American Legion baseball canceled its 2020 schedule in North Dakota in April.
The National organization completed the cancellation with the announcement that all tournaments throughout the United States, including the World Series, were canceled because of the corona virus pandemic.
The North Dakota American Legion Department Executive Committee revisited the cancellation of the North Dakota American Legion Baseball season in late April. They voted to cancel the 2020 season.
The decision was made solely to preserve the safety and health of everyone associated with the program, according to state officials.
In early April, state officials decided that baseball would not be played by any organization in the state of North Dakota as long as the COVID-19 restrictions are in place.
In a release at the national level, the organization made the decision last week.
“As the coronavirus pandemic is creating unpredictability worldwide with its duration and public health regulations and restrictions across the nation, The American Legion is facing an improbable situation.
The Americanism Commission, in consultation with National Commander James William “Bill” Oxford, announces cancellation of all 2020 American Legion Baseball national tournaments. This includes all eight Regional Tournaments and the American Legion World Series in Shelby, N.C.,” the release explained.
“Many baseball coaches are unable to complete prerequisite league play scheduled between May and July due to the closure of schools and playing facilities across the nation. In August, more than 500 players, coaches and volunteer staff are scheduled to travel and participate in eight regional tournaments and the American Legion World Series, collectively attracting thousands of fans and spectators. Many of these individuals are of a high-risk demographic.
In addition, the awarding of American Legion Baseball scholarships for 2020 were also suspended, the release said.
The decision to cancel was extremely difficult but deemed necessary, first and foremost in the interest of health and safety, and in the face of uncertainty.
In the release Americanism Commission Richard Anderson noted, “These times are unparalleled. And while it is distressing to think of all those youth across the nation who are disappointed to learn of the cancellation of American Legion programs this year, it would be a much, much greater tragedy if even just one of those youth were to fall ill during a program.”