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Posted May 15, 2020


Dear Western Families...

First of all, I hope this message finds all of you healthy and safe during these challenging times.

I have a few updates to share with you regarding Western's response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Please realize this is an extremely fluid situation, and new updates and changes are occurring almost daily. We are doing our best to communicate as openly and transparently as possible with you amid the uncertainties we are facing.

This week would have been the opening week of games at Western under "normal" circumstances, and we share your frustration and sadness that this has not been able to occur. One thing is for certain, we all miss baseball and are eagerly awaiting our return to the field when it is feasible and safe to do so.

As you may be aware, Duluth city officials announced on May 13 the closure of all city-owned parks facilities to organized sports activities until at least July 1. This includes all youth baseball fields within the city. For clarification, individual families may use the facilities (provided they observe appropriate social distancing guidelines), but no sanctioned group practices, games, or other activities are permitted.

At this point, the earliest we would be able to start organized activities at Western would be early July when the restrictions on the use of our fields are set to be lifted. Our goal continues to be to offer some sort of baseball experience for our players and families this summer when and if it is deemed safe to do so.

We are consulting with local medical professionals, as well as the city of Duluth and the state of Minnesota, to develop guidelines for a safe return to the field. Our ability to hold a season is also contingent upon our ability to obtain insurance coverage. We are currently working with our insurance carrier to determine to what extent we would be covered should we choose to resume play.

When and if we are able to get back on the field, the baseball experience will be different from what we are used to. The Western Board Of Directors and I are committed to ensuring the safety of all of our participants and will follow all precautions recommended by medical and governmental officials.

If we do end up cancelling the season, families will have the opportunity to receive a refund. Likewise, if we decide to host a season and you are uncomfortable allowing your player(s) to participate, you may withdraw and receive a refund.

I thank everyone for your patience and understanding as we work through these challenges together. I wish I had more specific information to share with you, but this is simply not the case due to the rapidly changing nature of this situation. We will provide you with more information as it becomes available.

In the meantime, please make sure your players are getting outside while practicing appropriate social distancing behavior. Play some catch, hit a bucket of balls, or throw yourself some ground balls off a wall (away from windows of course!). All of these are great ways to stay active and enjoy the spring weather when it finally arrives in Duluth.

Finally, please join me in thanking my fellow league officials and youth sports volunteers, both at Western and throughout our region, for their continued commitment to serving youth in the Twin Ports. None of our programs could exist without these dedicated people who, especially these days, are devoting countless hours to ensuring players have a safe, healthy, positive, and fun experience.

As always, please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for your continued support of Western Duluth Little League.


Matt Peterson

President, Western Duluth Little League, Inc.