COVID-19UpdatedFriday March 13, 2020 byCheri Colbert.
For Immediate Release
March 13, 2020
COVID-19 Coronavirus Update
While every community is affected differently by the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Dixie
Youth Baseball believes it is in the best interest our DYB league volunteers and participants to postpone
regular season play including all league activities that involve the gathering of individuals for games
and/or practices to resume no earlier than April 4, 2020.
The deadline for franchise renewals will be extended until May 1, 2020. As information becomes
available, DYB will provide timely information and notification regarding any extension of the delay in
regular season play and activities. At this time, there is no decision regarding delaying the district and
state tournaments and the Dixie Youth World Series.
DYB will modify our regulations regarding tournament team eligibility for the 2020 season as
necessary. We encourage any league that chooses to not delay their season to consult with their local
government, school boards and health departments before making a final decision.
The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that more cases of
COVID-19 are likely to be identified in the United States in the coming days, including more instances of
community spread. It’s likely that at some point, widespread transmission of COVID-19 in the United
States will occur. Widespread transmission of COVID-19 would translate into large numbers of people
needing medical care at the same time. Schools, childcare centers, recreation facilities and workplaces,
may experience more absenteeism and/or closures. Mass gatherings may be sparsely attended or
Public health and healthcare systems may become overloaded, with elevated rates of
hospitalizations and deaths. Other critical infrastructure, such as law enforcement, emergency medical
services, and sectors of the transportation industry may also be affected. The federal government is
working closely with state and local authorities, as well as public health partners, to respond to this public
health threat. At this time, there is no vaccine to protect against COVID-19 and no medications approved
to treat it.
Everyone can do their part to help respond to this emerging public health threat. Individuals and
communities should familiarize themselves with recommendations to protect themselves and their
communities from getting and spreading respiratory illnesses like COVID-19. Older people and people
with severe chronic conditions should take special precautions because they are at higher risk of
developing serious COVID-19 illness.
This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. The CDC will provide updated information as it
becomes available, in addition to updated guidance. Dixie Youth Baseball strongly encourages all
officials and affiliates to stay in contact with their local government, health department and healthcare
providers for any future developments that may affect your community.
Dixie Youth Baseball will continue to monitor this situation. We advise all of our leagues to follow
the guidelines of the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at www.cdc.gov, your state’s
public health department, and other county and/or local authorities including any precedents set by your
school districts and governmental agencies.