June 26: Updated Tournament Schedules Posted for Each Team. League Schedules to be Posted Soon!
Don’t Forget: We will be having an “in and out” meeting for payments and gear collection this Sunday June 28th at Staten Island Little League. Please come by the clubhouse anytime between 10am and 2pm.
I appreciate everyone’s patience during this time. To say the least this has been a large undertaking to put together. Thank you!
Just some notes regarding the schedules (please read):
We are aware that every start time is listed as 12am. I manually go into each game and change the time and location to the correct ones when each tournament schedule come out.
Tournament schedules usually come out the week before a tournament is to be played. We do not know exactly what time and field your son’s games will be played, neither do the people running the tournaments, yet.
Some of the Rookies teams have TBD tournaments for the fall. This is normal, and the same as we talked about in the winter parent meetings. Fall tournament schedules will come out in a month or so (possibly later with all of the problems the global pandemic has been causing for everyone).
High school teams: I will see what kind of impact that the newly extended NCAA dead period may have on our revised schedules. We should be safe for the most part. Coaches may still interact with you electronically for the time being.
I understand that everyone’s situation is different, but please try to pay your entire balance if possible. Like always, we are willing to work with you if you have extenuating circumstances in your life. Just let us know what’s going on so we can work out a plan. We need to have enough to secure our places in each team’s tournaments & leagues. Thank you for understanding!
Mike Campbell Jr.
Staten Island Orioles Update: May 30, 2020
Hello, we hope all is going well with you and your family. This has been a long and trying time for all of us, and hopefully we are on our way back to some normalcy in our lives. I am writing to give you an update and to look for some feedback from everyone.
As you may have seen yesterday, NJ’s Governor has OK’d the return to baseball practices in New Jersey starting on June 22nd. Currently, as it stands in New York State, this is not the case for us. While we are looking into alternative options for practicing during the time being, it is of the upmost importance to us that we operate both safely and legally. Youth sports are currently listed as part of “Phase 4” of New York’s reopening plan. Phase 1 is supposed to begin on June 8th.
In talking with the various leaders of local Little Leagues, Babe Ruth Leagues, and district managers, they are of the opinion that we might be able to begin working out in early July. Although it is unclear if we will be welcomed out in NJ, I have placed some feelers to see if it is possible to use facilities out there when practices do resume. I will keep everyone updated about that.
When we do get back to business, things will not be immediately back to normal. I am sure that adjustments will have to be made, but at this point I am sure that you feel the same as me. Desperate to get your son back out on the field playing the game that he loves. In preparation for getting back to baseball, we have bought “gaiter” style face coverings to give to every player and coach in the organization free of charge (see below).
In the meantime: we have some good things lined up for everyone. I have arranged for Zoom meetings for the boys (and families too if interested!) with some College Coaches, Professional Orioles Alumni and more. The first meeting is going to take place on Monday June 1st at 8pm and is going to be for high school players only. High schoolers, you or your parent should have received a text about this or an email with the link to the meeting, if not, please reach out to me immediately. I’m not trying to exclude anyone. The next meeting will be Thursday June 4th and will be open to everyone. I will send out the info for that one soon.
Also, if you would like to get some feedback: please send me video of your son throwing/hitting/doing anything baseball related and I will gladly break it down and give guidance on how to improve. My number is (646) 207-7701 (I’m sure that nothing can go wrong with publishing my phone number on the internet, but I want to help in any way I can!).
Hopefully we are reaching the light at the end of this dark time without baseball. We can’t wait to get back at it with everyone and are very excited to see more positive news coming up!
Mike Campbell Jr.
(Old Update) Staten Island Orioles Update: May 4, 2020
We hope that this newsletter finds you well, safe and healthy. It feels like there are changes and challenges that we must adapt to and adjust on a daily basis.
There is a ton of relevant information that we’d like to share with you. Please realize that we take time between updates in order not to overreact to news and to hopefully give you some realistic, useful information.
In order to help you find the most relevant info for you and your family, we will break things down into 3 different age groups:
Overall, we will continue to monitor and stick to CDC, local and state government guidelines in order to comply with “PAUSE/Social Distancing guidelines and keep everyone safe and healthy. While we are all dying to get back out on the field and return to normalcy, we must all continue to do the right thing to protect our community as a whole.
We couldn’t be prouder of our Orioles family, both players and parents. To this point we have not received any complaints or hassles from anyone. People checking in on each other – everyone helping out. Genuine concern for others. It’s really amazing to watch how everyone has pulled together for the greater good despite the numerous challenges we have been faced with. We wouldn’t trade our families and players for anyone else. You all are the very definition of “NY Strong” for sure.
We will continue to monitor and attempt to keep everyone informed during this ever-changing time. We must continue to be resilient and realize that there will have to be certain changes to make this work. Because of all this, we want to say thank you to each and every one of you. If you need anything, please don’t hesitate to ask. Ultimately, and the end of the day, the adversity we go through will make us stronger in the end.
We look forward to seeing everyone soon. Just to be able to be outside in the fresh air, sunshine and being around the players and the sport we love would be amazing and all we can ask for.
Please stay safe, be healthy.
Staten Island Orioles
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