Uganda Little League Baseball is in a period of uncertainty at this time.
The Ugandan Government has allowed students in S4 and S6 to return to school
for 6 weeks last October and for about two months starting January 19. This
is in preparation for them to take the National Exams which will be given in
March for the S4 students and April for the S6 students. At the start of
February, they allowed the S3 and S5 students to attend. As of this writing,
the end of February, we still have no date for the return of the S1 and S2
students. There is some thought that they might return early in March and
have the 2020 school year finish in June and begin the 2021 school year
sometime in late August. All this is currently uncertain. How and when they
finish the school year of 2021 is also unknown. There is some talk that it
will extend into 2022, which means the school year of 2023 will still not
return to a normal schedule.
What is sure though, is that we are continuing to build the program as best
we can. Starting on March one, our next major project will begin
construction. This is the building of an International level running track
with electronic timing. From our information, there are only two surfaces
allowed on an International level track, and this one will have one of
those. The electric timing will allow us to send video of the performance of
our students ability in running to U.S. college track coaches and help them
obtain potential track and field scholarships. We are told that there is no
other track like the one we are going to build in all of East Africa. We
will be moving a lot of dirt over the next three months in preparing the
site for the track surface and for building the baseball field, Field 5.
This baseball field is expected to be the premier baseball field in all of
Africa. We expect to plant the grass starting by the end of May and have the
ability to water it on a regular basis and also use wed killer and
fertilizer to bring it up to Professional level standards. This field will
be used for games only and will have warning tracks, dugouts and all the
things that are required for a first class playing surface. We continue to
build athletic facilities of the highest quality in east Africa, and we will
continue to do this.
Since the school schedule is so much up in the air at this time, it is very
hard to plan for our normal May and January tournaments. If we do have a two
week break in the school schedule sometime in May or June,, we will run our
Little League tournament for boys age 12 and under and girls 12 and under.
Hopefully, that will be done in early to mid May and no later than early
June. In order to make that happen, all our participating Little Leagues
have been asked to submit their at least 12 game schedule for all the teams
and the rosters of all their teams by March 1. We want to be prepared.
In regard to our January Secondary School program that we run with the aid
of the Office of the Ugandan Sports Commissioner, we would hope that we will
be able to run it in late December or early January. This would consist of
two tournaments for boys, one for S1-S3 and the second for S4-S6. We would
also want to run the girls S1-S6 tournament during this time. To do this, we
would need at least 18 days of no classes. The only thing we have now is
uncertainty about all these tournaments.