NWMO Little League Update
Hello once again to you all,
The officers of the NW Little League would like to update you all about the outlook for our 2020 baseball season. As most of you probably heard, Little League International has canceled its World Series and Regional tournaments for the 2020 season. This is the first time they have done this in their 75 year history, and it was done with a “heavy heart.”
As part of that announcement today, Little league International did say if there is an opportunity for local leagues to have a season that is safe, then we could potentially have some kind of season. Because we want to do all we can to serve kids and families, NW little league would like for more time to pass and more information to be available before we would cancel the 2020 season.
To be completely clear, there cannot be any NW Little League practices or games during the month of May. This is for two main reasons:
- to promote safety and comply with the guidelines sent from the governor’s office regarding social distancing whenever possible, and
- we have not sent money to Little League for 2020 and therefore we do not have insurance in place to cover our players and volunteers.
If there are any towns or teams that know already that they do not want to participate in the 2020 season no matter what, we will refund their dues upon request. We do realize that the season will be abnormal if we do get to have a season. If it looks by late May that we are going to be able to play after June 1, we will try our best to come up with a creative solution that works best for our league. We do not think there will be any All-Star teams, but that decision has not been made by our district yet. If it is clear by late May that no safe 2020 season will be possible, we will cancel at that time and process refunds.
The safety of our players, volunteers and families is most important to us, and we are taking the COVID-19 virus very seriously. We will continue to be in contact with local health departments and continue to monitor numbers and trends in our state and area. In the meantime, we encourage families to stay active outdoors and play lots of ball in their yards in hopes of getting back on the fields as soon as is safe and practical.
Best regards and stay safe,