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Western Duluth Little League Hoping July 1st Marks Start of Season

Updated: May 14, 2020 10:42 PM

While the weather warms up, local little league seasons remain frozen. The Western Duluth Little League said their target date to start things back up is July 1st. That's if the Duluth city leaders decide to open up city properties for organized team sports.

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Regardless of the decision, organizations expect this season to look very different.

"We have discussed making sure the kids have masks, making sure that hand sanitizer is available," explained Western Duluth Little League President Mathew Peterson. "Equipment is not shared. Making sure equipment is sanitized, making sure that spectators are observing social distancing guidelines," he added about what their organization is considering if the league were to play this summer.

Peterson said their organization has been keeping a close eye on both state and city regulations and have been in contact with medical professionals in the area. They're hoping to have about a six week season or even offer a fall ball option for players.

As someone who's been involved in the program since he was eight years old, Peterson said he is missing being busy at this time. Their normal season practices would have begun around mid-May.

"It does make us kind of sad that we're not participating. Not able to get out there and interact with kids and share our love of baseball with them, but when the time is right, we'll be able to get out there and do it," said Peterson. "We definitely want to be out there. We know our families want to be out there, our kids want to be out there, but obviously safety is number one. Safety is most important for our families, our coaches, our volunteers, umpires, concession workers, and maintenance workers.

The organization has extended the date to apply to play for the season.

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