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CTAA 2020 Season - Point of Clarification

April 9, 2020

With the recent announcement about schools I wanted to take the time to clarify, with the membership, the impact of that announcement on our 2020 season.

I am sure by now you are aware that the Governor has permanently closed school across the state for the remainder of this academic calendar year. This was not unexpected as now district officials can properly plan to continue the education of our children through online resources. I wanted to emphasize and clarify the 2020 season is NOT canceled as a result of this announcement. The season is NOT bound to the school district being closed for the remaining of the academic year. We are planning to be operationally ready as soon as local government and or medical officials give the all clear to PLAY BALL! We are committed to getting the kids on the field, in some form, as soon as it is safe to do so.

Please stay safe and do not hesitant to contact me directly with any questions or concerns you may have.

Many Thanks!

Anthony Storti
President, CTAA

CTAA 2020 Season - UPDATE

April 5, 2020

As I start off this email, I wanted to personally thank all the people on the front lines of this epidemic. Also, I wanted to send out a message of hope that life will return close to normal soon and part of that normality will be us playing baseball and softball soon.

After hearing the extension of the Governor’s Stay at home order and the President’s recommendation to continue our current policy through April 30th the CTAA has decided to extend our suspension of operations until May 15th. I assure you all that we will get the kids on the field to enjoy this great game as soon as our government or medical officials give us the all clear. Communications of individual league events will come from the VPs of Baseball and Softball via their coordinators as they develop.

At this time with a start date of mid-May, condensed full seasons for all leagues are still on the agenda once we resume operations. All older age groups, 13U and up, do not typically start until after the WPIAL calendar ends anyway which this is year is May 11th. Therefore, until we know more, all refunds are currently on hold because we are still anticipating a season. In the event things change we will develop a policy to meet the needs of the membership. In the coming days we will create a FAQ page on our website to help facilitate communications and information.

Maybe this is positive sign of things to come, our 2020 supply of baseballs was received this past Friday. It is good to see that baseballs made here at a time when everything is shutting down. Please stay safe and we will see you on the ball fields hopefully soon.

Many thanks!

Anthony Storti
President, CTAA

CTAA Operational Updates to the Corona Virus

March 16, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people who have been or will be affected by this event. This event will have far reaching effects not only in terms of our health but on our finances and how we live in general. We appreciate the healthcare workers and local governments who are working to contain this virus. Please know that we are monitoring the COVID-19 situation as it pertains to its effect on our organizations operations as this constantly evolves, in order to help “flatten the curve”.

That said I called an Executive meeting Sunday evening so we can as a group discuss backup plans and set expectations moving forward with the goal of keeping our members informed. The decisions that were made I am sure will not satisfy everyone, but we feel it is the best course of action going forward at this time.

The CTAA has shut down operations until April 13, 2020. This includes any remaining winter workouts at No-offseason. It should be noted that the winter workout program did conclude this weekend and the only events on the schedule from here on out are some “bonus” time that was given to the organization which is now canceled.

During the shut down if any interlocking league the CTAA interfaces with is operational the CTAA will participate and play away events only. As of Sunday evening most leagues have not decided or made a statement regarding their individual operational plans. Most of those leagues’ meetings are still scheduled to be held during this shutdown period and I am sure updates will take place in the next several days. The VP of Baseball and Softball will communicate directly to the teams that will be affected by these other leagues.

Any CTAA meeting to be held in the municipal building until further notice is canceled. This includes the General and Board of Directors Meeting on Sunday April 5th. We will reschedule this meeting approximately around 4/15 at a location TBD. We will schedule a separate Board of Directors meeting when more information becomes available from our local officials. Please note we are expecting the parks to be closed to vehicle traffic with the barriers set back up for the time being.

Opening day for all in-house/rec teams 12U and younger will be Saturday April 25th. We will have a condensed practice schedule starting from 4/13 until Opening Day and setup in season practices as best we can to try to get the younger players more time playing ball. At this time not all in-house teams have been formed and that process will continue over the coming days. Individual notice of new practice slots will come from child’s managers once the new schedule is communicated.

Quad County, Colt and Pony tryouts will start the week of 4/13. The VP of Baseball will be communicating directly to the players and parents with specific details. There is no impact to games schedules at this point for those teams effected by later tryouts. Please note Pony Rec teams do not have tryouts but those teams cannot be formed until the Pony tryouts conclude. So, they are affected by a later start.

Youth Umpire Clinic(s) will be rescheduled for the week of 4/20. More details to come from the VP of Operations. We will have those events in Graham Park.

Older boy’s baseball Palomino and Butler County Area league (18U), currently we do not see an impact. Those teams normally do not start until after the High School Baseball season concludes in Mid-May. We are eagerly awaiting the results of the discussions from PIAA and WPIAL. It should be noted that a cancellation of the High School baseball season, hope it doesn’t come to that, does not impact these programs.

Please note that many of the items listed here reflect our Baseball programs. Softball, outside of in-house, predominately interfaces within the GPGSL and we are eagerly waiting their league meetings.

I think I have highlighted some of the major calendar items that we get questions on this time of year. A friendly reminder that on April 1st in conjunction with local officials we will reevaluate the situation and maybe start earlier than 4/13 if the situation warrants. But also, we will evaluate at that time if further adjustments need to be made to what is outlined above. We do have a few more contingency plans in the works but hopefully we do not need them.

We anticipate the need to consider additional changes to our schedule as the situation continues to evolve. Expect regular communications from us, especially the VPs of Baseball and Softball as each situation dictates. I am confident that from a youth sports perspective the CTAA is way ahead of other baseball\softball groups. We as an organization are trying to make sure we are safe but also trying to anticipate what the other organizations are going to do so we can again set those expectations with our CTAA families.

On behalf the CTAA Executive Board, I want to thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we navigate through this unique situation. Trust me I want to hear the call to “Play Ball” and I will try to do everything I can to make sure that happens for the kids.

Please see me with any questions and wash your hands.

Many thanks!

Anthony Storti
CTAA, President

Spring 2020 Registration

Registration for the Spring 2020 Softball and Baseball Seasons is now open. To register your player please visit our registration site. Information about leagues, ages, and fees can be found on our registration info page.

Questions regarding registration can be directed to Janell Malichky Any technical issues with registration can be sent to Jim McKinney

2020 Pony Baseball Information

On February 5 Pony Coordinatory, Mike Aluise/Greg Parrotto sent an email to Pony eligible players. The message outlined the various playing options for players registered for Pony League Baseball.

If you are a Pony player please take a moment to review the message. Please contact Mike Aluise/Greg Parrotto if you have any questions.

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