Washington County Little League (WCLL) has opted to cancel the 2020 season.
Brenham City Manager James Fisher announced at today’s (Thursday) meeting of the Brenham City Council that the WCLL Board voted this morning to cancel the spring season and pick back up in the fall.
Following the announcement from Governor Greg Abbott that youth sports could resume competitions June 15th, WCLL officials cited several logistical concerns that would make a summer return for Little League difficult. Those included providing enough hand sanitizer or disinfectant for all players and coaches, the blistering summer heat, and not being able to provide water to participants due to safety concerns.
All registrants will be offered a refund or credit for the spring season, and will need to re-register for the fall.
Washington County Little League President John Mabie release this letter, sent to parents, Thursday evening:
We regret to inform you that the WCLL board has voted to cancel the Spring 2020 season, in hopes of being able to have a Fall 2020 season. The board spent a great deal of time reviewing the Governor's Open Texas guidelines, we drafted a safety plan based on the Governor's guidelines, we received recommendations from Dr. Loesch, and we received feedback from many parents and coaches suggesting it would be better to wait until the fall to start playing again. All of this information was weighed in making this decision.
As a part of this decision, our league has implemented the following refund policy:
2) If you want to keep this credit for the Fall 2020 or the Spring 2021 seasons, no other actions are required at this time.
3) If you would like a refund check - you will need to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can prepare your check. Please include the name you want on the check along with your child's name (or children's names). Requests for refunds must be made by Friday, May 29. Due to the volume of emails we are expecting, we will not be responding to any emails that are sent to that account. If you have questions, please email them to gowcll@yahoo. If your child will not be returning in the fall or spring, or if you are unsure whether your child will be returning in the fall or spring, please request a refund check.
4) Refund checks can be picked up at the All Sports Building at Hohlt Park on Wednesday May 27 from 5:00 to 7:00 and Friday May 29 from 5:00 to 7:00. We will have an additional date the week of June 1 that we will confirm on Facebook and email towards the end of next week. There will be a drive through line at our garage door on the side of the building. Please do not get out of your car and please be patient. If you plan to pick up your check on Wednesday 5/27, please email us by Tuesday 5/26. If you plan to pick up your check on Friday 5/29, please email us by Thursday 5/28. This will give us time to prepare the checks in advance.
Please bear in mind that the league is making a sizable financial commitment in offering full refunds, as we are aware that many families have been adversely affected by this disease and the government’s response to it. It may not be possible to provide this same type of refund in the future, as we are absorbing all of the operational expenses we have paid so far in order to do what we can for the community. If you are interested in allowing the league to keep your registration fee as a donation to the league, please let us know. Donations are greatly appreciated and helpful to our continued mission to provide Little League opportunities to our community. Additionally, any account credits that remain unused through the end of the Spring 2021 season will be considered donations to the league unless other accommodations are made.
If you have not received your uniforms - most of the coaches have these already and should be contacting you to give you your players jerseys and hats. Some of the coaches have asked for us to hand these out during the refund check pickup. These will also be available in the refund line.
Thank you for your continued support of our league, and we hope you and your family continue to stay safe during these difficult times.