In response to the concerns surrounding the coronavirus, the Pleasanton Little League has announced the cancellation of its 2020 season on May 7.
In a letter to parents, players and volunteers, the league’s Board of Directors announced the cancellation and its plans for the 2021 season.
“It’s probably one of the hardest decisions I think we’ve ever had to make,” said Pleasanton Little League President Zack Pawelek. “We were hoping to get them back to some kind of normalcy being around their friends and around their peers, so they could do something instead of being cooped up all the time. It was a really tough decision.”
Pawelek said the league planned to play in the summer, but it depended on what the state of Texas decided. However, after talking to District 21 who oversees the Pleasanton Little League, the league realized it would have to shut down for the year.
“After talking with our district administrator and the rules our district were going to make us follow, there was just no way we could do it,” Pawelek said. “We didn’t have enough board members to follow all the rules they wanted us to follow.”
The league is giving full refunds to kids who will move out of the age groups covered by Little League. Sponsorships for the 2020 season will transfer over to the 2021 season. The league is also giving discounts to players still eligible to play in the 2021 season.
Pawelek is hopeful the league will rebound next year given the sense of community he feels Little League brings to Pleasanton.
“I think it brings the community closer,” Pawelek said. “It brings families together. When you’re on a Little League team, it feels more like you’re with your family. You’re with them so much, you grow to know them. You know their kids, you know every part about a kid. … Little League is for everybody.”