The Carolina-Virginia Summer Collegiate League usually operates, with ease, across the state line that separates the Tar Heel State from the Old Dominion. However, different sets of COVID-19 government mitigation orders* have been enacted by each state. Virginia has passed some of the strictest social gathering rules in the country, having issued a stay at home order that stretches all the way to June 10th. So far North Carolina’s order expires on April 29th.
The May 22nd season opener has not been postponed but it will potentially be played with no Virginia teams. Coach Hauser noted that the Roanoke Rails were the only Virginia squad currently slated to play in this year’s CVSCL season.
“This summer will be the most important season in the history of collegiate summer baseball. You got players that haven’t been in live situations in months. That is the only way to learn the game, repetition, AB’s, baserunning” said Bill Hauser, league Co-Commissioner and current coach of the Fuquay-Varina Twins.
It is still going to take at least a few weeks from now to see when normal patterns of behavior are encouraged again. There is no date set for the league to make a final call to re-arrange or postpone their summer season. If necessary, the league is interested in playing a shortened season. Should their normal venues not be available the league has access to many privately owned fields.
When it comes to fans, the spectator aspect is less of a concern to the co-commissioner. “In all honesty, I could care less who comes to the games, it’s for the players, that’s where my heart is set and anyone who’s played for me knows that.”
“We want to do things right, but a lot of us are saying when is enough going to be enough and we go on back to our lives?” Hauser said.
There has been no official statement or schedule released on their website but judging by the conversation with Hauser, the CVSCL is gung-ho about the necessity of playing a full season.
* National Association of Governors https://www.nga.org/coronavirus/