Big Willow Families,
In light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and urging from local public officials regarding non-essential gatherings, we will be cancelling all our remaining clinics and practices through April 5. This is an uncertain and rapidly changing situation, and we continue to prioritize the health and well-being of our players, volunteers and families.
We will determine how this will impact other Big Willow events beyond this time frame, as we continue to monitor updates from the Minnesota Department of Health, CDC and our local schools and community youth programs.
Please know that in our decision-making, we are accounting for both the health of our community members and the recognition of the impact this has on families and development of the youth participants. With this, we will continue to assess alternatives with the goal of maintaining the continuity and integrity of our spring baseball program. The board has discussed a fair and accurate process to evaluate players based on past experience as best as possible and will roster teams with coaches, division managers with the goal of having equal ability teams.
Additionally, we would kindly ask parents and children to stay at home if you are feeling ill, and to please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you or anyone in your home plans to travel to a CDC-designated Level 3 country (or layover in an airport located in a Level 3 country).
With this we have provided some helpful tips below.
We at Big Willow thank you for your continued partnership as we navigate this challenge together.
President, Big Willow Baseball Association
Public health officials recommend the following to reduce risk of any viral respiratory infection.
Public Health Resources
Big Willow hosted one of Major League Baseball's sites for their Pitch, Hit, and Run (PHR) competition. Pitch, Hit, & Run is a national skills program that provides boys and girls, ages 7-14, the opportunity to showcase their pitching, hitting, & running abilities in one of two divisions - baseball and softball. Big Willow hosted a Local Competition with results submitted for potential advancement to Sectional, Team, and eventually National Finals.
Results were as follows:
7-8 Year Old Division
All-Around Champion - Jacob Ross
Pitch Champion - Carter Christie
Hit Champion - Rory Paulson
Run Champion - Ryan Hoffman
9-10 Year Old Division
All-Around Champion - Nathan Long
Pitch Champion (3-way tie) - Ben Johnston, Will Johnston, Arlo Abrams
Hit Champion - Johnny Goshgarian
Run Champion - Maxwell Friedell
11-12 Year Old Division
All-Around Champion - Jacob Fristad
Pitch Champion - Camden Nguyen
Hit Champion - Joey Limric
Run Champion - Danny Paster
13-14 Year Old Division
Farm Teams were announced March 19, 2019 for the upcoming Farm season. Our "kid-pitch" Farm division is made up of 9 and 10 year olds (as of May 1st) and younger kids that were evaluated to play up. The teams are as follows:
Team A - Furniture Industries
Coaches - David Hoffman (HC), Bret Schothorst, & Matt Horovitz
Team B - All Inc
Coaches - Jared Christie (HC), Joel Longo, Ryan Rutzick
Team C - Kennedy Vision
Coaches - Nick Erpelding (HC), Bo Johnston, JP Goshgarian
Team D - Cedar Hills Dental
Coaches - Adam Moseley (HC), Jesse Reinhardt, Steve Nguyen