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MAY 21st UPDATE

WCB Families:

On May 20th the Governor of the State of Iowa issued the following proclamation:

Governor of Iowa Proclamation of Disaster Emergency signed 05/20

This proclamation permits school activities, including baseball and softball, to resume June 1st with games starting June 15th. This is a step towards getting back to playing baseball but this does not pertain to the Rec League, Competitive Baseball League, or weekend tournaments at Walnut Creek.

The governor stated in her briefing yesterday that they are still working on a return to play plan for youth sports and will communicate out something next week. Since the proclamation prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people is set to expire at midnight on May 27th, we should have an update by then.

If you have questions regarding refunds, dropping out, or registering a new player, please see the COVID19 FAQ PAGE.

If you have any questions, concerns, or would like something posted on the FAQ page, please email:  

You can also reply back to this email and it will be sent to that email account.

Visit our main web site for updates including a link to the FAQ page.

Jon Clay
President, Walnut Creek Baseball
 

 

MAY 13th UPDATE

WCB Families:

On May 13th the Governor of the State of Iowa issued the following proclamation:

Governor of Iowa Proclamation of Disaster Emergency signed 05/13

This proclamation extends the prohibition of gathering and events of more than 10 people including youth sporting activities through May 27th.

I've spoken with a resource at the Iowa Economic Authority who informed me that the Iowa Department of Education and the Iowa Department of Public Health are working on guidance for summer sports and youth sporting events.  They are hoping to have information to the public by May 27th.

We are also working on a Return to Play Plan but that will not be finalized until we have the final rules of engagement set forth by the state when they are provided to the public around May 27th.

Once we know the rules we must abide by for the safety and well being of the players, coaches, and families we will update our plan accordingly which will take some time.

Based on that, we anticipate activities will not be able to start back up no earlier than June 1st with the possibility of games starting June 15th.

If you have any questions, concerns, or would like something posted on the FAQ page, please email:  

You can also reply back to this email and it will be sent to that email account.

Visit our main web site for updates including a link to the FAQ page.

Jon Clay
President, Walnut Creek Baseball
 

 

MAY 7th UPDATE

WCB Families:

On May 6th the Governor of the State of Iowa issued the following proclamation:

Governor of Iowa Proclamation of Disaster Emergency signed 05/06

Although it addressed the reopening of certain businesses, there was no update with regard to the reopening of recreational and sporting gatherings of more than 10 people.  Based on this, the previous proclamation issued on April 27th which extended the closure of recreational and sporting gatherings of more than 10 people through May 15th is still in effect.

We realize everyone wants to get back on the fields as do we, but our primary focus is the the safety and well being of the players, coaches, spectators, and the rest of the community so we will continue to follow guidelines set forth by the state.  When we are given the green light to gather again we will make sure we have a plan and procedures in place before we open back up.

As communicated previously, if you have any questions, concerns, or would like something posted on the FAQ page, please email:  

You can also reply back to this email and it will be sent to that email account.

Visit our main web site for updates including a link to the FAQ page.

Jon Clay
President, Walnut Creek Baseball

 

 

MAY 1st UPDATE

WCB Families:

As we know there is a lot of uncertainty, confusion, and anxiety with regard to the pandemic.  This might also extend to the Rec League at Walnut Creek Baseball and as a parent you might have questions that need answered.

Everyone at Walnut Creek Baseball is a volunteer including many of you that give back to the league in numerous capacities from parent coaches to the Board of Directors.

As a parent your first point of contact is your head coach.  Head and assistant coaches report to the Age Division VP's which each age division having one and they report to the Vice President which reports to the President.

But during the pandemic the head coach probably doesn't have any more information than a parent and is in the same situation.

In an effort to help improve and streamline communications from parents and coaches regarding the pandemic I've created the WCB COVID19 Incident Response Email Address that is a dedicated email account that parents and coaches can use to send questions and concerns to as we navigate through these difficult times.

That address is: 

You can also reply back to this email and it will be sent to that email account.

If you send an email, please be patient waiting for a response as we are receiving lots of emails that are also being forwarded around to our other accounts but my hope is a central point of contact will assist everyone and improve communications.

As always, be safe and healthy.

Jon Clay
President, Walnut Creek Baseball

 

 

APRIL 30th UPDATE

WCB Families:

On April 27, 2020 the Governor of the State of Iowa extended the closure of recreational and sporting gatherings of more than 10 people effective May 1, 2020 through May 15, 2020:

Governor of Iowa Proclamation of Disaster Emergency signed 04/27

If the Governor does not extend the closure when it expires May 15th, Walnut Creek Baseball would be in a position to open the complex to allow practices to start on May 16th.  Games would then start on June 1, 2020.

Traditionally the Rec League season lasts about 12 weeks.  If we could start games on June 1st the season would end August 22nd.  With this model teams usually play one game per week with a 12 game schedule and even less for the younger kids that play 8-10 games in the season.

The response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been a very fluid situation that is changing from day to day.  I would consider these dates to be very optimistic and the best thing we can do is provide dates that coincide with the current orders by the Governor and plan accordingly.

If the closure is extended past June 1st we also have the option to compress the season to less than 12 weeks if we want to complete the season by the end of August.

It is our hope that if we can get back to playing baseball most families will be able to participate in the Rec League which is the heart and soul of our organization and the number one source of income we rely on to provide the over 800 families in our community the opportunity to play recreational baseball.

We also recognize that some families may not be in a position to participate even if we do get started and are asking for a refund.  We ask that you be patient as we are working on a policy and procedure regarding how we are going to handle those situations.

Teams are already formed and if a player drops we will have to evaluate how that will effect the team they were on and it could force us to redo rosters which will take time and could delay things including the start of the season.

Once the Governor has made a decision regarding the closure ending May 15th or extending past that date we will let you know the new date or if we can start practices May 16th and games June 1st if the closure is lifted.

Until then, please continue to stay well.  We wish you good health as we move forward.

Jon Clay
President, Walnut Creek Baseball
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