May 20, 2020 Update
Here are the State of Maine’s new guidelines for community sports. https://www.maine.gov/decd/sites/maine.gov.decd/files/inline-files/COVID%20Checklist%20for%20ME%20Phase%202%20Community%20Sports.pdf
April 22, 2020 Update –
No Little League Games or Practices in May
While there is always a possibility that local, state and federal authorities could end all or most social distancing requirements sooner than we hope, the Falmouth Little League Board is not planning to start our season in May while our children are still attending school from home.
Little League International will make a new set of recommendations in “early May.” Falmouth Community Programs has released its summer brochure and is planning (hoping) to start summer camps on June 22nd. Accordingly, Falmouth Little League will plan on starting practices sometime in June and playing regular season games between June 22nd and the end of July.
Tentative Regular Season: June 22nd to August 1st
Everything is subject to change. If we can can make a determination in Mid-May that we can start practices in late May or early June and start playing games earlier than June 22nd, we will do so.
Tentative All Star Season: August 1st to August 15th
If there will be no official Little league All-Star tournaments this summer, Falmouth and other local leagues have all expressed an interest in creating an ad hoc All Star post-season. Most likely, those games would be played during the first two weeks of August.
If your summer schedule will prevent you from participating in Falmouth Little League in June and July, please email me with a request for a refund before May 15th so we can select our teams based on an accurate number of players available for summer ball.
Any refunds requested after May 15th will be honored, of course, and if the entire 2020 season has to be cancelled, we will be prepared to refund all registration fees.
(The website which processed your registrations promises to have updated its software by the end of April to allow us to issue refunds directly to the credit and debit cards you used to sign up. This will spare our Treasurer the labor of writing hundreds of checks.)
If you have signed up to coach and will be unavailable to coach in June and July, please let me know as soon as you know, preferably before May 15th
President, Falmouth Little League
April 2, 2020 – Little League International continues to recommended that all local leagues delay the start of their seasons until May 11th.
Governor Mills has issued a stay-at-home order through April 30th, and the Superintendent of Falmouth Schools is now proposing a tentative re-opening date of May 4th. Accordingly, Falmouth Little League will allow no practices before school is back in session. May 16th is still our tentative date to begin playing games. That, of course, is subject to change.
If we do play games in 2020, Falmouth Little League will consult with the Town of Falmouth to develop a set of coronavirus safety protocols.
The Falmouth Little League Board is exploring the possibility of extending our season into July and even August, assuming we would not be cleared to play in May. The possibility of playing our season in the summer depends in part on decisions yet to be made by Little League International regarding the scheduling of district and state of All-Star tournaments. If the Little League International were to decide to cancel the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA, in August, local leagues would have the freedom to play their regular seasons throughout the summer months.
While we are in a wait-and-see mode, the Falmouth Little League Board made the following decisions:
We will spend money in April, as we do every year, to prepare the fields for play. We will repair and improve the batting cages, and we will repair or purchase a new scoreboard for Grubb field. That money will come out of a surplus in our budget carried over from previous seasons, as well as a generous donation recently bequeathed to Falmouth Little League.
If the season has to be cancelled, we will refund all registration fees by check. (Unfortunately, the website we used for the registration process does not allow us to issue refunds to credit or debit cards used to register.) We will not spend any of the 2020 registration money we have collected until we know for certain we will be playing a full season.
We will not announce teams until we know for certain that school will resume and our season will start. For now, our plan is to announce teams the week of April 27th.
Opening Day Ceremony Cancelled
The Board has decided there will be no Opening Day ceremonies for the 2020 season. A gathering of several hundred people on any date in May or June would be too risky.
5 and 6 Year-Old T-Ball Schedule
Please follow this link to sign up for Monday-Wednesday games or Tuesday-Thursday games. Games will begin at 5:45 pm. If your schedule is flexible, please sign up for your first choice and also indicate you can play either schedule. This will help us balance the number of teams in each league as well as the number of players on each team.
All 4 year-old T-Ball games will be played on Saturday mornings at 9:00 am.
Players may continue to sign up for AAA and Majors baseball today and tomorrow, Tuesday, March 10th.
T-Ball, AA Baseball and Softball registrations will be accepted until March 23rd
Final deadline for Juniors registration is March 31st.
AAA and Majors teams will be announced on Friday, March 20th
T-Ball and AA teams will be announced on Friday, March 27th
We will establish separate Monday-Wednesday and Tuesday-Thursday 5-6 Year-Old T-Ball leagues. Beginning March 16th, parents may select the evenings they prefer. All who have registered will be notified by email.
4 Year-Old T-Ball games will be played on Saturday mornings at 9:00 am
Longtime President Kevin Grimes and five other board members aged out of Falmouth Little League after the 2019 season. Five current board members will age out after the 2020 season leaving the possibility of just one board member with experience to begin the 2021 season!
We need a new generation of parents to step up to carry Falmouth Little League into the next decade. There are several board positions still unfilled. Please email league president, RJ Matson, if you’d like to attend our next board meeting early in February.
This Saturday, May 18th, at our 7 pm game on Grubb Field, long-time umpire, Jaimie Erskine, who is now in a wheelchair, will be umping for the first time in 3 years. Jaimie is the first umpire to be granted permission to work 1st base from a wheelchair by LL International. He along with Bill Finley (longtime ump and current district administrator) will be umping the game together. Please come out to the game and join the A’s and Red Sox in giving him a warm welcome back to the diamond!
A link to the schedule and sign up sheet for Falmouth Little League umpires now appears in the SCHEDULES drop down menu.
Given the field conditions and the expected rain overnight the FLL Board has reluctantly decided to cancel the Opening Day Ceremonies which were rescheduled for Saturday (5/4). We are looking at a closing ceremony and will advise when planned.