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Five Town Little League suspends official, in-person events to April 26

By Staff | Mar 16, 2020

Rockport — As with most things, COVID-19, or coronavirus, a global health pandemic, has had a profound affect on most area's of daily human life and youth sports programs also have had to adjust.

Five Town Little League did that Sunday night, March 15.

Five Town Little League President Rick Thackeray said the organization's board voted Sunday to "suspend all official, in-person preseason baseball and softball events through Sunday, April 26 … to combat the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus within our communities."

Thackeray's letter summarizing the situation stated: "The board reached this difficult decision after reviewing the decisions made by both MSAD 28 (Camden and Rockport) and School Union 69 (Appleton, Hope, and Lincolnville) to close their schools until after April school vacation week. Little League International has recommended that all local leagues immediately suspend all league activities until a date no earlier than April 6, but to 'follow the guidance of their local authorities, evaluating school district closures, and local health department recommendations before resuming season play.' The board is tentatively rescheduling Majors baseball and softball tryouts for Saturday, May 2. We hope to run preseason clinics for all levels — Minors and Majors — of baseball and softball during the week of April 27 to May 1."

Thackeray said weather will dictate whether those clinics take place indoors or on the fields at Marge Jones Recreation Facility on Route 90 in Rockport, True Park in hope and Lincolnville Central School town fields.

"Thereafter, we plan to hold our opening day on Saturday, May 9, and proceed with our regular season with as little disruption as is possible," Thackeray's letter stated. "We also plan for the tee-ball season to proceed as originally scheduled with our opening tee-ball night taking place on Tuesday, May 5. These plans may change as information about the severity of the outbreak and responsible community response becomes clearer, but this is our plan as of [Sunday, March 15]."

For more information about Little League International’s recommendations to local league efforts to respond to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, visit Little League’s frequently asked questions page here: https://www.littleleague.org/player-safety/coronavirus-update/.

For more information about the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations for reducing introduction and spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus throughout the country, visit the US CDC’s page here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

"We appreciate the patience and understanding of our Five Town Little League community as we do our part to reduce the spread of the virus throughout our country," Thackeray wrote.

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