Faced with the loss of spring field time for practice and preparation as well as uncertainty if and when ball diamonds across the region will be reopened, the decision has been made by the Mississippi Valley Association to cancel the 2020 Little League Season. The move means there will be no officially sanctioned little league t-ball, baseball or softball in Memphis.
“This decision was not made lightly and has been discussed in depth over the last several weeks,” said Michelle Drummond, the program director for the City of Memphis. “With safety being the #1 concern, there were a few other things that came into play, in deciding this.”
Earlier in the month the city had officially closed its public facilities, including parks and ball fields. These locations remain closed in accordance with the state’s “Stay Home Missouri” order in effect until May 3rd.
“The city will be refunding all the little league fees as well as the sponsorship fees that had already been collected,” said Drummond. “For more information contact City Hall at 660-465-7285.”
The Memphis Parks and Recreation program is hoping to be able to reschedule some events in July and the first part of August if the COVID-19 situation improves in time to allow the parks to be used for t-ball, baseball and softball activities.
“We may try to put something together a couple weekends so the kids can play each other,” said Drummond. “I will get something ready, just in case.”