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2021 Spring Registration NOW CLOSED

By Brian Crews 12/14/2020, 12:15pm EST

Please register early!

 

 

 

Dear Winter Park Babe Ruth Players and Families,

On behalf of the Winter Park Babe Ruth Board we are excited to now open the Spring 2021 registration.  Please join us again for hopefully a full season this coming year of Spring Baseball and Softball.  With COVID-19 this past year we have had to navigate through all the conditions and safety concerns we all have.  Yes, we were able to have a Fall 2020 season and we had good acceptance of the COVID guidelines this past Fall which helped us to continue to play ball in a safe manor at Ward Park fields.  Yes, it was with a few reminders to coaches and parents, but overall, we were able to make the season happen and we have learned a lot to make the Spring even more successful and safe during these times.

Please spread the word to your friends and family that registrations for Winter Park Babe Ruth Baseball and Softball are now open, and it is important to register early as we need to determine the numbers of teams and coaches we will need for the teams.  We will continue with our COVID guidelines and work to enhance them were necessary.  You can see those guidelines on our website under NEWS. 

If you are interested in volunteering as a coach, assistant coach, field helper, fundraiser for sponsorships or anything else that you might like to help with please go to the volunteer link on the website and fill out the information.  Everyone that steps foot on the fields must sign up as a volunteer and pass the background check.

Here are the important dates for the Spring and they are also on the website:

WPBR baseball/softball skills evaluation days:  Saturday, January 16 & Saturday, January 23, 2021 Division drafts & team assignments:  Monday, January 25 - Friday, January 29, 2021

1st day of Spring 2021 practices:  Monday, February 1, 2021

Opening Day & Opening Ceremonies:  Saturday, February 20, 2021 (DEPENDING ON COVID GUIDELINES AT THE TIME OF THE EVENT.  GAMES WILL STILL BE PLAYED)

Last day of regular season:  Saturday, May 8, 2021

Last day of post-season tournaments & all division champions crowned:  Saturday, May 22, 2021

Thank you for your support of Winter Park Babe Ruth and we look forward to seeing everyone out at the ball fields soon!  Have a great Holiday Season!

Brian Crews

President of WPBR

All WPBR Board Members

P.S.  If you have played in the Spring and Fall of 2020 you may be getting this email twice.  Just FYI.

Second week of FALL 2020 WPBR season updates

By Brian Crews 09/28/2020, 4:15pm EDT

 

Dear Winter Park Babe Ruth Players and Families,

Season has had one full week and we are started on your second week.  So far, with a few reminders to coaches and players, we have had good acceptance of the COVID guidelines.  We need to continue our efforts here though.

We have hired Massey Services to spray the dugouts picnic tables and concessions areas with a disinfection & antimicrobial prevention treatment called Bioassure Treatment.  This is an added step to our guidelines that are listed on the website under news on the home page.  This will happen every 30 days as it lasts around 45 days. 

We have also signed up for the RainOut app that you can sign up for with this link http://www.rainedout.com/  Or you can go to the website on the home page and get the link there.  This will let everyone know when the fields will be closed due to weather issues.

We have also have an apparel link on our website called Squad Locker that is on the home page as well.  You can get varying WPBR Logoed merchandise there.  If you want your team specific apparel you can go to Foskett Sporting Goods 407-658-0594 3225 Curry Ford Rd. Orlando, FL. 32806

Lastly, we have an online ordering opportunity at the ball bark for concessions now.  You can order while watching the game and they will text you when your order is ready.  Here is the link/QR Code for you to use. 

This will be helpful for lines at the concession stands.

Thanks everyone for your support and the items with Squad Locker and the Concession stand also help support the league with portions of the purchases coming back to the league. 

Have fun, Stay Safe and we will see you at the Ball Park!

Brian Crews

WPBR Board

9/18/2020 UPDATE

By Brian Crews 09/18/2020, 3:15pm EDT

Opening Games tomorrow Play Ball and be safe!

Everyone we want to remind you of the guidelines below and they are updated so please read them before you come to the field tomorrow.  

Parking is open behind Field 6 and 7 new large parking area.  Also please be thoughtful when parking to not block anyone in and stay off of the Church property. 

Credit Cards only at the Concession stands.  Please be prepared if you plan to purchase anything.  A large portion of the proceeds goes to help the league (Social Distance please in line)

Have a great safe Fall Season!

Fall 2020 COVID – 19 Winter Park Babe Ruth guidelines for Ward Park UPDATE 9-18-2020

PLEASE READ:

We will follow city guidelines for Ward Park for the 2020 Fall Season

We will follow county and state mandated guidelines for the 2020 Fall Season

A few local items that we all need to be follow and be aware of:

  1. There are signs around the park stating all the items you have come to know with this pandemic.
    1. Social Distancing.
    2. Wearing masks with a group of people around.
    3. Washing hands/using hand sanitizers.
  2. All the grandstands have been marked to create social distancing for the families
    1. Families are encouraged to sit together and away from other families.
      1. For the time being we will not limit the number of family members.
    2. Respect others (face coverings and social distancing) while watching games.
    3. You must remain 6 feet apart while watching games from other parents/families
    4. You must remain 6 feet apart when standing in line at the concession stands.

IF THERE IS ABUSE OF THESE GUIDELINES THE CONCESSION STAND WILL BE SHUT DOWN BY THE CITY AND THE PARK/FIELDS CAN BE AS WELL, WHICH MEANS NO GAMES.  PLEASE HELP US ALL BY SOCIAL DISTANCING AND WEARING MASKS WHILE WATCHING THE GAMES OR IN LINE AT CONCESSION STAND.

  1. Players are not required to wear face coverings while on the fields.  They can if they prefer. 
    1. We ask that they wear them to/from the field they are practicing on and to/from their car.
    2. The league has provided Gaiters for use if they choose to do so. 
    3. We will not mandate that the kids use masks or gaiters on the fields but allow each parent to determine this for themselves.
    4. We will offer full refunds if a parent doesn’t feel comfortable after the first week of games.  After that we will not be able to offer full refunds.
  2. We ask that all parents monitor kids prior to coming to practices and games.  Not feeling well, temperature increase (Please stay home).  Let your coach know.
  3. If a player is diagnosed with COVID-19 and has been around his or her team that week.  The hole team will be required to take a two-week break from practices and games. 
  4. No handshaking/celebrations: Players and coaches should refrain from handshakes, high fives, fist/elbow bumps, chest bumps, group celebrations, etc.
  5. Only five (5) players MAXIMUM in the dugout at one time, while also following 6’ social distancing guidelines at all times. Remaining players & coaches will be positioned down the left & right field lines (off playing field & outside of fence – if possible) away from throws that might come to 1st and 3rd base. Players will be seated or stand no less than 6’ apart and must have at least one (1) Coach to watch over players in this area at all times. Subject to pause of game 
  6. Players should not share playing equipment, bats, gloves, fielder’s mask, catcher’s gear, helmets, water bottles etc. Baseballs and Softballs should be cleaned whenever possible and an adequate supply should be on hand.
  7. Hand sanitizer will be available in the dugout area. Also, hand sanitizer stations will be set up in locations around the park.
  8. Parents should be advised to have backup supplies in the player’s equipment bag for use when needed and their own marked water bottle or sports drink. No team or dugout coolers are permitted
  9. Managers & Coaches should help to educate players on the hygiene/handwashing/touching of the face suggested guidelines.
  10. Pregame conference will be limited to one (1) Coach per team and one (1) Umpire. Social distancing of 6’ is required.
  11. The use of candy, chewing gum and/or sunflower seeds is not permitted by players, coaches and umpires.  Subject to Pause of game.  
  12. Batting lineup changes should be limited to communicating from a distance that maintains the 6’ social distancing guidelines at all times.
  13. During practice drills all players must remain 6’ feet apart while waiting their turn at that drill.
  14. “Please take extra steps to enforce distancing and wearing of face coverings while going to and from the fields.  Coaches should wear them during practices if they are speaking to their team in a group that is close to them.  We understand when a coach is doing drills distanced from players, they will not need it so players can hear them. When gathered as a group we ask that they wear them.
  15. As we have come to realize these guidelines/suggestions/rules are ever changing and can be updated during the season.  Please check with your coach, commissioner or website for further updates.

Thank you for your support of Winter Park Babe Ruth.  Let’s stay safe and consider others when you’re at the park.  Have a great 2020 Fall season.

Orange County Guidelines as follows:

The Orange County executive order that applies to us is as follows:

Face Coverings Required. 

a. Every person working, living, visiting, or doing business in Orange County is required to wear a Face Covering consistent with the current CDC guideline while in any public place.

c. All businesses are strongly encouraged to follow CDC guidelines or industry standards on face coverings and social distancing. Businesses are reminded that Executive Order 2020-12 requires that both employees and patrons of businesses that require employees and patrons to be within six (6) feet must wear a face mask or covering, unless the wearing of the patron's face mask or covering would impede the patron's service, in which case only the service provider must wear a face mask or covering. 

d. All businesses are encouraged to prohibit entry of each person who is not wearing a face covering with the exception of those below listed persons. 

Exceptions:

i.) Persons under the age of two years old; or ii.) Persons for whom a face covering would cause impairment due to an existing health condition; or

v.) Persons exercising while observing social distancing in accordance with the CDC guidelines.