As we move closer to the start of the 2021 Spring Season, we are very excited to get our kids safely back out on the diamond. Currently, we expect practices to begin on schedule the week of February 22nd. At this time, we are going to move our athletes off the waiting list, and ask you all to finalize registration payment (you should receive an email tonight asking you to complete registration, if your child is on the waitlist). If you are not already on the waiting list, you can register via https://byba.us/registration/. Registration will close on January 29th.
We will begin our season with Spring Training, under the “purple tier” system we used safely for our Fall Ball trial program. This includes many COVID-19 protocols including full-time mask wearing and the use of stable cohorts of limited size, as allowed by local government. When we move into the “red tier”, we will transition quickly to a program that accommodates smaller teams and a game schedule. As we’ve stated in previous emails, your BYBA Board is committed to providing our youth athletes with the best, most realistic baseball experience possible this season, within the limits prescribed by the county and state, while ensuring the health and safety of our children as well. The core strength of BYBA is our all-volunteer organization. COVID health mandates require us to have a larger pool of coaches and health/safety monitors to manage and meet health/safety protocols for Spring 2021. That means our volunteers will be more important than ever before, this season. We encourage all of you to consider being a coach/volunteer. If you haven’t signed up yet, please register–now is the time–no baseball experience is necessary! In addition to coaches, we are looking for 1-2 parent volunteers per cohort, who will not need to coach, but will help with check-in and COVID protocols. The guidelines can be reviewed here: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/outdoor-indoor-recreational-sports.aspx.
Reminder: finish the registration or sign up now, and remind your friends and neighbors to do the same!
| As a reminder, signups for the BYBA Spring 2021 season are open now! Details about the signup process are online here: https://byba.us/registration/. Rest assured that the Board’s top priority is to provide our youth with the most “real baseball” activity allowed by health guidelines.|
The good news is that the California Department of Public Health recently issued new guidelines regarding youth sports (https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/outdoor-indoor-recreational-sports.aspx). These guidelines designate baseball as an outdoor activity that should be able to proceed (with certain limitations) in the “red tier”. The next update from the state is expected January 4th. Again, we are committed to doing all that we can to provide the best baseball experience possible, within these guidelines.
We recently completed a small trial fall-ball program for some older kids, which included new COVID-19 safety guidelines and protocols executed by players, coaches, and families. The program successfully provided players an opportunity to get back on the field in a safe manner for the first time since March. The program also enabled us to implement, test and refine our COVID-19 protocols and guidelines to put us in a solid, well-prepared position for the spring. Thank you to the volunteer coaches, the players, and the families whose commitment to the safety protocols and open communication to help keep our community safe. We look forward to that same level of strong support in the spring.
We are not charging for registration at this time, as we expect to collect fees closer to the season start date (slated for mid-February). Fees will be consistent with, but probably discounted from last years fees (depending on decisions regarding uniforms and umpires). If we are not able to execute on various aspects of our season due to public health restrictions, we will adjust our fees accordingly. Financial aid is available for those families in our community experiencing hardship.
Thank you for being a part of BYBA and for your continued support of the league! Reminder: sign up now, and remind your friends and neighbors to do the same!
BYBA Spring 2021 Registration is NOW OPEN.
With the ongoing pandemic coupled with its many uncertainties, we will open registration in the form of a waitlist enabling all interested to secure a roster spot. This format will allow us to collect player interest without collecting fees while we work with the City of Burlingame and County of San Mateo to determine the appropriate guidelines and protocols to have a safe and enjoyable 2021 Spring season.
As a reminder to all parents of 2020 2nd year Sauer players, your player has been granted a 3rd year of eligibility due to the lost 2020 Spring season.
Please register here. All returning BYBA player families can use their existing SIPlay Account; new families will need to create an SIPlay login (only one login is required per family). For any registration issues, please contact email@example.com. For any other inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
2021 Registration Fees:
Registration fees for the Spring will be determined and communicated once we have a clearer understanding of the impact of COVID and how it may impact the 2021 season. To this point, we keenly understand that COVID has had a range of financial impacts on our community. It is our mission that every player be afforded the opportunity to play.
REGISTER NOW https://burlingameyba.sportssignup.com/
We look forward to returning to the diamond next Spring!
The following are the 2021 age cutoffs:
Rookie: Birthdate 9/1/2014 to 8/31/2016
Sandlot: Birthdate 9/1/2012 to 8/31/2014
Mudville: Birthdates from 9/1/2010 to 8/31/2012
Carl Reyna: Birthdates from 9/1/2008 to 8/31/2010
Hank Sauer Jr.: Birthdate from 9/1/2005* to 8/31/2008
*3rd year eligibility for returning players only
Dear Friends of BYBA:
We have all been looking forward to Opening Day with great anticipation – so it is with great regret that we are writing to let you know that in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the BYBA Board has voted to suspend all BYBA activities through Friday, March 27th. This decision was thoroughly deliberated, and was not made lightly. It is effective immediately and covers all practices, games, and batting cage sessions. Our mission is Building Community Through Youth Baseball – at this time, we all must prioritize the safety and health of our families and our Community, over baseball activities.
We will be actively monitoring developments, and we will provide updates as the situation evolves. We all hope we’ll be able to resume play quickly. In the meantime, please do not use BYBA equipment such as batting cages or pitching machines – and please do not hold “informal” practices. Please check our website and your email for updates.
For additional tips on how to reduce your risk, here is some information from Healthline.
Thank you for your support and understanding at this difficult time. Please stay safe and healthy.
The BYBA Board
Final umpire training class has been rescheduled to Sunday, March 8, 2020 on Bayside 3 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm
All new and returning umpires are urged to attend the final two scheduled umpire training classes on February 5 and February 13 from 5:30 to 7:00pm at the Burlingame Rec Center.
Please direct any questions regarding the umpire program to the Director of Umpires at email@example.com or call (650) 703-2037.
Look forward to seeing you all there.
Here is the schedule for umpire training classes to be held at the Burlingame Rec Center:
Jan 22, Jan 29, Feb 5, Feb 13
The classes run from 5:30 to 7:00. Umpires should plan to attend all of the scheduled sessions.
To register for 2020 season, please click here.
Note: You can now register a new player online and email proof of age (JPG, PDF, scanned copy, etc) to firstname.lastname@example.org*protected email*