Frequently Asked Questions
Frankly, we don’t know. NBLL is following recommendations from local health authorities, BVSD and Little League International. We will not resume playing baseball until experts from those organizations say it is safe to do so. Safety first.
No. All Little League activities are suspended. NBLL does not have any field permits or insurance active. Any managers, coaches, or teams who organize a Little League practice will be suspended from future activities.
We hope to play a full baseball season once playing resumes. Since a start date is very much up in the air, it’s tough to say what that might look like.
For our Tee Ball, Single A and Double A divisions we’ll likely blend the spring and summer seasons into one and still try to get the same number of games and practices in. We know families have vacations and other commitments planned and will be open to flexible team makeups that allows the season to continue with reduced rosters or combined teams as families go out of town.
AAA, Majors and Intermediate divisions have a minimum number of games that must be completed before the All Star season starts (mid/late June). Little League International has acknowledged that the game requirement will be altered, but we don’t have any details yet. We don’t know what the All Star tournament will look like either. NBLL will definitely consider extending baseball through the summer for these ages as well.
Yes. NBLL has a flexible refund policy and this is no different. However, we’d ask that you wait until we have more details on the season if you’re in a position to do so. We have enough cash on hand to refund 100% of the registration fees should it be necessary.
We know this is a difficult time for many families and we are able to provide 100% refunds. However, we do ask that you consider requesting only a partial refund if possible. NBLL has spent approximately $46,000 of our reserve fund in preparation for the 2020 season. In the event of a full cancellation or significant season downsizing about half are costs that should end up refunded (field rentals), credited to next season (player charter fees), or equipment that can be used in the future (balls, uniforms, etc). We received about $85,000 of revenue through registration fees and Grand Slam donations.
In the end, approximately one quarter of your registration fee has been spent on items or services that can’t be refunded or reused for a future season (field preparation, insurance premiums, administrative costs, etc). We do carry an emergency reserve fund and can tap into that should it be necessary. Doing so means we’ll have to forgo preseason work in 2021 (field preparation, etc) and also potentially revisit our financial aid/scholarship policies.
Based on that, if you’re requesting a refund but are in a position to allow NBLL to keep one quarter or more of your 2020 registration fee, that will help us function more normally in future seasons. To request a refund or donate a part or all of your registration fees, please fill out and submit the form on this page.
Thank you for your sponsorship of NBLL. If your business is able, we’d ask that you keep the sponsorship in place. We’ve already printed banners and put company names on the backs of uniforms. If we’re unable to honor NBLL’s commitments for the 2020 season we will roll your sponsorship over to next year and use those uniforms and banners in 2021. If your business does need a refund, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This depends on cancellations. We need to balance our teams to provide equity across a division. If we receive enough cancellations, we will have to reset rosters and practice dates.
Yes! If NBLL is unable to offer a 2020 spring season and you’d like to donate the registration fee we can convert it to a tax-deductible donation and provide a tax letter as a 501c3 organization. NBLL has already spent over $40,000 to prepare for the 2020 season so donations are appreciated.