Dear Winter Park Babe Ruth Family,
We hope you and your family continue to be healthy and safe. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic unfortunately, we have come to a time where we will have to cancel the 2020 Spring regular season. We have discussed and agonized over many options, but collectively as a board we have decided the best thing to do is cancel and prepare for our Fall season. Hopefully, we will be able to have a 2020 Fall season.
The biggest thing to know, as we have mentioned this before, most of our costs for any season are at the beginning of a season. Most of your registration fees have been used to get the season going. We were able to get six to seven games depending on the division you played in prior to the school closings and the closing of Ward Park because of the pandemic. If we look at all the expenses and the collected revenue, we broke even for this Spring for the most part. However, the WPBR League is a family and we want to help our families during this time.
The league is offering a partial refund to interested eligible members. After reviewing all expense/revenue options for the season, we've determined that $50 is the maximum refund that can be given for each eligible baseball/softball registrant, and $35 for each eligible tee-ball registrant.
If you're interested in a refund, you'll need to meet the eligibility requirements outlined below, and register here so that we can efficiently process your request:
Please note that refunds will only be processed for people that complete the refund registration. Registering does not guarantee that you will receive a refund. You must also meet the following eligibility requirements.
A registration is only eligible for refund if there have been more than $100 in payments applied to the baseball/softball registration, or more than $65 in payments applied to the tee-ball/6U softball registration. Every dollar paid (exclusive of service fees) over the $100/$65 thresholds will be refunded.
So, for example, if you've paid $125 towards the $150 baseball registration fee, you're eligible for a $25 refund.
Refund registration will be open until May 15th, 2020 at which time we will close the registration and send the information to Sports Engine for processing.
As was mentioned in our last email/letter to you. Throughout history, baseball and softball have helped us through some difficult times. We look forward to when we can safely get back on the field and hear the words. “Play Ball.”
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me or your division commissioner to answer any questions you may have.
We hope to see you again in the Fall or Spring of 2021.
Brian Crews WPBR President
Dear WPBR Coaches, Players & Families,
We hope you and your family are healthy and safe. As all of us are working through the COVID-19 pandemic, we know that one day soon we will play baseball and softball once again. The Winter Park Babe Ruth Board and the City of Winter Park Parks and Rec department are in constant contact as well as the National, State, and District of Cal Ripken & Babe Ruth League. As I mentioned in my earlier email to you, we will continue to follow Orange County School Board actions during this time.
We have been hoping for the best for the 2020 Spring season. Further communication regarding operations for the remainder of the season are coming. In the meantime, we have stopped collecting payments for anyone on a payment plan for registration fees. The costs for the season are largely at the beginning of the season for uniforms, insurance, baseballs, and other equipment. Ongoing expenses include payments for umpires, which we incurred at the beginning of the season. Please be aware that should we be permitted; we have a plan for getting a condensed season in.
Throughout history, baseball and softball have helped us through some difficult times. We look forward to when we can safely get back on the field and hear the words. “Play Ball.”
Our website has some helpful tips that were provided by AdStarr/Dick’s Sporting Goods about baseball/softball training during these times. Look under League Info tab then “How to Guides”. You will also find some good information courtesy of our friends at the Greater Orlando Sports Commission and one of our parents, Jason Seigel.
• Visit these pages for the most critical local health and government updates:
• City of Orlando
• Orange County
• Osceola County
• Lake County
• Seminole County
A drive-through, appointment only testing site for COVID-19 opened at UCF on Monday, April 6 in partnership with Aventus Biolabs.
• The drive-thru testing site at the Orange County Convention Center is still available to anyone exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms AND anyone with a pre-existing medical condition. First responders and healthcare workers are also able to get tested, regardless of symptoms. More information can be found here. Testing site directions and map are here.
• AdventHealth has established a central hub for people who want to support health care employees on the front lines through donations of funds, materials, or sharing words of encouragement.
Around The Horn.
• While Orlando City and Orlando Pride matches are postponed, the Club is establishing a new ritual: virtual gamedays. #AllForORL is a way to support your favorite local gameday stops on your virtual march to the match and choose to donate a few dollars or order food for takeout or delivery.
• Orlando Magic Gaming invited several Florida streamers/influencers to join them in raising money for Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida on Wednesday, April 8. Follow them on Twitter for the full streaming schedule, and don't forget to watch Orlando Magic game replays on Fox Sports Florida all week long.
• The USTA is one of many sports organizations offering their venues to help support health officials in their local region.
• Planet Fitness is making it easy to stay in shape from home, even if you aren’t a member. Tune into Facebook Live for daily “Home Work-Ins” at 7pm featuring Planet Fitness trainers and special guests! Each workout will be available to view on the Planet Fitness Facebook page and YouTube channel after the broadcast.
• In collaboration with the leading organizations in golf, Augusta National Golf Club has identified November 9-15 as the intended dates to host the 2020 Masters.
• ESPN will salute the Masters Tournament with encore presentations of the final rounds of two of Tiger Woods’ five wins, Jack Nicklaus’ victory in 1986 and other classic editions of the iconic event over three days beginning Wednesday, April 8.
• The WNBA will hold its draft on April 17, as originally scheduled, without a gathering of draftees, media or fans.
• The Overwatch League has decided to play the remainder of its 2020 regular season via online matches.
Fun & Games.
• City of Orlando Bingo!
• Orlando Health Pet Therapy
• Improve Your Handle with the Magic's Mo Bamba
• Solar Bears Crossword
• Orlando Pride Zoom Backgrounds
• Make breakfast with Orlando City's Kamal Miller
• Easter egg decorating around the world from the Orlando
• Color & Fill In The Blank with Monster Jam
• Zoom backgrounds from ALL of your favorite Pixar movies
• You can't go wrong with Orlando Magic STUFF highlights
• Rip Ride Rockit from home with Universal Orlando
Thank you for your continued support during this unusual time. We will be in touch again soon. We will also post updates on Facebook, Instagram, and our website.
On behalf of the Winter Park Babe Ruth Board we thank you for your support of Winter Park Babe Ruth League.
President of WPBR
Dear WPBR Coaches, Players & Families,
The Winter Park Parks and Rec Department along with the Winter Park Babe Ruth Board will suspend practices and games starting on March 15, 2020 until March 30, 2020. We will follow Orange County School Board actions during this time.
Out of an abundance of caution and to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we are taking these steps to help protect our community and our families.
In addition, there will be NO organized or unorganized practices. If there is a group of 5 or more people on a field at any time between 3/15 and 3/30, you will be asked to leave. The fields will remain open to a parent and child wanting to hit in cages or practice on the fields. If you choose to use the fields, please rake around home plate and pitcher’s mound and cover them before you leave the field.
Thank you for your help on this matter during this unusual time. We will be in touch either through your coaches or on our website with any updates.
Thanks for your support of Winter Park Babe Ruth League.
President of WPBR
Due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19), this comes from the Winter Park Babe Ruth Board...
As a precautionary method, WPBR is immediately instituting a mandatory “no-contact, no-handshake policy” to be observed at every level of the organization until further notice. This includes all physical contact and extends to customary game-related activities, such as pre-game coaches handshakes, umpire-coach introductions, and post-game handshakes between members of opposing teams. Instead, staff, players and coaches should use verbal queues, such as saying “good game”, without shaking hands, high-fiving or fist-bumping.
Winter Park Babe Ruth Baseball and Softball
Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth Baseball use the term "league age", or LA, to determine which "division" your players will be placed in. Your player's "league age" is their age on April 30th.
Babe Ruth League, Inc. Approved and Non-Compliant Bats