STATEWIDE – Little League announced Thursday it has canceled its World Series’ and regional tournaments due to ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19.
Maine little leagues on the other hand have not out right canceled the season, but Maine District 3 commissioner, Mike Brooker, tells ABC 7/FOX 22 the cancellation of the World Series’ and regional tournaments puts a grim outlook on the season in the Pine Tree State.
Brooker outlined two problems:
The first being the restriction on gatherings of more than 10 people, which lasts through at least June 1.State little leagues wouldn’t be able to start until Stage 2 (June) of Gov. Mills’ plan as the Gov. would at the very least consider allowing gatherings of more than 10 people and less than 50 people.
Brooker said regardless of the number of people it would be hard to practice safe social distancing.
The second issue is most little leagues in Maine play on school fields or parks & recreation fields. With schools closed through June, Brooker said it would be unlikely little leagues could justify playing on those fields.
The District 3 commissioner added Maine little leagues usually shut down a little after July 4th leaving a small window (between June-July 4th) to have a season. He said Maine little leagues will soon discuss options and gauge interest.