CALAVERAS SOFTBALL LEAGUE
P.O. BOX 868 | VALLEY SPRINGS, CA 95252
May 27, 2020
To the CSL Community,
We hope you and your families are safe and healthy as these significant times have continued. As we are all aware, COVID 19 has brought hardships on many, in various forms and it has also restricted our level of recreation. That being said, it is with great disappointment and sadness the CSL board has to formally cancel the remainder of the 2020 softball season. We would love nothing more than to be on the field teaching, mentoring and providing a fun space for our athletes but not at the expense of their or their families’ health. We acknowledge this will be frustrating for our players and families and we hope that they understand this is a decision that is ultimately out of our hands.
We also want to be as transparent as possible in offering the following information. We are a small, non-profit organization, run by volunteers and our expenses are covered by generous community donors and your fees. These expenses, such as uniforms, field dues & maintenance, toilet rentals, insurance, equipment and umpire costs, are barely covered by the amount we raise each year. The board has already paid for much of the 2020 season’s cost including insurance premiums, new equipment & balls, uniforms, partial toilet rental, and field dues leaving little in the coffers. We were also unable to complete the Port’s Fundraiser which might have helped to offset these costs. The program is unable to withstand a refund to every player, it would leave it decimated and unable to recover. At the start of every season we have to start with some funds in the bank due to the onset cost of insurance – if the board doesn’t pay insurance, there is no option to have a season. The best we can offer to those who might be returning next year is to offer a standard fee early bird fee of $80, regardless of when they sign up. We completely understand this is, by far, the last thing you want to hear and we completely sympathize with you. We hear your voices and wish there was more we could do - especially during these unparalleled times. However, we feel being open and honest as possible is the best policy for continued support and longevity.
Please stay safe and again, we thank you for all of your support of the Calaveras Softball League and we hope to see you all next season on the field. Should you have any specific questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, we will respond as soon as we can.
The CSL Board