the teams and structure to pave way for some sort of play. We have assembled a “WPPA Return to Play” committee that is helping guide us through a variety of options that will ensure compliance with federal, state, local, and health guidelines.
The board is targeting June 8 as the date by which it will announce plans for the next steps of both baseball and softball (house and travel). After that point, the committee will continue to assess how our proposed plan aligns with ever changing guidelines.
All WPPA activities remain suspended until further notice, and no teams may practice, gather, or play games.
Our hope is that you want to be a part of whatever version of playing baseball and softball we can salvage this summer. We also want to provide you with as much control as possible for your family. You can still opt-out of the season by clicking on the link below. Note that it will walk you through a “registration” flow in order to de-register (system limitation on how it is named). Even if you pick the path of opting out this season, your spot at WPPA will be reserved for the 2021 Spring season.