TORRINGTON – With the loosening of restrictions due to COVID-19 pandemic, the Torrington Little League teams will begin to prepare for the upcoming season very soon.
“When they loosened the restrictions to 25, that allowed us to put two teams on the field,” Torrington Little League president Abe Correa said. “It also includes the umpires, so it’ll still be a juggling act.”
The plans as of Monday were to start practice on June 1 and begin games on June 15.
Since the teams are getting a late start on the season, the season will run through July 24.
The Little League State Tournament has already been canceled for the summer, as well as the Western District Tournament.
Torrington was scheduled to host the other district tournament, but Correa says the tournament is “hanging on by a thread.”
“We are still living in this COVID world. I think there are too many unknowns to try to bring outside people into the community,” he said. “Right now, our main focus, is to see our local kids get their regular season.”
On the bright side, if Torrington was unable to host the tournament this summer, they would be in line to host in 2021.
“It’s such a bummer for this group of 12-year-olds,” Correa said. “At least they are getting to play some baseball this year, but they might not even have an opportunity to make the tournament’s All-Star team. I hate it for them to cap off their Little League careers that way. I hope they’ve made a lot of memories on the Little League baseball field.”
Registration for the upcoming season is ongoing through Wednesday, May 20.
“We’re glad to be back on the field. We’ll follow the guidelines and get our season in,” Correa said.