WISCONSIN - American Legion Baseball has been canceled in Wisconsin for the 2020 season, according to a press release Saturday.
The decision was made following a recommendation from the American Legion Baseball Association (WALBA) Board of Directors. It marks the first time since 1927 the Department of Wisconsin will not crown an American Legion Baseball champion.
To date, 24 other states have canceled their respective American Legion Baseball programs for 2020.
"Everyone involved in our program hoped to have American Legion Baseball in 2020, but this was a necessary decision," said Wisconsin American Legion Baseball Commissioner Roger Mathison. "There were a number of factors that the board took under consideration, primarily the health of players, coaches, umpires, parents, fans and volunteers involved in the program."
Those factors include facility availability, travel concerns and the uncertainty on when sporting events will be allowed to return in Wisconsin.
"We fully expect to have our program return in 2021 and be played at a high level," said Mathison.
Last year, 217 teams participated in Wisconsin's American Legion Baseball program, making it the fourth-largest program in the country.
The Wisconsin American Legion Baseball All-Star Game scheduled for August 9 at Miller Park in Milwaukee has also been canceled.
State tournaments in 2020 were scheduled for Sheboygan (Class AAA), Fort Atkinson (Class AA), Viroqua (Class A), Plover (17-Under) and Lomira-Theresa (16-Under).