TORRINGTON – High schools and colleges aren’t the only ones being affected by postponements and cancelations of events. It even trickles down to the Little League ranks.
The Torrington Little League had just held their first Spring Training session ahead of the 2020 season, but four days later, just like everything else, it came to a sudden ending.
Little League International issued a directive implementing a temporary suspension of all league activities until no earlier than April 6. A week later, the organization pushed it back to May 11.
But that’s not slowing down the Torrington Little League.
On the groups Facebook page, Abe Correa, President of Torrington League, and his son Mateo, have been posting videos with activities for aspiring Little Leaguers can do while they are stuck at home to help them continue to get ready for the upcoming season.
“They are just working on skills and drills that don’t require a lot room or a lot of equipment,” Correa said. “A lot of players who play at the collegiate and pros, they use the off season as a way to build strength, speed and conditioning so that when they come into their season it’s all about baseball.”
He is hopeful the local Little League players will take a similar approach.
“We are going to issue a challenge to all our Little Leagues for push-ups, jumping ropes and sit ups and things of that nature. It might not necessarily be baseball stuff, but when the kids are able to take to the field, they’ll be at least in better condition,” Correa said. “We’ll try to make it fun. We’ll try to mix it up. These kids aren’t going to want to practice, practice, practice for months. It’s important to do that so they don’t become bored and lose their interest.”
To follow along with the challenges and drills go to www.facebook.com/torringtonlittleleague
As it stands now, the district and state tournaments are still on for late July.
Torrington will be hosting a District Tournament, July 20-25.
“We had a state meeting a few weeks ago and we have 15 teams committed to that tournament. Last year’s state tournament, we only had eight teams. Each team will be guaranteed three games.”
Over those five days, there will be 45 games played at the Torrington Sports Complex.
Registration is ongoing for the upcoming summer season. The Majors Division registration closes on April 3, while registration runs through Friday, April 24 for, Minors and Tee ball.
Registration can be done online at: https://tshq.bluesombrero.com/torringtonll
“If we have all our kids registered, we’ll have our teams built and possibly a schedule built so that when we get the go ahead, we can roll right into our season,” Correa said.