ATLANTIC – The Atlantic Youth Sports Organization announced Saturday they will not be having its traditional Little League season this year, a casualty of the COVID-19 outbreak in Iowa.

But there is a bit of good news for those youths wanting to learn the game. The group still is planning clinics starting early next month.

The announcements came via Atlantic Little League’s Facebook page.

“AYSO was holding out hope, but unfortunately we will not be having our traditional Little League season this year,” officials said in a statement. “Our hope it to hold clinics for all grades starting the week of June 8. More details on this to come.”

Parents who know their child will not participate in clinics and wanting a full refund of registration are asked to message Atlantic Little League on Facebook or texting Sara Wood at (712) 249-5338. Please include the child’s name and grade they are currently in.

“Once we know if we are able to hold clinics, then we would ask anyone who has not registered and plans to attend the clinics to register through the YMCA. As we work through these changes and details please be patient,” Little League officials stated.

Atlantic Little League had hoped to make an announcement on the fate of the Little League season as early as last week. Officials had hoped to involve around 350 youths from Atlantic and elsewhere in Cass County.

The announcement regarding the Little League season, at least in Atlantic, was unlike Gov. Kim Reynolds – and subsequently, the Iowa High School Athletic Association and Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union – allowing high school baseball and softball to happen.

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