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MCYSA cancels summer tournament

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

The McHenry County Youth Sports Association announced it has canceled the Summer International Championships.

In a letter dated June 1, MCYSA President John Streit said that travel restrictions and COVID-19 exposure risks made it impossible for international teams to travel to McHenry County for the two-week tournament. The MCYSA had considered "a smaller, streamlined tournament for clubs within driving distance," Streit wrote.

Based on Gov. JB Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan, the MCYSA determined that the Summer International Championships could not run in a proper manner.

The MCYSA had previously held out hope for a summer tournament in a letter dated May 14.

"Our MCYSA tournament is based on bringing teams from around the world and across the United States together to compete and share their cultures and their mutual love for baseball," Streit wrote.

"As we studied this option more closely and got feedback from registered teams, it was apparent the Illinois Phase 4 restrictions [such as having a total of fewer than 50 people at any site] would prevent us from having the type of tournament we wish to host and would not allow teams to have the experience we wish to provide. We decided it would be better to cancel our event and allow registered teams time to find out-of-state tournaments before they fill."

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 many players who have gone on to play professionally.

"Canceling is particularly disappointing because we had assembled a very competitive tournament field, especially at the 15U level," Streit wrote.

"We look forward to building on the momentum we created this year and hosting a great event in 2021. Thanks to all of our volunteers and community members for your hard work and commitment to this event and to all of the teams who have been so patient and considerate as we worked through this situation. Above all, please stay safe and healthy."

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