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SAYB - COVID-19 UPDATE

Dear Shoreview Area Youth Baseball Community, 


We wanted to provide another update regarding COVID-19 and its current impact on our baseball season.  Shoreview Area Youth Baseball (SAYB) continues to monitor the decisions that are being made by governments, schools, and leagues that might impact SAYB, including Little League International and Gopher State/MYAS, and will take those into account as we make our own decisions moving forward.

At SAYB’s Little League level (Instructional, Junior Minor, and AL/NL Leagues), Little League International has not changed its earlier guidance that local Little League programs suspend/delay their activities through no earlier than May 11, 2020.  SAYB continues to follow that guidance and, as a reminder, SAYB has postponed the Little League coaches meeting and umpire training scheduled for today, April 4, 2020, and the Pitch, Hit, and Run and Little League Photo Day scheduled for May 9, 2020. We remain hopeful that we will have a Little League season and continue to look into the various options that we have in that regard.

At the Big League level (13, 14, and 15-year-olds), Gopher State/MYAS has moved the 2020 league back such that it will run from May 18 through July 29.  Gopher State/MYAS is still setting up its online scheduling tool, but once we have more detail around the season, including tournaments, we will communicate that information the relevant players/families.

Of course, as you all know, everything around COVID-19 remains very dynamic and, as such, things may continue to change.  We will keep everyone apprised of future decisions thank you all, again, for your patience and support during these times. 

Sincerely,

Erik Drange
President - Shoreview Area Youth Baseball


2020 NL/AL and Big League Tryouts


Uniforms/PantsĀ for the 2020 SAYB Season

This year, SAYB will not be including pants as part of the uniform.  Therefore, parents will be responsible for obtaining pants for their child.  The pants must be solid grey and can either be long (full length) or short (knee length with elastic).  The provided uniform will include a jersey, hat, socks, and belt.

For your convenience, SAYB has been able to secure lower prices from the following local stores, but there is no requirement that parents purchase pants from these stores:

Athletic Outfitters

BSN Team Sports

Also, SAYB has an inventory of pants from prior years and will offer these up, free of charge, on a first-come, first-served basis on the following date (additional dates might be provided and, if so, will be listed on www.sayb.org):

Please note that each player is limited to one pair of these pants and SAYB cannot guarantee that your child will get pants or that pants in their size will be available.



New Bat Requirements
Little League adopted new baseball bat standards starting with the 2018 season.  For the tryouts on February 23, SAYB REQUIRES that all players use a bat that conforms with the new USABat standards. More info on new bat standards.
Players will not be able to tryout using last year’s bat.  If a player does not have a USABat, SAYB will provide an approved bat to be used for the Hitting evaluation. 

IMPORTANT DATES:

POSTPONED - Little League Coaches' Meeting (previously scheduled for April 4, 2020), Shoreview Community Center

POSTPONED - Umprie Training (previously scheduled for April 4, 2020), Shoreview Community Center

POSTPONED - Little League Photo Day, Chippewa Middle School

POSTPONED - Pitch, Hit and Run, Chippewa Middle School

June 1, 2020 - Big League Photo Day, Chippewa Middle School

June 5, 2020 - SAYB Twins Night (versus LA Angels), 7:10 p.m., Target Field

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