Local little leagues react to Governor Wolf’s recommendation, PIAA’s decision


KINGSTON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — It’s an uncertain time in the world of youth sports, including for little leaguers.

Confusion after Governor Tom Wolf’s recommendation on Thursday that all school and youth sports for grades K-12 be postponed at least until January.

Port Carbon Little League is continuing its season, telling players to play every game like it’s the last.

“Everybody was having fun. And to take that away from them…And we don’t want that again so,” said Brian Garrity, Treasurer, Port Carbon Little League.

A late start to the season in this part of Schuylkill County, Port Carbon, which is part of District 24, had its opening day just three weeks ago.

Elsewhere, Luzerne County-based Little League District 16/31 Administrator Bob Bertoni says he is allowing each little league to make its own decision.

“Until the governor mandates that we can’t play we’re gonna, we’re gonna try to finish the season but if he comes out and mandates that we don’t play of course we’ll follow that,” said Bertoni.

Bertoni said little league is more concerned about what happens off the field rather than on it.

“The problem we’re having isn’t the game itself. It’s the kids going away to play travel, then want to come back to our league. It’s parents taking their kids on vacations, going to a state where they shouldn’t be going to and then coming back to play in the league. That’s the issues we’re facing,” said Bertoni.

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