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SVLL Spring 2020
Season Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
did you cancel the 2020 Spring Season?
There were a number of
factors that contributed this decision, including the complexity of current
state and county health department guidelines around youth sports, city field
availability and the availability of players and coaches. The Board made every
attempt at formulating a plan to restart the season, but we could not overcome
the obstacles that the COVID-19 and shelter-in-place orders have created this
2. Why did it take so long to cancel the
The Board of Directors made every attempt to offer a
season, which required us to wait to see when state and county shelter-in-place
orders were lifted and when the City of Sunnyvale would open fields for youth
sports usage. We set a June deadline which would have provided enough time to
hold a meaningful season before school started, but this deadline passed
without resolution on field availability.
3. Can I get
a refund on my registration fees?
We will be preparing refunds of
approximately 75% of registration fees (varies by division) and will process
refunds for those who request one. We will provide details on how refunds will
be issued once we collect all refund requests.
For those requesting a
full refund, here are the amounts that will be paid:
|Early bird registration feed refunds will be applied to all
registrations that were submitted before December 23, 2019. Regular
registration fee refunds will be applied to all registration that were
submitted between December 23, 2019 and February 3, 2020. Any additional late
fees that were applied for late registrations will not be refunded.
4. Why will I not receive a full
Sunnyvale Little League is a volunteer run non-profit 501c3
organization and operate on a limited budget to provide the opportunity to play
baseball in our community. As such, we rely on fundraising, sponsorships,
donations, and registration fees to help fund those activities. Unfortunately,
due to the timing of the COVID-19 virus and shelter-in-place order we received
considerably less than our budgeted fundraising, sponsorship and donation
amounts that were expected for this season.
As well, we have expenses
(uniforms, fields, Little League fees, insurance, processing fees, snack shack,
equipment, facilities upkeep) that have already occurred, and others still to
come. This has put us in a budget shortfall and forced us to dig into our
savings to make up for most of the difference and to enable us to grant
refunds. Unfortunately, due to this situation we cannot refund 100% of the
registration fees without putting our organization in a financial position that
would place future activities at risk.
The league assumes full cost of
items such as Snack Shack inventory, equipment, facilities upkeep, Challenger
uniforms and 25% of uniforms, Little League fees, insurance and credit card
processing fees during registration.
If the league were to issue 100%
refunds to all registrants, we will incur losses of $35,000 to our balance
sheet this year. With the 75% refund option we are applying, the league is
still incurring a $20,000 loss if every member requests a refund.
Can I donate my registration fees to the legaue?
If you choose to donate your registration fees, they will be 100% tax
deductible to the extent allowed by the law. We will send a thank you letter
that serves as a receipt for tax purposes.
6. How do I indicate what
I want done with my registration fees?
Please tell us how you would
like your 2020 Spring registration fees applied via the form that was
emailed to you. If you did not receive an email, please email the league
7. Will there be any baseball in 2020?
It is our intent to offer a regular Fall Baseball (Fall
Ball) season, which would start in September. Details regarding a Fall
program will be available once we have more clarity on the factors that forced
the cancellation of the spring season. We are contemplating the opening of
registration shortly, but may defer the collection of registration fees until
we have clarity on how the season may proceed. More details will be made
available regarding registration shortly.
8. How will I
receive my refund?
We are still trying to determine how to best
issue refunds. We will NOT be issuing refunds via credit card, as the league
assumes a 3.5% fee on all credit card transactions (including
9. Can I just have my 2020 Spring
fees credited to a future season?
We contemplated this as a
refund option, but it will create an issue with our accounting for the 2020
season. We elected to keep this accounting clean by limiting the dispursement
options to refunds and donations.
10. $20,000 seems
like a lot of expenses. How else can I help the league offset some of this
Yes, the cost to run a youth sports league as large as
ours is quite expensive. If you would like to contribute more than just
donating your registration and buy-out amounts back to the league, we also take
donations. If you would like to make an additional donation to the league,
please visit this page, and
scroll to the section on Direct Donations & Corporate
We're heartbroken that we could not resume the
season as we had hoped, but we look forward to seeing you next season. Should
you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact any