After what was supposed to be only a week off for spring break, it looks like the Destin Little Leaguers are going to get a bit more of a break before taking those swings at the plate due to the coronavirus sweeping in and altering schedules everywhere.
Following the direction of the Governor and Department of Education on Tuesday, schools in Okaloosa County will be closed through April 15, which includes Destin Elementary School and Destin Middle School.
“We are following the schools lead,” said Destin Little League president Howard Wortman on Wednesday. “Whatever they do, we will do the same.”
The Destin Little League, which boast 32 teams made up of more than 300 youth, just had their opening day on March 7 at Dalton Threadgill Little League Park. The league got in one week of play before spring break and the interruption from the coronavirus.
In the meantime, the teams will not be gathering.
“Right now we are encouraging everyone to listen to the CDC ... and no organized practices at all,” he said.
However, he did say it wouldn’t hurt to play catch at home and maybe hit the ball into a net if available.
“We hope to continue when school starts back up,” Wortman said.
As for the city of Destin’s Coed Softball League, which plays at Morgan Sports Center, they too were on a spring break, that is now extended.
Adult coed softball got one night of play in last week before spring break.
However, like most everything else, the schedule has been altered due to the coronavirus.
According to Lisa Firth, parks and recreation director with the city of Destin, softball, which plays on Wednesday nights, has been canceled until March 30.