Cleveland Youth Baseball & Softball (formerly Sellwood Junior Baseball & Softball) is a non-profit and all volunteer-run community baseball and softball league for kids in Southeast Portland. Older players participate in Clackamas County Junior Baseball (

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Message from Cleveland Youth Baseball & Softball Board of Directors 6/8/20

Good Evening,

The future ain't what it used to be. - Yogi Berra

I'm a big believer in optimism, which is a trait shared by our board. We were "all in" to find a way to make a season - in some form - happen this summer, but a run of bad news last week has made our decision unavoidable.

The Cleveland Youth Baseball & Softball Spring 2020 season is officially cancelled.

Last week, key stakeholders in our season plans came out with updated information. CCJBA announced that due to field unavailability, they were no longer pursuing a delayed season. Portland Parks & Rec reached out to our field scheduler and clarified that for Parks fields, permits were not going to be issued again until most likely September. Our PPS contact confirmed that it will require a board decision by the PPS Board of Directors to reopen PPS fields and facilities, and there are currently no plans to do so in the near future.

Although we are disappointed that we won't be able to play this season, we support directives that will continue to keep our community safe and healthy. 

We now start the process of closing out this season, while looking forward to next season, Please utilize the link at the bottom of this email to provide information that will assist us in both.

First, in closing out this season, we are asking for your feedback on whether you would like to donate your registration fee (we are a 501(c)(3) and we will provide you with documentation stating that you recieved no goods or services for tax purposes), or if you would prefer a partial refund.

*Note - If you requested a donation or partial refund in the prior survey, we have that on file and will process that request with the rest of the league responses.

As noted in prior emails, the league has many expenses that cannot be recovered, however, please be assured that wherever it was an option - refunds were pursued and that when the initial news of COVID-19 began, the board immediately halted spending in order to ensure the league did not incur unnecessary expenses.  

Second, is a request to gauge interest in Fall Ball. This is the first year we are formally registering Fall Ball for our County Baseball and Softball teams. Fall leagues are very limited and they offer only a handful of slots to programs. If our community is interested - we need to start planning early in order to take advantage of these opportunities. We are also gauging the interest of our younger players to see if we should create a Fall League for our T-Ball and Farm Ball aged players. By expressing interest on the form, you are not committing to anything, we will just add you to the list to receive additional information once details are confirmed.

In closing, I want to tell you how impressed I am with the interest in baseball and softball in this community.  After the great response we received it made passing along this disappointing news even more difficult.  Thanks for all of the support you've shown our volunteer run program and PLEASE let me know if you would have interest in joining the CYBS Board.  

Please complete the end of year survey sent to you by email  by Friday, June 12, 2020.

 
Go Warriors!


Ryan Kullberg

Cleveland Youth Baseball & Softball

 


Upcoming Dates

July 2020 - Registration begins for Fall Ball 2020

August/September 2020 - Practices and games begin for Fall Ball

October 2020 - Fall Ball ends

December 2020 - Registration for Spring Season 2021 begins

January 2021  - Registration ends of Seniors, Juniors, Cleveland National League (CNL)

February 2021 - Registration ends for Softball, Farm Ball and T-Ball

Our Mission: Bringing baseball and softball to our community, one player at a time!


by Webmaster posted 03/12/2020
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