The COVID-19 pandemic has closed down sports at all levels, and as it turns out, little league is included. Little league ballparks all across Texoma closed their doors to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.
"There's a lot of children, parents, coaches that are impacted by this," said Sherman Y.S.A. Director Laurie Jarvis. "It's unfortunate that we had to cancel this season, because for a lot of these kids, it's the only outlet they have to play any recreational sports until they hit middle school or high school."
Sherman Y.S.A. and Denison Parks and Rec will go through the Spring without youth sports, as a way to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but sports will return some day When that day comes, they hope everyone will have a deeper appreciation for being out on the field.
"I think there will be a new love for the sport. I think we take for granted the sport will always be there, and now it's not," said Jarvis. "So with so many kids, so many parents, so many coaches realize how important sports is, how important baseball and softball is."
"I've heard a lot of stories of people maximizing whatever space they have," said Denison Parks and Rec Director Justin Eastwood. "Coming up with really creative ideas, adventures, and activities that you wouldn't normally think about."
While the return date is uncertain, one thing is guaranteed, the gates will one day be open, and little league sports will be back in Texoma.
"This is just a season, we as a community have come together, which is a really great thing," said Eastwood. "We will rebound together, and we look forward to servicing everyone, including the youth. You players in particular, we're super excited to get you out to our fields, and playing surfaces again."