After a months-long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the popular Pete Petersen Basketball League has officially suspended its 2020-2021 season.
“In the interest of protecting the safety of our players, volunteers and their families, the Pete Petersen Basketball League has decided to suspend operations for the 2020-2021 season. We do not come to this decision easily, but we feel it is best to wait to resume play until such time that we can deliver the same family friendly and “Just for the Fun of It” basketball experience for everyone involved that we have in the past,” the league said in a press release.
“This was a difficult decision, but one that we really understand we had no choice but to make,” added league President Roland Billings. “The family experience that we take so much pride in would not be possible this season, and after considering where Basketball Canada, and Ontario Basketball are with their return to play protocols, restrictions on indoor gatherings, the close contact nature of our sport, health and safety protocols and an abundance of concern about our players, volunteers and their families we have decided to suspend play for the 2020-2021 season.”
Billings says that this is the first time since the league’s creation, as far as he is aware, that a season has been suspended. “We will just defer season 66 for a year. It will be the first fall in 46 years that I will not be refereeing basketball! That will be strange,” said Billings.