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Statement from HYBS - May 10th, 2020

May 13, 2020 2:03 PM
Dan Hannon

Happy Mother’s Day to all. As we enjoy this beautiful day we wanted to update you all on the status of our 2020 season.

Hudson Youth Baseball and Softball (HYBS) has always been deeply committed to providing all our participants with the very best sports experience possible in a safe and enjoyable environment. We thank you for your patience, understanding, and support as we navigate through these unparalleled times.

Although the start of the spring season has passed it is the goal of HYBS to achieve a complete 2020 local league season so everyone can participate in the game they love. It remains our hope that once permission is granted by state and local health officials, we will return to our fields and play as much baseball and softball as we can for the remainder of the 2020 year. We are also working on extending play into the summer and fall months to permit a full season for everyone.

Considering the COVID-19 pandemic, timelines continue to be flexible. We continue to listen daily to Governor Baker and the timing of when/if things will be allowed. Our season will certainly not be the same as strict guidelines and safety measure will be needed to ensure the health and welfare of all.
Life as we know it has been dealt with a major reset hopefully focusing on what is most important in all our lives. We often take things for granted and hopefully these little wins off the field will allow us to appreciate the game even more.
I am fortunate to serve as Assistant State Commissioner of Western Massachusetts Cal Ripken Baseball. We have been having weekly online meetings with our National Commissioners. As you can imagine the pandemic is not the same everywhere and in some states their season was already 75% complete. Everyone is focus above all else is safety and trying to ensure local leagues have some sort of season.

Sports is so much more than wins and losses, we play this game for fun, friends, discipline, structure, and teamwork. As coaches and administrators, we utilize this opportunity to leverage all these teachable moments for our kids.
I received a message from a former player (circa 2005) that I wanted to share. “Hey Coach. I meant to send and reach out to you a while back. Congrats on coming back to HYBS. If there is anything, I can do moving forward I’d love to help out with whatever to make youth baseball in Hudson something special”
That is what this game is all about and for the record I never left.
Until we meet again on the diamond, we ask you to focus on the guidelines set by local, state and federal governments to make sure we all do our part to ensure the health, well-being and safety of our players, families, volunteers and fans.

Be sure to stay connected with HYBS through our email, social media and websites for the most up to date information.

On behalf of HYBS

Brian Bowen
President

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