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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update – March 26, 2020 10:00 AM CT

By Darren Obrecht, 03/27/20, 10:00AM CDT

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Parents and Coaches,

In an effort to support the regional youth sports community and protect the health and safety of our players, several organizations have been meeting to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. The organizations noted below are planning to reconvene twice a week to assess next steps for the upcoming spring and summer seasons.

Most organizations have suspended team practices to further review the situation and are evaluating current information. At this point none of the organizations are considering cancelling their seasons. So many of our organizations have teams scheduled to play one another, any decision by one organization would have broad implications and we are committed to working together.

There are several factors to consider:

  • Direction and guidelines of local health departments and government officials

  • Player safety and parent concerns

  • Community youth sports have different spectator implications than High School, NCAA or Professional Sports. 

  • Limit spectator interaction at games

  • Increase sanitary protocols during games

  • Resume schedules after temporary moratorium or adjust schedules with fewer games or delaying the start of the season (play in June, July and/or August)

  • Financial implications: most organizations have spent registration funds buying balls, field maintenance products, renting indoor space, purchasing equipment/uniforms and buying insurance.

Please be patient as there are probably more questions than answers currently. Our primary concern is the health and safety of our players, parents and coaches. As this is a rapidly evolving situation and we will continue to monitor and provide updates accordingly. 
 

Respectfully, 

Bellevue Elite

Neb Force/Omaha Force

Bennington Athletic League

Neb Quakes

Elkhorn Athletic Association

Neb Quakes

Elkhorn Soccer

Neb Thunder

Gretna Youth Baseball/Softball 

Omaha Suburban

Keystone Cobras

Papillion Outlaws

Lincoln Sox

Neb Gold 

Millard United Sports

Papillion Storm Chasers

Neb Echoes

Ultimate Baseball Academy