Coronavirus Update

Spring Season Canceled - Summer Sandlot a possibility

Released: May 18, 2020


Hello CHLL Coaches and Families,


Since its suspension in March, Cactus Horizon Little League has guarded the hope that the spring season could be revived. Unfortunately, that is no longer a viable possibility, given the extent of the delays we have already suffered, the ongoing restrictions on field availability, the impending summer heat, and continuing concern within the community regarding COVID-19. As such, the CHLL Board of Directors has made the unhappy decision to officially cancel the remainder of the spring season.


Although the spring season will not be resumed, CHLL is not closing the door on organized baseball this summer. As soon as it is permissible under Governor Ducey’s orders, allowed by the City of Scottsdale or the Paradise Valley Unified School District, and approved by Little League administrators, CHLL plans to host “sandlot” style games and/or skill clinics for those who are ready to return to baseball. These activities will be arranged by age group, open to any player that was registered for the spring season, and scheduled so as to avoid the hottest portion of the summer days. At any sandlot game, participants will simply show up, pick teams, and play baseball. There will be no practices, no GameChanger, and no worries about making an all-star team.  It will just be friends and neighbors coming together to play baseball because it’s fun. CHLL hopes that these games and skill clinics will provide the players a lot of enjoyment, and parents an opportunity to reconnect with the CHLL community.


CHLL understands that not all families will be comfortable returning to the baseball fields this summer. That is completely understandable. For those not interested in these sandlot games, I hope that you look forward to our subsequent fall season. Because our players and families were denied a full spring season, CHLL expects an enthusiastic return to Little League this fall. Excitingly, because of the disruption to the spring season, discussions are already under way to allow the fall season to culminate in district and state level all-star tournaments. These tournaments are a wonderful experience and a point of pride for CHLL, but are usually exclusive to the spring season. With everyone hungry for baseball, and with the prospects for participation in all-star tournaments, CHLL expects this fall season to be bigger and better than any fall season we’ve ever had.


Whether or not you intend to take advantage of the sandlot games or clinics this summer, it is obvious that no one received what they expected to receive in exchange for their spring registration fee. Although you have been extremely patient and understanding throughout this process, CHLL would like to make an additional request of you. Rather than seek a prorated refund, please consider leaving the balance of your registration fee as a donation to CHLL. CHLL is a non-profit, community-based organization. None of its coaches or board members receive any compensation for the time and effort they devote to CHLL and our kids. Every dollar that remains with CHLL after this season will be devoted to providing our children a safe and enjoyable Little League baseball experience in the future.


In grateful recognition of those willing to donate the balance of the registration and other fees that were paid to CHLL prior to suspension of the spring season, CHLL is going to create, and install at our primary fields, a commemorative plaque or sign that identifies each of the families that helped CHLL get through COVID-19. We will not soon forget COVID-19, and the addition of this fixture to our fields will ensure that the generosity of those families who supported CHLL through this pandemic is likewise remembered.


For those who are not able or willing to simply consider the balance of the fees they paid to CHLL to be a donation, CHLL is also offering a $100 credit toward registration for the upcoming fall season, for each player registered to play this spring. If you are not interested in donating to CHLL or receiving a credit towards a fall registration, please email me directly at president@cactushorizon.com to make arrangements for a refund. Any refunds will have to be prorated to account for the expenses CHLL was forced to incur prior to suspension of the spring season. 


On behalf of CHLL, I want to thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigated this unprecedented situation. It is only through your continued support that CHLL can endure something as devastating as the COVID-19 pandemic, and remain a premier youth sports organization of which our community can be proud.


Whether it be this summer, this fall, or next spring, I look forward to seeing all of you at the CHLL fields in the future. 


Thanks,


Wesley Ray

President

Cactus Horizon Little League

president@cactushorizon.com

Coronavirus Update

CHLL Update on SPRING SeasoN

Released: May 8, 2020


Hello CHLL Coaches and Families,


As you may recall from my last email, Little League International, our parent organization, previously recommended that all little leagues suspend league activities through May 11, 2020, in an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19. As of right now, although Little League International has officially canceled the Little League World Series and related regional tournaments, it has not issued any further recommendation that leagues suspend activities beyond May 11th. Instead, Little League International has left the decisions regarding if, and when, each league will resume activities to league administrators, operating under the direction of local authorities and health officials.


On March 30, 2020, Governor Ducey issued an executive order generally calling for residents to remain in their homes, except as necessary for essential activities, through April 30th. On April 29, 2020, that order was extended, albeit with some modifications, through May 15, 2020. In accordance with Governor Ducey’s executive order, the City of Scottsdale and the Paradise Valley Unified School District have closed all of their fields through May 21st and May 17th, respectively.  In sum, although Little League International is no longer proscribing league activities, we are still unable to return to play because our fields have been closed under the authority of Governor Ducey’s executive orders.   


At present, CHLL has not decided to cancel its season. CHLL is awaiting further direction from Governor Ducey regarding the activities that may be permissible after May 15th. After receiving that additional guidance, CHLL hopes to be in a position to make more substantive decisions and plans regarding league activities going forward. Several little leagues in our area have been forced into the same unenviable position.


Unfortunately, for those hoping that our children would be able to play Little League baseball this season, the situation is not improving. CHLL is going to hold onto that hope, though, for as long as possible. Thank you very much for your continued patience and understanding, as we do everything within our power to create a prompt opportunity for anyone who would like to play the game we all love.


I will provide an additional update as soon as possible. Please continue to monitor our Facebook page, as we will use it to share important information.


Thanks,


Wesley Ray

President

Cactus Horizon Little League

Coronavirus Update

CHLL extendS the current suspension of league activities through May 11

Released: April 3, 2020


Hello CHLL Coaches and Families,


As you may recall, on March 12th, Little League International issued a recommendation to all little leagues that league activities be suspended through April 6th, in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. Cactus Horizon adopted that recommendation. 


Subsequently, Little League International issued a second recommendation, advising all little leagues to extend the suspension of league activities through May 11th. At the time that it was issued, Cactus Horizon elected not to immediately adopt this second recommendation, in the hopes that circumstances might improve to such an extent that a return to play could occur prior to May 11th. Unfortunately, that has not occurred.


Earlier this week Governor Ducey issued an executive order generally calling for residents to remain in their homes, except as necessary for essential activities, through April 30th. This executive order was soon adopted and echoed by the Paradise Valley Unified School District and the City of Scottsdale in their announcement that all baseball fields would be closed through April 30th.


Given the uncertainty with which Cactus Horizon is still faced, and the order and field closures that have come into place since my last email, Cactus Horizon has little choice but to now adopt Little League International’s second recommendation, and extend the current suspension of league activities through May 11, 2020.

 

At this time, Cactus Horizon is not canceling the spring season. Although we cannot know what will occur in the future, we are holding on to the hope that our players and coaches will be able to return to the baseball fields in the not-too-distant future.   


We will continue to provide you updates as more information becomes available. In the meantime, please stay safe and play some catch.


Thanks,


Wesley Ray

President

Cactus Horizon Little League

Coronavirus Update

CHLL - Suspension of League Activities Due to Coronavirus

Released: March 12, 2020


Good Evening CHLL Coaches and Families,

Earlier today, in response to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), our parent organization, Little League International, issued a recommendation that all Little Leagues suspend league activities through April 6, 2020.  You can read Little League International’s official statement at https://www.littleleague.org/player-safety/coronavirus-update.



Effective immediately, all practices, games, and other league activities are cancelled, and will not resume until at least April 6, 2020.  If Little League International revises its recommendation, or any new information otherwise becomes available, we will promptly provide an update. 


I understand that some of you may view the suspension of league activities recommended by Little League International as an overreaction.  At present, we do not have a good understanding of the scope of the risks associated with COVID-19.  Until those risks are better understood, CHLL will take every reasonable opportunity to guard against the spread of this virus.  CHLL’s primary concern, at all times, is the safety and welfare of our players and families.  I hope that the fear currently surrounding COVID-19 ultimately proves to have been excessive, and that we are back to playing baseball on April 6th. 


As you probably already appreciate, this is a very fluid situation.  Please monitor CHLL's website (https://cactushorizon.com) and Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/cactushorizonlittleleague) for the most up-to-date information. 


Thanks,


Wesley Ray
President
Cactus Horizon Little League