To our valued MYAS coaches, parents, and our partners, the parent-volunteer associations that serve them:
Greetings to each and every one of you. I hope you and your family are safe and healthy. The past five business days have been extremely stressful, surreal, sad, and unsettling.
Since Monday, March 16, the Minnesota Youth Athletic Services, Inc. and its educational divisions, Trusted Coaches and Trusted Officials, have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There is no timeline for when operations will be resumed. Staff will be monitoring emails and will respond to you as soon as possible, so please have patience as we all try to work through these unprecedented times. There’s no playbook for how to proceed right now. “We are all in this together!” With the social distancing and closure of school and city owned facilities due to COVID-19, it is important that all of us find ways to get through this as we all struggle to understand all of it. In spite of the absence of organized sports, we will persevere and get through this together.
Regardless of whether the MYAS is able to provide opportunities for youth to play sport, we still remain dedicated to improving the delivery of youth sports services. Therefore, we will be committed to providing content and virtual options for youth basketball and baseball players, coaches, and parents in order to eliminate the restlessness and provide learning opportunities to continue to prepare for the sports we love. With the help from all of our great partners, we will be providing content and resources to keep everyone engaged in youth basketball and baseball at www.myas.org and through our Facebook and Twitter pages. I personally wish you courage as you battle the disruption this pandemic has produced. People will return to youth sports, and will ultimately embrace the opportunities sports provide more strongly than ever before, once we get through this. The power of sports at the youth level has the ability to unite and to heal. Since 1991, the MYAS has been the consistent force in continuing to provide opportunities and solutions for each role of the youth sports experience. More than anything, we look forward to getting through this with all of you so we can put it behind us and look forward to all the amazing benefits and life lessons that sports provide.
MYAS Suspended/Canceled/Upcoming Tournaments, Leagues and Events: In an attempt to gather as much information as possible, MYAS personnel have determined to target Monday, March 30, 2020 as the date to announce how our organization will proceed with the suspended, cancelled and upcoming Gopher State Spring Basketball season, the Gopher State Baseball League, and MYAS-administered Gopher State baseball tournaments. This established determining date will allow the Minnesota youth basketball and baseball communities to have a clearer understanding as to if and when we will regain access to school facilities and city parks.
The Minnesota Youth Athletic Services will continue to provide regular updates regarding the impact of the coronavirus as it relates to other MYAS-administered events at www.myas.org and through our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Dawson N. Blanck, MYAS Executive Director