With the Little League baseball and softball seasons already starting late because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Little League President and CEO Stephen Keener said this week that playing as late as the fall is a possibility this year.
“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, throughout the summer, or into the fall,” Keener wrote.
The regular seasons for Little League in Montana generally begin in April and run into June. City tournaments are ended before All-Stars begin in July, and the Little League World Series is played in August.
Practices would be just beginning if it was not for the pandemic.
Little League previously announced that it has suspended all activities until May 11 because of the coronavirus. Currently, Keener said Little League is working through all possible scenarios for the 2020 postseason and tournament eligibility for the players.
“The Little League experience is a rite of passage for so many children, and we know that this is frustrating and sad, especially for those players in their 12-year-old season,” Keener wrote. “We sincerely hope that everyone gets an opportunity to play this year, and we’ll work hard to make that happen as soon as we can.”
Butte’s Northwest, Mile High and Copper City Softball all operate under Little League.