CRESTVIEW, Fla., April 9, 2020—Crestview’s planned Little League program has been cancelled due to COVID-19.
Officials at the Community Recreation and Enrichment Services Department hoped a delayed season could begin in mid-May.
To take its place, a week-long player training camp under coaches assisted by experienced players is planned possibly by the end of May.
“Due to the uncertainty of the season opening date, we have chosen to replace our spring program with a player training camp followed by a fun day at the park,” CRES Director Alisa Burleson said.
The camp will end with a tournament and family field day “filled with baseball and softball tournaments, various vendors providing food, games and fun, and closing out the evening will possibly be a softball or kickball game between our firefighters and police officers,” Burleson said.
Crestview’s charter under Little League International is intended to build on the city’s previous Dizzy Dean baseball affiliation.
Among its advantages is the opportunity for local ballgames with other regional Little League teams, including the Baker Youth Athletic Association’s program.
Families that already paid Crestview Little League registration fees can request a full refund, transfer registration to another season or reallocate the fees to the planned training camp, said Burleson.
Families are requested to notify CRES of their decision via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Burleson at 850-689-3722.
Brian Hughes, City of Crestview public information officer