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New England AAU

Updates Regarding COVID-19


UPDATE: Monday, June 22, 2020, 6:00pm

Hi Coach,

Today is the day NEAAU Baseball announced it would release the new AAU Summer League Divisions. The divisions were posted online at 6pm. We thank you all for your patience throughout this process.

The following is now available to all teams:

For those teams that are unfamiliar with the scheduling process please see this page: www.neaaubaseball.org/league-schedule

Game Day Safety Guidelines
 
Massachusetts League 15u & 16u
 
  • NEAAU Baseball is finalizing the 15u and 16u divisions for the Massachusetts League.
  • We will have these divisions available by Tuesday, June 23
Team Pages & Rosters
 
Questions?
 

With great care and detail, we have managed the necessary changes to reorganize the league. We carefully created the divisions based on geography, restrictions, additions, withdraws and more. We have sent numerous notices to all clubs throughout the spring asking them to review the list of participating teams to ensure accuracy when the day came to announce the new league divisions. With that said, we any club has concerns please use the below contacts.


UPDATE: Thursday, June 4, 2020, 5:38pm

Hi All,

After spending the spring trying to determine the possibilities for baseball this season, June has arrived and this update will explain our plan for baseball this summer. Our decision to wait until early June to publish a detailed plan was based on several factors that evolved regularly. Some of those factors included:

  • Learning and confirming recent reopening details from individual New England states
  • Potential recommendations/guidelines from some states to compete only within one’s home state
  • Determining if Rhode Island would be allowing any competition in its state this summer

While states have the ability to change course at any time, NEAAU Baseball has made decisions based on the information available as of early June and input from many sources. While on May 31st New Hampshire extended its stay at home order, all other states that have reopened have provided hope that competitive baseball can begin in July. NEAAU Baseball has been planning for a July start to the league for many weeks and today we are announcing the following for this summer season:

SUMMER LEAGUE SCHEDULE
 

  • 8-week season to include both regular season and playoff tournament
  • 6 weeks of regular season to include 10-12 games
  • 2-week playoff tournament to include pool and bracket play
  • Playoff Qualification TBA before the start of the season
  • Opening Week – July 6-12th
  • Playoff Dates – August 22-30

ADJUSTED DIVISIONS AVAILABLE SOON
 

Despite our patience, there is still uncertainty within each state and as a result we feel it is best to ensure teams are scheduled to play league games within their own state. This uncertainly includes the potential for delayed phasing and the rumors of a potential restriction on interstate competition from some New England states. We have been in process of adjusting league divisions to accommodate in-state competition. The original spring league divisions have been removed from the NEAAU Baseball website and the newly adjusted state divisions will become available online this month. Teams will not be able to schedule their new summer league games until after the new divisions are released later this month. We are aiming to release the new divisions by June 22.

HOW WILL the SCHEDULING WORK?
 

Teams will be scheduled to complete a doubleheader or two individual games verses a divisional opponent each week. This means all league games will need to be completed by the end of the day Sunday of the week you are scheduled to play an opponent. Between avoiding conflicts and managing field rentals, teams have the flexibility to complete league games Monday through Sunday each week.

  • Week #1 – July 6-12
  • Week #2 – July 13-19
  • Week #3 – July 20-26
  • Week #4 – July 27-August 2
  • Week #5 – August 3-9
  • Week #6 – August 10-16
  • Playoffs – August 22-30

FIELD RENTALS
 

We are aware that access to fields and field rentals are a concern right now for some. Throughout this entire COVID-19 situation and before releasing our new summer plans today, we have spoken to many clubs throughout New England to gain feedback and insight on the plan forward. All decisions made throughout the last two months have been done so with much thought, consideration, conversation and input.

ALTERNATIVE SUMMER/FALL SCHEDULE
 

Should your state extend or apply new restrictions that prevent us from playing games by July 18-19 weekend and still complete the season by August 29-30 weekend, then a hybrid summer/fall season will be conducted.

  • Opening week – August 1-9th
  • Playoff weekends – October 3-4th
  • Fall Classic Tournament – October 10-11th

REGISTRATION STILL OPEN – CLOSES on JUNE 15th
 

  • Registration is open for ALL age groups (9-16u)
  • Any club wishing to add teams to the summer league are asked to register ASAP
  • The New Club Application still applies to any baseball club competing in AAU for the first time

DOES your CLUB NEED to MAKE ADJUSTMENTS?
 

We’ve always known that some clubs might need to make adjustments once more league details were announced. We are purposely leaving time between this announcement and the release of new league divisions in case a club wishes to withdraw a team, add a team, merge teams, etc. The deadline to make adjustments is June 15th. If you have concerns with this timeline please contact us.

ROSTERS
 

Clubs can still add players to their team roster(s) on their TourneyMachine team page(s). The new roster deadlines are as follows:

  • July 1st – All teams must have a roster uploaded to their team page
  • July 31st – Last day to add players to their roster on their team page
  • Team Page – If you do not have access to your club’s AAU TourneyMachine account please email tskovron@neaau.org

 SAFETY GUIDELINES
 

  • All teams need to ensure all local, state and CDC safety/health guidelines are followed during their game locations
  • NEAAU Baseball will provide game day safety recommendations in the weeks before the start of the new season, but local and state guidelines throughout New England may differ so all teams need to ensure its coaches, players, families and fans adhere to requirements at your field.

BASEBALLS
 

  • Didn’t order baseballs yet for 2020?
  • Need extra game balls due to local, state or CDC guidelines?
  • Order baseballs for $34 and $38 per dozen

FALL LEAGUE
 

If the summer season is completed on August 29-30 weekend as we have now scheduled, NEAAU Baseball will also organize and hold its annual Fall League beginning on September 12-13th weekend and concluding on October 24-25th weekend.


UPDATE: Friday, May 15, 2020, 6:45pm

Hi Everyone,

While the summer months are approaching and the New England states are beginning to release more reopening details, we unfortunately are still in the process of determining more precisely when we will be allowed to begin playing this season. Determining when baseball begins will be dependent on the individual state and local governments of New England.

Below explains NEAAU Baseball’s position as of Friday, May 15, 2020.

Reopening of states
 

We will soon be learning more from states like Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Connecticut in the coming days and weeks ahead. Rhode Island emerged from its stay at home advisory on May 9 and its Governor further addressed the matter of sport programs this week. We know other Governors are beginning to address the timing of sport programs as well. NEAAU Baseball is assessing the latest information and awaiting new details from all states for the remainder of this month.

What is our league plan?
 

For several weeks NEAAU Baseball has been discussing various scheduling options that include new league start dates in June, July and even August. Considering the latest news and the current status of the individual states, NEAAU Baseball is prepared to announce today that league play for ALL age groups will not begin until at least the month July. NEAAU Baseball continues to develop plans based on the latest information that can be implemented this summer once we have clear, definitive answers from the individual states. Once it is determined when play can begin, NEAAU Baseball will provide new information on league format and game day safety protocols.

When will more information be announced?
 

NEAAU Baseball feels that in the coming weeks more clarity from the individual states will be provided. NEAAU Baseball will closely monitor the latest news, as well as continue to communicate with its resources within each state, to best determine the new start date of the league. NEAAU Baseball will provide another announcement by early June.

Remaining patient
 

We do understand that a certain level of frustration is being felt by many. NEAAU Baseball is still very much committed to finding a solution to this challenge and providing baseball this summer for the athletes of AAU.

Registration Remains Open
 

Additional Tournaments Cancelled
 

*Due to an unusual amount of refunds that will need to be issued, we ask for your patience as we sort through all the data.


UPDATE: Friday, May 1, 2020, 7:32pm

Hello Everyone,

Today marks two weeks since our last update regarding the revised 2020 NEAAU League and Tournament schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope everyone remained safe throughout the rest of April and continues to do so in this new month ahead.

While a fair amount of uncertainty still remains, we believe the month of May will bring more clarity on the new start date of our annual travel league. Despite the unfortunate and unavoidable cancellation of some non-AAU sport programs in New England thus far, NEAAU Baseball continues to plan for a revised schedule that will provide baseball for coaches, players and parents this season.

The below updates are as of today, May 1, 2020:

LEAGUE 2020
 

On April 2, NEAAU Baseball announced that its league season would begin no earlier than the May 16-17 weekend. However, due to current stay at home orders, as well as some states beginning to release their reopening plans, it is very clear that a new start date will need to be implemented. The following bullet points reveal our current position on the 2020 League:

  • League play for 9-14u teams will not begin in the month of May and NEAAU Baseball evaluates the feasibility of league play for all age groups (9-16u) in the month of June
  • While internally NEAAU Baseball has targeted a new start date for the 2020 league, it has chosen to withhold it at this time to allow more information to become available from states throughout the first half of May.

Several factors are considered when finalizing a new start date for the 2020 League such as the following:

  • Removal of state stay at home orders and the phasing of each state’s reopening plans
  • Time needed to manage potential league restructuring
  • Allow time for team practices and scrimmages before beginning of a league season
  • The development of a new game day safety protocol to ensure a return to the field is done so in a responsible manner

Next League Update: NEAAU Baseball is planning for its next league announcement on May 15. We are hoping to be able to present the new start date of the league at that time. NEAAU Baseball has heard from many club directors and coaches throughout the month of April. All are passionate about playing baseball this season and understand having to adapt to league adjustments. NEAAU Baseball continues to work with the goal of making a NEAAU League season an option for teams throughout New England. As we have throughout this unprecedented process, we appreciate your patience and understanding.

CANCELLED TOURNAMENTS
 

  • Spring Classic – This event has been cancelled for 2020. All teams will receive a team entry refund.
  • Memorial Day Invitational (NH) – This event has been cancelled for 2020. All teams will receive a team entry refund.
  • Memorial Day Classic (RI) - This event has been cancelled for 2020. All teams will receive a team entry refund.
  • Memorial Day Blast (RI) – This event has been cancelled. All teams will be moved to the AAU Summer Blast tournament (August 1-2). Those teams that wish to withdraw from this event and be refunded MUST contact Mike Giard at neaau21@gmail.com.
  • Battle by Saratoga (NY) - This event has been cancelled. Teams will receive a team entry refund.

*Due to an unusual amount of refunds that will need to be issued, we ask for your patience as we sort through all the data.

JUNE TOURNAMENTS
 

  • NEAAU Baseball will provide updates on its June events later in May.

UPDATE: Friday, April 17th, 2020 5:40pm

Hello Everyone,

While it has been two weeks since our last update regarding our 2020 baseball program, we are all still faced with uncertainty. As we wait to learn more from government about when and how we can best return to our normal daily lives, NEAAU Baseball wishes to remain positive that it can provide league and tournament play for you this baseball season.

While additional adjustments may need to be made, NEAAU Baseball is not making any new scheduling announcements as of today, April 17th. We made the following announcements on April 2 and they remain in place until further notice:

  • 9-14u League – Will not begin any earlier than May 16-17 weekend
  • Spring Classic Tournament - Originally scheduled for April 18-19, this event is postponed. We will attempt to reschedule if possible. If unable to reschedule, teams will be refunded.
  • League roster deadlines extended

NEAAU Baseball will continue to monitor news from the individual New England states and base our future updates on such. We will provide another update within two weeks.

We know this has been a frustrating situation to manage and uncertain of its end. Be safe, be well and we will provide another update soon.


UPDATE: Thursday, April 2, 2020, 6:18pm

Hello Everyone,

Like you all, NEAAU Baseball continues to monitor this ongoing situation closely and do its best to plan ahead. Our mission remains to host baseball during the spring/summer season, but the health and safety of all involved continues to be our number goal. All of our updates regarding the COVID-19 virus come after long, detailed discussions within NEAAU and NEAAU Baseball.

Unlike most AAU districts around the country, our district includes multiple states with different deadlines regarding restrictions and recommendations. In recent days new updates have been provided by the different states (including some with stay at home advisories through May 4) and as a result NEAAU Baseball is adjusting again. We are announcing the following at this time:

9-14u League

  • Play will not begin for the 9-14u age groups any earlier than the May 16-17 weekend
  • If state restrictions are indeed lifted after May 4 it will allow teams some time to get back on the fields to conduct practice and scrimmages before league play were to begin on May 16-17 weekend.
  • Different schedules and formats are being discussed at this time that include reduced league games, extended length of the season, new playoff formats, etc.

15-16 League

  • Due to recent statements by individual state interscholastic associations that include extending the season through late June, NEAAU Baseball is currently discussing an adjustment to the 15-16u league schedule if it becomes necessary.

Spring Classic Tournament

  • This event is currently scheduled for April 18-19, but NEAAU Baseball is postponing it at this time. NEAAU Baseball is determining if and when this event can be hosted within an adjusted league schedule which continues to be a work in progress. Ideally, we would like to host the Spring Classic prior to the start of league play. Those teams that are registered for the Spring Classic will be contacted directly.

Certainly, no one knows what the final result of this COVID-19 situation will be for us and additional adjustments may need to be made, but NEAAU Baseball will continue to remain patient and positive during this uncertain time with the hope of providing baseball for the teams/players.

Next Update?

NEAAU Baseball is planning for another update on April 17th. Certainly, should new developments occur that make is necessary for an update be made before April 17 we will surely do so. 


Update - Monday, March 30, 3:01pm

Hi All,

We hope you all continue to be well as we deal with this ongoing situation. In the last few days new updates have been provided by both the state and federal government. As a result of these new updates, which included the extension of restrictions and recommendations, NEAAU Baseball will be providing another update of its own this week regarding the spring program. The NEAAU Spring program includes both the annual league and spring kick-off tournament (Spring Classic).

NEAAU Baseball remains committed to providing baseball this spring/summer season and will continue to adjust and provide updates.

Stay tuned this week for updates...


Update: Monday, March 23, 2020, 5:58pm

Hi All,

First off, we hope that you and your families are well during this concerning time. Since our last update on Tuesday, March 17th we have continued to monitor the latest information to allow us to make the best possible decisions for the AAU program this spring.

While we all understand the COVID-19 situation is still evolving and that new/extended restrictions could be imposed by government, below are some adjustments NEAAU Baseball is willing to announce at this time.

  • Opening weekend of league play for the 9-12u teams will now be April 25-26, which is the same as the 13-14u league teams
  • This move allows teams to conduct outdoor practice and scrimmages before divisional league games begin should we be able to get on fields prior to the April 25-26 weekend.
  • While NEAAU Baseball does have a revised 9-12u league scheduled prepared at this time that will best allow us to complete a full season, this COVID-19 situation is still evolving quickly and there for we wish to wait to release a revised schedule.
  • At this time, the annual Spring Classic tournament will remain scheduled for the April 18-19 weekend.

NEAAU Baseball will continue to monitor the news to determine if we will be forced to make further adjustments before posting a revised schedule. We understand some may still have questions and will most certainly continue to provide updates often. Again, we thank you for your patience.

FIELD AVAILABILITY

We have been contacted by some coaches over the last week identifying how the date for which town fields are currently scheduled to become available varies. Again, while we have a plan in place, we also feel it would be informative to present all coaches with a very short survey to learn more about field availability in their towns. Complete the Survey >

REMINDER / MEMBERSHIP

While the AAU Membership/Insurance is still valid (excluding the virus) for team practices, we highly advise all clubs to exercise caution and place safety above all else.

ONE FREE MONTH

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We know during this difficult time teams/players are unable to meet and practice. NEAAU Baseball is happy to offer this partnership and believe you will find it of value to you and your players during this time. Stay tuned. More partnership details coming this week.


Update: Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 11:02pm

Hi All,

We know that many wish to learn what kind of adjustments NEAAU Baseball will make to its spring schedule as a result of the recent restrictions imposed by the states of New England. NEAAU Baseball has been very closely monitoring the rapid COVID-19 updates each day and constantly considering various spring scheduling adjustments as a result of those updates. Aside from discussing amongst its committee, NEAAU Baseball has been speaking with AAU leadership both regionally and nationally to learn of any new or expected changes to be made by National AAU itself which could also influence our spring schedule revision options.

APPROVED SPRING SCHEDULE ADJUSTMENTS

NEAAU Baseball agreed upon a revised spring schedule on Monday, however is choosing not to release it at this time.

APRIL 4-5 WEEKEND

As we are sure you already know, this past Sunday the State of Massachusetts imposed restrictions that will extend through April 7. These restrictions mean that the first weekend of play (April 4-5) in the 9-12u age groups will not be played on that date. Our revised spring schedule will reflect that when released soon.

LIMIT REVISIONS

We fully understand that other sport programs have already released revised spring schedules due to the crisis, but NEAAU Baseball feels at this time it is best to wait a bit longer before releasing any spring schedule revisions due to this unprecedented, rapidly evolving situation. Our number one goal is the safety of the coaches, players, their families, friends and fans. However, another very important goal of ours at this time is to best ensure we limit the amount of schedule revisions/changes that need to be made for all clubs. AAU wishes to be proactive and decisive, but also wishes to see what the coming days present before announcing any changes to help ensure we are not asking teams to begin a rescheduling process multiple times in a matter of days.

WHEN WILL REVISIONS BE RELEASED

Each year presents certain challenges, but none of us have confronted a situation like this before. It will take a collective effort by AAU and all participating clubs to face this challenge and best make it work. We thank you for your continued patience and will begin to announce spring schedule adjustments by Monday, March 23.


Update: Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 2:41pm

With the daily release of new updates from Federal and State government regarding COVID-19, New England AAU internally continues to review and discuss how these updates will affect the 2020 League and Tournament season. We understand that several of the New England states just released new measures in recent days. New England AAU has already taken action in regards to its non-baseball, indoor events this spring and will be discussing today what adjustments will need to be made the upcoming NEAAU Baseball Spring League season.

NEAAU Baseball is considering a few options in regards to league and tournament schedule revisions. While NEAAU Baseball has the ability to make adjustments, all 50+ AAU Districts throughout the nation also must adhere to any event restrictions imposed by the National AAU. Before any specific announcements are made in regards to NEAAU league and tournament schedule adjustments, New England AAU is ensuring it has all the latest updates from the National AAU to also ensure any announcements regarding NEAAU league and tournament schedules are clear and decisive.

While we know all teams have worked hard during the off season to prepare for their upcoming league and tournament schedules, safety for all needs to be our number priority.  NEAAU Baseball will have additional updates available soon. We are all doing our best to adapt to these difficult and unusual times.

We thank you for your patience.


Update: Friday, March 13, 2020, 12:19pm

NEAAU SPRING LEAGUE / TOURNAMENTS
As you may know, on Thursday (March 12) evening the National AAU Office suspended all AAU events for three (3) weeks. The current three (3) week suspension would end a few days before the start of the NEAAU League Season. NEAAU Baseball will be gathering in the coming days to review this latest development and determine if any adjustments might need to be made to the spring event schedule. All teams will receive an update soon. We fully recognize the concerns associated with the COVID-19 and will continue to monitor the situation and developments as they happen. 
 
INSURANCE / PRACTICE

We have received emails and calls from club directors curious as to how this suspension will affect their team practices/insurance. This is a very rare situation and we wanted to speak with the National AAU Office to gain some clarification on this matter. Here are the answers:

  • Only events that are licensed with the AAU are temporarily suspended
  • Practices are considered club activities and can be conducted
  • The AAU Membership/Insurance is still valid for practices
  • We recommend following the guidance of your state and local officials when considering to conduct team practice