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2020 Season Cancellation Announcement

Greetings Crystal and Robbinsdale Little League Families and Friends,

   The Crystal and Robbinsdale Little League Boards of Directors have unanimously chosen to cancel the 2020 Little League season due to COVID-19 related concerns. With the proposed safety guide lines we would have to follow for returning to play, we don’t feel it would be feasible to provide a safe and fun experience for our players and their families. We feel it is in the best interest of all players, volunteers and spectators that we cancel the season in hopes of keeping everybody safe and free from the COVID-19 virus that has become a worldwide pandemic. We are not alone as other programs within District 1 have started to cancel their seasons as well. I fully expect more to follow.

   As of right now, Crystal and Robbinsdale Little League is planning to keep the Sandlot program in place at Crystal starting August 1 or sooner if fields are accessible and the Fall Ball program hosted by Robbinsdale with plans to play in September and October if a safe plan has been established. We are continuing to work on developing a safety plan so Sandlot baseball and Fall Ball can still be played later this year. We will provide updates to our registration database as well as postings on our websites for those programs.

   Refunds will be issued for the full registration price minus processing fees charged by Sports Engine during the registration process. If you paid a registration fee of $130 plus $6.55 for processing, you will be credited $130. If you paid a registration fee of $160 plus $7.60, you will be credited $160. We apologize for this inconvenience, but it is beyond our control. If you registered within the last 90 days, the refund will be returned via credit to the card used to make the payment during the registration process and you should see the credit within 3-5 business days. All others will be credited, but the process may take 4-6 weeks due to an alternate method from Sports Engine required to process those returns. While we understand the frustration some of you may feel, we apologize for the inconvenience. We have no other method for processing those refunds.

   Refunds will also be issued for anybody that ordered logo wear apparel from Graphic Edge. We are working with Graphic Edge to figure out the process to issue those refunds. As soon as it has been established, those refunds will be issued.

   Once again, on behalf of all Crystal and Robbinsdale Little League board members, we apologize for the unfortunate situation we have been dealt resulting in the cancellation of our season. Please keep your eyes out for future communications regarding the possibility of Sandlot and Fall Ball baseball as well as information regarding our combined programs. And above all else, please keep safe as we hope to see you all at the ball park in the future.

Sincerely,

John Ripka

President Crystal Little League

Craig Combs

President Robbinsdale Little League

2020 Levels of Play

For the 2020 season, Crystal Little League and Robbinsdale Little League will be combining to form teams.  The following is a description of the intended levels of play we plan to offer, depending on registration numbers. 

Games are typically played Monday-Thursday and Saturday.  Practice dates are up to individual teams. Crystal and Robbinsdale fields and parks will be used for games and practices.  Attendance is expected at all levels for games and practices.  Coaches should always be notified when your player will not be in attendance

Rookie:

The Rookie division is the entry level of play in Little League focusing on baseball basics and fundamentals.  It is designed for players 5-7 years of age (beginning level 7 year olds).  Through an evaluation process an attempt is made to create equally skilled teams.  This division uses a pitching machine for all games and players are assisted by coaches on the field during games.  All kids bat and playing time is equal for all players.  Teams will have up to 3 games/practices per week. The season ends at the end of June.

B-Minor: 

The B-Minor division is the second level of play.  It is designed for players 7-9 years of age (higher skilled 7 year olds, 8 year olds, beginning level 9 year olds).  Through an evaluation process an attempt is made to create equally skilled teams.  This division uses a pitching machine for the first half of the season and potentially changes to kid pitch for the second half.  This level of play stresses fundamentals and player development.  This level utilizes up to 10 defensive players in the field.  All kids bat and playing time is equal for all players.  Teams typically participate in a Rookie Weekend/Jamboree at Plymouth/New Hope.  Teams will have up to 3 games/practices per week. The season ends at the end of June.

A-Minor:

The A-Division is the seconds highest level of play.  It is designed for players 9-12 years of age.  12 year olds are not allowed to pitch at this level.  Through an evaluation process an attempt is made to create equally skilled teams. This level of play continues to work on fundamentals and player development, is competitive and begins to work on strategic baseball.  The regular season is made up of a combined intra- and inter- league schedule.  This level is kid pitch and utilizes 9 defensive players in the field.  All kids bat and playing time is roughly equal for all players.  Teams will have up to 4 games/practices per week.  The regular season ends near the end of June with teams playing in an end of the season A-Minor tournament hosted by Crystal and Robbinsdale. Players have an opportunity for additional post season play in July.

Major:

The Major Division is the highest and most competitive level of play in Little League.  It is open to players 10-12 years of age. Players are expected to attend league tryouts and teams are formed through a ‘draft’ process each year.  This level of play continues to work on fundamentals, is fast paced and strategic.  The regular season is made up of a combined intra- and inter- league schedule.  This level is kid pitch and utilizes 9 defensive players in the field.  All kids bat but playing time may not be equal for all players. Teams will have up to 4 games/practices per week.  This division prepares players to move to the next level of baseball.  The regular season ends near the end of June with teams playing in an end of season tournament in surrounding cities. Players have an opportunity for additional post season play in July.

    Crystal Little League baseball is located in Crystal, Minnesota. We are a Little League baseball program for boys and girls ages 6 to 12 that are residents of the City of Crystal.  Field Locations

    Message From the President

    Greetings Crystal Little League families and friends.

    As you are all probably aware of it, Crystal Little League is operated and sustained by volunteers. Without the hard work of volunteers, Crystal Little League would not be able to survive. A number of these volunteers are members of the Crystal Little League Board of Directors. Because there is a continuous pattern of turnover with Little League players, there is also a continuous pattern of turnover among the CLL Board members.


    Typically, every year brings a number of outgoing board members to the end of their service, opening up opportunities for new volunteers to step in to carry on the duties of that position, as well as bring new ideas to the program. Some positions are easily transitioned into, while others may require “shadowing” or having an incoming member work with an outgoing member for a period of time to learn the roles and responsibilities of that position.


    I am reaching out to the Crystal Little League families asking for you to consider volunteering to join the Crystal Little League Board of Directors. Positions that may soon be vacated or already have been vacated include Registrar, Information Officer/Website Administration, Tournament Coordinator/Coaches Coordinator and Scheduling Coordinator. Some of these positions would require “shadowing” the current board member to help with the transition into the position.


    If you are interested in joining the Crystal Little League Board of Directors, or would like more information regarding any position, please contact any current Board Member. Contact information for all Board Members is on the Crystal Little League website www.crystallittleleague.com . Click on the “Board” tab to find contact information.

    John Ripka

    President – Crystal American Little League Baseball

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