CALEDONIA BASEBALL SOFTBALL LEAGUE (CBSL), a chartered member of Little League Baseball, Inc., is a volunteer organization that provides Caledonia, MICHIGAN community youth with a friendly, instructional setting to participate in baseball & softball play, skills development, and good sportsmanship in a safe and nurturing environment. The best interests of the children may not be compromised for the interests of a parent, fan and/or coach.
Important Season Notice
June 1, 2020
Dear CBSL Community,
As mentioned in our prior correspondence, the CBSL Board set an “early June” deadline to make a final determination on the status of our season. Yesterday, our team met to discuss some of the most recent developments at the state and local level, including:
The extension of Michigan’s “Stay Home Stay Safe” Order until June 12th.
Discussions with other area leagues (District 9) as to possible MDHHS mandated restrictions and/or cancellations of youth athletics.
Availability and usage of fields or properties belonging to Caledonia Community Schools.
Additional safety, logistical and other issues in proceeding with our season.
Although today’s announcement lifted #1 above, we are unable to envision a scenario that would allow us to proceed with our season. Therefore, effective immediately, we are saddened to say that our board has voted to cancel the 2020 season. While from our first correspondence on March 12th, we remained committed to having a season, it became evident in recent days that this simply would no longer be possible. Although while we take some solace in that “we tried everything,” we are, likewise, heartbroken in coming to this conclusion.
In the coming days, we will be in contact with you about facilitating player refunds as we wrap up the season. We also would like to extend an early invite to our annual meeting in September (date TBA) as an opportunity to share your thoughts, feedback, and opportunities for improvement.
On behalf of our entire team, we again would like to thank you for your thoughtful words and tremendous support throughout. We wish you continued health and safety.
As our board continues to seek guidance from state and local officials, we understand that some families are no longer able to commit to playing in the upcoming season. While we remain hopeful for a “mid-June to late-July” calendar, the status of our upcoming season remains uncertain and, therefore, we are going to extend an opportunity for players to “opt-out” of participating.
If you no longer wish to participate in the upcoming season, we kindly ask that complete our player opt-out form below no later than Tuesday, May 26.
If you do wish to play this season, no action is required at this time. (do not complete the form if you still wish to remain on a team)
Important notes about the player opt-out form
1. Once a player chooses to opt-out, they will be removed from all rosters and, therefore, unable to play in the upcoming season.
2. For families with multiple children, please submit a separate request for each player you wish to opt-out.
3. Player refunds will be made at a later date.
4. Schedules have yet to be determined. Please note that games could be played Mon-Sat.
5. Opt-out requests cannot be accepted after Tuesday, May 26.
As you may have read in the media, due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Little League International has recently announced the cancellation their 82 regional tournaments and their respective 7 World Series events, including its Little League Baseball World Series in South Williamsport, PA.
With this news, however, Little League has also encouraged its member leagues to pursue/resume their local seasons & tournaments, where possible, under careful guidance of municipal/state authorities and health officials. As a chartered member, Caledonia Little League (CBSL) remains committed to playing an abbreviated season this spring if/when local and state officials instruct us that it is safe to do so. As the calendar continues to turn, however, we realize that a decision will ultimately need to be made and, therefore, our board has set an “early June” deadline on a decision to proceed either way.
Please note that in addition to state and local government clearance, CBSL will also need approval for use of fields belonging to Caledonia Community Schools (CCS) and Kent County Parks Department which, likewise, may have a differing impact on our various playing levels (divisions). Assuming we receive approval from all parties, our goal is to run our season from mid-late June until late July or early August.
While times continue to remain uncertain and additional changes to Michigan’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order may alter our current plans, we are committed to make a decision, at the latest, by early-June and will provide you with any additional updates in the interim.
Once again, thank you for your continued patience and support during this time.
Caledonia Baseball Softball League (CBSL) Lightning Safety Policy
CBSL will implement and follow these Lightning Avoidance Procedures; these guidelines are
in accordance with current NOAA policies and will be updated to include the most current
thinking and technologies.
The President of CBSL will see to it that all Board Members, Coaches, and Umpires are
trained in CBSL’s Lightning Avoidance Policy. The President may appoint a designee to
handle this function.
CBSL will adhere to the following two Avoidance Procedures:
1. When Thunder Roars (or Rumbles), Go Indoors!
2. When the SPARKY function of WeatherBug indicates Lightning within 10 miles.
When either criteria is met, ALL field activity WILL BE SUSPENDED for 30 minutes after the
last audible Thunder or when SPARKY indicates the current Lightning Strikes are greater
than 10 miles away.
Visually sighting Lightning is not a criteria but should sharpen awareness. Under certain
conditions, Lightning can be seen over 50 miles away and does not pose immediate danger.
The individuals responsible for postponement due to Lightning are as follows:
1. The President
2. A Board Member
The President will attempt to schedule a Board Member as the Daily Field Director. This
Director will be responsible for calling a postponement. However due to CBSL utilizing
several field locations, the lack of personnel, unexpected weather conditions, etc., a Field
Director may not be available. The Coaches and Umpires are also authorized to order a
The Coaches and Umpires will receive Annual Training in CBSLs Lightning Avoidance
If a postponement is necessary, seek adequate shelter immediately. Adequate shelter is a
building with plumbing and wiring such as a school, church, restaurant, or home. An
automobile is also acceptable and in most cases the only option at a ball field.
Picnic pavilions, dugouts, under trees, are NOT places of refuge.
Coaches will be responsible for making sure the players and umpires have adequate shelter.
If the game can not be resumed, the Coaches will make sure the players are returned to
their parents or offer other arrangements.
A game will not be allowed to resume if it is too dark to safely play. If the field is under
water, play may have to be cancelled. The Field Director is the preferred individual to make
this decision but the Umpires are also trained with regard to safe play conditions. It is
preferable NOT to have the Coaches make this decision as they are emotionally attached to
Under the RARE instance where someone is struck by Lightning, apply the following:
1. Call 911
2. The victim is NOT electrically charged and can be touched.
3. Often the heart’s rhythm is stopped due to the electrical charge. CPR or an AED will
often times get the otherwise undamaged heart beating again.
4. If possible, move the victim to a safer location———Lightning CAN strike twice.
A Tornado or Severe Thunderstorm WATCH do not automatically dictate a cancellation. However such conditions will bring a heightened awareness to the weather situation.
The President, or appointee, will use all available resources such as local forecasts, radar,
WeatherBug, etc., to decide if Play should be cancelled. If it is deemed safe to play as
scheduled, additional Field Directors will be called and placed into service.
Under NO circumstances will play commence or proceed if a Tornado or Severe
Thunderstorm WARNING is issued for CBSL’s Fields.
When Thunderstorms threaten, Coaches and CBSL Officials must not let the desire to start
or complete a baseball game hinder their judgment when the safety of players and
spectators is in jeopardy!
Lightning Safety is an Inconvenience that can save YOUR Life!
Little League International has updated its bat rules & requirements for the 2018 season. As a member organization, CBSL is required to comply with these rules for all play ages and divisions. Therefore, before purchasing a new bat, please carefully read the rules linked below as players will not be allowed to use a non-conforming bat in any games or practices.