The Minnesota component of Babe Ruth baseball remains “open for business” for teams interested in playing baseball this summer, while still waiting without a set starting time for beginning play, according to Minnesota Babe Ruth commissioner Bruce Dahlin.
The update follows the recent news that the summer Legion baseball season in Minnesota has been cancelled due to inability of the national Legion organization to provide insurance for players. The possibility of playing through Babe Ruth has remained, however, thanks to insurance remaining on the table for competitors.
“We are, according to national, ready to have teams charter and get insurance through Babe Ruth,” Dahlin said in an email on Tuesday.
Dahlin added that decision-making on starting the season will be influenced by the instructions of state government, along with “guidance from the CDC, Minnesota Department of Health, and our local officials”. The state organization will also have to resolve finding umpires and fields that will allow teams to play. As a result and to avoid speculation, no specific starting date for play has been given by Minnesota Babe Ruth.
“I hope this gives us a great base to work with our leagues,” Dahlin remarked. “Anything we do is with hope…as things change we will adapt to them.”
With the Legion’s announcement, Babe Ruth has received notification from VFW, Legion A, and Legion B teams about the possibility of playing this summer. That has included the Senior Babe Ruth level, which has typically been a lightly-played level due to many teams of that age playing Legion.
Bemidji Youth League Baseball has remained in a “holding pattern” since an announcement in mid-April regarding the start to its season. Night League tryouts have been postponed indefinitely, the hitting facility remains closed, and use of the fields has been limited to one immediate family at a time who have key access.
Registration remains open at bemidjibaseball.org for those interested in signing up to play baseball this summer, with a refund opportunity available if the youth league season is cancelled.