Temecula Youth Baseball League cancels 2020 season

The Temecula Youth Baseball League decides to cancel the spring 2020 season recently due to the coronavirus pandemic. Valley News/File photo

Earlier this week the Temecula Youth Baseball League’s board of directors made the tough decision to cancel the spring 2020 season. The initial idea was to postpone the season until more directives from Riverside County were given regarding youth sports amid the coronavirus crisis. Many youth recreational leagues have had high hopes that with the stabilization of the spread of coronavirus, sports leagues could start back up with the proper restrictions before the summer.

“This was an extremely difficult decision because we all love baseball,” Temecula Youth Baseball board members said in a statement released Monday, May 26. “We were excited to see our children and spectators back on the field and into the stands. Our main priority is the health and safety of our players, coaches and the community. The current restrictions, introduced to us through the state of California and the city of Temecula, have not changed and we are running out of time. We do not foresee providing a meaningful baseball experience that takes us beyond the month of July.”

Temecula Youth Baseball is a nonprofit organization, and while it is the league’s policy not to issue refunds after the drafts have been completed, the board has decided that Temecula Youth Baseball will be offering a partial refund for the registration fee, or an option to donate the registration fee to the league.

The statement also said, “We are only able to offer partial refunds as the league has already incurred many upfront operating costs for the spring 2020 season. Our league is committed to offering a quality baseball program as soon as possible and we hope to be back on the field in the fall, however this will be based upon the restrictions handed down by the city of Temecula.”

The league addressed some frequently asked questions:

Temecula Youth Baseball will refund all money collected less costs incurred such as uniforms, field usage fees, baseball fees, light fees, city fees, umpire fees, insurance fees, fence rental fees and various startup costs for the season. Per player amounts will be determined by June 6.

Refunds will be issued by check beginning Wednesday, June 10. The league is asking that members stay patient during the refund process as it is a huge undertaking. Refunds will be mailed out to the address supplied during registration. The check will also be payable to the parent named on the registration.

Temecula Youth Baseball will email all their spring 2020 sponsors and offer each sponsor an opportunity to select a team to sponsor next spring, which will give sponsors additional promotional time.

The league will provide more details as they become available. For more information visit http://www.temeculapony.com.

JP Raineri can be reached by email at sports@reedermedia.com.