By: Mike Glesinger
The Nebraska Athletic Executive Committee has given the go-ahead for American Legion Baseball to be played in Nebraska this summer. The announcement was made Wednesday on the Nebraska American Legion Baseball (NALB) website. Nebraska has already cancelled the Area and State, Junior and Senior Legion Tournaments for this year, but this will allow regular season games to be played.
The NALB recommends that all Nebraska American Legion Baseball teams follow local, State and Federal health guidelines, and participation is completly voluntary. Teams will need to follow the new registration and insurance procedure and the rule book will be updated outlining the new guidelines regarding physical distancing, equipment use, field use and spectators.
On May 11, Governor Pete Ricketts eased the restrictions regarding baseball and softball, to allow practices beginning June 1 and games starting June 18. Teams will be allowed to schedule games through July 31.
The Alliance First National Bank-Omaha, Spartan Junior and Senior legion teams are planning to play a full schedule of games.. as allowed. General Manager, Marty Dean says games will begin on June 18 and run through August 1.... " We will stay within the guidelines that have been set forth by the CDC, Governor, City of Alliance and the American Legion. As per the guidelines set forth by the Governor, we regret to inform our community that we will only be allowed to let player’s household members in to watch through the end of June, if this changes, we will allow spectators as the guidelines allow....also we will not be charging a gate fee this year".
"The Alliance Spartans Board has also decided to cancel our Enchilada Fundraiser....we thank you for your support." If you have purchased enchiladas, you should be contacted by a player or parent in the next week. We will refund your money if requested, otherwise the funds will be used to carry out the season. Please let me know or the player you purchased from by June 10th so we have adequate time to budget for the season."... "The Spartan players are also selling the Bull pen raffle tickets. We will hold the raffle even if our season is cancelled with more prizes to give back to those who support us.....Remember this is a time to support our local businesses as they provide much needed support in our communities for youth activities. Buy local to support those who support us."
KCOW Radio is currently making arrangements to broadcast a number of games this season. Once the schedule is finalized, we will announce our broadcast schedule. The team will also show some games on facebook live. For additional updates check...alliancespartans.com