By: Mike Glesinger
The Nebraska American Legion on Wednesday announced the cancellation of 2020 Area and State Baseball tournaments, however regular season games can be played when restrictions are lifted.
The Department of Nebraska Athletic Committee released the following statement in a news release on Wednesday..." American Legion Baseball’s highest priority is the health, well-being and safety of all our participants, families, volunteers and fans....." It is the intention of the Department of Nebraska Athletic Committee to hold as much of / or any part of a playing season here in Nebraska that the situation allows, and to allow the local communities and regional areas to conduct their own tournaments as they see fit based on the current restriction for that region/area...." We ask that you continue to review the guidelines, restrictions and regulations established by your local, Nebraska and federal government to ensure doing whatever is required for the safety and well-being of everyone involved."
"Practices are NOT authorized until the date the Athletic Committee announces will be the initial date of practice. ALL registered and insured Legion teams will then be required to conduct 14 days of practice prior to their first official Legion baseball game against another team. Once the Governor announces a date to allow youth sports, the committee will stipulate a start date of the 14 day practice period. Even at that time, Legion teams will still be required to adhere to ALL local, state and national health measures."
On the local level, The Class B Area 7 Junior Tournament was scheduled to be held in Chadron with the Area 7 Senior Tournament scheduled to be held in Alliance. The Class B State Junior Tournament was to be held in Waverly and the Senior State Tournament in Bennington. All Tournament Host sites will remain the same for the 2021 season.