LLWS 2020 Cancelled

montoursvillefan

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You knew this already I'm sure.

 

bankshot1

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I live in suburban NJ and very close by is a newly refurbished LL field. It is beautiful, the field a sparkling emerald green. Its pristine. And I'm sad knowing this suburban field of dreams has yet to hear the crack of the bat, the thud of baseball nestling into a glove, or the excited voices of the next generation of Willies, Mickeys or Mookies playing a game.
 

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Yeah, seems very few if any little leagues in the country will play at all, never mind determine reps to send to the tourney. Sadly, this was probably one of the easiest sports calls to make
 

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I'm guessing that the Little League Classic that the Sox were playing in this year is probably also cancelled then, regardless of how the schedule is updated if they get going again. A shame all around.
 

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Yeah, this one hurts. My son is a 12 year old, in a town that is extremely competitive, so this was his time to play for the district team that always has a chance of making it through the state tournament. He had a really good year last year as a pitcher and would have been one of the 2-3 starters on this year's team. The whole thing blows, but fortunately, he doesn't seem to be upset about it. I think I'm going to miss it more than him, but it hurts to think I'll probably never see him play a real baseball game again. He's a competitive swimmer (5 days a week, 2 hours a day, year round) and he's starting to play a lot of golf, so as the kids make the move to the big diamond, this was probably going to be his last year.
 

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I'm on the board for our town's league. We met the other night and decided (provided that the gathering limit in RI does extend to 50 people in June) that we are going to run 1 game per night. Majors one night, minors the next. We are going to decide whether we make fans stay in cars or just ask that each kid ring no more than 1 fan. We aren't going to open the concession stand, which stinks since it's a good money maker for us.
We're planning to run from ~June 11 - July 20 or so. The benefit to us is that it's unlikely that either town football or soccer will be able to start on time, which will allow us to extend our season into what would have normally been "fall sports" season.
Little League International sent this note today:
Little League Season resumption letter
and season resumption guide
 

Doug Beerabelli

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I'm also on the board for our town's LL, in CT. Spring season cancelled. Might try to pull off some sort of summer thing, but unlikely. And fall baseball is up in the air because the league disbanded last year (its non LL affiliated, kind of an inter-town travel league, but most teams are town teams without try outs etc).

Disappointing to say the least for the kids. My frosh in HS has moved on to golf after a lot of baseball--most of it travel team--so it's not hitting home badly. I lose the ability to drive by a field full of kids and a) say I'm happy not to be coaching this year, and b) secretly think to myself how much I miss it and miss watching my son play baseball.
 

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Babe Ruth is going to try to play it, all the way through the World Series. Email I got from the President today:
Babe Ruth League, Inc has always been deeply committed to providing all of our participants with the very best educational sports experience possible in a safe and enjoyable environment. We thank you for your patience, understanding, and support as we navigate through these unparalleled times. It is the goal of Babe Ruth League, Inc. to achieve a complete 2020 local league season so everyone can participate in the game they love. It remains our hope that once permission is granted by state and local health officials, we’ll return to our community fields and play as much baseball and softball as we can for the remainder of the 2020 year. We’ll be encouraging our commissioners to extend local league play into the summer and fall months in order to permit a full season for everyone. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, timelines are now flexible. Commissioners in your state will work with league presidents to discuss if and when district and state tournaments can take place. Information regarding Regional Tournaments and World Series dates and locations will be forthcoming as we explore other opportunities and formats in the next several weeks once our leagues get back up and running. Until we meet again on the diamond, we ask you to focus on the guidelines set by local, state and federal governments to make sure we all do our part to ensure the health, well-being and safety of our players, families, volunteers and fans. Be sure to stay connected with Babe Ruth League through our email, social media and websites for the most up to date information. Sincerely,
Steven Tellefsen President/CEO Babe Ruth League, Inc.
 

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I'm guessing that the Little League Classic that the Sox were playing in this year is probably also cancelled then, regardless of how the schedule is updated if they get going again. A shame all around.
Yes, the Sox/Balmer MLB Classic is also off the books. Apparently they will try to reschedule the identical event next year.