October 21, 2021

Officials hope to salvage season

Crown City, Homer Little Leagues

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The Little League team from River Ridge, Louisiana, lines the third baseline and the Curacao team lines the first baseline during team introductions before the Little League World Series Championship game Aug. 25, 2019, at Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The 2020 Little League World Series and the championship tournaments in six other Little League divisions were canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

With Little League International canceling the 2020 Little League World Series and regional tournaments, Crown City and Homer Little Leagues are hoping to salvage even a short season to give its players something to look forward to this summer.

“Our intent is to begin local league play on July 1 as long as conditions permit us to do so safely,” Crown City Little League President Steve Woodard said in a statement earlier this week. “We will know more this week as the Central New York region looks to open up nonessential businesses and activities. Our local Health Department and elected officials in Cortlandville will provide guidance and direction on which businesses and organizations will be able to safely resume activities.”

The season would begin July 1 and conclude August 31. Games would only be played within Cortland County.

“While we had hoped to have a decision on the status of our 2020 Crown City Little League season, there are still many questions that must be answered at the New York state and Cortland County levels before we can make a final determination as to what extent activities may actually resume and exactly when activities may begin,” Woodard said.

Updates on the status of the 2020 season will be shared on the Crown City Little League website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If the season cannot be played, refunds to registrants and sponsors will be issued.

“As has been Governo [Cuomo]’s pattern, we expect information to flow to us daily with specific decisions on reopening New York coming in two week increments,” Woodard said.

Woodard added that all questions regarding Crown City Little League’s season should be directed to president@crowncityll.com.

As for Homer Little League, President Chris Sweeney said they are “observing and adhering to local and state guidelines in reference to a safe return to play.”

“Homer Little League is hoping to play baseball at some point in 2020,” Sweeney added.