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2021 Season Update - February 26, 2021

I hope you are well and your families are safe and healthy. Now that the adjusted COVID case numbers are below the 14 per 100,000 threshold, youth sports is now authorized to resume (with some important COVID restrictions, noted below). We are getting the kids back on the field very soon!  Here is our schedule for returning to play:

  • All teams have been drafted and assembled. To the extent they have not yet done so, coaches will be reaching out to their teams in the coming days. If you believe your child is registered and you do not hear from a coach by Monday, please contact us at playeragent@nbbaseball.com.
  • Practices are starting as early as next week, but your coaches will communicate your particular practice schedule.
  • Games in all divisions will start in the latter half of March.

Though we anticipate following this schedule and having a relatively normal season, guidance from health or other government officials, or an increase in Covid positivity rates, could change our plans. We ask that you maintain the flexibility needed and know that as things change, we will keep you informed.

NBBA's Covid safety protocols are attached on our website (above). Please review these protocols prior to your first practice and be sure to follow them along with encouraging the same for your children. These protocols will likely change as the season progresses and may in fact change very soon in light of the updated February 19 guidance on youth sports. We will look for guidance from the City, County and State, but know we will always act in the best interest of the health and safety of our players and volunteers.

I know it has been a long time coming in getting the kids back outside and playing baseball with their friends. We appreciate your patience and understanding; we hope you are as excited as we are to get this season started. As always, thank you for your continued support of NBBA. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

PLAY BALL!

Eric Steingruebner, President NBBA

2021 Season Update - February 5, 2021

With over 425 kids signed-up to play, NBBA is looking forward to getting the Spring Baseball season under way!

NBBA coaches will be drafting teams during the week of February 22nd. Upper and Lower division teams will be announced that week with practices beginning the week of March 1. The Board of NBBA is also meeting regularly and the league will be prepared to start playing games when the City gives the green light for competition (and when the State preconditions are met). We anticipate this to occur sometime in March, but cannot be certain at this time. While uncertainty at the start of the season is new, our goal remains the same: to get the kids out and playing Spring baseball in a fun and safe environment! 

TEAM SPONSOR OPPORTUNITIES

In the meantime if you or your business is interested in becoming a 2021 team or scoreboard sponsor, we have a couple of spots remaining. Please feel free to reach out to sponsor@nbbaseball.com.

As always, thank you for your continued support of the NBBA. 

Eric Steingruebner, President NBBA

2021 Season Update - January 15, 2021

 I hope this message finds you well and that you have had a positive start to 2021.    

With over 350 kids signed up to play baseball this spring, NBBA is preparing for an exciting season of baseball.  We are finalizing coaches and preparing to start team selection in the coming weeks.  The practices – which we anticipate starting in February or March – will be conducted in a safe manner and with COVID protocols in place. 

As with all youth sports in Newport Beach, the only unknown is when we will be permitted to play competitive games.  Rest assured, we will proceed with our regular season games as soon as we get the green light from the City.  We don’t want any kids to miss out on an opportunity to play.  Sign them up so that they have the opportunity to practice with their friends and teammates and play games once we are given the go ahead. 

If our best laid plans are disrupted and we are not able to play games, NBBA will issue significant refunds.

Our mission has been, is, and will remain, to offer a safe and enjoyable environment for our kids to play baseball with others in the community.  We take this responsibility very seriously.  We recognize during this pandemic, many of you have found other options for youth sports, including baseball.  If that is the best fit for your son or daughter, we wish you the best and hope your child has a rewarding experience.  For those hesitating to sign up because you have questions about the viability of a Spring NBBA season, I hope this email clears things up.  We’re moving forward with getting the kids on the field.  The Board hopes you join us.

As always, thank you for your continued support of NBBA.  If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Eric Steingruebner, President NBBA

2021 Season Update - January 5, 2021

Happy New Year. We hope that you are safe, healthy and managing the current uncertainty.  We write with an update on the spring baseball season.

For those who have already registered for the season, thank you for your support of Newport Beach Baseball Association (NBBA).  While we await further direction from City officials, the NBBA Board remains focused on planning for the upcoming spring season.

For those not yet registered, we have extended the early bird registration rate for an additional two weeks, until January 18.  It is important we have an accurate count of registered players on or near January 18 to confirm the proper number of volunteers and resources to accommodate the season. 

We recognize some families may be hesitant to register due to the uncertainty surrounding return to play.  NBBA will continue to make EVERY effort to offer safe baseball opportunities in a permitted format this upcoming season.  We will continue to rely on state and local guidance and lean on the tested and successful practice plans our Board developed and implemented for our 2020 Fall Clinics, which proceeded successfully from September through November last year.

If you, or your player, are on the fence, we encourage you to reach out to any NBBA Board member, including me.  We would be happy to discuss our safety protocols and City-approved practice plans for the upcoming season in more detail. 

We would also like to offer a quick update on our refund policy.  In the event current restrictions are not lifted or NBBA is limited by the City to conducting skill-based practices only, the league will provide commensurate refunds to reflect the reduced cost to run the spring season (for example, if we do not have games, the league does not incur costs associated with field game prep and umpires). As a reminder, NBBA is a non-profit organization. 

Finally, in the interests of community safety, we will not be holding our traditional upper division evaluation day this year.  Two years ago we were also forced to skip evaluations (due to weather) and the season turned out great, with evenly matched teams in every division.  In selecting teams this year, we will rely on the same process we used for that 2019 draft, which includes collecting player evaluations from current and former coaches and other league members to ensure teams are as fair as possible.   If you would like to offer any input regarding your player for the coaches, please don’t hesitate to do so. 

Once again, thank you for your flexibility during these uncertain times and for your support of NBBA.  We look forward to getting the kids back out playing baseball again. 

See you all on the fields soon.

Eric Steingruebner, President NBBA