Last Updated on July 30, 2020
Kicking the Can ...
Well, as they say in Vegas, "In for a dime, in for a dollar". Thus far, we have endured three postponements for Opening Day and now our second postponement for the second half of our season. That's right, once again I will leapfrog the next two weeks (the weeks of August 3rd and August 10th) and put them at the end of the season (the weeks of August 31st and September 7th).
All of this is being done to fulfill two missions: to comply with St. Louis County's guidelines and to provide much-needed sports and recreation for our youth. We can certainly argue the point as to whether or not these shut-downs and restrictions are actually necessary, but we cannot argue with the fact that they have been levied. We will therefore comply ... but we will not give up. Please stand with us as we continue to patiently endure this situation. Better days are ahead.
For many of you, this will be your first small taste of Fall Ball as we creep into the month of September with our schedule of games. It will be a pleasant reprieve from the indignities we have all been subjected to since mid-March. So here's to 'kicking the can'. Hopefully we'll find the curb at some point.
Are you ready for some soccer? BAA will be hosting an in-house soccer program for PeeWees (ages 4-6) and will once again participate in the North County Travel League for ages u8 through u14. The cost of the program is $80 per player for all divisions. PeeWee is a coed division for boys and girls who were born on or after January 1st, 2014. The date cutoffs for older divisions are January 1st, 2012 for u8, January 1st, 2010 for u10, and so on. The season will begin the weekend after Labor Day - Saturday, September 12th.
IMPORTANT: Due to Covid-19 precautions, soccer registrations will not be held at the Bridgeton Community Center. Instead, the registrations will be held under the pavilion on the south complex at the Bridgeton Municipal Athletic Complex (BMAC). This open air facility will allow registrants to properly social-distance themselves and, being under the pavilion roof, will accomodate this function rain or shine. Masks are encouraged. Registration dates and times are:
Saturday, July 18, 10 - Noon
Saturday, July 25, 10 - Noon
Saturday, August 1, 10 - Noon
Fees are payable in cash or check at the time of registration. We cannot accept credit cards and there is no ATM machine available at BMAC. We hope to see you there!
NOTE: Placement of players from the player pool is diligently pursued, but not guaranteed.
An Important Reminder
While we all welcome the return of America's pastime and the celebration of youth that is little league baseball, the recent resurgence of Covid-19 in southern and southwestern states reminds us that it is important to continue to act responsibly and to take reasonable precautions.
The CDC has consistently held that social distancing is our most valuable weapon in the fight against this virus. For that reason, we ask that everyone pay heed to the notice posted throughout the park at BMAC which underscores the importance of such measures. There is abundant space at BMAC and thus, plenty of room for people to distance themselves in lawn chairs and still enjoy the game in the proximity of the field. While family units are able to cluster together, it is wise to maintain a healthy distance from other family units.
St. Louis County released new guidelines for the use of face coverings, which will take effect on July 3rd. We urge everyone to read those guidelines carefully, in order to be fully informed. In summary, they indicate that when it is not feasible to maintain a distance of six feet from others (not of your family unit), a face covering should be worn. This order blankets all public venues, transportation, restrooms and outdoor areas. So you can see the importance of maintaining a healthy distance. Per these guidelines, face coverings need not be worn on the field.
When players are not on the field, we urge coaches to space their teams along the foul lines rather than allowing them to huddle in the dugouts as they have been accustomed to doing in the past. Players should remain either on the field or along the sidelines when the game is in progress and should not wander into spectator areas. Once again, we remind coaches that the use of shared equipment is prohibited unless it is thoroughly disinfected between uses. The staff at BMAC is following an ongoing program of sanitizing surfaces in the restrooms and concession area.
Most importantly, we encourage each family to do a health assessment of themselves and their youngsters prior to leaving for the park. A list of Covid-19 symptoms is available online on the CDC's website. BAA's umpires are screened prior to arriving at the field to work the games.
All of these are reasonable precautions and will go a long way toward preserving the health and safety of our families, our friends and our neighbors. Thank you all for your cooperation.