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Tragic Passing of Jay Boughton

Greetings RCLL Families,

  Many of you may have seen the recent news regarding former longtime Crystal Little League coach, a great baseball guy, and an even better person in the community, Jay Boughton. Jay was a coach in Crystal Little League for 7 years and has been a coach in the Armstrong Cooper Youth Baseball Association for the past 3 years. Jay was a victim of a senseless shooting in Plymouth on Tuesday July 6 while driving home with his son from a U15 game in Coon Rapids. Jay's injuries were so severe that he did not survive surgery and he passed away early Wednesday morning, July 7.

   If you have not seen any of the news stories, here are links to a couple of them. There is a Go Fund Me account setup for Jay’s family and if you are willing and able to share the link and story, it would be greatly appreciated. If not, thank you for taking the time to read this message.

 

Jay Boughton Go Fund Me

 

KARE 11 News Story Jay Boughton

 

WCCO 4 News Story Jay Boughton

 

Sincerely,

John Ripka

President Robbinsdale Crystal Little League


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    A Message From the President - 4/26/21

    Greetings Robbinsdale and Crystal Little League families,

     

       As we approach the opener for another season of baseball, there are a couple of items I would like to address as we move forward. Attention to these topics can help assure we have a great season without any major setbacks or cancellations of games or practices.

       The first is the presence of COVID-19. We take this virus very seriously and we hope that nobody within our organization, including players, coaches, parents or siblings contract the virus. We need everybody to take precautions and help insure that we don’t get a widespread case of the virus. Among the precautions to take:

    • If you don’t feel well, or are experiencing any COVID like symptoms, please stay home
    • Consider getting tested if you feel any of the known COVID symptoms
    • Wear face coverings when not actively participating in a game or practice (masks are to be worn in the dugouts, outside of the fields, and by all spectators)
    • Maintain social distancing when not actively playing (minimum of 6 feet spacing between people)
    • Recommended, but not required, to get tested weekly, even if you feel healthy
    • Comply with all posted requirements at the venue of the event

     

       Also, while we understand that it might be convenient to run errands when your children are attending a baseball practice or game, it is highly discouraged that parents leave the facility or venue during these events. In the unfortunate event that an injury or illness occurs, it is very important for a parent or guardian to be immediately accessible for the injured or ill player. In addition, in the event that inclement weather forces a cancellation of an event in progress, children should have rides available immediately. Also, coaches are volunteering their time, and it is unfair to them if they have to wait for players to be picked up after a game or practice.

     

       Thank you for taking the time to read this message and for practicing safe habits. Hopefully, we can have a season with no positive cases of COVID and no lost games or practices because of it.

     

    Have a great season!

     

    John Ripka

    President Robbinsdale Crystal Little League

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