July 21, 2020 – The DC Grays RBI youth baseball and softball programs have started their summer 2020 seasons, with a full “return to play” program designed to protect the health and safety. These guidelines are based on best practices developed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the District of Columbia Health Department. The DC Grays RBI “return to play” plans were developed in consultation with Major League Baseball, and are based on guidelines suggested by MLB and Little League International.
Given the uncertainty surrounding the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in the National Capital Area, the Board of Directors of DC Grays Baseball voted unanimously not to field a team in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League this summer. All players currently under contract to the DC Grays will receive full releases, allowing them to sign with other summer college teams if they so choose. All fees will be refunded in full. After the pandemic has passed, we look forward to fielding a championship-level team in the Ripken League in 2021.
DC Grays Baseball will continue to operate its DC Grays RBI youth program this summer – and will have kids on the field as soon as fields and parks are opened up in the District of Columbia. DC Grays RBI is an affiliate of MLB’s Reviving Baseball in Inner-Cities (RBI) initiative, and provides baseball and softball opportunities for boys and girls ranging in age from 9-18. Last year over 260 kids participated in DC Grays RBI programs, most of them from Wards 6, 7, and 8.