Northwest Little League in Butte announced Sunday that it has canceled T-ball for the 2020 season because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Baseball practices, however, are set to begin next week.
Practices for the 9-10 baseball league, the 11-12 baseball league, and the 13-16 baseball league will all begin on May 18. Practice for 7-8 baseball will start June 1.
Practices will be kept to a group size of 10 or less people under phase 1 of Montana’s plan to reopen the state after Gov. Steve Bullock’s March stay-at-home order.
Northwest officials said games will be scheduled once phase 2 is implemented. That will allow groups up to 50.
Practices will be held with certain conditions.
All practices will be staggered with 15 minutes in between. Players must be picked up from practice on time to mee the acceptable group requirements.
Each player will need to bring his own individual labeled drink, and no food or candy will be allowed. Sunflower seeds will not be allowed on the field or complexes this season.
Also, no team treats will be allowed following practices or games.
Northwest officials called off T-ball because adhering to social distancing standards with players 4 to 6 years old is all but impossible.
Refunds will be issued beginning next week through the registration portal. Any players who payed by check or cash will have a check sent to their residents.
T-ball players do not need to request a refund.
Players wishing to not play this season must request a refund before the beginning of practice. Parents can request a refund by texting the player’s complete name to league president Josh Bush at 240-3903.
Mile High Little League has not yet announced a plan to move forward with the 2020 season. Neither has the Copper City Softball League.
An official with the Copper City Softball League, however, previously told Butte Sports that thee league is working on a plan to begin playing under phase 2.