It was a day of heartbreak in the local sports world as the MIAA and the Cape Cod Baseball League each voted to cancel their pending seasons.
Following the lead of Governor Charlie Baker, who closed schools for the rest of the school year across the state on April 21, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association, which oversees high school sports, voted unanimously on April 24 to cancel the spring athletic season, which was set to begin May 4.
“Today’s decision by the MIAA Board of Directors was difficult, disappointing, and one that was deferred for several weeks as association staff, association members from the tournament management committee and the board worked aggressively to construct optional structures to save the opportunity for our MIAA 80,000 student-athletes to enjoy a spring season,” read a portion of the message on the MIAA website.
Though many saw the decision coming, the news was still painful. Nauset baseball coach Kevin Curtin said he spoke with his team about the decision through video, his senior understandably heartbroken.
“The entire coaching staff shared our belief in them as a team and we acknowledged the disappointment but tried to offer some perspective at the same time,” Kevin said. “The MIAA decision was prudent given the pandemic and the importance of the safety our student-athletes and their families.”
The news was followed several hours later by the cancellation of the 2020 season of the Cape Cod Baseball League, which issued a statement on its website, as well.
“The Cape Cod Baseball League Executive Committee has voted unanimously to cancel the 2020 Cape Cod Baseball League season,” the statement read. “The decision was based on the health concerns and safety needs of all involved. Following CDC guidelines and medical recommendations, the league determined it would be impossible to guarantee the safety of players, coaches, umpires, host families, volunteers and fans during this unprecedented health crisis.”
Read more about the impact these closures have in this week’s Chronicle.