The National organization for Legion baseball announced in a tweet on Tuesday that the 2020 American Legion World Series and its eight regional tournaments will be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The timing of the announcement came as a bit of a surprise since the Legion baseball season is typically played later in the summer than that of Little League Baseball, which has yet to rule out the possibility of having its spring season.
According to a statement issued by Legion Baseball, baseball coaches are unable to complete prerequisite league play scheduled between May and July due to the closure of schools and playing facilities across the nation. In August, more than 500 players, coaches and volunteer staff were scheduled to travel and participate in eight regional tournaments and the American Legion World Series, collectively attracting thousands of fans and spectators. Many of these individuals are of a high-risk demographic.
The awarding of American Legion Baseball scholarships for 2020 has also been suspended.