Why May 11th?
The CDC is recommending a limitations on gatherings for 8 weeks. 8 weeks from the start of the league closures is May 11th.
Is the season cancelled?
LLI is not ready to cancel the spring 2020 season. They are very hopeful that this is only a postponement of the season. LLI is working on several different options for the season to still be played including tournament play at the end of the season for the upper divisions. The hope is that we can find ways to bring our players and their families back to the fields this season, whether it’s later in the spring or throughout the summer (and possibly into the fall). CRLL would look to create a schedule of practices and games, including the possibility of an additional game per week and would be flexible in the event our season overlaps with soccer since many CRLL players also play soccer.
What is the minimum amount of games needed to play for a league to qualify for LLI tournament play? To qualify for All Stars, there is currently a 12 game minimum in order to qualify for tournament play. LLI is currently discussing the option of changing this requirement for this year due to the delay in starting the season.
How confident is LLI about their leagues getting in a season that starts on May 11th?
LLI seems to be very confident that the season still has a great chance of happening. LLI has noted that most leagues from the North and the East Coast do not typically start their season until the very beginning of May due to weather, so a late start is not all that unusual for many leagues.
Is there a chance we could be back playing before May 11th?
LLI says they will re-evaluate the May 11th timeline if the CDC changes their position on the situation. In addition, LLI and CRLLwill also evaluate based on what the public school decides.
Are TOC’s still on?
TOC’s (Tournament of Champions) is a District only tournament for the Major division. The district states they are willing to move their TOC dates to help any league in their district who needs to get in the minimum required amount of games to qualify for tournament play.
Has Little League International (LLI) or our District given their leagues a partial refund at this point?
Local leagues pay charter and insurance fees to our District and LLI. They have not offered any form of a refund to their leagues at this time.
Is there a time-frame of how long the season can go until once CRLL receives clearance to play?
Currently LLI has pushed back the last day of the spring 2020 season to the very end of August so as to give their leagues options. CRLL has not decided on a time-frame yet and will need to discuss and coordinate with our local soccer club, RMA, and our interleague partners (Folsom National LL, El Dorado Hills LL, and Amador West LL). Our goal is to get the kids on the field and playing when it is safe to do so.
Can managers or coaches contact players in any way to get together to practice?
LLI, the District and CRLL have all stated that under no circumstances are there to be any practices during this time. Because the state of CA has issued a mandatory “Shelter in Place”, CRLL emphasizes that no manager or coach may practice with anyone other than their own children during this time. CRLL recommends during the shelter in place for any family practicing to be done at home. We have provided all families with FREE access to the Big Al's practice at home online training program.
Is CRLL offering a refund at this time?
CRLL is not offering a refund at this time. Since the season is postponed and not cancelled, we are still adhering to our current refund policy. Should our season get cancelled, we will be looking at possible options for a refund/credit/donation. CRLL is examining our financials to determine what, if any refund we might be able to offer in the event the season is cancelled. We would first have to calculate income and subtract all league expenditures put forth so far for the preparation and operation of the spring 2020 season, including fairly significant amounts put into field rehabilitation at Stonehouse Park, before figuring out a possible refund portion to each player. (This would take some time should this need to occur)
What can you do in the meantime?
Practice at home with the Big Al training tools provided to you, practice social distancing so that we can “flatten the curve” as quickly as possible, support our sponsors as much as possible, stay safe and take care of your families. We want to see everyone out on the field once we are allowed to do so! Until then, we wish you all the very best!
Thank you for your patience.
2020 CRLL Board of Directors
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Get Ready to Show Your CRLL Spirit
at the Annual Little League
River Cats Night
Location: Sutter Health Field
Date: Saturday, May 2nd
Opening Day: TBD
Picture Day: TBD
River Cats Night: May 2nd
Pitch/Hit/Run: May 8th
It was fantastic! The PG players and coaches were very friendly and we learned a lot! -AAA Player
I wish I could do this every week! -AA Player
It was great to have the Pleasant Grove coaching staff and players out there on Sunday. They were organized and showed a ton of enthusiasm, which is always great for our kids to see. They brought a baseball camp atmosphere and introduced our young players to some techniques and drills that they haven't seen before. Their 3 hour instruction is the highlight of fall ball for me so far. - Chris Kindell
Sponsorships for the 2020 Season are Open
If you, your business or someone you know is interested in sponsoring our league, please contact our Sponsorship Coordinator, Mark Imbriani, at email@example.com
Put your hands together for our CRLL All-Stars! Each of our teams have completed play. They all showed a lot of grit and determination against traditional powers in the district. Excellent season players!
Congratulations to the CRLL Major All-Stars for advancing to a third game. CRLL first battled with Lakeside. After multiple lead changes throughout the game, CRLL came up short (7-6) in the bottom of the 6th. CRLL then grabbed a win over Ponderosa (8-3) with yet another strong team effort across pitching, hitting, and defense. They held off Woodcreek for the first 4 innings, but ended up losing 6-2, concluding their great 2019 TOC and All-Star runs.
You can follow ALL of the District 54 All-Star action using the link at the top left of this page. There is also a GAME CHANGER link for each of the tournaments so you can follow from your mobile device.
In a field of 20 teams, the CRLL Major Red Sox advanced to the final four!
After a convincing win over Hangtown, and an extra inning thriller over Woodcreek (12-10), the Red Sox met the end of the road against a very strong team from Maidu (13-4). The Maidu Astros went on to win the tournament. Congratulations to Maidu for a great season.
This was the farthest a CRLL team has ever gone in the District 54 TOC. We are proud of the boys for their great success on the field, and the way that they play the game. Great job Sox!!!