Restoring Spring Sports for 2020!
Our student athletes are ready to safely learn and lead with confidence.
This plan is apolitical. We just want hope for our youth.
Baseball Inspires People
High school baseball players, coaches, and parents are respectfully asking the MHSAA to implement a plan to resume a modified varsity spring 2020 season. The modified season may begin once it is ruled safe to play. The season could be optional for ALL SPRING SPORTS, schools, coaches, players, and officials. Games would take place at carefully selected high school fields and/or available small private venues by region. Let's work together, plan appropriately, and allow our youth to continue to learn and lead. The organizational power of the MHSAA is vital during this process and it is our goal to provide the organization with statewide support for this initiative. Ideally, we would have the mutual support of the MDE, MEA and operate under the guidelines of the MHSAA. Specific plans will be developed to allow for successful completion that is respectful of education, focused on safety, arm care, aware of costs, flexible with travel seasons, and does not interfere with upcoming fall sports. Planning with optimism will give our kids hope and a reason to engage with coaches, exercise, avoid injury, and stay healthy.
When the State of Michigan reopens and it is deemed safe to assemble again, would you support the possibility of restoring a 2020 spring sports season that is thoughtfully planned? YES NO
The COVID-19 crisis is becoming manageable and we simply must restore optimism for our communities. Baseball represents the best in American young men and they can help us blaze a new trail and inspire the people of Michigan. Let's work together to create an abbreviated season that is fully optional for any school, player, or coach to participate. There are hundreds of reasons why this idea can't work, but none that can extinguish the hope of thousands of young men across our great state. You get three strikes in baseball so let's make the most of this moment. It's not the best time to get "caught looking" because we will remember this decision for the rest of our lives.
Our initiative aligns with the philosophy of most principals, superintendents, and other educational professionals. We are looking for our youth to learn and lead with confidence through collaboration with others during and outside the school day. In the absence of an actual school day, a spring sports season can be the conduit for student fulfilment and leadership. The academic professionals are moving forward with an educational plan and the athletic professionals should have the support to move forward with an athletic plan. We still have time to do both for the benefit of our kids. This can be a positive, optimistic, and collaborative effort by all of us! View State Board of Education
E.G; Portage Public Schools Policy - CLICK HERE!
“To me, baseball has always been a reflection of life. Like life, it adjusts. It survives everything.” – Willie Stargell
Kids Need Hope
Like 9-11, this is a crisis that defines our youth. How do they respond? How do they rise up? Do they face their fears or do they cower to the unknown? What will they remember 25 years from now? We have the ability to provide them with opportunities for leadership and a roadmap to be unafraid and to realize their own hopes and dreams. Sometimes hope is all that is needed and can result in the very best of our youth.
In times of despair, the representatives that we normally depend upon often need our help. As you know, MHSAA was forced to make the most difficult decision to cancel spring sports for 2020. Their decision is fully understood and we appreciate the process. However, this is an unusual time and flexibility must be allowed as the situation changes on a local, state, and federal level in the coming months. There are no rules during this crisis and we must work together to make certain that we get it right for all of our kids. They are watching us!
In March of 2020, the international COVID19 coronavirus crisis changed our world and created uncertainty for everyone. Our local, state, and federal government was aggressive in protecting our citizens with bold initiatives to mitigate the spread of the virus.
The actions we take today with our world of high school baseball can have far-reaching effects on our communities. Our youth can be inspired by us. They want to be brave and rise to showcase their talents. They deserve the opportunity to make that choice, not us.
"Everyone's plans have just changed. The nation is in a holding pattern. Nobody really knows what to expect next. But, if it's baseball with your friends and family, nobody is going to argue." - Everyone
Incredible Americans who created the remedies, vaccines, and solutions to kill the virus threat are also anxious to return to normalcy and restore their livelihoods. Children and young adults have watched their parents fight for survival during the scariest times of their lives.
The reward for this victory is our ability to restore confidence in each other. A new American dream is only threatened by the fear of failure. Together we must move forward and attack life stronger than ever before. We must restore our American pride and spirit with brave new initiatives, especially for our kids.
Baseball Marks Time
Specifically for our baseball kids, the ability for them to complete their high school season will restore their faith in all of us. Their world is baseball...every day, every moment, and every hour. They have shown incredible passion and dedication. They have followed the guidelines of our local, state, and national government. Our kids have been good stewards during this national tragedy. They deserve to be rewarded and to leave the baseball field without regret and on their terms.
We can do this!
For every problem there is a solution. We are all doing our very best. American's solve problems. We've won every war, we've defeated every illness, and we've grown a great nation using freedom and impossible ideas.
"Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success or put its failures behind and start over again. That’s the way life is, with a new game every day, and that’s the way baseball is.” – Bob Feller
"It ain't over, til it's over." - Yogi Berra