May 10, 2020
Based upon a recent decision by the ODSL Board and announced in a virtual meeting with ODSL Club Reps, the ODSL has closed the season for the spring of 2020 and is looking to the future. Member Clubs can request a complete refund of their league fees for the season, minus any fees paid for VYSA registration, or have the refundable amount applied to fees for the Fall 2020 Season. Each club should send an email to the league administrator stating their desire to have the funds refunded to the club or have the fees applied to the Fall 2020 season. Checks will only be made out to the Club. If a club does not respond by June 20, 2020 any fees they paid to ODSL this season will be automatically applied to the Fall 2020 Season.
The ODSL Board has made this decision based upon the science of combating the COVID-19 virus and in an abundance of caution for our youth and adult participants. The only way to keep this virus tamped down is through social distancing, which, at best, is almost impossible for children playing our sport. The only way to stop it is through a vaccine that is not forthcoming until hopefully early 2021. We all hope for new options that will allow us to play in the fall, keeping participants safe and coaches, clubs, and leagues at low risk for liability.
The ODSL is proceeding with plans for a Fall 2020 season. Online registration for teams will begin on or about June 1, 2020. Deadline to apply is July 7th. The Board has decided to push the postmark date for league fees to August 14, 2020. This will give the league time to assess the viability of a Fall season and may avoid having to go through a refund process if playing in the fall is not an option. There will be no change in fees from the previous season. Fall dates for field permits, roster submission, schedule requests, schedule release, and start of play will be forthcoming.
Please continue to follow the guidelines of state, local, and medical authorities, but most of all, the guidelines you feel are best for the safety of your families.
Stay well. Better days are ahead!
The ODSL Board of Directors