Brunswick Youth Sports
By: Bill Cauley
Two area youth sports associations have suspended operations for the winter.
The Mid-Maryland Basketball League said, on its official website, it has canceled the 2020-21 season, due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The Potomac Valley Youth Association also announced on its website it was canceling its basketball season. The league had been hoping it might salvage an abbreviated season, but with the current pandemic situation appearing to spike in numbers, Mid-Maryland officials made the recent decision not to play boys or girls basketball this season.
“This was to have been the 50th year of Mid-Maryland Basketball,” the league’s website stated. “Sadly, we have no choice but to cancel the 2020-21 season.”
League officials said they would not attempt to play this season unless there was an available vaccine and adequate facilities available. “Neither will occur in time for us to even offer an abbreviated season,” they said.
There had been hope Mid-Maryland could extend a season of May or June, but potential conflicts with AAU Basketball, and other spring sports came into play, so the league decided not to move forward with such a plan. The league stressed the health and safety of all participants as an overriding decision on suspending operations for this season.
“We will begin preparations for the 2021-22 season in April of next year and are confident Mid-Maryland Basketball will return bigger and better than ever,” officials said.
The Mid-Maryland Basketball League has turned into a major feeder system for area high schools, serving Frederick and Washington Counties, the western section of Carroll County, and the upper section of Montgomery County.
PVYA, which serves the Brunswick region, also offers youth sports programs in cross country, field hockey, golf, track and field, swimming, softball, soccer, Futsal, and Ultimate Frisbee.
Eric Cicmanec, president of PVYA, said in an email Frederick County Public Schools are presently not renting indoor facilities to use as a venue. “Consequently, everything is postponed,” Cicmanec said. “Once FCPS, and Frederick City, open up the gymnasiums, we can resume league and in-house play.”