Little League making solid Series decisions
Score one for the home team, now that Little League International has announced a plan to allow a limited number of spectators at the complex for this summer’s Little League World Series.
Little League, like everyone else around the world, has struggled through the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.
How do you keep 12-year-olds from around the world, or this year around the nation, safe from this virus?
We believe Little League has made the best decisions possible through the course of the pandemic, and they did so with the most important consideration in mind — the welfare of its young participants.
Next comes balancing the participants’ safety against the desires of the community that has looked forward to and supported the summer spectacle each year.
This has become a local tradition. You might even say it’s in our blood.
So to be told earlier this year that, yes, there would be a national Series but local fans would not be allowed in, it was not much of a surprise to hear the dismay of a fair number of people who would like to watch the games in person.
It’s one thing to forego the Grand Slam Parade, which will not be staged again this August.
It’s another thing to know that the youths are playing baseball but those who are interested have to watch the games on television rather than sit in the sun on the hill.
So the fact that now Little League has a plan for limited number of spectators should be received as fantastic news, all things considered.
Of course, there is a catch. While 3,000 spectators a day will be admitted, their free tickets for entry must be obtained via an online system that will open for each day’s games two days prior to those games.
That, of course, requires access to a computer or smart phone.
If you don’t have a computer or smart phone and want to attend games, we suggest you prepare now by finding a friend or family member who can help you obtain those tickets.
We suspect they will be in high demand and will go fast, particularly as the Series winds to an end and championship day arrives.
And remember, while this system isn’t perfect, it’s about protecting the youth players.
What could be more important?