Hello ELL Community,
Thank you to everyone for your patience as we waited to see if we could have a 2020 season. We waited as long as we could because we really wanted to give our children the opportunity to play t-ball, softball or baseball. Unfortunately we are unable to have a season this year.
What will happen with player fees?
There are three options for player fees:
Please fill out the ELL 2020 Fee Request form by June 30 to indicate what you want done with your fees. The system we use is not designed for bulk refunds, so each request will be processed manually in the order it is received. Once we process a request, refunds will take 2-4 weeks. If we don't hear from you by June 30, we will process a refund for your fees. If you have already opted out you don't need to take any action.
- 100% Refund
- Apply credit towards 2021 season registration fee
- Donation to Eastlake LL (can be matched by employers)
What about equipment and jerseys?
Coaches will return equipment to their divisions procurement officer. The jerseys for softball and competitive baseball (AAA, Coast and Majors) have already been personalized and we will be giving these to the players. We are asking coaches to distribute the jerseys to their teams when they can.
What is the financial impact of cancelling the season?
We are very fortunate that because of our community's generosity and the responsible financial management of the ELL Board over the last 29 years, we have a financial cushion set aside in case something happens. Something has definitely happened this year so we are able to and happy to provide the 100% refund option back to our families. If every family opts for the 100% refund, we will still have a financial cushion but it will be smaller. Thank you Eastlake families and sponsors for being so generous with your time and your financial support over the years.
What about other opportunities to play this summer or fall?
There are some other local Little Leagues that are considering doing a a later season if they can. We will keep you posted if we hear anything. Get the latest by following us on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
What about next season?
We hope all of the eligible players return next season. Our softball program goes up to LL age 14 and our baseball program goes up to LL age 16. If this was your player's last year of eligibility we are extra sorry we were unable to have a season this year. It is not the same as playing but there will be volunteer opportunities for our ELL alum, such as coaching assistants, score keeping, and Challenger program buddies.
To plan and organize our epic come back season next year we need to add several members to our Board. All positions are open and there are several key positions that do not have nominees, such as Treasurer, Secretary and Challenger VP. If you are interested in joining the board please reach out to me or any of our current board members.
Thank you so much to all the players, families, coaches and board members for your efforts in setting up this season. I am really proud of all the work that has been done by so many people in our community.
Go Eastlake LL!