For months the main concern for Guthrie little league baseball was if the ball fields would be ready for the start of the season following the flood from last May. Now, their season has been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.
The cancellation notice for the 2020 season was sent out by an email from the board of directors for Guthrie Little League Baseball (GLLB).
In part the email read, “This is a decision we did not make without much thought and discussion. We realize that this may come as a disappointment to a lot of you and with relief to some.”
League officials said they were concerned about the ongoing concerns with COVID-19.
A survey was emailed to parents, who had registered online, to get their perspective on playing the upcoming season. Officials said 50% of those who responded indicated they would allow their children to play.
“Based on these numbers, we simply would not have enough participating players to make more than one or two teams per division,” the email read. “We felt his would not be enjoyable for the players and was not worth the perceived risk.”
Games were scheduled to be played in the Cottonwood Flats and at Kiwanis Field, which are leased to GLLB by the City of Guthrie.
The City is set to slowly open those grounds as allowed by the governor’s Open Up and Recover Safely (OURS) plan. The plan allows up to 10 people per field, court or stadium in Phase 1. However, in Phase 2, which remains on schedule for May 15, groups will be limited to 50 people. Details for Phase 3, set for June 1, have not been revealed by the governor’s office.
GLLB says they will begin refunding those who registered to play.
Guthrie All Sports to continue their season
Sam Clift with Guthrie All Sports says their little league softball and baseball season will go on as planned.
He added there are limited spots available for interested players. For more information you can visit their website for additional information.