Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

UpdatedSunday March 29, 2020 byNew Lenox Baseball Association.

Sunday, March 29, 2020 ~6:40PM

As health and government officials continue to combat the spread of COVID-19, the New Lenox Baseball Association continues to monitor the situation and the associated recommendations.  In cooperation with current social distancing recommendations and shelter-in place orders, NLBA is extending the suspension of all activities, until further notice.  This includes both in-house and travel baseball practices and games of any kind, equipment pick-up, picture day, etc.

We are currently working on backup plans for a late start and possible later summer play for in-house baseball.  However, the current fluidity of the COVID-19 situation does not allow us to finalize and announce anything definitive, at this time. 

Our travel baseball teams are faced with a unique set of challenges, since they play many of their games and tournaments away from our Tyler-Bentley complex.  We are working on understanding how we can address these challenges from an organizational standpoint, as well.

As soon as it is known when we will be able to again gather as a Rebels community and play baseball, we will move quickly to organize and communicate.

Our travel baseball teams are faced with a unique set of challenges, since they play many of their games and tournaments away from our Tyler-Bentley complex.  We are working on understanding how we can address these challenges from an organizational standpoint, as well.

We ask for your patience in this difficult and unprecedented time.  It takes an extraordinary amount of effort from all the NLBA board volunteers, sponsors, umpires, and suppliers to plan, organize, and schedule each baseball season.  Know that we are prepared to do whatever it takes within our power and abilities to bring baseball to New Lenox this summer, if it is at all possible.

We extend a heartfelt thank you to all Rebels Families, Volunteers, Sponsors, and Suppliers.  We look forward to being back on the fields with all of you soon.

 

Friday, March 13, 2020 ~6:00PM

In coordination with the recent announcement from the governor, New Lenox School District, and New Lenox Community Park District, all NLBA activities - both travel and in-house baseball - are to be suspended starting tomorrow, Saturday March 14 through Monday, April 6.

We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as it continues to develop.

We appreciate the cooperation of all coaches, players, and families during this difficult time.

 

Friday, March 13, 2020 ~12:40PM

The NLBA considers the health and safety of our players, coaches, and families our top priority.  With that in mind, we have been closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus (formally known as COVID-19).

Over the course of this week, we have been in contact with the New Lenox Community Park District (NLCPD), and we have also been monitoring correspondence and direction from New Lenox School District 122, local and state government officials, the CDC, and the ILDPH.

Our current position is that we will follow directions from local officials, the NLCPD, and the New Lenox School District, as their directions and actions correlate to baseball activities.  Currently, the most correlative direction we have seen is that the CDC and Illinois state officials are recommending to cancel and/or postpone events that consist of over 250 people.  The NLBA does not have any events planned that would exceed that number of people until the start of practices at Tyler-Bentley after April 1st, at the earliest.  We hesitate to postpone or cancel any planned events too far in advance at this time, because the recommendations have been changing day to day and may continue to change.

While we are currently not in formally active in-house season with scheduled practices and games at the Tyler-Bentley complex, there are travel and in-house teams that are practicing or playing games indoors in various locations and facilities.

  • At this time, we are not mandating that practices or games be cancelled.
    • Team managers will need to use their best judgement and contact practice or game / tournament directors and facilities to determine if they are still open and communicate that to their teams.
  • Managers, coaches, players, and family members should stay home if you feel sick.
  • Attendance to any events during this time must be considered optional, at the discretion of each family and their specific concerns and health needs.
  • Those choosing to attend team events should be taking all recommended precautions to prevent the spread of the virus.  The NLBA is an entirely volunteer run organization, and we do not have any medical expertise or authority.  Therefore, we strongly encourage everyone to self-educate on this topic and follow the recommendations of the CDC, ILDPH, and local officials.

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