Baseball

MCYSA announces some cancellations, still holds out hope for summer tournament

Japanese players sing their national anthem during the opening ceremonies for MCYSA 15U baseball tournament at Lippold Park on Friday, July 22, 2016 in Crystal Lake.
Japanese players sing their national anthem during the opening ceremonies for MCYSA 15U baseball tournament at Lippold Park on Friday, July 22, 2016 in Crystal Lake.

The McHenry County Youth Sports Association is still hoping to host a summer baseball tournament this year, but has confirmed no international teams will be making the trip in 2020.

In a letter posted to its website dated May 14, MCYSA President John Streit said the association is reviewing best practices to minimize health risks, but that the MCYSA continues “to hold out hope that we can provide an opportunity for young people to play baseball this summer.”

The letter also said that two out-of-state teams have also canceled. Due to low registration and field complications, the MCYSA has canceled both sessions for 11U, 12U and 16U teams. The MCYSA is hoping to have two sessions for the 13U, 14U and 15U levels.

MCYSA’s Summer International Championships are a staple of summertime in McHenry County. The two-week tournament in July draws teams from all over the nation and world, including numerous players who have gone on to play professionally.

Based on Gov. JB Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan, the earliest the area could reach phase four – which allows gatherings of up to 50 people – would be June 26. And that’s only if the region continues to meet certain public health benchmarks. As of Sunday, all four of the state’s regions were on pace to move to phase three by May 29.

A spike in positivity rate or a surge in hospitalizations could delay those dates even further.

“In regards to our tournament, we have several more weeks of uncertainty ahead of us,” Streit wrote.

The MCYSA is still working to get approval from local schools and municipalities to use fields for games.

“We will evaluate the situation again on June 1 and provide updates at that time,” the letter said.

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