2020 KCRBL Baseball and Softball Season is Cancelled

Registrations Will Carry Over to 2021

UpdatedWednesday June 3, 2020 byBill Huffman.

Dear KRCBL Community,

It is with great disappointment that I must announce the cancellation of the 2020 Babe Ruth Cal Ripken baseball and softball season.

This is not a decision that was made lightly. The KCRBL league officers and Board of Directors met multiple times and discussed via countless emails and texts how and if we could run a season this summer.

Foremost, the safety and welfare of all is our top priority, with the emotional and physical well-being of players, coaches, umpires, and fans placed ahead of all else.

KCRBL believes in offering a fun experience, with the focus on teaching the fundamentals of baseball and softball, good sportsmanship, teamwork, and being a good teammate. This has not changed, but many things have changed this year that would make this difficult. So, we voted and unanimously decided to cancel the season.

From limited field availability to the likelihood of not enough player, from most surrounding leagues/towns cancelling some or all of their programs to all of the logistical obstacles and hurdles for presenting a safe environment, the ability to run any semblance of our program was going to be a Ruthian task.

We discussed with school officials, town officials, facilities, affiliated businesses, other leagues, and more in order to best inform our decisions. We spent all spring being hopeful and developing plans for making a season happen. But in the end, the best case scenario was not good enough.

For older softball players, there is a summer option being discussed locally (not related to KCRBL). We will share this information with softball families as soon as we know the details.

There is an option for baseball that is available. Roger Allen Baseball, which is an excellent program based in Rochester, is opening their summer league to players of towns whose seasons were cancelled. Their website (http://rogerallenbaseball.com/) says registration is open through June 1, but they are keeping it open to Thursday night, June 4, for any player who would normally play in the Kingswood league. They will hold tryouts the week of June 8. Practices begin week of June 15. On their site, click “Login” in the upper right to create an account for their program. You can email rogerallenbaseball@gmail.com with any questions.

Regarding refunds and credits for KCRBL, all paid registrations will carry over to the 2021 season. However, in these times, we fully understand the changed economic and employment landscape and will issue refunds by written (email or mail) request. We pay a fee to refund credit card payments, so as a 403(b) non-profit organization, we hope you carry over your registration to 2021.

Truly, I am heartbroken to say that we have no KCRBL season this year. We look forward to being past the pandemic and safely and effectively running a great 2021 KCRBL baseball and softball season.

My best,

Bill Huffman

President, Kingswood Babe Ruth / Cal Ripken