Summertime is normally a busy time for little league baseball parents and athletes, and local leagues remain hopeful that will hold true this season.
With so many events postponed and cancelled with coronavirus concerns, Matt Brown with Columbus Little League says this year’s season is in a “wait-and-see” limbo right now.
“At this time we’re in a holding pattern and waiting to see when Governor Abbott will lift restrictions. At this time, the only activities involving sports are those that are played with four or less participants. Obviously baseball and softball don’t fall into that category,” Brown said. “Right now, our season is still suspended until the restrictions are removed. Once they are removed, we can have a better idea of how we will move forward with some sort of little league season. What that looks like is anyone’s guess at this point. That has been the most challenging aspect of this entire ordeal; our inability to plan dates and schedules when we don’t know when this will end. Until we have definitive approval from the State of Texas, as well as our local authorities, we will continue to stay off the fields so that we don’t jeopardize the health and well-being of the youth in our league,” Brown explained.
In a statement on their social media page, Rice Youth Sports League said they are “prepared and ready when the OK is given to proceed” with summer sports.
The league moved their volleyball camp from June to July, and have stated if there is no youth football season, registration money will be refunded to parents.