Portland Youth Club team threw curve ball due to COVID-19 | New
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – The West Portland Club baseball team was supposed to compete in the Cooperstown Dream Tournament in New York this summer, but a new tournament rule requiring vaccines for everyone aged 12 and over , forced them to change course. .
“Everyone was excited for the tournament and you know we knew there was a risk in entering it that things had changed and that there were a lot of unknowns in the world,” he said. ‘Coach Scott Vanderhoff. He said he didn’t see how they could get everyone vaccinated when vaccines are currently only approved for those 16 and over. Plus, he said, it made it more difficult for the family who wanted to attend.
“Considering the time and money involved, we thought it would be better to change gears and go to another tournament,” he said. Most of the children on his team are 12 years old, and no vaccines are currently approved for use in people under 16 in the United States. The team is now going to the Slumpbusters tournament in Omaha, Nebraska. Hank Whitworth, one of the players, said he and others were disappointed at first but quickly recovered when they found out the new location was in the same location as the College World Series.
“We’re always excited to go to Omaha because that’s where the College World Series is held and we all really wanted to travel this summer to travel because we really couldn’t do it,” Whitworth said. Vanderhoff said the tournament wasn’t just about the game itself and that he was grateful to his players for having the experience.
“As a 12 year old, getting on the plane with his friends and going to stay in hotels and yes baseball is fun, but these are probably the times outside the hotel that they will remember for always, ”Vanderhoff said. The Slumpbusters tournament takes place June 24-27.
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