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Staten Island Orioles Update: March 22, 2020
As we continue further down the coronavirus road, we feel it’s important to stay in touch with our families to let them know what we know. There are a variety of topics to inform you about, so here we go:
Uniforms and Other Apparel
All items have been delivered. We will wait until we are getting ready to play to get everything to you and your player.
We are not looking to collect payments until we have a definitive start date. The longer the virus pushes back our start, the likelihood of all balances having to be paid in full increases. We need families to be prepared for that.
We have been preparing to make adjustments to schedules in ALL age groups in order to be able to give ALL teams essentially what they’ve paid for. It might not be exactly the way we originally mapped it out, but it will be close. We can’t get into specifics right now, due to the fact that a lot will depend on what date we actually start.
At Home Workouts
Right now, groups of people can’t get together but as individuals you can always get better. We are currently working on putting together drills and classes that will be able to be viewed online. More details to follow soon…
Spring Teams (All Rookie and Prep Teams)
USABL has pushed back their tentative start date to April 19th. We believe this is an unrealistic date but will closely monitor what is going on and keep everyone posted.
They sent all organizations a survey recently inquiring about field availability and other issues. Our main concern is keeping all players and families safe and complying with what our local and Federal government is asking us to do.
Little League has pushed back their start date to May 11. Complexes are closed.
Public School Fields:
The NYC Department of Education has canceled all activities at their sites until at least April 20th. It will be reevaluated at that time.
Public Park Fields (Field of Dreams, Willowbrook Park etc.)
We received an email last week from the Parks Department stating that all permits have been postponed until April 12th, also that team sports at public parks are banned until further notice. They will re-evaluate again at that time
High School Teams (Prospects, Underclass and Showcase Teams)
As of now, all schedules remain intact. Deposits have been placed on all tournaments. No changes. Yet.
For the Underclass and Showcase teams, we remain in a holding pattern. The hotel block is confirmed, but we suggest waiting a while before booking.
High School Seasons
We realize that the suspension of your season is a terrible thing to happen, especially to our graduating seniors and recruitable juniors. You MUST stay strong and continue to WORK HARD. Be ready to begin at a moment’s notice.
As of now your school season isn’t officially canceled. No one wants that to happen and people are trying to allow you to play HS baseball this season.
Along with continuing to work out, ALL HS PLAYERS should be researching colleges, reaching out to coaches at schools of interest and creating lists of potential schools you might want to attend. Don’t wait. Right now, you have an abundance of free time, use it wisely. Realize that college coaches now have more free time at this point of year than they ever had, reach out to them if it’s a good fit.
We are here to assist all players in reaching the next level. If you have any questions on how to start the process, please reach out to us. DON’T WASTE TIME!!
To All Our Families and Friends:
We are in this together. At some point, we’ll all be together, enjoying fresh air, watching our favorite player and cheering for all the boys.
Stay safe. Stay strong.
This too shall pass.
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