QUINCY, Mass. -- Massachusetts' American Legion Baseball season Monday became the latest sports league to see its season canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a news release from the Department of Massachusetts Athletic Committee, Chairman Richard D. Paster Monday announced that the department is canceling the 2020 season effective immediately.
"This is a sad day indeed for American Legion Baseball in Massachusetts and marks only the second time since 1926 that there will be no program," Paster wrote "Let's hope life returns to normal in time for the 2021 season."
In a three-page memo to teams, post commanders, coaches and families, Paster notes that the American Legion National Organization has shout down its sponsorship of baseball for the calendar year, and the state department is following suit.
The national organization has stopped collecting and has returned to teams "any and all national baseball team fees," and any post that wishes to field a baseball team in 2020 cannot do so under the auspices of American Legion, according to the memo.
Likewise, any insurance premiums collected for the 2020 season "are to be forthwith refunded," the memo reads.
The state's decision does not preclude individual posts from sponsoring teams and organizing a schedule involving posts from nearby communities in 2020, but the memo makes it clear that any posts doing so are entirely on their own.
"The Posts and/or other teams that decide to have their own programs will need to determine what insurance their teams need in order to play baseball in 2020; neither The American Legion National Organization nor the Department of Massachusetts will provide this assistance," Paster wrote.
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