Another casualty of COVID-19, Christy Mathewson Little League has hung up their summer spikes for the season.
After careful deliberation of the 42 page league resumption guide and follow up Best Practices supplemental plan presented by Little League Inc., the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and CDC guidelines, league officials have elected to officially forgo the spring/summer season for all levels of play for summer 2020.
“We don’t think it is a good idea to rush out teams and kids, and then be told there are new rules to adhere to, and then be shut down again,” said Phil Evans, president of the CMLL.
According to the league website, multiple factors went into this conclusion. A few include the unknown time frame of Susquehanna and Lackawanna Counties moving forward to the green phase and the additional delay that causes, the league does not have the turnout to play locally in our own community as recommended by Little League, and player cancellations have already been confirmed.
“We cover three counties,” said Evans after District 32 met and exhausted all scenarios. “With only one of those counties in the green phase, we cannot move forward with the other two still in yellow. We just have to wait for the guidelines to play out, and see what happens.”
The league will continue to gauge interest for a fall league season.
“A lot of area teams have already pulled the plug on their summer seasons, so we are all looking at the options,” said Evans.
All signup fees will be refunded for 2020. Those who signed up online will be reimbursed through a check directly from Christy Mathewson LL. Those who signed up in person and paid via check or cash will be refunded directly from their local organization.
The CMLL board asks that all parents email their respective township president with the name of the person to refund, the names of the children, phone number, and current mailing address. The contacts are as follows: Benton: Bob Minick — firstname.lastname@example.org; Dalton: Tina Lalley — email@example.com; Factoryville: John Brander — firstname.lastname@example.org; and Nicholson: Chuck Litwin — email@example.com. Lake Winola signs up independently and can contact Gene Dziak Jr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Evans said any communication pertaining to a refund not received by July 1 will be considered and a donation to the league.
In the event current guidelines and restrictions are eased, a fall session will be available for Minor and Major age groups. Tee ball and coach pitch will not be offered.
“Players are still welcome to get together on their own, minding all the social distancing and regulations in the phase of the county they are in, to have some ‘sandlot’ baseball,” said Evans.
Please feel free to contact any of the local town presidents as listed above or Christy Mathewson league president Phil Evans at PE@christyll.com if you need any additional information.
Also, watch the league Facebook page, and their website, www.christymll.com