News and Announcements
After taking the 2020 season off due to Covid-19 concerns, the ICL will be back in full action starting June 1.
The ICL Board of Directors and each of its teams are eagerly looking forward to the 2021 season. Last season’s interruption was the first time since 1950 that the ICL did not conduct a season.
The league will play an slightly abbreviated 24 game regular schedule with a full slate of playoffs to follow. The 24 game campaign will allow for some flexibility in the schedule as well as accommodate the later than usual local high school baseball season which the ICL shares some fields with.
Let’s play ball!!!
(July 6, 2020) The Intercity League has officially announced that its 2020 season has been cancelled due to COVID-19.
The ICL made the announcement on Monday morning after conducting the latest in a long series of remote meetings that was held with the Board of Directors on Sunday evening.
The ICL released the following statement: “After exploring every avenue for months, the ICL has made the extremely difficult decision to cancel the 2020 season. The Intercity League has enjoyed an outstanding and continuous tradition in Massachusetts amateur baseball since 1950 and we look forward to coming back stronger than ever in 2021. We make this decision out of an abundance of caution and after careful consideration of all factors. The safety of our players, their families, managers, coaches, umpires, administrators, and fans, remained paramount in all of our discussions. This was an exceedingly difficult choice, but we felt it was the best decision at this time. Given the ongoing situation and the ever-growing time constraints, we felt the window to conduct a meaningful ICL season this summer has become too narrow.”
Although the ICL season has been cancelled, players that choose to do so, may participate in a memorial tournament that is being organized by the Lexington Blue Sox. The tournament is being named after two former Blue Sox players that have passed away. Known as the PF-3 and DA-41 Tournament, it will honor Pete Frates, who lost a courageous battle with ALS in 2019 and Dave Ahern who died in 2016.
The ICL joins the Cape Cod League and the NECBL in the cancellation of their 2020 campaigns.
Details on the PF-3/DA-41 Tournament, and how players, teams or groups that choose to do so can participate, will be announced this week. Those interested can email Rick DeAngelis at email@example.com.
(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
(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.