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SPRING SEASON UPDATE REGARDING COVID-19

May 8, 2020

Dear Bulldogs Families,

Good afternoon. We hope you and your families are faring as well as possible in this difficult time. In this, our 16th year as an organization, we never imagined we would face the challenges we have as a community of players, families, coaches and staff. Our priority, in this time, is to continue to find ways to keep our players connected to sports, and to do so in a way consistent with our four pillars: positivity, effort, perseverance and sportsmanship. The strength and direction provided by these pillars are the very life lessons that are helping us get through this crisis together. We are as committed as ever to fulfilling that mission now and well into the future.

At this time, we are writing to let you know that while we will continue to deliver virtual programming through the end of the Spring calendar, following the directives of the Governor, the City, and other regulatory bodies, we do not believe it will be possible to deliver any programming on the field or in person through the end of June.

After ongoing conversations with many other leagues, sports organizations and families, we have decided to make some changes to our refund and credit policy that we believe are both fair to our families and help ensure that we can sustain the organization at The Bulldog Ball Club so your children can come back to the coaches and teams they know and love as soon as it is safe to do so. We are very much planning and looking forward to doing just that.

A good deal of cost goes into putting on a season, both before and during the season. The staff work for months before opening day to build, organize and train for our programs. We purchase equipment, prepay league and tournament fees, maintain insurance, and incur rent for program, office and storage space among other obligations. The portion of the coaching staff not furloughed has also been hard at work delivering virtual programming in the form of training workouts, quizzes, and webinars throughout the spring. Reflecting those real costs Bulldogs has and is continuing to incur, we would like to offer our families the following options:

1)    DONATION

Please use my payment as a DONATION to help Bulldogs provide continuous operations in this pandemic period, to cover ongoing expenses and allow us to continue to provide requested scholarship assistance for children who want to be a part of our programs.

2)    CREDIT

In light of the costs incurred, please give me a CREDIT for fees collected, less a 30% administrative charge to cover costs incurred. The credit will be available for use across any Bulldogs programming once we reopen. Credits are non-transferable and expire on June 11, 2021. If we do not receive a response from you we will put a credit on your account.

3)    REFUND

Our family is experiencing significant economic hardship as a result of the pandemic. Please consider us for a hardship related REFUND.

Thank you for your continued support and for being a part of the Bulldogs family.

Sincerely,

Your Bulldogs Staff and Coaches

Mission of the Bulldog Ball Club

The Bulldog Ball Club is a youth sports organization based in New York City with a mission to provide children 3-18 years of age the opportunity to develop their athletic abilities, grasp teamwork skills and have a great experience in a safe and positive coaching environment.

We offer year-round programs led by a professional coaching staff designed to instill self-confidence and develop leadership and life skills. Our program offerings include after-school classes, summer camps in Manhattan and East Hampton, Club and Travel Baseball and Basketball team programs as well as private training.

In all of our programs, children are taught age-appropriate skills and are introduced to relevant game concepts. Through group work, small games, and team play, players will grasp the nuances of different sports through the guidance of our Bulldog core values: Positivity, Effort, Perseverance, and Sportsmanship.

Contact us today to set up a risk free trial so your child can experience the Bulldog culture.

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