COVID-19 Updates from Top 10 Leagues
By: Arielle Gordon
We will be updating this post as we gain more information about the impact COVID-19 may have on the Summer 2020 season.
As of March 17 here is what we know.
With fan, player and personnel safety as our primary concern, the Alaska Baseball League has been closely monitoring the progression of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on public gatherings such as sporting and special events. The League takes seriously its responsibility to focus on the facts, and to act with common sense and sound judgment after considering the best available information. A proactive process is, and will be, ongoing as events continue to unfold, but for now the League is preparing for the start of its season as anticipated.
LOS ANGELES, CA — In response to the spread of COVID-19 and its effects on our nation and the international sports community, the California Collegiate League feels it prudent to make the following statement regarding our status and the upcoming 2020 summer collegiate baseball season.
Presently, in an abundance of caution, many of the California State Public Health Departments have recommended canceling or postponing non-essential gatherings of various sizes. On Thursday, the NCAA announced that it has canceled all remaining winter/spring sports championships, including the 2020 College World Series. In addition, many conferences throughout the NCCA, from Divisions I, II, and III, have canceled or suspended the remainder of their 2020 winter/spring sports seasons. Understanding the gravity of these actions, we appreciate the steps taken by the governing bodies to protect both the public and our student-athletes. Equally, we empathize with the hundreds of student-athletes whose seasons have abruptly ended. While the public gets to enjoy watching competition in March, what is unrealized is that those games were won some early morning in October.
At this current time, the California Collegiate League plans, with careful restraint, and in accordance with state and federal guidelines, to conduct the 2020 summer collegiate baseball season as planned. The CCL and its members will continue to closely monitor the state of public health within our communities and the greater State of California over the upcoming months, and recognize that this position could change. That being said, we plan to proceed in a cautious and pragmatic manner. We will reassess this decision based on the trajectory of our environment over the next two months. We will accommodate any necessary variations to protect the health of our players, staff members, and volunteers; and any updates will be communicated with the utmost expediency.
For questions or more information, contact Aaron Milam at (626) 695-6903 or email@example.com.
Cal Ripken League
The Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League is closely monitoring the Covid-19 global pandemic and the effect it may have on our upcoming summer season. To date, the CRCBL has not yet made a decision to alter our current schedule. However, over the coming weeks, League officials will be reviewing the most up to date guidance provided by health officials and our local governments. Should the CRCBL need to adjust its plans, we will promptly notify the college players we have recruited for the 2020 season and all other league stakeholders accordingly. While we all want nothing more than to throw out the first pitch to the 2020 summer season as scheduled, our thoughts and prayers are with those impacted by the serious nature of this disease. The more we all do our part now, the better we will be down the road. Stay safe and stay healthy!
Cape Cod League
The Cape Cod Baseball League will be watching the coronavirus Covid-19 concerns closely in the coming days, and weeks. As we do not start until mid - June, at this early time, we have no plans to make any changes for our upcoming season. Our main interest right now is the health of our players, fans, and all of our dedicated CCBL volunteers and supporters. We will keep a close eye on any updates from health officials, as well as our local governments, on the continuing impact of the coronavirus concerns and will adjust accordingly, if necessary. Our thoughts also continue to be with all of the college players, coaching, training and administrative staffs of all the impacted schools across the country. Stay safe and healthy. Thank you.
Coastal Plain League
The Coastal Plain League understands, respects, and supports the recent decisions made across the sports world. Especially with regards to the safety of players, staff, and fans. For all the collegiate players missing their spring season, including CPL alumni and all the seniors, our hearts are with you more than ever! It is worth noting that the CPL started allowing post - eligibility players (graduated seniors) into our league during the summer of 2018. And we will have that option available for this coming summer. We are closely monitoring COVID-19 developments as the situation evolves. We remain optimistic and are preparing for the 2020 summer season and will have further updates as we get closer to our season's opening on May 28.
Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League:
The Great Lakes Summer Collegiate Baseball League is closely monitoring the progress of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) in an effort to determine its impact on the 2020 season. With the season scheduled to begin the first week of June there has been no official decision made regarding a suspension of the 2020 season at this time. However, we will continue to follow this pandemic closely and reevaluate our position in the coming weeks. With the welfare of our players, fans, and support staff a top priority we will continue to heed the advice of our health professionals as well as local governments. Rest assured that the GLSCL and the Muskegon Clippers will take whatever steps are necessary to protect those involved.
With fan, player and personnel safety as our primary concern, the Northwoods League has been closely monitoring the progression of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on public gatherings such as sporting and special events. The League takes seriously its responsibility to focus on the facts and to act with common sense and sound judgment after considering the best available information. A proactive process is, and will be, ongoing as events continue to unfold, but for now the League is preparing for the start of its season as anticipated.
Please rest assured that the Northwoods League and its Affiliates will continue to closely monitor the situation, and will continue to do so as events unfold. Stay tuned, and stay safe.
Valley Baseball League
Via: Commissioner C. Bruce Alger
After communication with Major League Baseball, the NCAA, the NACSB president, and the NACSB commissioners, we are just riding the storm. We are not making any quick decisions because the situation changes every day. We haven’t made any decisions as a league and will update approximately every two weeks.
West Coast League
The West Coast League continues preparations for our sixteenth season, scheduled to open on June 5. Our teams are closely monitoring public health announcements, and complying with federal, provincial, state, and local guidelines and regulations. The WCL looks forward to providing a safe, entertaining environment for our fans, players, staffs, and host families. With the suspension of so many elite spring baseball programs, our thoughts are with all the collegiate players whose seasons have ended so abruptly. More than even before, the West Coast League will play an especially important role in showcasing baseball’s top amateur talent. We encourage everyone to stay safe and healthy, and hope to see you at the ballpark this summer.