With a heavy heart, Rogers-Otsego Youth Baseball has determined we can not support a youth baseball season in 2020.
Minnesota government has been unable to provide actionable information or guidance to youth sports organizations as to when game play will be able to resume. Candidly speaking, the decisions leading up to this point make it difficult to imagine resuming competitive play anytime soon. Waiting longer to make this decision would drive up the costs to our families with no guarantee of anything happening within a reasonable timeframe.
Regarding fees, Rogers-Otsego Youth Baseball was able to work with vendors to reduce expenses, costs and fees. We will issue full refunds minus a processing fee of $1 + 3% of the total amount charged. The process will take two to four weeks once submitted to Sports Engine. Dibs checks have not been cashed and will be torn up.
This decision was difficult, and was made only after implementing multiple plans and contingencies and watching them repeatedly disintegrate before our eyes. If you love baseball as much as we love baseball, then it is difficult to imagine a summer without the diamond.
Our next step is to look at how we can have some kind of baseball this summer. As Minnesota reopens, we may be able to get kids on the diamond in some capacity, whether that is clinics, sandlot, or home run derby.
A huge thank you goes to the Rogers-Otsego board members. As the COVID-19 shutdown escalated, they put in hours and hours of work adjusting to the ever-changing landscape. Much like the game of baseball itself, not all great efforts result in success. It was a valiant effort, and we will continue to work in good faith to provide baseball for our community in the future.
Yours in Baseball,
Rogers-Otsego Executive Board