JUNE 1, 2020
The ILLIANA THUNDERBOLTS plan
to begin playing baseball on June 1, 2020.
This, of course will be decided buy the ongoing
health concerns, local, state and national
government guidance. We will be fielding teams
ages 8 thru 25.
Recently Little League International has cancelled
their season ending local , regional national and
international tournament and Cal Ripken will likely
Therefore we are offering the opportunity for
players and coaches that are hoping to play
baseball this year with their local team can
hop board with the Illina Thunderbolts to get
some baseball in this spring/summer.
We are hoping to begin practices, games
& tournaments on June 1 and continuing
until August 15, 2020.
After speaking with many parents, coaches
and league officials there seems to be strong
desire for our kids to play.
NEXT TO DO:
Our plan is to hold a teleconference on Tuesday
May 5, 20 at 8:00pm to discuss these ideas.
Please try and attend the call so we can determine
if there is a need and how we can move forward to fill it.
To make this happen we will need commitments from
parents, players, coaches and team volunteers right away.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss this idea
please call 708-473-5051.
These are unprecedented times and we will prevail.
To all of our Illiana Thunderbolts players, parents, family and friends,
In support of the nation’s efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, we will be following the designated safe practices set forth by the World Health Organization (WHO), Center for Disease Control (CDC), Federal, State, & Local governments. In addition we will closely follow the actions of the organizations we have chosen to align ourselves over the 17 years that the Illiana Thunderbolts have been active in the world of travel baseball.
The following information will be updated as conditions change:
WINTER BASEBALL CAMP:
The Sunday Indoor Winter Baseball camps are currently suspended. We have been in contact with Coach Ruzich from South Suburban College and at this point we both remain optimistic that we will reschedule camps as soon as possible. We will contact you via text, email as well as post updates on our website.
All private lessons are currently suspended. We intend to reschedule lessons as soon as possible. We will contact you via text, email as well as post updates on our website.
MARCH MADNESS FUNDRAISER:
The NCAA has cancelled the tournament for 2020.
TACO/BINGO NIGHT FUNDRAISER:
We will reschedule this event as soon as possible. We will contact you via text, email as well as post updates on our website.
We are considering the idea of holding other fundraising activities such as:
LOTTO, SIGN/SPONSORS, or should we postpone all fundraising or offer some alternatives THOUGHTS?
2020 SPRING SUMMER SEASON:
ALL games & tournaments are on hold and will be re-confirmed or re-scheduled as soon a possible. We will contact you via text, email as well as post updates on our website.
NOTE: We have already heard that several municipal leagues and newer travel teams have already decided to cancel their seasons. Because of their decision we have been getting many calls from parents looking for another team for their son to play on.
First, rest assured that your spot on the Thunderbolts IS SECURE and will not be given away.
Second, we are considering adding some additional teams to accommodate all of these new players that are now without a team to play for.
We are continuing to finalize the uniform design and costs as well as spirit wear for all our supporters. The store will be open soon and we encourage you to order your uniform so that when we begin the season our players will be ready to suit up.
At this point the fee structure remains the same as we are optimistic that a complete season will still be played .
2020 SPRING SUMMER PRACTICES:
We are suspending practices at least until March 30, 2020. We will re-examine when and if we will practice in small groups in the event that the we are instructed that it is safe and proper to do so. We will contact you via text, email as well as post updates on our website.
Our normal spring maintenance on our practice/game field located at 19801 Halsted Glenwood is obviously been delayed. However based on the recommendation that gatherings of 10 people while observing social distancing is approved, we may be looking to get out the field when the weather is nice to begin getting the field in shape. We will contact you via text, email as well as post updates on our website.
Moving forward, please follow the safe procedure provided to us, such as:
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
Practice respiratory hygiene
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider. Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.
Protection measures for persons who are in or have recently visited (past 14 days) areas where COVID-19 is spreading
- Follow the guidance outlined above.
- Stay at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, until you recover. Why? Avoiding contact with others and visits to medical facilities will allow these facilities to operate more effectively and help protect you and others from possible COVID-19 and other viruses.
- If you develop fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical advice promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition. Call in advance and tell your provider of any recent travel or contact with travelers. Why? Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also help to prevent possible spread of COVID-19 and other viruses.
We will evaluate these decisions on a daily/weekly basis and make adjustments and determinations in conjunction with state directors and their local government agencies.
During this time, we ask you to exercise patience and understanding as we work diligently to administer these policies and coordinate rescheduling efforts. As dedicated leaders with intense passion for the sport we all love, we hope you can appreciate the impact these decisions will have as much on you as anyone else.
In the meantime, will continue to monitor the rapidly evolving Covad-19 situation. As new information is received, we will take appropriate action and notify you immediately of any changes.
See you soon,
Tom Seymour, Leo Gomez
We have also listed several helpful/informative links below:
Attention Illiana Thunderbolts families, friends
Re: Health & Safety Procedures
As we all continue to monitor the news surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization (WHO), and other similar organizations, the ILLIANA THUNDERBOLTS will be introducing and encouraging everyone to follow these new, mandatory health and safety procedures as part of an active way to prevent the spread of germs.
A “no-handshake policy” is to be observed throughout the organization until further notice. This includes all physical contact and extends to customary game-related activities, such as pre-game coaches’ handshakes, umpire-coach introductions, and post-game handshakes between members of opposing teams. Instead, staff, players and coaches should use verbal queues, such as saying “good game,” without shaking hands, high-fiving or fist-bumping.
Maintain Good Hygiene Practices
All Illiana Thunderbolt coaches, parents, friends should be aware of the coronavirus risk and take the necessary precautions to avoid exposure to germs. This includes maintaining good hygiene practices. We strongly recommend the following:
• Wash your hands often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time
• If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol; this is suggested after any physical contact with another person or with a shared surface
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
• Cover your mouth and nose – with a tissue, if possible – when coughing or sneezing, then properly discard the tissue in the trash
• Avoid close contact with anyone else who is coughing or sneezing or who is otherwise sick
• Clean or disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
Advice from the CDC
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has a specific Q&A regarding the virus in children:
Q: Are children more susceptible to the virus that causes COVID-19 compared with the general population and how can infection be prevented?
A: No, there is no evidence that children are more susceptible…
– see here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/children-faq.html
We will continue to follow this issue and will take whatever actions are deemed necessary as indicated by health, government, & the numerous organizations (USSSA, CABA, NIML, ILTBL, AAYA, IHSA, NFHS, AAU, PBR) that we affiliate with. We will provide updates related to these new measures and let you know about any additional precautions to take if and when they become necessary. We appreciate your cooperation in following these new procedures as we work together to maintain the highest health and safety standards as an organization.