Add Little League Baseball to the list of sports affected by the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.
Montana District 2 Administrator Keith Miller confirmed to Butte Sports today that leagues in Butte, Anaconda, Dillon and Deer Lodge will suspend all activities through no earlier than May 11,
That includes Butte’s Northwest and Mile High leagues, as well as the Copper City Softball League.
Miller said the area leagues are following a recommendation from Little League’s International Board of Directors. The board is following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to a statement from Little League President and CEO Stephen D. Keener.
“We recognize that this is the heart of the traditional Little League season, and we share in the great disappointment that many are feeling surrounding this additional pause in the 2020 season,” Keener wrote. “However, it is our hope that by doing this, we will all play a small, but important part in flattening the curve in the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.”
Keener said Little League is committed to doing what is best for the safety of the players, families, volunteers and fans. He said Little League will continue to consult with the appropriate medical advisors and government health officials before resuming the 2020 season.
“As this situation evolves, Little League International is committed to sharing the best guidance possible for all of our 6,500 leagues in more than 84 countries,” Keener wrote. “It is our sincere hope that we can find ways to bring everyone back to the Little League fields this season, whether that’s later this spring or throughout the summer.”