Youth Baseball Tournament Moves Ahead Despite Order

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A large youth baseball tournament in New Mexico planned for the first week of April will move ahead despite a health order in the state that dictate all non-NMAA youth sports teams are not allowed to play.

The tournament is organized by National Championship Sports, which has a contract with Albuquerque Regional.

“Nothing has been said that we’re going to cancel,” Luis Tovar, the N.C.S event coordinator told KRQE. “If it does come to a situation where local officials don’t reopen the state in the next few days, we’re going to have to reevaluate.”

Tovar said plans for the tournament were made about a month ago when expectations were that youth sports would be returning in March. Tovar said he’s heard that the state may update its guidelines in the near future.

“What we heard recently is that there was going to be some sort of announcement that would be coming out within the next seven days,” Tovar said. “I have yet to hear what the announcement is going to be, or what the guidelines will be.”

N.C.S. says it has implemented strict COVID-19 mitigation measures, including taking temperatures and mask enforcement. No spectators are expected to be allowed at the tournament.

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