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SVLL Updates on Spring 2020 Season

Cancellation of 2020 Spring Season

After countless hours that have been put into the preparation of our league, the Sunnyvale Little League Board of Directors regrettably has elected to cancel the 2020 Spring Baseball Season. There were a number of factors that contributed this decision, including the complexity of current state and county health department guidelines around youth sports, city field availability and the availability of players and coaches. The Board made every attempt at formulating a plan to restart the season, but we could not overcome the obstacles that the COVID-19 and shelter-in-place orders have created this year.

We have developed a FAQ for your questions.

Spring Registration Fees

Sunnyvale Little League is a volunteer run non-profit 501c3 organization and operate on a limited budget to provide the opportunity to play baseball in our community. As such, we rely on fundraising, sponsorships, donations, and registration fees to help fund those activities. Unfortunately, due to the timing of the COVID-19 virus and shelter-in-place order we received considerably less than our budgeted fundraising, sponsorship and donation amounts that were expected for this season.

As well, we have expenses (uniforms, fields, Little League fees, insurance, processing fees, snack shack, equipment, facilities upkeep) that have already occurred, and others still to come. This has put us in a budget shortfall and forced us to dig into our savings to make up for most of the difference and to enable us to grant refunds. Unfortunately, due to this situation we cannot refund 100% of the registration fees without putting our organization in a financial position that would place future activities at risk.

We will be preparing refunds of approximately 75% of registration fees (varies by division) and will process refunds for those who request one. We will provide details on how refunds will be issued once we collect all refund requests.

If the league were to issue 100% refunds to all registrants, we will incur losses of $35,000 to our balance sheet this year. With the 75% refund option we are applying, the league is still incurring a $20,000 loss if every member requests a refund.

For those requesting a full refund, here are the amounts that will be paid:
Division Early Bird Refund Regular Refund
Challenger $40 $40
T-ball $75 $90
Pioneer $100 $125
Farm $155 $180
Minors * $175 $200
Majors * $175 $200
Juniors ** $175 $200
Early bird registration feed refunds will be applied to all registrations that were submitted before December 23, 2019. Regular registration fee refunds will be applied to all registration that were submitted between December 23, 2019 and February 3, 2020. Any additional late fees that were applied for late registrations will not be refunded.

We ask that you consider making a donation of your registration fees to Sunnyvale Little League if your family's budget allows. Your registration fee would be 100% tax deductible to the extent allowed by the law. We will send a thank you letter that serves as a receipt for tax purposes.

Please tell us how you would like your 2020 Spring registration fees applied via the form that was emailed to you.

2020 Fall Ball.

It is our intent to offer a regular Fall Baseball (“Fall Ball”) season, which would start in September. Details regarding a Fall program will be available once we have more clarity on the factors that forced the cancellation of the spring season. We are contemplating the opening of registration shortly, but may defer the collection of registration fees until we have clarity on how the season may proceed. More details will be made available regarding registration shortly.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact a Board Member.

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