Citing too many obstacles to overcome, Rockville Centre Little League cancelled its spring baseball and softball seasons but could return to action in the fall.
“We made the difficult decision to not have a season,” RVC Little League V.P. of Softball Operations Paul Sewell said. “We’re hoping we can get something done for a fall season.”
The decision came May 23 — three weeks before Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced some youth sports can begin in early July as part of the next phase of reopening in Nassau County
“Young people can engage in sports [with] two spectators per child, so that’s another step toward return to normalcy,” Cuomo said at his June 14 press conference.
Baseball, softball, gymnastics, field hockey, cross country and crew will be allowed once Phase 4 begins, which in Nassau County is expected to be July 8. Typically, Little League baseball and softball open during the first week of April.
In mid-March, the Little League International Board of Directors advised programs across the country to delay their seasons until at least May 11 due to Covid-19. With that timeframe increasing week by week, the likelihood of a season became more and more bleak.
Sewell said RVC had approximately 700 kids registered. “To unwind the decision now when most registrants were already refunded wasn’t possible,” he said.
Little League International, which operates more than 6,500 programs in 84 countries, posted a season resumption guide on its website (www.littleleague.org) and will be updating it regularly.