More Coronavirus Fallout: Little League Recommends Suspension of All Activities Through May 11
What little hope was held out for the early resumption of spring sports across America received a blow when Little League International, following the most recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “is strongly advising” all its local Little League programs to suspend/delay their Little League seasons through no earlier than Monday, May 11.
“We implore you to follow this recommendation and suspend all Little League activities through no earlier than May 11,” the organization said in a March 16 statement.
“The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic is rapidly changing the way that we, as global citizens, think, act, gather, learn and live our daily lives. And, yes, that also means how we play Little League,” it added.
The statement continued: “We recognize that this is the heart of the traditional Little League season and we share in the great disappointment that many are feeling surrounding this additional pause in the 2020 season. However, it is our hope that by doing this, we will all play a small, but important part in flattening the curve in the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
“As this situation evolves, Little League International is committed to sharing the best guidance possible for all of our 6500 leagues in more than 84 countries. It is our sincere hope that we can find ways to bring everyone back to the Little League fields this season, whether that’s later this spring or throughout the summer.”
Little League International is currently working through possible scenarios for the 2020 Little League International Tournament and tournament eligibility for its leagues and players in its various divisions of play.
The organization is also sharing guidance on how to resume operations when appropriate, best practices for handling the financial implications and how leagues can communicate with parents and families about this delay in Little League activity. This information will continue to be developed and shared on LittleLeague.org/Coronavirus.
It has also developed a series of FAQs available at LittleLeague.org/Coronavirus.