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Dec, 2020

Columbia Little League 2021 Season

Columbia Little League Families,

                Hope everyone had a good Christmas and is looking forward to a better New Year in 2021. 2020 didn’t turn out the way we all wanted it to 12 months ago. None of us would have imagined that we would ever have a year where we did not have a season for the kids. THANK YOU again to the families that donated your 2020 player fees to keep the league afloat through this very long off season. Through all the challenges this last year has brought, we are still here today looking forward to making 2021 a memorable year for the kids.

                At this point we are planning on staying on schedule as we normally would for preparing for the 2021 season. Registration is currently open on the website www.columbiall.org. There is currently a discount for early registration through January 31st. Player Skill Evaluations (Try Outs) will be held on two dates in late February for the minor, major, 50/70 and junior divisions. Every player does make a team. Team drafts and practices should begin in early March with games starting in the middle of April. This is the schedule that we are currently working for. Depending on state and local requirements, we may have some changes in the way we have to run things in order to ensure the health and safety of the kids. We may need to have hand sanitation stations, equipment cleaning requirements, etc.

                One big change that we are excited about is combining forces with Alcoa Little League. The two leagues will be working together this season to ensure that we can provide all the possibilities available for the kids to play baseball and softball. Both leagues decided on this for a couple reasons. The last couple years, player numbers have been down, combining will help to ensure that we will be able to form more teams without being short or overloaded with players on each team. Financially, we can work together to build back up from the last year where we were not able to raise funds to make our leagues better. We will also be able to use both complexes for games and practices which will give us more opportunities to practice on actual fields and more flexibility for game schedules. Both Board of Directors, including both League Presidents Justin Cvitkovich and I, will work together to make this a success and make 2021 a great Baseball and Softball year for the kids.

                Now we are calling out for you. First off, to ensure that we do have a great 2021 season, we need players to sign up and register to play. I know many of you may be nervous in doing so after this last year, but in order to have a season we need the kids to come and play. If you need assistance for player fees, you can apply for a grant through Little League International at T-Mobile Little League® Call Up Grant Program - Little League. Second, anyone interested in volunteering to be a Manager, Coach, Umpire or Board Member please contact us to volunteer. All are needed to make a season work and we will appreciate all the help we can get. Lastly, Business Sponsors are always needed to help provide funds for the league. If you have a business that would like to sponsor the league, please contact us at [email protected] .

Have a Happy New Year and see you at the ball fields soon. Please keep an eye on the website and Facebook page for more information as it comes available.

 

 

Dan Piovesan, President

Columbia Little League

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