Needville coach giving good luck

Needville High School head coach Chris McKeller shakes the hand of one of the Needville Little League 10U players wishing them luck in the state tournament.

The COVID-19 virus’ impact has been felt at the youngest levels of athletics.

Late in the week, Little League International has recommended that their leagues excise an abundance of caution and implemented a temporary suspend all league actives until no earlier than April 6.

Per the Little League press release Thursday:

“While each community is being affected differently by the coronavirus, the Little League International Board of Directors and staff feel that it is in the best interest of our volunteers and participant families to delay the implementation of the Little League season to begin no earlier April 6.”

One of Texas’ largest Little League is located in Richmond with Lamar Little League.

Lamar announced on Thursday that the league has canceled practices indefinitely.

“We have made the decision to cancel practices until further notice,” Lamar Little League administrators posted on Facebook.

“Additionally, the first week of games will be postponed and possibly made up at a later date.

“We will continue to monitor developments and recommendations. We will re-evaluate early next week.”

The 2020 Lamar Little League was scheduled to start this coming week.

Rosenberg National, Needville, Brazos and East Bernard Little League have also announced delays until April 6.

“As league president is with great sadness that I inform all Needville Little Leaguers that play has been suspended by Little League Headquarters until April 6. That means there will be no practices, games,events or meetings allowed during this play suspension,” Needville Little League president Charlie Swanson said. “In my 27 years involved with Little League I never would have thought I would be sharing information of this nature but here we are and all we can do is let our officials keep making the decisions and continue to do what is in the best interest of our players and leagues around the world.”

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