No Little League this summer

Friday, May 8, 2020

LE MARS — It’s definitely the toughest decision ever made for Le Mars Little League.

On Wednesday, May 6, the Le Mars Little League board of directors voted to not have a 2020 season due to the COVID-19 situation. The board engaged in a thoughtful discussion during which many different scenarios were discussed.

“I think there are a lot of unknowns right now, nobody’s lived through sometime like this,” said Zach Davis, president of the Le Mars Little Board. “We had to do what we thought was best for our program.”

“Ultimately the board decided not having a 2020 season was in the best interest of the safety and health not just of the children who participate in our program, but for the community as a whole. It was not a decision the board made lightly, but it is what the board believes is best for the kids and the community we serve,” a statement on their website stated.

The Le Mars Little League program serves 600-plus kids every summer. They average 16 games a season, from April to early July, playing two games a week plus practice, according to Davis.

“It definitely wasn’t made lightly,” he said of the decision. “It was a board decision and we looked at a lot of scenarios and factors. I feel so bad. I feel we made the right decision, I know we did. I felt we owed it to our community to not lead them along, and drag it on.

“When you talk about removing an activity that kids enjoy, its a tough decision to make,” he said.

Davis said he valued the work the 30-member board put into the decision.

“It’s a well rounded board from our community and I value their input. They all came with vital information, represent all walks of life, and I think we in turn, it’s a tough spot to be in and they did it with class and stepped up to the plate. They did what is best for our players and coaches,” Davis said.

He added even veteran board members, some for 30 years, said they’d never had to do something like this.

“Being a part of program as long as I have, there are a lot of emotions with it, too. We have our own kids playing in the league,” said Davis, who also coaches, as do many board members.

Davis said the bats won’t remain silent this summer. There will be background games, playing catch and swinging the bat.

“These teams are created from the neighbors, the kids next door. The people who are coaching are people who put food on the tables and roofs over their heads,” he said. “Baseball isn’t just about the complex you play in, it’s who you play it with. Even with the lights not on, the bats will go.”

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