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American Legion Baseball suspended for 2020

The Americanism Commission, in consultation with National Commander James William “Bill” Oxford, announces cancellation of all 2020 American Legion Baseball national tournaments, inclusive of all eight 2020 Regional Tournaments and the 2020 American Legion World Series. Questions regarding regular season play within your department should be directed to your department baseball committee chairman. The awarding of American Legion Baseball scholarships for 2020 have also been completely suspended.
     The decision to cancel was extremely difficult but deemed necessary, first and foremost in the interest of health and safety, and in the face of uncertainty. As Americanism Commission Richard Anderson noted, “These times are unparalleled. And while it is distressing to think of all those youth across the nation who are disappointed to learn of the cancellation of American Legion programs this year, it would be a much, much greater tragedy if even just one of those youth were to fall ill during a program. The Americanism Commission feels this is the right thing to do.”
     However, the Department of Massachusetts continues to plan for a 2020 season by rescheduling the Department Junior and Senior Tournaments into August so that all teams will have a full regular and post season schedule. Of paramount importance is the safety and well being of our administrators, coaches, staff, players, parents and fans of American Legion Baseball which will guide us though these unparalleled times.
     [Sports Editor's note: I have read and spoken with people in education and coaching in Central Mass. regarding COVID-19 and how it has affected spring sports. On Monday, April 20, as I wrote this, we are at the peak of the pandemic. Should we be bringing young athletes together in locker rooms, on buses, and on the playing fields? There is no vaccine. Many of us have not been tested, and daily, we hear of increased numbers of confirmed cases. Many towns are considering not going back to school this year. Could the virus spike again? It would be a risk to the athletes, coaches and parents. I think we should look long and hard about having a spring season.]
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