October 21, 2021

Crown City Little League to play ‘Major’ games

Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press

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.

Crown City Little League announced its plans for an abbreviated 2020 season in a press release Tuesday evening, which includes games only for the Major Division and structured activities for lower divisions.

“After careful thought and consideration we have come to a very difficult decision to limit our 2020 season to the Major Division level (11 and 12 year olds) only,” league president Steve Woodard said in the release. “In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic situation, and the governor’s phasing plan for restarting activities in New York, we feel it is in the best interest of CCLL and the safety of our players, volunteers and families to move forward cautiously.”

Registration is still open until June 14. Crown City Little League also plans to offer clinics and activities for younger players who will be unable to participate in organized league play.

“This plan will best allow us to engage in the mitigating recommendations required to play baseball,” Woodard said. “They include limiting crowds, social distancing, frequent handwashing, wearing face coverings, enhanced cleaning/disinfecting and other increased precautions, which are going to be necessary while still allowing our ‘graduating players’ the chance to experience their final season of Little League baseball.”

Parents of younger players who have already paid their registration fees have four options to recoup their money. They may request a full refund, have their registration fees rolled forward to 2021 and be considered paid in full regardless of future fee increases, use their registration fee as a general donation to the league or donate their fees to the Partigianoni Scholarship Fund, which supports players and families who cannot afford registration fees.

For more information, visit www.crown cityll.com.