News and Announcements
(MAY 27, 2020) The Intercity League Board of Directors continues to work toward an abbreviated 2020 season. The Board met for the fifth time in the last eight weeks, via Zoom Conference, on Wednesday night.
The Board unanimously reiterated its’ position that the safety of players, managers, administrators, umpires, and fans remains the number one priority should ICL Baseball become a reality at some point this summer.
The Board has begun to formulate league guidelines for a potential season that would begin no earlier than July 6. In addition to the stringent league guidelines that are being drafted, the ICL would strictly adhere to any standards required by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as well as the cities and towns where ICL games may be played.
If both Phase 1 and Phase 2 of Governor Charlie Baker’s reopening plan go as currently proposed, Phase 3, which would allow baseball games to resume, could begin as soon as June 29.
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 only 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 9. Our meeting will follow Governor Baker’s much anticipated June 8 COVID-19 briefing. It is our hope that any prospective path forward will become much clearer at that time.
We will continue to keep everyone informed.
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.
(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
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.
RE/MAX Andrew Realty Services will be the sponsor of the 2019 Intercity League Golf Tournament that will be held on Friday, October 4 at the Hillview Country Club in North Reading, MA.
The company and its connections have long standing ties to the Intercity League through Founder Chuck Andre and Owner/Broker John Veneziano. Both Andre and Veneziano began their ICL careers playing for the Hosmer Chiefs in the 1970’s & 1980’s.
Following their playing days, Andre and Veneziano entered the real estate business in 1986. They took over the Chiefs franchise in 1989 and renamed it the Andre Chiefs. Andre served as Chiefs’ Manager from 1989-2018 while Veneziano has been part of the coaching staff.
The RE/MAX Andrew Realty ICL Golf Tournament begins with a shotgun start at 9:00 AM.
RE/MAX Andrew Realty Services has offices in Medford and Stoneham.