What does the Summer League season look like?

Tanner Cook • Apr 26, 2020 at 10:00 AM

Gov. Bill Lee’s stay-at-home order for Tennessee is set to expire April 30, but that does not mean that things will suddenly return to normal, especially in the local sports world.

Youth and adult sports leagues both large and small have postponed or canceled seasons extending into the summer. Here’s how the local scene is affected:

• All of the Johnson City Parks and Recreation youth leagues, including soccer, girls softball and girls T-ball, were canceled April 9. Refund checks were issued.

• Kingsport Parks and Recreation extended online registration for adult softball, boys baseball 11-12, boys baseball 13-15 and girls softball 13-15. The youth soccer league program was canceled March 16. If you have questions, email Debbie Cutshall at [email protected]

• All Kingsport summer program registrations slated to begin April 6 have been postponed until further notice.

• The future of the Appalachian League is widely uncertain, even after a meeting between Major League and Minor League Baseball on Wednesday. The Amateur Draft being condensed to five rounds from its usual 40 rounds could hurt the league. Usually, the late-round draft picks begin their careers in the Appalachian League.

Without those later rounds, it would be difficult for organizations to have enough players to fill out rosters in the lower levels of the minor leagues.

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