Local youth baseball and softball league season canceled

MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 22:  A baseball glove sits on the field before the game between the Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on April 22, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 22: A baseball glove sits on the field before the game between the Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on April 22, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Credit: Dylan Buell

Credit: Dylan Buell

The New Carlisle Baseball and Softball Association has canceled its 2020 season.

The organization, which offers various leagues for kids 3-17, announced the decision to members Tuesday morning.

“Today is a sad day for New Carlisle Baseball and Softball,” NCBSA president Kirby Brown wrote in an email to participating families. “We have held out as long as we could, but today we are officially canceling our 2020 season. The safety of our players and their families is our top priority and in these uncertain times we feel this is a necessary step to take.”

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According to the league website, opening day was to be Saturday with a parade, opening ceremony and games.

Although the announcement did not reference the coronavirus, all spring and summer activities in Ohio are in flux after Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and the state department of health extended a stay-at-home order through May 29 that bans large gatherings.

Those who planned to participate in the NCBSA will receive refund information in the coming days and have three options for their sign-up fees: Refund, application to next season, donation to the NCBSA.

Brown’s email also said business sponsors will be contacted in the coming days.

“Thank you to all of our amazing families for being so patient while we waited until the very last minute to make this decision,” Brown wrote. “We are hopeful this is the last time we ever have to do something like this. We are also hopeful to have all refunds issued to our families by the end of May.

“This was the hardest decision we have every had to make as a board, and we played out every possible scenario but the health and safety of our players, parents, coaches, and umpires have always been our top priority.”