The opening ceremony for Ketchikan Little League has been canceled.

Originally scheduled for Saturday morning, the Ketchikan Little League Board opted to play it safe as novel coronavirus cases continue to rise in the area.

“We figured, in the best interest of trying to keep people from gathering,” Robert Nedzwecky, the KLL Equipment, Field and Ground Manager, said, “it’d be better not to do an opening ceremony. You figure, we have about 160 little kids — that’s two parents apiece, most of the time. So it’s just too big of a gathering, and it’d be so hard to keep all those people contained and organized.”

That said, Little League Baseball and Softball games still will go on as scheduled Saturday morning.

“We’ll just go without the ceremony, and go right into the games,” Nedzwecky said. “That way, the kids can play, at least.”

KLL didn’t have an opening ceremony last season, due to COVID-19, either. The league briefly shut down as a precaution because of a COVID-19 outbreak, but the league still managed to wind its way through a season for baseball and softball players.

KLL baseball games will be played at Walker Field, and KLL softball will be played at Dudley Field.

“Most of the time, we gather (a couple hundred) kids, plus the fans,” Nedzwecky said. “And that’s too many people to worry about, especially now (COVID cases) going up. We just figured it’s better to be safe, and not be part of the problem. ... (But) at least the kids get to play, that’s the main thing for us.”