UpdatedFriday 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, your state’s

public health department, and other county and/or local authorities including any precedents set by your

school districts and governmental agencies.