By: Robert Stevens

May 6 will mark the one-year anniversary of Robert Julian’s (Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League President) announcement of the cancellation for the 2020 season. Now, 11 months later, the PGCBL is full steam ahead to a complete 2021 season.

This upcoming season will emphasize the ability to handle COVID-19 while taking a shot at normalcy for its players, coaches and fans. The PGCBL’s 2021 schedule will have some alterations from prior seasons due to restrictions based on the numerous counties incorporated into the league. Most of these alterations revolve around limiting the amount of travel for each team and having a rolling approach to cross-divisional games rather than rescheduling.

Julian mentions that this may involve certain teams being unable to play a full schedule when the season culminates. This factor hasn’t deterred his primary mission to keep everyone safe.

“The number one objective is to play the season safely,” Julian said. “Objective number two is to play the season with as much regularity and normality as we can achieve within the context of the first objective.”

Dr. George Carlo, a consultant and member of the PGCBL’s COVID-19 committee, is preparing for constant adjustments throughout the season. With the addition of the Central Division for the PGCBL due to the Auburn Doubledays, Batavia Muckdogs, Niagara Power and Jamestown Tarp Skunks joining the league, each division will likely have its own guidelines with more counties coming up to bat.

“The community spread rate is going to determine what we’re able to do in different counties,” Dr. Carlo said. “We might have one set of guidelines in one county versus another”

Dr. Carlo emphasized the importance of communication between the league and local elected officials to ensure everyone’s safety.

“Once we have a schedule, our plan is going to be to systematically reach out to the health departments and decision makers in each of the relevant counties to gather some sort of informal basis,” Dr. Carlo said. “The objective is to have them feel comfortable that we can have some uniformity.”

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