ATTENTION ALL ARMSTRONG ATHLETICS FAMILIES:
I received the following information from PONY Baseball:
PONY (Protect Our Nation’s Youth) Baseball and Softball has always made the safety of our players and their families paramount. As information continues to become available regarding the increasing risk of coronavirus (COVID-19), we wanted to provide you, our players, teams, leagues and volunteers, with additional guidance on the implementation of PONY Baseball and Softball program in your local communities.
To protect our players and their families, we recommend that our leagues exercise an abundance of caution and implement a temporary suspension of all league activities until no earlier than Monday, April 6.
While PONY International Board of Directors and staff feel that it is in the best interest of our volunteers and participant families to delay the implementation of the PONY season to begin no earlier Monday, April 6. If your league chooses to continue to operate in its local community, then we strongly encourage you to seek the counsel of your community municipalities, parks and recreation, public health departments, and local school districts.
At this time, no decision has been made regarding delaying the start of the PONY tournament season, however, it is our hope that our PONY seasons can continue uninterrupted after April 6.
For those leagues that have already begun their seasons, we recommend that you postpone all league activity that may involve the gathering of individuals for games, practices, events, or meetings. If you have not started your season, we kindly ask that you modify your schedule and season plans to start no earlier than Monday, April 6.
Should PONY determine that the recommended delay of the season will extend past April 6, we will provide timely notification and information regarding the impact of such a delay.
We are committed to communicating with you on a consistent basis, providing you with additional information and best practices to work through the coronavirus pandemic. We will be thinking of our global PONY community during this difficult time.
As a result Armstrong Athletics will be suspending the following activities:
– PONY Baseball Practices and Games
– PONY Baseball Player Evaluations
– PONY Baseball Meetings
– PONY Baseball Clinics
*No PONY Baseball activities will be permitted at any Armstrong Athletics facilities until the suspension is lifted. We will provide additional information as it is supplied to us.
We will relay any additional information we receive as soon as we receive it! Thank you for your understanding!
Please feel free to reach out to me with any additional questions or concerns.
Brian K. Shaffer
Armstrong Athletics President