Sports leagues shut down due to COVID-19 concerns, but kids continue to play sports they love

Posted at 1:35 AM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 01:42:21-04

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. - Saturday and Sunday marked the first weekend since a majority of sports leagues across the country have been canceled or postponed due to coronavirus, but that didn't stop people in the 757 from spending their weekend at athletic facilities.

Whether it's young children who were accompanied by their parents, or older kids who gathered at field with one another, many continued to play their respective sports despite no longer having a league to organize events.

"I was devastated," Fraser Griffith said while describing his reaction to Little League games and practices being canceled. "My mom and I were sitting in the car and I got two texts of things that were gonna be canceled. One, my group cello, which I play cello, and two I was like don't let that be baseball. It was baseball practice."

"We figured it was a beautiful day so we'd need to get outside and do a little practice," Fraser's dad, Charles Griffith, said. "Get him ready for when games resume."

Their Little League is postponed until further notice, so there's no telling when things will resume.

At the Virginia High School League level all spring sports have been delayed by two weeks, but some high school athletes are taking it upon themselves to organize team workouts.

"The coaches aren't allowed to be with us but the students can do whatever they want," Jamestown High School baseball player Carson Oleksy said. "A lot of the seniors and captains are gonna get together and have unofficial practices at fields so we can stay in shape."

High schools are currently scheduled to resume play March 30th, but a crisis management committee will meet five days prior to re-evaluate the conditions.