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