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Little League Open Letter to Parents

Dear Little League® Families and Volunteers,

It’s officially spring. We should be getting out our lawn chairs, celebrating opening days, and hitting the Little League fields. We’re not.

We know you want to get out and play baseball and softball, so do we. The time spent on fields around the world is so important – where memories are made, and life lessons are learned.

Over the past few days, as we have announced our recommendation to refrain from Little League-related activities until May 11, we’ve heard from many of you. As this situation evolves, Little League International is committed to sharing the best guidance possible for all its 6,500 leagues in more than 84 countries. We are here for you.

First, it is our sincere hope that we can find ways to bring everyone back to the Little League fields this season, whether that’s later this spring, throughout the summer, or into the fall. This year’s Little League season won’t be the traditional one that we’ve held for more than 80 years, but this is about more than just a Little League season.

We are closely consulting with appropriate medical advisers and our volunteer leaders around the world, and we are committed to doing the best thing for the safety and well-being of all our players, families, volunteers, and fans. As soon as our public health authorities say it’s safe to gather again, we are committed to working with our leagues to helping them get those playing opportunities underway when appropriate.

At this time, Little League International is also working through all possible scenarios for the 2020 Little League International Tournament, including our seven Little League World Series tournaments, and tournament eligibility for our leagues and players.

The Little League experience is a rite of passage for so many children, and we know that this is frustrating and sad, especially for those players in their 12-year-old season. We sincerely hope that everyone gets an opportunity to play this year, and we’ll work hard to make that happen as soon as we can.

Most importantly, we ask you for your patience. Your Little League program’s leadership is working hard to understand how the Coronavirus is going to impact them locally. We know that many leagues have been working hard to prepare to provide a great Little League experience for the families of their community and have already ordered equipment, jerseys, and other associated items for the season. We are urging all parents and families to be patient as we work with their local Little League programs throughout this ever-evolving situation.

Because each local Little League program is an independent organization, the local leadership must ultimately make the decision whether to continue as usual, or to suspend league activities. We encourage parents to require their league and district leadership to follow the CDC recommended guidelines.

While this means that we need to take a break from gathering at Little League-organized activities, the games of baseball and softball live on. Go outside and have a catch, time your speed running 60 feet (or 70 or 90), take some swings off the tee. We encourage you to check out our resources on LittleLeagueUniversity.org including our Backyard Tips. Also, we’ll be showing archived Little League World Series baseball and softball games on Facebook.com/LittleLeague, and the World of Little League®Museum has virtual educational opportunities through Facebook, as well.

Perhaps what we’re most excited about is our Little League Pep Talks. Messages from former Little League Baseball® World Series star, Todd Frazier, and Olympic Softball Medalist, Cat Osterman, MLB Network Broadcaster, Harold Reynolds, and ESPN Analyst, Jessica Mendoza, and many more are providing Little Leaguers® all around the world with a sense of positivity and hope as communities work together to stop the spread and return to the ballfields. We encourage you to follow #LLPepTalk on social media and even make your own Pep Talk that you can tag @LittleLeague in and share using the hashtag.

There are countless suggestions and resources available, and we urge you to follow the information available through World Health OrganizationCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), your state’s public health department (click here for a listing of state public health departments), and other county and/or local authorities including precedents set by area school districts and government agencies.

This is bigger than Little League, and if we work together, it is our hope that by suspending/delaying our Little League seasons, we will all play a small, but important part in flattening the curve in the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Thank you all for your support, understanding, and patience.

We encourage you to stay in touch with Little League and share any additional feedback or questions from your local communities by emailing  .

We will be thinking of our global Little League community during this difficult time.

Sincerely,

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Stephen D. Keener
Little League President and CEO


by posted 04/01/2020
SHANE LOFTIS

Hello SCLL Families

It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of one of our Santa Cruz Little League community.  Shane Loftis passed away last week from natural causes while vacationing with his family and friends.  He touched the lives of many of our athletes over his 10 years of coaching (2006 – 2016) and is best known for his kind sense of humor, focus on sportsmanship and passion for helping all the kids on his team be the best they could be.  Shane truly embodied the spirit of Little League and received the Positive Coaching Award four times.

He is survived by his wife, Gina Loftis, past president of SCLL and their sons, Jacob, 18 and Tyler, 16…both SCLL players.

A Celebration of Life Service will take place this Saturday, July 27th at 1 pm at Santa Cruz Bible Church.

For more information, please go to https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/shaneloftis

To honor Shane’s love of coaching, donations may be made directly to Santa Cruz Little League by following this link https://leagueathletics.com/UserForm.asp?RegID=123525&org=SANTACRUZLITTLELEAGUE.ORG

The family has also set up the Shane Loftis Memorial Athletic Fund to honor his legacy.  Donations will support the three organizations where Shane coached:  Santa Cruz Little League, Santa Cruz Pop Warner and Santa Cruz High School JV Football (New Weight Room Fund).  You may also specify where you would like your donation to go. https://www.gofundme.com/f/shane-loftis-memorial-fund&rcid=r01-156389861755-896758a44f0144fb&pc=ot_co_campmgmt_w


by posted 07/23/2019
SCLL MAJORS CHAMPIONS

SANTA CRUZ LITTLE LEAGUE MAJORS CHAMPIONS!

Two great games were played tonight at Harvey West deciding the Majors American and National League championship teams.

First up was the visiting Athletics versus the Angels, who remained tied at 3 runs a piece deep into extra innings. The A's squeaked out a run in the top of 9th inning and held on for the victory sending them to TOCs with a 4 to 3 win.

Next came the visiting Giants versus the Diamondbacks. Another hard fought pitching duel, both teams were tied after 6 innings with 2 runs. The Diamondbacks walked it off in the bottom of the 6th inning sending them on to the TOCs with the Athletics.

Congratulations to all the teams involved, and thank you Santa Cruz Little League for another exciting end to our local playoffs!


by posted 06/04/2019
HARVEY WEST RAINOUT HOTLINE

The Harvey West Rain Hotline is updated at 8:00AM and updated at 12:00PM

Please call: 831-420-6192


by SCLL posted 03/11/2019
Thank You for your Contributions!

Thank You Santa Cruz Little League Families!

We would like to send a sincere Thank You to all those who gave on #GivingTuesday! Your donation will help improve the Little League experience for our children and future children through improved facilities, equipment and coach training. Your donation has a lasting impact on the future of our organization.

Whether it was to Santa Cruz Little League or a different organization of your choice, we appreciate your willingness to help better our world and our community.

It is never too late to give. Everyone has something to offer. You can give time or expertise, monetary donations large or small, and simple acts of kindness. An offer to help a coach carry their equipment to and from their car or a simple thank you for your time, a "great job out there" even after a tough loss means so much to our players and coaches!

We wish you all a wonderful holiday season and look forward to seeing you in Spring!

Didn't donate and still would like too? Click here to support Santa Cruz Little League 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Character. Courage. Loyalty.

Through effective leadership, enthusiasm, and commitment, together with training extensions and adherence to rule and policy at the District and local league levels, Little League provides inclusive, enjoyable opportunities for any child and volunteer to participate in a community-based program that is distinctive, unique, and promotes life lessons beyond the field of play.


by posted 11/27/2018
Contact Us
Santa Cruz Little League
PO BOX 1723
Santa Cruz, CA 95061
831-471-7426
santacruzlittleleague@yahoo.com
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