By Ray Hamill — Local Little League officials are still hoping for a season despite the news this week that this year’s Little League World Series has been canceled.
On Thursday, Little League International made what it described as a “difficult and disappointing decision to cancel its World Series and Region Tournaments,” the first time it has done so in 74 years of competition.
That, however, does not mean there won’t be local and even state tournaments, with the organization still anticipating a possible return date for local play within the next 10 days.
The organization added that it is hoping all-star tournaments will go ahead all the way to state levels, if possible.
According to a statement issued on Friday on littleleague.org, “As certain states and municipalities begin their phased approaches to reopening, it is highly encouraged that each league and district adheres to the guidelines set forth by their respective state and local government and health officials in terms of public gatherings, organized youth sports, and sporting events when determining when it is safe to return to Little League activities after May 11.”
McKinleyville Little League responded to the statement on its Facebook page, saying “We are hopeful that we can work with our local health officials and government to receive their guidance on what we will need to do in order to begin the season.
“Uniforms, gear and team placement has been prepared and we are ready to begin when Humboldt County allows us to.”
The statement added, “We will be coordinating with our local leagues in our district to figure out a solution to the end of season tournaments that so many kids look forward to.”
The 2020 World Series tournament was scheduled to take place from August 20 to 30 in Williamsport, Pa.
Little League International covers 6,500 community-based programs in 84 countries.
The cancellation affects seven World Series tournaments as well as 82 qualifying tournaments.