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What To Expect in Green - Game Day 
Return to Play Playbook
COVID-19 Waiver of Liability and Indemnification Agreement - PLAYER
COVID-19 Waiver of Liability and Indemnification Agreement - VOLUNTEER (Coach, Board Member, Snack Stand Worker, Ump, etc.)
June 7, 2020 Virtual Board Meeting Recording

August 7, 2020
In response to the recommendation by the PA Department of Health and Department of Education today that recreational youth sports be postponed until at least Jan. 1, 2021 - the LP Executive Board today took an emergency vote, where they unanimously voted to continue playing. Our League President will attend the township meeting on Wednesday to answer any questions that might arise about the safety of our league.

June 10, 2020
We were informed last week by the Montgomery County Office of Public Health that baseball and softball practice activities have been deemed allowable under the "yellow" guidance, effective June 8th and tonight the Skippack Board of Supervisors voted in APPROVAL of our fields to open again for LP Nation! 

We are excited to get the kids back out on the field and will be working hard during the course of the next few days to get schedules created for practices. Games will start once the county goes GREEN.

Every parent, coach, board member, and volunteer must sign a waiver. The waiver can be found at our website under the LPLL INFO tab at https://www.lpll.org/. On that same page, you will see our Return-to-Play playbook for you to review. 

On a personal note, I want to thank the large group of Board Members that LP nation has - during the past challenging 3 months, the Board has worked together to keep our complex in great condition for our players and have worked on multiple plans and schedules. We are ALL ready for Softball & Baseball again! 

If you have not heard from your team coach thus far in regards to uniforms or waivers - please connect with: 

Tball: Doug Ervin [email protected]
Baseball: Earle King [email protected]
Softball: Tim O'Leary [email protected]

Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you at the fields!

June 6, 2020
The Montgomery County Office of Public Health gives the go-ahead to begin softball and baseball practices only on June 15th!

May 31, 2020

We continue to monitor developments as the Governor outlines plans to reopen Montgomery County, allowing the LPLL Executive Board to plan for a 2020 season. In addition, our league President, Jason Saylor has partnered with the Southeast PA Baseball/Softball Coalition, an organization designed to work with state and local officials to outline regulations and a time frame for resuming play. The group recently outlined a plan to Bucks County Health Department Director Dr. David C. Damsker, an ally to this coalition, to allow baseball practices as of June 5th when Montgomery County and our surrounding region moves to the “yellow” phase. If this plan is approved, we would begin practices during the week of June 15th. We have asked Dr. Damsker to share this plan with our regional Health Department Directors and County leaders to ensure that all area youth baseball and softball leagues can start together as a group, rather than one county starting before another in our local area.

This is obviously great news for all of us who miss baseball and softball at Palmer Park. We will continue to provide updates via email and social media, as part of the plan to resume play will include a number of regulations and safety protocols all players, coaches, and spectators will need to abide by in order to participate. We are outlining a plan to get uniforms to coaches once we enter the "yellow" phase and continue to develop our plan for a 2020 baseball and softball season. We are all anxious to get back to the fields and hope that local and state officials allow us to resume play soon, as we continue to abide by their guidance.

April 1, 2020

The LPLL Board of Directors continues to work on contingency plans to play this season, including a Summer League or an Extended fall league, but at this time the most important issue is making sure everyone stays safe & healthy. With recent developments, these plans are in jeopardy.

We understand this time may be especially difficult for some families in our community and we have begun to received requests for refunds of registration fees. We are now putting a process in place for these requests as we simply can't afford to refund everyone 100%, as this would bankrupt our league.

IF YOU ARE REQUESTING A REFUND - Please send an e-mail to our League Treasurer Dan Boyer, [email protected], by April 12th.

Phase 1 of this process is for the board to understand how many requests we are receiving for refunds and evaluate the cost and impact on the league. We are asking, if you can, to please donate your registration to the league if we don't play. We are invested in this community and your children and need your help to continue to be here when we get passed this and return to normal.

The funds brought in from registration and sponsorships have been invested in the league. As we prepared for the season in addition to equipment and uniform purchases that were made, we invested in upgrades to our facility including:

* All the fences were upgraded at French and Palmer Park.
* Field 5 at Palmer Park undertook a massive upgrade to the outside of the field in hopes of ensuring fewer rain delays.
* Field 1 and 2 at Palmer Park were upgraded for safer measures due to the sheer size of the fence along with the baseline fences.
* Field 6 had a new temporary fence put in plus adjustments made on the baseline fences.
* All gates in the facility were replaced and more fencing was added for safety measures near our outside pitching areas on Field 1/2/5.
* Major field renovations to Field 1 and French Field.

Our league was in a great place and we were confident that we were positioned for a great year as teams were already practicing and uniforms were on their way. The delay or suspension will cost our league additional revenue from the suspension of our "Hit-A-Thon" and our Snack Stand that we had earmarked for additional projects and upgrades.

Though Skippack Township does not charge us for our eight fields, LPLL is responsible for the task of maintaining the fields and incurring the cost for improvements, as well as upkeep, and there are significant costs involved in maintaining the facility. We are blessed frankly to have such great support from our community.

We are fully prepared to use the CARE ACT and work with the PA Chamber of Commerce for 501c3 and anything possible with banking loans to ensure the success of our league in the future.

March 27, 2020

COVID-19 developments continue to escalate and trying to process it all is overwhelming. Certainly, the medical industry - especially our doctors, specialists, and caregivers but also suppliers and their families - face exceedingly difficult challenges ahead and we are so thankful for everything they have done, are doing, and will do in the weeks and months ahead.

Currently, like many of you, I have LP withdraw. I miss everything about it – from the sounds of the game and on the field, the crack of the bat to watching the kid play in the dirt on Fields 3 and 4. I miss the excitement in a parent's voice seeing their son/daughter get their first hit and, as a parent of a 12u child, I am anxious about what is to come.

What I can do at this time is give you the most up-to-date information we can provide as a League. Please understand our main thought process is the safety of each and every player in our league.

At this time, based on the information provided by the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania, we are going to cancel our Challenger Program. This division is extremely important to us at Lower Perk – not all leagues have a Challenger Program and ours has continued to grow over the years. We are deeply saddened by this development but we are confident in knowing it is the right call. We will work with our District and Little League International to get that team back on the fields in the fall – the game is so meaningful to them.

Based on the current information provided to our community from our School District and their plan to re-open on April 14th – we are going to make plans for our season to start Friday, May 1st. Our plan is to have a minimum of 8 games for our teams.

We are going to be making some adjustments this year to our Snack Stand as well. No cash and only pre-packaged food items for the entire year. As we get closer, we will remind everyone how to make payments at the stand without using cash.

Once Little League International has a better picture of the plan for their Regional and Sectional tournaments we will settle on an end date for our season.

I wish I could say the information above is final, but we all know it is dependent on the changing news. We will be sending our next update on April 10th after we have another league-wide meeting.

Lastly, I ask everyone in LP nation to go to our website, www.lpll.org and look at all of our Sponsors. These are 99% all small businesses in our community. Without them, we would not have been able to make substantial renovations to French & Palmer Fields. Their commitment to our league made it possible for you to have a great experience at our complex in 2020 and beyond and now it is up to US to support them now and in the future. Remember, we are a community – we all hurt together.

We are ALL currently living through history but one thing we know for sure is that this too shall pass. Never forget, that together there is nothing that we cannot overcome.

I trust in God
I love my country
And will respect its laws
I will play fair
And strive to win
But win or lose
I will always do my best

March 12, 2020
We want to give you an update regarding our spring season. I have been in contact with other local Baseball/Softball programs in our area as well as Little League International.

As you know there are many precautions being taken globally, nationally, and locally. We have been in communication with the Montgomery County Office of Public Health and, at this time, all team activities (field practice, batting cages, etc.) are postponed until at least the week of 3/29. Our Little League will not start games until at least Monday, 4/6.

Once we resume, we asking families to take extra precautions as they see fit. If you or your child are ill; have a fever, cough, or respiratory condition; have a compromised immune system; are in any other group that may be at an increased risk of contracting a virus like the coronavirus; or have recently traveled to a country listed on the CDC’s Risk Assessment by Country, we encourage you or your child to refrain from Little League-related activities until cleared by your healthcare provider.

We are asking that everyone exercise the utmost precautions following the guidance of local, state, and federal health agencies. In addition, cleaning and sanitizing hard surfaces and shared equipment; tipping caps instead of shaking hands at the end of a game; and making sure all players have their own water/drink bottles and are not sharing.

- We would like to minimize the usage of shared equipment, so please try to bring your own. We will ensure that our snack stand has disinfectant wipes to wipe down any equipment that is shared if you are unable to bring your own.

- When we begin practice, we're asking coaches to restrict the high-fives and player-to-player contact as much as possible. When we move into games, we will restrict the handshake line to elbow bumps or gloved hands.

We believe, especially as heavy as the news feels recently, that coming together as an organization at the fields to celebrate the kids and their activities is a nice break from the news of the day and can help give us all an hour or two to get lost in the fun of being a kid again and we are anxious for that to happen.

We are thinking of our LP community and our global Little League community during this time.

March 12, 2020
Effective today for the next two weeks, all baseball & softball team activities are postponed. Teams should not use any Field/Cage for any team activity.

Our Board president will be sending out a league-wide email later tonight with more detailed information.

We feel this is the best approach for the safety our of league. If you have any questions or concerns, please email [email protected]






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