The 2020 Little League World Series was an early victim in the sports landscape due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now the effects of the pandemic have been felt at the local level even as Gov. Greg Abbott was opening the door for sports earlier this week.
Rosenberg National, Needville, Brazos and East Bernard Little Leagues have canceled their summer seasons.
Lamar Little League, one of the state’s larger Little League organizations, will go ahead with a summer season, starting practice on June 1 and league play on June 15.
“It was a hard decision,” Rosenberg National Vice President Laurie Cook said. “We want to keep our player, parents and volunteers safe. We feel it would be better to wait a few months.”
Rosenberg National’s tentative plans are to focus on a late summer start to fall league play beginning in August.
The league normally starts fall play in September.
Needville Little League President Charlie Swanson elaborated on the league’s decision to cancel the season in a letter to parents posted on the league’s Facebook page.
“We have proceeded with cautious optimism ever since the beginning of the COVID-19 in early March this year,” Swanson said. “As we eagerly awaited on the May 18 Phase II decision of Governor Abbott to proceed with the 2020 Little League season, our board was hoping for an earlier release date to start playing Little League baseball and softball again.
“After meeting and having much discussion our board voted and it ended in a tie as to how we proceed or conclude our 2020 season.
“Because of the effort needed and the short amount of time we would have had to prepare and complete a shortened season we could not come to a favorable decision to move forward.
“Our board in good conscience decided to follow in the direction of Williamsport LL headquarters and not continue the 2020 season in order to protect the safety of our kids and community and start back in the spring next year.”
Needville will be offering partial refunds of league fees for the 2020 season.