FRAMINGHAM – The national American Legion baseball program has decided to forgo its 2020 season, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
And today, May 11 the American Legion Department of Massachusetts announced there would be no season in the Commonwealth.
The Massachusetts committee is following the actions of the American Legion National Organization, which canceled all regional tournaments as well as the national world series.
“It is with deep regret that I inform you that the National Organization has decided to cancel the 2020 season effective immediately due to the continuing events resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said the press release.
“This is a sad day in deed for American Legion Baseball in Massachusetts and marks only the second time since 1926 that there will be no Program, let’s hope life returns to normal in time for the 2021 season,” state chair Richard Paster.
On the Massachusetts American Legion Baseball website, there are a number of directives should teams try and play this summer:
■Teams that continue playing shall be participating in an event not sponsored, nor endorsed in any manner by The American Legion National Organization and/or The Department of Massachusetts, but sponsored and endorsed solely by the group the team is named.
■Any team that continues is not playing as an American Legion National Organization nor Department of Massachusetts “registered” baseball team nor is it playing in an American Legion National or Department of Massachusetts Organization baseball program.
■The complete cancellation of the season means there are no “national or department rules,” nor are there “national or department guidelines,” as there is no American Legion national or Department of Massachusetts involvement.
■If an American Legion Post or other type of sponsored team has a program, then that team is having a team not authorized, nor endorsed by The American Legion National nor Department of Massachusetts Organization.”
■Those teams that conduct this season will need to determine their own rules, guidelines, schedules, insurance coverage, etc.
■The Department of Massachusetts will return all Department registration fees as soon as practicable.