Much like their counterparts in professional sports, Little League baseball players will have to wait to start their 2020 season.
On Sunday, Boardman Community Baseball's Board of Directors met to discuss the 2020 Baseball and Softball Season. They intend to follow the advisory issued by Little League International's Board of Directors to postpone the start of the season until at least May 11, 2020.
In a letter published to their website Sunday, the BCB Board said it is dedicated to having a "meaningful season" for its baseball and softball divisions. The tentative start date of May 11 would require team formation by the end of April.
"We recognize that this is the heart of the traditional Little League season, and we share in the great disappointment that many are feeling surrounding this additional pause in the 2020 season," read a notice on the Little LEague website. "However, it is our hope that by doing this, we will all play a small, but important part in flattening the curve in the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. We will continue to consult with appropriate medical advisors, government health officials and our volunteer leaders around the world, and we are committed to doing the best we can for the safety and wellbeing of our players, families, volunteers, and fans."
The BCB Board has agreed to meet again around April 15 to assess if further delays to the season may be required.