First Nationals making plans for 2020 season

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - On Monday, Governor Pete Ricketts outlined plans to bring baseball back to the state. Now, the North Platte FNBO baseball team is making plans to start its season in time with the outline Ricketts provided Monday.

North Platte Legion Baseball during pregame introductions in the 2019 season. (Credit: Patrick Johnstone/KNOP-TV)

The team sign-ups are still open online, and you can find the link through the team's Facebook page.

American Legion baseball is not sponsoring baseball across the nation this year, but is allowing teams to play under their own sponsorship, which is what the First Nationals will be doing.

Practices will start on Jun. 1, with competition slated to start on Jun. 18. Brian Butterfield has scheduled the team's games the last two years, and will be working hard to schedule games over the next two weeks.

First National board member Anthony Kuhlmann says money is a big hurdle for the team right now. The sponsorship from First National Bank only provides about half of the money the team needs to operate, and the rest of the money typically comes from ticket and concession sales. However, with Gov. Ricketts' guidelines, only household members will be allowed to attend games, and no concessions may be sold. So, the team is asking for donations from the community. Kuhlmann said people interested in donating can contact a board member, or give money at the drop box at Lindemeier Law Office.

The team is urging players interested in playing this season to sign up online, as they are trying to gauge how many kids are interested in playing for the 2020 season. The hope is that there will be both a senior and a junior team this season.

Tuesday night, there will be a meeting amongst the Legion teams across the state of Nebraska, and the North Platte Legion board will meet Wednesday night, so there will be more updates as the week progresses.