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COVID-19 UPDATE JUNE 26, 2020

Posted by Chiefs Baseball at Jun 26, 2020 1:03PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

(June 26, 2020) The Intercity League Board of Directors met again on Thursday, June 25. It was the latest in a long series of meetings to continue our discussions regarding the possibility of conducting a shortened 2020 season.

Massachusetts remains in Phase 2 of the reopening plan, which prohibits any games or scrimmages to be played. Phase 3, which was originally scheduled to begin on June 29, has been pushed back by at least a week. Per Governor Charlie Baker, the earliest that Phase 3 could now begin would be July 6.

As a result of the above, and in order to give teams time to prepare should Phase 3 begin on July 6, the best case scenario would now be an eight game regular season. If this becomes a reality, all of the nine teams would play each other once, followed by a tournament. The earliest start date would now be Monday, July 13.

In addition to the above, we must await Board of Health approval, guidelines and field availability and permits, from each of the cities and towns where ICL games could be played. These cities and towns are also subject to both the timeline and regulations that will be implemented by the Commonwealth.

The ICL’s Board maintains its position that the safety of players, managers, coaches, administrators, umpires, and fans remains our number one priority. Any decision made moving forward will certainly be reflective of this.

All sports at every level across the country are facing uncertainty at this point. The ICL is no different. These are challenging times.

We remain optimistic but are aware that the window for summer baseball may narrow.

We will keep everyone immediately informed as events evolve.

Please stay well.
ICL Board of Directors

COVID-19 UPDATE AS OF JUNE 17

Posted by Andre Chiefs at Jun 17, 2020 7:46PM PDT
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(June 17, 2020) The Intercity League Board of Directors continues to move toward playing a shortened 2020 season. The Board met again on Wednesday, June 17th.

The Board maintains its’ position that the safety of players, managers, administrators, umpires, and fans remains the number one priority.

The Board has formulated league guidelines and has put together a schedule for a season that would begin on July 6. In addition to league guidelines, teams would adhere to any standards required by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as well as the cities and towns where ICL games may be played.

We are hopeful that Phase 3 of Governor Charlie Baker’s plan, which would allow baseball games to resume, may begin in time to give the ICL the opportunity to play baseball this summer.

Any potential ICL season would conclude with a double elimination tournament in place of our usual playoff format. Both the shortened regular season and the post season tournament will be conducted if we determine it is safe to do so and the regulations and guidelines in place at the time would allow.

Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 23.
We will continue to keep everyone posted.

Please stay safe.
ICL Board of Directors

(May 6, 2020)* The Intercity League Board of Directors met again on Wednesday May 6 via Zoom Conference to the discuss the ramifications that COVID-19 is having on the 2020 season.

It was the unanimous decision of the Board to make every effort to play an abbreviated version of our usual schedule only if it is safe to do so and regulations and guidelines in place at that time would allow.

The ICL does not require cross country travel or host families to accommodate our players. We could be in the unique position of possibly being one of the few amateur leagues in the New England area that may be able to salvage at least a portion of the upcoming summer season.

We are anxiously awaiting the directives that Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is expected to issue on May 18.

We are still hoping for a shortened schedule that would begin no sooner than early July. Obviously, that would depend on what restrictions are still in place at that time both statewide and in the local cities and towns where ICL teams call home.

As that situation becomes clearer so will that of the ICL. Our thought process remains a condensed schedule with a double elimination tournament to follow in lieu of our traditional playoffs.

The safety of our players, team officials, umpires, and fans are of the utmost importance to the Board.

Our next Board meeting is scheduled for May 20.

We will continue to keep everyone posted.

Please stay safe and healthy during these unprecedented times.

COVID 19 UPDATE- APRIL 23, 2020

Posted by Chiefs Baseball at Apr 5, 2020 10:53PM PDT
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(UPDATED APRIL 23, 2020)
Hope this message continues to find everyone in the ICL Family safe and healthy during these unprecedented times.

The ICL Board of Directors remotely met again on Wednesday, April 22. We continue to monitor all directives from federal, state and local officials as it relates to COVID-19. Obviously, we are uncertain as to how those directives will evolve over the upcoming weeks and months.

What is apparent at this time is that the scheduled start of the ICL season in late May will be delayed. While we are disappointed, the safety of everyone is of the utmost importance.

The ICL’s Board of Directors will meet again on May 6. At that time we will continue to explore all possibilities for a modified 2020 season.
If it is safe to do so and circumstances allow, we remain hopeful that we can play some baseball this summer.

We will keep everyone informed as developments warrant.

In addition, the Intercity League has postponed our Hall of Fame and Awards Dinner that was scheduled for May 29th. The new date is Saturday, November 21st at Anthony’s in Malden.

Please stay safe.
ICL Board of Directors

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North Reading, MA- Over 100 golfers will be teeing off on Friday in the RE/MAX Andrew Realty Services’ Intercity League Golf Tournament at Hillview Country Club.

This year’s tournament will be played in memory of Bertha Brickley who passed away in 2018. Ms. Brickley was an avid supporter of the ICL. Her sons John, George, Quintin, Matt and Andy were all involved in the ICL while her daughters Lila and Raina were fans of the league. Andy is presently the Boston Bruins’ color analyst on NESN. The ICL is thankful to the Brickey Family for their generosity.

The response has been overwhelming for the first annual tournament according to event chairman Orazio Azzarello. The shotgun start will begin at 9:00 AM with lunch and the awards ceremony to follow.

The event has drawn ICL alumni as well as many present players and fans.

RE/MAX Andrew Realty Services, whose connections have long standing ties to the ICL through owner/broker John Veneziano and founder Chuck Andre, both of the Andre Chiefs, is the main sponsor for this year’s tournament. The company has offices in Medford and Stoneham.

Other sponsors include Rick DeAngelis of the Lexington Blue Sox, Mike’s Pastry of Medford and the North End, and On Demand Storage, both thanks to James McConville of the Somerville Royals.

Hole and tee sponsors to date include; Umpire-in-chief Joe Cacciatore, the Melrose Americans, Speakeasy Sports Bar, Luke Begley, Bob Iandoli, Zorian Bat Company, Mike Kalfopoulus, the Somerville Senators, Universal Screening Studio, the Middlesex Reds, St. Pierre, Sammy Greenwood, Evan Green, North Shore Acapella, the Melrose Rams, Bob DeFelice, Frank’s Steakhouse, Crack’d Kitchen & Coffee, Walter Bentsen of the Boston Park League, and Bay State Financial.

Registration begins at the Hillview on Friday at 8:00 AM.