As more national and international sporting events fall victim to the COVID-19 crisis, the local sports scene continues to take hits as well.
Already, spring sports seasons have come to an early end as school in its traditional form shifts from the classroom to online settings. That’s set to get formally underway this coming week.
This week, the Arab Parks & Recreation Department announced what already had been assumed for weeks: rec league sports for the spring have been canceled and refunds are available until April 9.
“Due to the CAVID-19 pandemic and a lot of thought, we have made the decision to cancel spring 2020 baseball/softball/t-ball season,” Parks and Rec director Eric Hayes stated in a news release sent out Tuesday.
The department asks those who have already paid to call the rec center at 256-586-6793 and let officials know what to do with the money, which can be held to use for future rec league activity. No refunds, Hayes emphasized, will be given after 4:30 p.m. April 9, “no matter the circumstances.”
Likewise, Arab AYSO-Region 778 youth soccer also has ended its spring season.
“We will be sending out an email for a refund date we can all meet safely without infecting everyone,” Chris Kirkland, regional commissioner, posted on the league’s Facebook page.
A full refund will be available, or money can be used for entry into the fall league, according to Kirkland.
Finally, officials with the new Huntsville Championship golf tournament have canceled their inaugural event, set to be played the week of April 20-26.
On March 12, the PGA Tour made the announcement to cancel or postpone four weeks of events on all six tours through the week of the Valero Texas Open (March 30-April 5).
Augusta National Golf Club also announced the postponement of the Masters Tournament (April 6-12).
The Huntsville Championship is part of the Korn Ferry Tour (previously known as the Web.com Tour). The inaugural event at The Ledges now will be played in April 2021 on dates still to be announced.
“While extremely unfortunate and disappointing for this first-year event, our tournament officials are already in the planning process to host a great event in April of 2021,” said a statement announcing the postponement.
“Our goal has been and will continue to be to put on a first-class event for the City of Huntsville, The Ledges and all of our tournament partners.
“The health and safety of spectators, players, sponsors, volunteers, employees and all associated with the tournament is and will continue to be our No. 1 priority.”