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Park Closure 9/23/2020

In light of recent events, please be advised that St. Matthews Baseball Park will be CLOSED tonight. No baseball practices, scrimmages or games, regardless of recreational or travel/club baseball, are allowed. As of right now we will resume baseball activities tomorrow unless conditions should change. 

For Minor games scheduled tomorrow night, if those games proceed please note that the first game of the evening will begin at 5:15 - 6:45, and the second game will begin 7:00 - 8:30 in order to comply with the county-wide curfew at 9:00.

ALL games must begin and end on time. ALL games or practices must end no later than 8:30 until the curfew is lifted. 

Thank you, and please stay safe. 

Chris Gadansky
Executive Director, St. Matthews Baseball

Fall Ball Team Information

Coaches and parents, of COURSE I'm not done bothering you. In addition to the below information that was sent out to coaches last night, I wanted to supplement with just a few more issues and answers to questions I am getting about sign up's and the like. 

Then, I promise to stop bothering you all....maybe...unlikely.

Let's start with how teams will be completed and free agents. As you know, if you received an email directly from a coach in our league, then your son/daughter has been automatically placed on a team and after registering there is nothing more for you to do at this point. However, PLEASE sign in to your account, check your child's team page, and ensure he/she has been placed on that team. If you were invited, but did not enter a code, chances are your child is currently a "free agent." This can be fixed, but I will need you to forward me the coach's email invite. If you do not have it, please reach out to your coach and ask them to email me the player's name, division and team name. 

Free agents - as noted below, we have quite a few free agents in the 456 division, the 7/8 division, and the Minors 9-10 division, and that has probably grown a few since last night. This is awesome to see, so many kids wanting to play. I promise you, I will do my level best to make sure EVERY child has a team to play on for Fall Ball. In order to do that, this weekend I am going to adjust the maximum player amount per team in the 456 division and 7/8 division from 12 to 14. This will allow us to get free agents on teams, and fill out teams who are still low on numbers. 

**Coaches in the 456 and 7/8's, if your team is not maxed by Monday, I will fill in your squad with free agents to bring you to 14**

But, another way to handle is to have a mom or dad for a free agent player to coach!! Yes, COACH!! If your son or daughter is a free agent, and you are interested in fielding a team, please let me know! It will be a great way to make sure every kid gets to play this Fall!

In the Minors, we have a similar issue. Some of the existing teams will need free agents to fill out their roster, but we very well may need a free agent parent to coach so that any remaining free agent kids get to play as well. But we will see how the numbers and rosters shake out on Monday.

Thank all. Will follow up with you all soon once we get clearer picture on team formations. Coaches, appreciate you all for volunteering and for getting this handled so quickly so that we can get uniform orders placed asap. 

Best, Chris

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Coaches,

Thank you for volunteering to coach the Fall 2020 season at St. Matthews. We are looking forward to a great season, and think it's a great way to get kids just a little extra baseball this year before winter hits!

A few important updates/requests/deadlines to keep in mind. 

Registrations

While registration will remain open next week for parents, we are asking that you have your rosters completed and kids invited and placed on your team no later than this Monday if possible. Fact is, our jersey and ball cap supplier needs to begin ordering as soon as possible if we are going to have any chance of getting uniforms in time for games starting on September 8. So where do you come in? If you know players that still haven't signed up, have players on the fence, or thought your roster was already set but turns out it isn't, BADGER AND CALL AND TEXT AND EMAIL YOUR PARENTS to get their player(s) signed up ASAP!!

Review your Team Page and see where your enrollments stand, and who you need to start badgering!

Reviewing the teams, in the 456 and 7/8 divisions we have quite a few "free agent" kids (kids that don't have an invite to a specific team, but still wish to play). Thus, even if you can't fill your team, there is a good chance we can assist with that. Same goes for the Minors and Majors to some extent. 

Here is where we stand per division:

456 Combined Tee/Coach Pitch - we are capped at 12 teams, with 18 free agents currently

7/8 Combined Machine Pitch - we are capped at 12 teams, with 18 free agents currently

9-10 Minors - 3 teams, with 19 free agents currently (enough to form 2 teams if we can find head coaches)

11-12 Majors -  3 teams, with 1 free agent currently

Games

We will start September 6, approximately two games per week.

456 Tee/Coach Pitch games on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. The younger divisions are large, so they may have a Friday and/or Saturday game thrown in there. 

7/8 Machine games on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, with a Friday and/or Saturday thrown in. 

Minors and Majors games on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

Practices

The park will be "dark" the week before September 8 so that we can clean, do some maintenance, and get things ready for Fall Ball. Once games start, Dan and I will see if we can get a practice schedule going but with this many teams, a short season, other tournaments we host, and club/travel ball held at the park, it may not happen. Please consider finding space or locations outside the ball park to practice. Legends Academy in Louisville has a great indoor facility.

Coach Meeting

Typically we will hold a coach's meeting the week before games begin to discuss rules, expectations, and answer questions. This will be held via Zoom (30 min per division) on September 3, 2020 beginning at 7:00 pm. Invites will be sent out next week. 

Thanks again for volunteering, we couldn't do it without your help. Please complete your teams as soon as possible!

Take care,
Chris Gadansky, Executive Director

2020 Fall Ball

*Registration for the 2020 Fall Season is OPEN and begins Today, Saturday, August 15 at 8:00 am and closes on September 6, 2020*


4 Divisions:


1. Tee/Coach Pitch – PRICE $100 per player


- Age: 4, 5 and 6 combined

- Games played on Weinberg Field

- Begins 9/8, ends 10/17

- 8 games

- Bring your own team or sign up as a single player (no friend requests) 

- Players/Coaches can decide if they want coach pitch or to hit from the tee  

- 1-hour games OR first 30 minutes devoted to a joint practice, followed by a 2-inning game (approximately 30 min)


2. 7/8 Machine Pitch – PRICE $125
per player


- Age: 7 and 8 combined

- Games played on McCandless Field

- Begins 9/8, ends 10/17

- 8 - 10 games, season ends with seeded single elimination tournament

- 1 hour 15 min game

- Bring your own team or sign up as a single player (no friend requests)

- No more than 6 travel/club players per team

- Score will be kept along with wins and losses  


3. Minors Kid Pitch – PRICE $125 per player


- Age: 9 and 10 combined

- Played on Siegel Field

- Begins 9/8, ends 10/17

- 8 - 10 games, season ends with seeded single elimination tournament

- 1 hour 30 min game

- Bring your own team or sign up as a single player (no friend requests)

- No more than 6 travel/club players per team (unless it is an 8U team playing up)

- Score will be kept along with wins and losses


4. Majors Kid Pitch – PRICE $125 per player


- Age: 11 and 12 combined

- Games played on Look Field

- Begins 9/8, ends 10/17

- 8 - 10 games, season ends with seeded single elimination tournament

- 1 hour 30 min game

- Bring your own team or sign up as a single player (no friend requests)

- No more than 6 travel/club players per team (unless it is a 9U/10U team playing up OR a A or AA USSSA ranked team)  

- Score will be kept along with wins and losses.


Additional comments:

  • We will need at least 5 teams per division at a minimum to play

  • Coaches can select/recruit up to 12 kids for a team in any division

  • A child’s division/age group will be the same division/age group he or she played in (or would have played in) during our spring/summer league. If you need to determine which age group your child would play in, please consult the 2020 Babe Ruth Age Chart here.

  • Head coaches, beginning Saturday simply log in to your St. Matthews account, register as a head coach for 2020 Fall Ball, and then you can control team invites from the comfort of your own home! Or, read this. It helps too.

 

August 2020 Update: Executive Director Chris

Parents, Players and Coaches,

We are in the home stretch, the final week of the regular – nothing about this has been “regular” – season! Couple of quick reminders. The weeks of August 17 and August 24 will be our post season in-house tournament for our 7 thru Majors divisions. The 4 and 5’s Annual World Series One Inning Spectacular Extravaganza on McCandless Field will be Saturday, August 22 (Wee Ball) and Saturday, August 29 (Tee Ball)

Coaches will have details to you soon about all of this if they haven’t sent them already.
 

“So … what are we supposed to do once that’s over, Chris?” Well I’m glad you asked…rhetorical voice in my head since the quarantine started! More. Baseball.

For the first time, in a LONG time, we are going to give Fall Ball a shot. With many high-contact and indoor sports in limbo due to on-going COVID concerns, baseball is maybe one of the few sports that may be available to kids this Fall. This is as good a year as any to let kids keep playing ball!

It will be a little different than the spring/summer season. For Fall Ball we are going to use a “bring your own team” format vs. open registration. If you are familiar with the St. Matthews Basketball league, it’s essentially like that. If you’re not, the format is simple. Folks who are interested in coaching can recruit and field a baseball team, register and enter them as a team in the league, parents can pay fees online, and then play other formed teams in the league using a similar schedule as spring/summer.

Or, another option, if a child wants to play but doesn’t know a specific coach, we will keep your son or daughter as a “free agent” and will randomly assign them to a team if a spot is available. This will be a short list, as we will not be able to place every free agent due to space limitations, so it is first come first served.

Also, please note we cannot honor friend/player requests with this last option. Unlike spring/summer, the fall league will simply be based on whether space is available on a team, and then assigning to that team.

Spread the word! Coaches, get your teams formed! Fall Ball is right around the corner.

If you have questions please contact Dan Cook at [email protected] or me at [email protected]

Chris Gadansky
Executive Director, St. Matthews Baseball

 

August 10, 2020 - COVID- 19 Update

     As we strive to make St. Matthews Baseball a place where each and every one of our players, coaches, staff and spectators feel safe, we are committed to full transparency. We will continue to inform you of any information we have pertaining to COVID-19 in our community, while paying due regard to everyone's privacy. We were informed yesterday that one of our assistant coaches on the 8U Dodgers tested positive Sunday for COVID-19. First, we send our best wishes to the coach and wish him a speedy recovery. We have spoken with him at length, as well as the head coach for the team, and head coach of the team they played Thursday.


     The good news is this coach is extremely diligent about social distancing and COVID precautions, had no direct interaction with his players or coaches, had no interaction with the opposing team players or coaches, and there is no concern/evidence at this time to suggest his exposure to the virus occurred at our ballpark.  His son and family have been tested and are awaiting their results. With baseball played outside, this coach practicing safe social distancing, and acting immediately like he has, we believe the risk of any exposure to other players, coaches or spectators to be extremely minimized at this time. I will be notifying the Department of Public Health today, and we will of course cooperate with any additional contact tracing they wish to explore and follow any recommendations they may have.  In staying transparent, we will continue to update you as to any additional positive COVID cases we may receive. As much as we fight against it and take these precautions, that will remain a possibility unfortunately. Still, in every case we will work to find out the level of exposure, who could be impacted, and report it accordingly. 


     And even though we made it to the last week of regular season baseball before the first positive result in our community (with close to 650 players and 70+ coaches!), this is once again a reminder to us all that extreme vigilance is required and we must all do our part to keep ourselves safe, continue to wear masks around the park and maintain a safe distance from one another. As a precautionary and pre-emptive measure, we continue to ask that, per our COVID policies, that you test yourself and your player(s) for a fever prior to arriving at the park. Further, we continue to ask that each team designate a family member each night to help with sanitizing the player dugout bleacher area, the spectator bleacher area, and the actual dug out bench after a game with the cleaning solution and rags available inside the dugouts. We will also continue our park-wide daily sanitation regimen.



     As an additional reminder, it is the express policy of St. Matthews Baseball that only two adults are allowed per child to the park. On Weinberg Field, where the 4-5-6 Wee, Tee and Coach Pitch teams play, we have seen an increase in game attendance, especially with respect to some of our elderly spectators (grandparents and the like). Again, we want everyone to have a chance to watch their child or grandchild play, but you must also understand that in order to minimize the spread, risk, or exposure of COVID 19, two and only two adults per child are allowed at the park at any given time. We don’t want to see bleachers full of spectators…any other year you would never hear me utter that sentence, but this is 2020, and in 2020 up is down, left is right, and we are all living in a very strange time to be certain. So please, spread out, wear a mask, and keep it to the 2-adult maximum. 


     By and large, the vast majority of game days have been amazing. We have all stepped up as a community to do our part, practice social distancing, and limit exposure to our neighbors. We truly appreciate it, and truly appreciate your continued support of St. Matthews Baseball. 

Now, to end on some good news, we will have information soon on the final game/World Series Game for Wee and Tee divisions, the end of year tournament in the 7, 8, Minor and Majors, and the return of Fall Baseball to St. Matthews! Information coming soon!!

Take care, 

Chris Gadansky
Executive Director, St. Matthews Baseball


Opening Day!

Parents and players,

The day we’ve all waited, and waited, AND waited for is less than 12 hours away: Opening Day! Not sure about you, but I am as excited as a kid on Christmas Eve night. We finally get to play baseball.

Just a few quick updates and reminders as we start the season.

Parking
PLEASE remember, do not under any circumstances park your vehicle in the shopping center adjacent to the park. Your car will be towed by the property owners and we don’t want that to happen! Please consult the map on our website for field and parking locations. We have built in 30 minutes between each game, so hopefully with the extra time to sanitize the area it will also allow folks time to leave before the next batch of fans and players arrive.

COVID Policies

I have reattached our official COVID-19 policies for your review. This is also available on our website. Please review these policies prior to the season kicking off, and prior to coming to the park. We would ask that everyone (players, coaches, parents, spectators) have a mask on hand if social distancing cannot be achieved.

In the very young divisions (4-6) this is especially important for coaches who may have to be very close to kids, lining them up in the batter’s box, showing them where to hit the ball off the Tee, where to stand in the field, etc.

There are sanitizer stations and dispensers throughout the park. Please observe and follow posted signage.

Please remember only two adults per child are permitted to attend games. We need to keep our attendance on the low side unfortunately due to COVID and to comply with social distancing requirements, and this is the most effective way of doing it.

Season Schedule

Your specific game schedule is available on your child’s team page thru our website. Simply log in to your account and go to your child’s team page, and you will find the most current schedule, team roster, coach contact info and more!

Rain-Out's/Game Cancellations

In the event of inclement weather and games are cancelled, our Fields Director will assess and make a final decision by 4:30 p.m. that day and communicate cancellations to me. That information will also be posted on our Facebook page, as well as conveyed to coaches via email who will then send word out to parents. Assume that NO news means game are ON! But please also note, there may be times when rain makes the dirt fields (Look, Siegel and Matanich) unplayable, but our turf fields (Voll, McCandless and Weinberg) have properly drained and can be played. We will do our best to convey that information as well to the extent necessary.

 

Due to the shortened season, rain-out's will not be made up or rescheduled.

Spectator Conduct

This may go without saying, but as much as we invest in our children and can get caught up in the game and spirit of competition, we encourage and expect good sportsmanship from coaches, players AND fans alike. Please keep in mind, the coaches are volunteers, the scorekeepers are teens and young adults, and our umpires are doing the best they can. Please remain respectful. Yelling, harassing, or antagonizing coaches, umpires, other spectators, or the opposing team on the field will simply not be tolerated.

No college scholarships are being handed out. No one will be signing with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Don't be that guy. Don't be that gal. Use common sense. It's just a game.

Questions/Concerns?

There will be at least one board member at the park each evening. You can spot them wearing a St. Matthews lanyard with their photo on it. If you have a question or concern, don’t hesitate to ask them! If you cannot locate a staff member, you can speak with a coach who can easily get a hold of me or another staff member if the matter is urgent. I will be up at the park most nights either coaching or keeping an eye on things.

If you have other questions or concerns throughout the season, please speak with your coach. If they cannot address or resolve your concern, they can communicate with the commissioner for each division, who can then speak with me if it requires further attention.

We want everyone to have a safe, healthy, and FUN season of baseball. I can’t wait to meet as many of you as possible. Look for me at the park, I’m hard to miss. I’m the guy with the David Letterman-like quarantine beard. :)

Finally, on a personal note, I would like to extend a very special thanks to the good folks who have tirelessly volunteered their time, talent and treasure to make this season happen. The head and assistant coaches in every division, all of our generous sponsors, the Board of Directors of St. Matthews Baseball, Jeff Schaftlein, Beth Morgan, Brandon Ayers, Bruce Gadansky, Doug Dreisbach, Jim Hamilton, Jayson Brunstetter, Jeff Stephenson, Joe Ventura, Kevin Judd, Lee Greenamyer, Mary Alice Greenamyer, Matt Kuerzi, and Todd Patrick. To our partners at Trinity High School, the St. Matthews Parks Department, City Council and Mayor Tonini, and Governor/Coach Beshear.To my right-hand man Dan Cook, and our Fields Director Doug Netherton. Thank you. ALL of these good people have been partners, big or small, in one objective: getting kids safely playing baseball this year at St. Matthews. If you see them around the park, give them a pat on the back. Well, a virtual pat on the back…

And thank YOU parents for sticking with us, showing so much patience and understanding as we have all navigated the last few months together.

“But baseball has marked the time. It reminds us of all that once was good and that could be again.”

Amen and Play Ball!

Chris Gadansky
Executive Director, St. Matthews Baseball

 

 

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St. Matthews Baseball Official 2020 Re-Opening Policies and Procedures

I feel like I have waited 3 years to say those words, "play ball" even if it's only been 3 months. For many I know it FEELS like 3 years. We are happy to announce that the Governor and the City of St. Matthews have given us the go-ahead to open the parks on June 15th and play ball! Below should be all of the information you will need right now, including our final/official policies and procedures with respect to re-opening. 

In the next few weeks, we are going to work double time to meet with coaches, prepare practice schedules, finalize uniforms and equipment orders, clean and bring the ballpark and fields back to tip-top playing shape, and we will be implementing park precautions and safety measures relative to COVID-19. 

We have much to do but we are so excited (and grateful) to do it. I will keep doing my best to respond to email inquires in a timely fashion, but please know it could take some time for me to get back to you. I also have been trying to stay on top of calls and texts, but email is likely the best (and fastest) way to get a hold of me. Thank you parents, coaches, and sponsors!

St. Matthews Baseball Official 2020 Re-Opening Policies and Procedures

In anticipation of the June 15, 2020 re-opening date per Governor Beshear’s prior announcement, below please find St. Matthews Baseball’s (SMB) Official 2020 Reopening Policies and Procedures based on Kentucky’s “Healthy at Work: Guidance for Youth Sports and Athletic Activities.” 

Please review this document in full.

Practice, Regular Season and Tournament

Practices will begin June 15, 2020. SMB will work with division commissioners and coaches in developing and re-instituting a practice schedule. 

The regular season will begin July 6, 2020 and will consist of a six-week season of approximately 2 games per week, followed by a double elimination in-house tournament to wrap up the year. Because of time constraints, there will NOT be a traditional All-Star trail and no regular season rain make-up’s will be played. 

COVID-19 Preparedness and Policy

To best ensure the safety of players, coaches, and spectators, St. Matthews Baseball will be making modifications for the 2020 season. The following is a list of St. Matthews Baseball planned modifications. 

 

Parents, Players, and Spectators

· Parents, guardians, spectators and players must be responsible for monitoring their own health. Any person with a fever, or other COVID-19 symptoms, will be asked to not visit the baseball park, or if a determination is made onsite that a visitor has COVID-19 symptoms, he/she will be asked to leave. 

· Parents and guardians will be asked to take players’ temperature(s) before leaving the house. If the player or another family member is running a fever, or showing any other symptoms, we ask that you please stay home. 

· To minimize crowds and facilitate social distancing, we will ask that only parent(s) or guardian(s) (up to two) attend any practice, scrimmage or game. Please keep other immediate family members at home, unless he/she is a registered player with SMB. This would include asking siblings, grandparents, other relatives, or friends to not attend practice or games. 

· Seniors and those with significant health risks are asked to follow CDC guidelines and to either refrain from attending events or to take appropriate precautions. 

· SMB is working to implement broadcasting of games via social media. 

Ballpark Safety Measures

· Each game day, at least one assigned board member will be walking the park to help ensure that safety procedures and precautions are being followed. Board members will be identified wearing a name tag or lanyard. 

· St. Matthews Baseball contractors and board members will be required to wear a mask or face covering, while attending practices and games, or to practice safe social distancing from other people of at least 6 feet at all times.

· Parents/spectators must practice safe social distancing of at least 6 feet from other players, parents or spectators at all times. 

· If for some reason safe social distancing cannot be achieved, parents/spectators must wear a face mask (e.g in any congested area such as the space in front of the main concession stand and between Siegel and Look Fields).

· Parents/spectators will also be asked to spread out from each other by at least 6 feet, not congregate, and bring their own chairs. Bleachers will be reserved as “dugout” space to further social distance players from one another while at-bat or in the middle of innings. 

· Bleachers will be cleaned and sanitized between games.

· Participants, parents and/or spectators are requested to leave SMB at the conclusion of their respective game/practice.

· SMB will increase the frequency of cleaning and sanitizing in the park, especially in high traffic areas such as restrooms, concessions, and dugouts. 

· Concessions will have limited staff (2-3 people) and may have a limited menu. Workers are required to wear PPE at all times. Designated spots will be marked on the ground for standing in line to help ensure social distancing, and no side-by-side windows will be used in the stand. Plexiglass will be present in between concession staff workers and people ordering.

· Games and practices will be staggered, increasing the time between each, to help minimize overlap of teams and players waiting and to help limit or prevent congregating.

Wee, Tee and Coach Pitch

· Players in Wee, Tee and Coach Pitch Divisions (4-6) must sit with their parent(s)/guardian(s) while not on the field and must practice safe social distancing of at least 6 feet from other players, parents or spectators at all times. Dugouts will not be utilized. 

· While on defense, coaches must spread players out in infield and outfield by at least 6 feet and discourage and prevent to the greatest extent possible kids “swarming” to balls hit into play. 

· In addition to Weinberg Field (our normal 4-6 field), we are also working to possibly utilize Voll/Trinity High School Field for multiple games at a time while giving the 4-6 divisions, as well as their parents/spectators, a larger space to spread out and ensure safe social distancing of at least 6 feet.
 

7 Machine, 8 Machine, 9-10 Minors and 11-12 Majors

· Dugouts will be limited to three players at any time, with the bench marked for seating to help ensure safe social distancing.

· Players must hang their baseball bag, if any, in the dugout before games or practices, and store any other equipment in the dugout until the conclusion of a game or practice. 

· Bleachers and/or outside fence areas will be used as the main dugout and marked for seating or standing to help ensure safe social distancing.

· Players and coaches in dugouts and/or the bleacher or outside fence areas must practice safe social distancing of at least 6 feet from other players, parents or spectators at all times or will be required to wear a face mask.

· Sharing personal player equipment will be prohibited during the season. Each player will need to bring their own glove, batting helmet (ages 7 and up), and bat. 

· Team shared equipment (catcher’s gear) will be maintained by the head coach at all times and must be cleaned and sanitized after each use. 

· If a player has his own catching gear, please bring it each practice and/or game and it must not be shared. 

· Game umpires will be positioned behind the mound with appropriate social distancing. 

· Pitching changes and mound visits should adhere to social distancing requirements.

Game and Practice Precautions - All Ages

· At the start of every defensive inning, all players for the defensive team will be required to apply hand sanitizer before taking the field, or during practice every 30 minutes, which will be made available by SMB and administered by coaches. 

· Any baseball(s) used during a game must be sanitized with disinfectant between every inning, or during practice every 30 minutes, which will be made available by SMB and administered by coaches. 

· No team or dugout coolers, or team snacks following games, are permitted. Players should have their own marked water bottle that is kept in their bat bag or with their parent/guardian. 

· No chewing gum, candy, or sunflower seeds will be permitted by players or coaches.

· Pregame conferences will be limited to one coach per team and one umpire while practicing safe social distancing of at least 6 feet. 

· Before/After game sportsmanship rituals will be conducted in ways other than the traditional lining up and shaking hands/high fiving. 

· A rules committee will review rules specific to each age group and determine if additional rules need to be implemented to further help ensure children safety.

· All policies and procedures of SMB will be subject to revision, change or modification with approval by the SMB Board of Directors. 



2020 Proposed Reopening Plan

St. Matthews Baseball 2020 Proposed Reopening Plan and Refund Policy

Parents, I hope this finds you well. I apologize in advance for the length of the following, but please take time to read this detailed announcement in its entirety as it contains important information on St. Matthews Baseball’s plan for the 2020 season.

As stated in my last communication, Governor Beshear announced the re-opening of outdoor youth sports beginning June 15 as part of the Phase 2 reopening plan. We are still waiting for further details on youth sports proposed guidelines from the Governor’s Office. Thus, as they have been since March, the fields will remain closed until we get final approval from City of St. Matthews Mayor Tonini to reopen based on direction from Governor Beshear. In the meantime, we are making plans in anticipation of the June 15 opening date and wanted to share with you what that will look like this season.

Before we do that, we also wanted to let you know that we have opened registration for the 2020 season back up! If you know of any families who may have missed sign up’s this spring, or who are now able and looking to play ball feel, free to pass along that registrations (4-12) are open on our website. We will use the same birthday cut-off (May 1) for division assignments. Thank you!

Practice, Regular Season and Tournament

We will look to hold three weeks of practices prior to the regular season games starting on July 6. Practice time will allow coaches to reacclimate with their teams, get kids ready to play games, and review updated guidelines with coaches, parents, and players before games begin. 

Beginning July 6, we would play a six-week season of approximately 2 games per week, followed by a double elimination in-house tournament to wrap up the year. Because of time constraints, there will not be a traditional All-Star trail and no regular season rain make-up’s will be played. 

This is subject to change based on any further guidelines issued by Governor Beshear and approval from Mayor Tonini. 

COVID-19 Preparedness and Policy

To best ensure the safety of players, coaches, and spectators, St. Matthews Baseball will be making modifications for the 2020 season. The following is a list of St. Matthews Baseball planned modifications, based on both Babe Ruth and CDC guidelines. These modifications are subject to change based on further guidance from Governor Beshear and/or review and approval from Mayor Tonini.

Parents, Players, and Spectators

· Parents, guardians, spectators and players must be responsible for monitoring their own health. Any person with a fever, or other COVID-19 symptoms, will be asked to not visit the baseball park, or if a determination is made onsite that a visitor has COVID-19 symptoms, will be asked to leave. 

· Parents and guardians will be asked to take players’ temperature(s) before leaving the house. If the player or another family member is running a fever, or showing any other symptoms, we ask that you please stay home.

· To minimize crowds and facilitate social distancing, we will ask that only one parent or guardian per player attend a practice or game, whenever possible. Please keep other immediate family members at home. This would include asking siblings, grandparents, other relatives, or friends to not attend practice or games. Seniors and those with significant health risks are asked to follow CDC guidelines and to either refrain from attending events or to take appropriate precautions. We understand this is not ideal, but our goal this season is to get kids playing ball again and minimize possible spread of the virus. Accordingly, we are looking into broadcasting games via social media as a way for family and friends to watch games from home.

 

Ballpark Safety Measures

· Each game day, at least one assigned board member will be walking the park to help ensure that safety procedures and precautions are being followed. Board members will be identified wearing a name tag or lanyard.

· St. Matthews Baseball contractors, board members, and parents/spectators will be asked to wear PPE, such as face buffs/surgical masks, while attending practices and games.

· Parents/spectators are requested to please wear a face mask while watching games and cheering on your child, and to maintain a proper social distance of 6 feet when in the park.

· Parents/spectators are also asked and encouraged to spread out and bring their own chairs, as bleachers will be reserved as “dugout” space to further social distance players from one another while at-bat or in the middle of innings. Bleachers will be cleaned and sanitized between games.

· While we love having you at the park, participants and spectators are requested to leave after their games/practices are over and not congregate.

· St. Matthews Baseball will increase the frequency of cleaning and sanitizing in the park, especially in high traffic areas such as restrooms, concessions, and dugouts.

· Concessions will have limited staff (2-3 people) and may have a limited menu. Workers are required to wear PPE at all times. Designated spots will be marked on the ground for standing in line to encourage social distancing, and no side-by-side windows will be used in the stand. Plexiglass will be present in between concession staff workers and people ordering.

· Games and practices will be spread out to minimize overlap of teams and players waiting.

 

Wee, Tee and Coach Pitch

· The younger age groups (4-6) will require and will be given more attention given their age and tendency to interact (closely) with each other. To that end, we are discussing using Voll/Trinity High School Field for multiple games at a time while giving us a much larger space to spread out children from each other. 

· Also due to their age, parent involvement will likely be necessary to ensure social distancing. This may include having your child sit with you until it is his/her turn at bat and sitting with you briefly before they take the field.

 

Game and Practice Precautions - All Ages

· Youth field dugouts will be limited to three players at any time to encourage social distancing. Bleachers and/or outside fence areas will be used as main dugouts.

· Sharing personal player equipment will be prohibited during the season. Each player will need to bring their own glove, batting helmet (ages 7 and up), and bat.

· Team shared equipment (catcher’s gear) will be kept and maintained at each field vs. on a per coach basis. This gear will be cleaned and sanitized after each use. If a player has his own catching gear, please bring it each game and it will not be shared with other kids. Baseballs will be sanitized with a disinfectant between half innings.

· No team or dugout coolers, or team snacks following games, are permitted. Players should have their own marked water bottle that is kept in their bat bag or with their parent/guardian. No chewing gum, candy, or sunflower seeds will be permitted by players or coaches to avoid potentially sharing these items.

· Umpires will be positioned behind the mound with appropriate social distancing.
 

· A rules committee will review rules specific to each age group and determine if additional rules need to be implemented this season to further help ensure children safety.

· Pregame conferences will be limited to one coach per team and one umpire. Social distancing of 6 feet is required. Pitching changes and mound visits should adhere to social distancing requirements.

· Before/After game sportsmanship rituals will be conducted in ways other than the traditional lining up and shaking hands/high fiving. One possible idea would be to have players line up across from each other, with proper spacing, and then bow. This is just one idea, but we will have others to continue promoting good sportsmanship and comradery.

· All restrictions will be subject to change based on new information or guidance from local, state, or national health officials.

Refund Policy

We hope that you still want your son or daughter to participate this season. Baseball, even with these changes, will provide our youth with at least some measure of normalcy. Not to mention, getting out of the house a few times a week for some sun and exercise! But please know you have the full commitment of St. Matthews Baseball to make the environment this season as safe as possible. Baseball, by its very nature, is a relatively socially distanced sport already, and we believe these steps will help ensure that is only further achieved. Above all, we appreciate your patience as we have worked thru this challenging time and look forward to seeing your child on the field for the 2020 season.

If you choose not to play, St. Matthews Baseball will offer a full refund to anyone registered in the spring 2020 season. So that we can plan the season accordingly, please email me at [email protected] by June 1, 2020 if you do NOT wish for your child to playWe will attempt to issue all requested refunds by June 302020.

However, even if you are thinking of requesting a refund, let me make one plea with you before you do so. St. Matthews Baseball is obligated to our yearly expenses (utilities, insurance, Babe Ruth charter, field care/maintenance, repairs, etc.) whether we play a season or not. As we do each year in anticipation of a new season, we had already made significant investments into field maintenance, supplies, new equipment and uniforms immediately before COVID-19 hit our shores. As a result, we have taken numerous and significant measures to reduce expenses during the shutdown. But, the reality is we still have many remaining financial obligations facing our league.

If you choose not to play, please consider making your registration fee a tax-deductible donation to the league.

While St. Matthews Baseball is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, volunteer organization, we are 100% responsible for all of our maintenance and operational costs. Your donation to the league would be greatly appreciated. 

Thank you for participating in and supporting St. Matthews Baseball! We look forward to seeing everyone back on the field soon. If you have any questions, I will do my best to answer them (and my level best to get back with you in a timely manner!). We will also provide another update once we get further guidance from Governor Beshear and Mayor Tonini, so please be on the lookout for that.

Our best to you and yours, 

Chris Gadansky

Executive Director, St. Matthews Baseball



 

 

 

Update

5/8/2020

I think that great American poet, Hank Williams, Jr., said it best…

“Are you ready for some baseball???” 

(Yes. I know that isn't the correct lyric…doesn’t matter. Because the topic of the day is BASEBALL!)

As I am sure many of you have heard, Governor Beshear announced yesterday during his daily address that some outdoor youth sports (like baseball) are included under the Phase 2 reopening in Kentucky. This is exciting, fantastic news. And more importantly, and with appropriate restrictions and precautions in place, we may begin baseball on June 15!

I know you may have a ton of questions, and I promise that more detailed information will follow which should hopefully answer them all, but for now know that the Board of Directors are formulating a re-opening plan for the season, are working with the Mayor and City of St. Matthews on the how, when, and what’s of the re-opening plan, and that we are as excited as you and your kids at the prospect of playing ball! Finally!

Stay tuned. Our Board is meeting this Monday night, and we will have a clearer plan in place which we will then take to the Mayor for his approval, subject to any adjustments needed as more information comes from the Governor’s Office. We will share this with you as soon as possible, so be on the lookout for more information in the coming week. 

In the meantime, we greatly appreciate the patience you have shown as we have navigated how to play ball again, and we hope and pray you and your families are doing well. 

Best to you all,

Chris Gadansky

Executive Director, St. Matthews Baseball

Sponsor Support

4/22/2020

Parents, players and supporters of St. Matthews Baseball,

 

We hope you and your family are staying safe and healthy while we wait further notice for getting back to baseball! The plan, as we have said before, is to resume the moment we get the go-ahead. In the meantime, we wanted to show support to St. Matthews Baseball’s generous sponsors whose financial contributions help make our league happen. We encourage you, the St. Matthews Baseball family, to support them too in whatever way you can.

 

Additionally, over the coming weeks we will be recognizing sponsors individually on our social media channels, so please give us a follow: Facebook: @StMatthewsBaseball and Twitter: @StMatthewsBase1.

 

We thank you again for participating in St. Matthews Baseball and look forward to seeing you at the park this year. Until then, please show your support for our sponsors. Wishing you and all of your families health and well-being during this time.

 

Here is a list of restaurants that are open and providing curbside and/or delivery for your safety and convenience. Please consider them for your dining out needs:

 

·      Blaze Pizza – 818-861-4520

·      Cheddar Box Too – 502-896-1133

·      Ehrler’s Ice Cream – 502-749-2236

·      FDKY BBQ – 502-785-4273

·      Joella’s Hot Chicken – 502-895-2235

·      McDonald’s – 502-896-5660

·      Plehn’s Bakery (Currently Closed)

·      Saint’s Pizza – 502-891-8883

·      Taco Bell – 502-893-6084

 

Other St. Matthews locally owned restaurants:

 

·      Crescent Hill Tap House – 502-895-9400

·      Diamonds Street Grub – 502-709-5113

·      DiOrio’s Pizza – 502-618-3424

·      Drake’s – 502-614-7327

·      Frankfort Avenue Beer Depot – 502-895-3223

·      Lou Lou Food + Drink – 502-893-7776

·      Molly Malone’s – 502-882-2222

·      Nam Nam Café – 502-891-8859

·      Silvio’s Italian Restaurant – 502-883-6369

·      Simply Tai – 502-899-9670

·      Taco Choza – 502-409-5080

In addition, below is a list of other local businesses that support St. Matthews Baseball. Please utilize their services as you can:

 

·      ADP

·      American Family Orthodontics

·      American Legion Post 180

·      Bachman Chevrolet

·      Better Business Bureau

·      Bluegrass Auto Motorsports

·      Brian Morrison State Farm Insurance

·      Carlon Roofing

·      Compass Counseling

·      Dave & Busters (Currently Closed)

·      Dicks Sporting Goods (Currently Closed-Online Open)

·      DuPont Pediatric Dentistry

·      Eclipse Bank

·      Emergency Services

·      Family Realty

·      Gardner & Brunstetter Real Estate

·      Hoagland Commercial Realtors

·      Independence Bank

·      John Waters Heating Cooling & Electric

·      Judd & Judd PLLC

·      Kentucky Deli Provisions

·      Denzil Blevins KY Farm Bureau Insurance

·      Legends Sports Academy (Currently Closed)

·      McBrayer PLLC

·      Medley Auto Care

·      Mortenson Family Dental

·      MPC Promotions

·      Norton Sports Health

·      Planet Fitness (Currently closed- Free In-Home Workouts on their Facebook page (Link to: https://www.facebook.com/Planet.Fitness.3036BardstownRd.Louisville.KY/ ) and YouTube Channel Link to: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZ0PnRz4jxOLZZ9XvGCiqfA)

·      ProRehab

·      Republic Bank

·      St. Matthews Animal Clinic

·      St. Matthews Care Center

·      Steepleton

·      The WNK Group at Morgan Stanley

·      The Underwriters Group Commercial Insurance

·      Zinser Benefit Service

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Chris Gadansky

Executive Director, St. Matthews Baseball

2020 Spring Season Update

3/26/2020

Parents and Coaches,

 

I hope this email finds you well, and that you are well stocked on food, TP and sanity. Just wanted to drop a note and check-in. 

No huge change. We are still shut down pending further notice from the City of St. Matthews, with whom we have stayed in contact and teleconferenced with today. They are following the state’s guidance and have assured us they will keep us in the loop when they know more. 

 

I know I sound like a broken record on some of this, but it is important that you know we are 100% committed to playing, and as soon as possible. “But when will we play?”, you may be asking. Short answer: we are still hoping to play Spring baseball. That is our primary goal. However, if things get worse and we are postponed past Spring, we are preparing for that as well in the form of a Summer/Fall season. If Derby being postponed until September isn’t strange enough for you, a little Summer or Fall baseball should be no problem, right? :) 

 

We will continue to keep you informed about the timing of Opening Day this year (without clogging your inbox up with messages after this message!) and will report back once we have more information from the City.

 

In the meantime, take care of yourself and your loved ones. Thank you for your patience, understanding, as well as the kind words I have received via email, text and phone calls. It is very much appreciated. I have yet to meet all of you, but I am looking forward to that as much as I am starting baseball. If there is anything we as an organization can do for you during this craziness or if there is anything we can do to help, don’t hesitate to ask.

 

Best regards,

 

Chris Gadansky

Executive Director, St. Matthews Baseball

COVID-19 Response

3/17/2020

“The one constant through all the years . . . has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past. It reminds us of all that once was good and that could be again.” 
Terrence Mann


Where to start? I think the most important place to start is praying and hoping and praying some more that this email finds you, your ball player(s), your family, friends and loved ones in good health and in good spirit. I believe that to be paramount right now. To me. To the St. Matthews Baseball organization. To all of us. That you and your family are well.

 

As I wrote a few days ago, the Board had a chance to meet last night (telephonically as it were) to discuss what this new reality means or may mean for the baseball season all of us so desperately want to start, balanced with when that would even be possible given that this pathogen – for now at least – has become part of our everyday lives, routines, and customs.

 

Yesterday, the City of St. Matthews declared the community center and baseball fields closed until further notice. They are following guidance coming from Frankfort, Louisville Metro, and every stretch of the country in deciding to place a lid on any further sports activity until we have a better handle on infected numbers, more testing is available, and a clearer picture of just how far or wide this thing has spread into the Commonwealth and especially high-population centers like Louisville. This will take time. Because, as a friend of mine is fond of saying, we don’t know what we don’t know yet. 

 

The short of it is, the City is erring on the side of caution and for good reason. Containment, containment, containment is the key to beating this thing and limiting exposure to ourselves, our children, and at-risk groups. 

 

Do we know when this will be lifted? We do not. As state government has stated in press conferences, and doctors and researchers on a national level have been saying, the fight right now is on flattening the curve: spreading of the virus/exposing those at risk, with the amount of time since the virus first arrived on our shores. Thus, we will do our part; follow the City’s mandate, and close the fields until we obtain more guidance from local government while at the same time maintaining a clear line of communication open with City officials, and keeping you guys updated as well. 

I only have one request of you: please bear with us. It is our every intention to play baseball this year. When exactly that is to occur is unclear right now, like many other things related to this virus, but we do intend to play baseball. Will opening day be delayed? Yes, it likely will. How long will it be delayed? We simply do not know. Because this disease, along with our response and efforts to combat it, is ever-changing. Week by week, day by day, hour by hour. 

 

And we understand that such uncertainty can be frustrating, it can be scary, it can be confusing, and it can be downright unsettling. We’re human, after all, so that is completely and totally understandable. Yet, I hope we can all agree that while this disease is indeed new, or scary, or uncertain, it can be beaten if we take the right steps. Consistently, this has meant social distancing, self-care, hand washing, not gathering in large groups, and not going out unless it is necessary. And, for now, holding off on playing baseball. 

When will this distancing from each other be over? We don’t know that either. When will the curve be flattened enough, or the risk be diminished, or it will be safe to venture back out into the world? Again, without more information, more research, we simply don’t know right now. But here is what we do know. Once it is over, will it be the simple act of watching your son or daughter step onto a baseball diamond that will bring us all back togetherreminding us of all that once was good and that could be again?

You’re dang right it will. 

 

Because we will be back. At some point we will play baseball. Of that I have no doubt. And we want you to be there with us when it happens. We could not do this without your support, and we could not do this without your communal spirit.

In the meantime, use this time to keep the kids playing in the backyard. Swinging the bat. Throwing. Catching. Taking grounders, and pop-ups. Pitching. Believe me, we're all going to need to get out of the house! 

Stay well. Our best to you and yours. Will be in touch soon.

 

Chris Gadansky
Executive Director, St. Matthews Baseball

Announcements


Job Posting:

The Concession stand at the park is now hiring workers. For more information please email: Marilyn Kawa [email protected] or call
(502) 269-0832. (Ages 14 and up) 

St. Matthews Baseball is also looking for scorekeepers (Ages 14 and up) and umpires (Ages 16 and up). For more information please email: Dan Cook [email protected] 





Exciting News about St. Matthews Baseball!

As the World Series takes place between the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros, it is never too early to start thinking about the 2020 St. Matthews Baseball Season. I took over as President of the Board half way through the 2019 season and received a lot of feedback, both positive and constructive. As a Board, we understand that there are many opportunities for us to improve the St. Matthews Baseball experience. Please know that we are committed to making it happen. In advance of next season, I want to communicate some important changes that we are in the process of making. Please take a few minutes to read the following:

1.     Affiliation again with Cal Ripken Baseball vs. Little League. We will be returning as a league to Cal Ripken Baseball. Cal Ripken uses the more popular and widely accepted April 30 birth date cutoff. The return to Cal Ripken will allow more kids in the league to play with their classmates and be aligned with summer baseball competitive teams. Cal Ripken also provides a larger boundary for kids to play in St. Matthews Baseball and also be eligible for postseason All-Star tournaments.

2.     Executive Director Transition. I want to thank Doug Netherton for everything that he has done for our league as he has really pulled double duty with both administrative tasks and facility operations for the league. The plan is for Doug to continue overseeing facilities and fields for the 2020 season, which aligns to his strengths and passion. We will be announcing a new Executive Director to handle the administrative tasks in November. 


3.     Physical improvements to the park. Through a more aligned partnership with the City of St. Matthews, clear expectations are in place regarding park upkeep. The City of St. Matthews is making much needed physical improvements, such as new steps for Look Field and Siegel Field press boxes and landscaping around the park. They’ve also committed to painting dugouts and buildings in preparation for next season, which will coordinate with the new Voll Field colors. We are also committed to ensuring that the public restrooms are well maintained and cleaned on a regular basis. 


4.     Parking plan with the City of St. Matthews and Trinity High School for the 2020 season. We are aware that parking in St. Matthews Baseball designated parking spots was a challenge at the beginning of the season. Once discovered, we adjusted game times and field usage to address the issue. As we look ahead to the 2020 season, we have already met with the City of St. Matthews and Trinity High School to put a formal plan in place in order to improve the parking situation. It is important that St. Matthews Baseball families DO NOT park in the adjacent shopping center during practice or game times. There is no parking agreement in place with the owner of the shopping center, and we don’t want to see any St. Matthews Baseball family’s cars towed.


5.     Early registration incentive. Ever get the question from a grandparent about a Christmas gift idea for their grandchild? How about grandparents gifting the season’s league registration! We will open the league registration website early this season, in November, to help families plan ahead. Sign up by December 22  and get your child’s name in a drawing for a pizza party at Voll Field! This will take place on a Sunday during the Spring season and the drawing will also include some new equipment donated by Dicks Sporting Goods. 


6.     No player draft in the 7-year-old age group. We want kids in the early years of playing baseball to have the opportunity to play with friends and classmates and have fun doing it. There will not be a player draft until you reach the 8-year-old age groups. 


7.     Improved communication with families. This is a top Board priority. Better and more timely communication was the top constructive feedback that we received. We plan to utilize the full capabilities of our league website and leverage social media channels (follow us at Facebook: @StMatthewsBaseball and Twitter: @StMatthewsBase1) to improve how and when we communicate with parents. This will include a faster response time as well. More to come, but we heard you loud and clear on this critical area for improvement. 

 

Having played myself at St. Matthews Baseball and having two sons that have played, the league is very important to me personally and to our community. Each year we serve over a thousand players between our Spring Youth league, summer tournaments, and Fall High School season. We hope that you experience the above actions to your concerns as positive and understand that it is our goal to improve the overall experience of players and parents alike at St. Matthews Baseball. We ask that you continue to entrust us with the opportunity to serve your child next baseball season and every season thereafter. Please feel free to share this with other families that could benefit from St. Matthews Baseball. 

 

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or feedback. If you are looking for a tax deduction for 2019, we are accepting 2020 season sponsorships now. I can be reached at [email protected] or 502-905-8360. 

Sincerely,

Jeff Schaftlein, St. Matthews Baseball Board President 

 

 

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