Lit­tle League World Se­ries plans to take so­lar eclipse in stride

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The great­est so­lar eclipse in Amer­i­can his­tory is headed straight for us, but the kids will play on.

The Lit­tle League World Se­ries has plans for the event, which will be the first in Se­ries his­tory, even though the path of to­tal­ity will pass south of its Wil­liamsport, Penn­syl­va­nia, lo­ca­tion on the af­ter­noon of Aug. 21.

Still, even a par­tial so­lar eclipse must be re­spected, so or­ga­niz­ers will hand out about 30,000 pairs of glasses, cer­ti­fied by the Amer­i­can As­so­ci­a­tion of Oph­thal­mol­ogy as safe for look­ing at the sun, to fans who en­ter the com­plex.

Play­ers and man­agers also will be given the glasses, which will not be worn on the field, Lit­tle League spokesper­son Kevin Foun­tain told Pen­nLive.com.

Both the Howard J. La­made and Vol­un­teer sta­di­ums are lighted, so of­fi­cials plan to turn on the lights to al­low play to con­tinue when the eclipse be­gins in cen­tral Penn­syl­va­nia at around 1:14 p.m.

It will reach the point of great­est dark­ness there at around 2:38 p.m. EDT, wind­ing up at around 3:56 p.m.

Canada’s en­try could be on the di­a­mond at that time if it loses its opener against Europe-Africa (Aug. 17 at 5 p.m.) but then wins its sec­ond game against the loser of a bat­tle be­tween Latin Amer­ica and Mex­ico.

The Cana­dian Lit­tle League Cham­pi­onship which will de­ter­mine which team rep­re­sents Canada wraps up this week­end with the semi­fi­nal and fi­nal games be­ing shown on CBC-TV.

The semi­fi­nals go Fri­day be­gin­ning at 1 p.m. and the fi­nal is Satur­day at 1 p.m.

As for eclipse day, there’ll be a full slate of games in Wil­liamsport on Aug. 21, be­gin­ning at 11 a.m.

The tour­na­ment runs from Aug. 17 to 27.

And if it rains, well, that’s another mat­ter.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

On Mon­day, Aug. 21, a so­lar eclipse will cut across the en­tire United States. Canada won’t get a to­tal eclipse but will still be treated to a par­tial one.

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