Little League Baseball
Opening day across the Nation has been postponed. COVID-19 has impacted nearly every area of our lives, and even our National past time has taken a blow. With Major League spring ball season at a standstill, our own local Little League program is also influx. Little League baseball has been a fixture in our community for decades. Annually dozens of our youth hit the field at Wardman Park, and many times they end up playing for championships (see our story on Little League from last season: https://advancingdhs.com/2018/07/18/baseball-anyone/ ). Just last week, the National Little League Organization released this statement, “With the most recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Little League International Board of Directors and staff is now strongly advising all its local Little League programs to suspend/delay their Little League seasons through no earlier than Monday, May 11. We implore you to follow this recommendation and suspend all Little League activities through no earlier than May 11.” (to read more from their official statement please go to: http:// https://www.littleleague.org/news/recommended-temporary-suspension-of-little-league-activities/ )
With Little League being such a huge part of our community, I thought it would be fitting to check in on our local Little League President Alfred Morando. Alfred has a long resume with our Little League, and is not a novice. While this is his first year serving as President, for 3 years he served as vice president, and as a manager/coach for 6 years. Below is our conversation:
Take us through the process, what has been the most difficult part concerning the Little League response to COVID-19?
· “The most challenging aspect running a little league this year has been the challenge of getting all parents and kids to understand why we had to postpone season. [In a sense] Parents have really had no concerns about the virus, and in reality they want season to go on.”
The Little League statement seems ambitious, is there a cause for concern regarding their statement when considering the State, County, and City guidelines?
· “As of right now, we have an estimated time frame of May 11th but we are complying with our city’s suggestions and protocols to hold everything until we get a confirmation we have turn the corner with this pandemic.”
For our readers, what words of encouragement/advice do you have for their children who desire to get on the field sooner than later?
· “Best message I can have for my parents and future players, would be train at home, let’s get their minds off this ordeal and hope for the best, our main objective now is to keep our future(children) healthy and safe so we can get back to baseball hopefully this season.”
We Are In This Together!
This is Not an Obstacle, it’s an Opportunity
Many businesses have been shutdown nationwide due to the current pandemic. Understandably there is frustration and anxiety, but I am one who always looks for a bit of positivity in every situation. This situation is unique, but there are many opportunities that have presented themselves. I want to focus on 3 distinct opportunities that lie before us presently: rest/self care, family/friendships, and pursuit of vision.
Use this time wisely. Before we know it, we may be back to work and our daily grind will commence. However, the return will likely be intense. Whatever was left at the announcement of the shutdown will be there waiting, with new business ready to move forward. Rest right now is imperative. Now, many may be thinking that rest is impossible with all of the financial uncertainty in the midst. One of my favorite quotes concerning rest is from John Lubbock in his book entitled The Use of Life, “Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” For the most part, we have been charged to “shelter in place/stay at home”, and unless we are essential workers, we should use a portion of this time to REST!!! Speaking of our essential workers, let’s continue to celebrate and encourage them! We are literally surviving because of their sacrifices.
This time “off” should be utilized to build sand strengthen familial relationships and bonds. Because of the rat race, many of us seldom have time to eat at the dinner table as a family (anyone else grow up that way?). The usual pattern revolves around kids being rushed off to school, parents running to work, and then a scramble to get home, fed, showered, and in the bed…. Repeat. But now, consider all the time we have to enjoy our families and friends. Imagine the strength of your circle if you used this time to pour 40 hours a week into building your familial unit. Furthermore, consider the impact on your friendships if the same principle was applied. This is a golden opportunity!
Pursuit of Vision
Now, my favorite part. That book you’ve envisioned writing… write it! That small business you’ve contemplated launching, launch it! This is it! You have literally been freed up to pursue your passion. Want to learn to play an instrument? Do it! The sky is the limit, and we can’t waste this opportunity. I believe that we will recover from this, stronger than ever. But until then, let’s not waste all of this time binge watching our favorite shows! I pray that we can look back at the end of this pandemic and declare, “something good came out of this!”
Our Library is on the Way!!!
Finally, we have several non-profits who have accepted the challenge in serving our community during this pandemic. Although each organization operates year round, they have all taken special measures to help meet current the need of those in our community. For those that are in need of food please contact:
· Paul Springs Unified School District
Meals are being provided on several school sites. For more information(760) 883-2700
· Food Now: 14080 Palm Dr E, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240 (760) 329-4100 Wednesday and Thursday 8am-12pm food box distribution.
· Word of Life Fellowship Center
66290 Estrella Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240 (760)251-3930.
Dinner served “to go”
· Monday-Wednesday- Friday 2pm-3pm
· Tuesday 3pm-5pm
St. Elizabeth’s Parish
66700 Pierson Blvd Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240 Office: (760) 329-8794 | Fax: (760) 329-6760
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