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What are my registration fee recovery options now that the season is canceled? We are offering three (3) options:

With the Spring 2020 baseball season being canceled, BSLL offers the following options for those families that registered for the Spring 2020 season:

  • $75 Credit Toward Future Season - This option will allow the league to minimize the effect of sunk costs on future 2020 seasons. Credit will be issued into your account for used during your next registration, good through Dec 31st, 2021
  • Tax Deductible $75 Credit Donation to BSLL - This would assist BSLL through this challenging time and invest in the future of quality community-based Little League baseball and softball programs. If you choose this option, we thank your generosity.
  • Refund of $50 via Check 

What will be the timing of the refund? We will begin processing requested refunds on or about May 22, 2020. You’ll have until June 1st to request a credit or refund, and if no choice is designated, your fee will be considered a donation.

How do I submit my choice for my registration fee option? Please follow the instructions below. Log into the BSLL.org account that you had used to register your child(ren) for the BSLL Spring 2020 Sports season. Verify your full name and address in your account settings .For each registered participant in your account, select the Edit (pencil icon) option and answer Question #1 which presents the three (3) registration fee choices. Scroll down and click “Save” at the bottom when you are done. Repeat this process for each registered child. We will begin processing requested refunds on or about May 22nd. You’ll have until June 1 to request a credit or refund, and if no choice is designated, your fee will be considered a donation. 

Click here for step-by-step instructions

What if I don't remember my Username and Password for BSLL.org? If you need to lookup your Username or reset your Password - and the "Forgot your Username or Password" option is not working for you (for example, if you had changed your email address or the reset email message was filtered as SPAM), please call the website support line at 866-258-3303.

May I request a refund, but then use those funds to submit a matching donation through my employer? Yes, several families have elected to double the impact of their donation by utilizing matching donations through their employer. 

Will I receive a donation letter for tax purposes if I choose to donate my registration fee? Yes, BSLL will send a donation acknowledgement letter to all families who donate their registration fee. **Please note** - The CARES Act adds a new above-the-line deduction that allows an individual who does not itemize to deduct up to $300 of cash contributions to a qualified charity. This is in addition to the standard deduction.

Why did BSLL cancel the Spring 2020 Baseball and Softball seasons? There were two primary factors that led to this decision:

  1. An uncertain timeline for when youth sports, particularly game play, could resume. The City of Tampa’s Phase I allows for outdoor activities with social distancing measures implemented that involves no contact and less than 10 participants. We do expect that at some point in the future larger youth sporting events will be allowed, but currently there is no timeline or date for when that will occur.
  2. Significant loss of player participation in a delayed season. As per the league survey to parents to gain information about interest in participating in a delayed season roughly 65% of Spring 2020 baseball and softball families responded, with about 35% indicating that they would not participate or still remained unsure about participating in a delayed season. Secondary reasons for not participating included 1) scheduling conflicts, 2) concerns about summer heat. However, the biggest factor in deciding not to play was ongoing concerns about COVID-19. This significant loss of players would lead to a reduction in teams in each division with no opportunity to inter-league play as all surround leagues have also canceled their seasons. Our conclusion is that with the uncertainty of when game play could occur and with the loss of player participation eliminates the viability of continuing a spring season for us.

Why doesn’t BSLL extend their spring seasons indefinitely into the summer? The primary reason is that we cannot predict how indefinite the extension would be. With every passing day, more families will withdraw for various reasons – removing both players and volunteers – and it would be too difficult to sustain the planned seasons.

Does BSLL intend to offer Summer 2020 Programs in lieu of Spring sports? We are currently investigating potential options for Summer Camps and Player Development Programs, but no decisions have been made on these options yet.

Why didn’t BSLL initially offer full refunds when the Spring 2020 Recreation Seasons were cancelled? As with many youth sports organizations, a significant amount of funds have been spent or contractually committed. As such, BSLL stands to lose in excess of $125,000 if full refunds are given to all families. 

What expenses did BSLL incur by offering Spring baseball and softball programs? If the season is cancelled, what costs were there? Doesn't the City of Tampa pay for the fields and field maintenance? By offering a 2020 Spring Sports season and subsequently having roughly 500 children register to play, BSLL incurred the following costs: Credit card processing and bank fees, accounting fees, insurance fee per player, coach resources, volunteer background checks, Positive Coaching Alliance workshops & materials, and field maintenance, field improvement/capital project costs, uniform expenses, equipment and training materials, safety and security materials. Regarding fields, BSLL fully funds the field maintenance for both the Davis Islands and Hyde Park facilities.

Why would it be difficult for BSLL to absorb the spent or contractually committed funds? Bayshore Little League, a 501(c)(3) organization (EIN #59-3339774), is a 100% volunteer organization that is solely responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of our facilities. BSLL is not designed to make money. Our programs all submit deficit-free budgets with the primary source of income from registration fees. We use the income to pay for all of the expenses involved with running a youth sports organization, including unexpected expenses such as equipment failure or loss, and field damage. Any profits that may result after a given season are returned to the program for future equipment purchases and capital improvements, for example - BSLL's planned $90,000 contribution toward the Fieldhouse New Bathroom Project at the David Islands facility scheduled to occur this year.

Our volunteers are committed to ensuring that BSLL is available for our community when we move beyond the Coronavirus Covid-19 global pandemic.

Thank you for your ongoing support and take care of yourselves,

The Bayshore Little League Board of Directors

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Tampa, Florida 33606

Email: [email protected]

Bayshore Little League

181 Columbia Drive 
Tampa, Florida 33606

Email: [email protected]
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