BANGOR – Maine Little League district administrators met over video conference Friday night and agreed to cancel the 2020 state tournament, but there is still hope for games this summer.
Leagues across the state have begun submitting proposals for an attempted regular season. Maine Little League District Three administrator Mike Brooker said Saturday that all leagues attempting to play a regular season must abide by local, state and federal safety regulations in place for COVID-19. Brooker has heard measures such as lining players down the fence in left and right field, instead of teams using a dugout, to maintain a physical distance, from local leagues trying for a season. Spectators would also have to sit behind the outfield fence, per one local league’s proposal.
While administrators cannot bar any league from attempting to play, Brooker says all season proposals will be vetted thoroughly. “I’m very nervous and as I’m telling all the leagues, the last thing we want to see is an instance of someone that decides they’re going to play baseball, then all of a sudden a group of kids that have played in that game develop some sort of symptom,”said Brooker.