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Posted on: May 29, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Enterprise Parks and Rec teams set season openers on June 15

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Talk about a rain delay. The Enterprise Parks and Recreation Department

has a new starting date for its baseball and softball programs.

Originally scheduled for March 16, Opening Day will be June 15 due to the

COVID-19 pandemic.

Enterprise Parks and Recreation Director Billy Powell said Gov. Ivey’s

order last Thursday cleared the way for the season to begin. Of course, there

are precautions that must be taken.

“Once we heard from the Governor and the Alabama Department of Public

Health, we sent out some protocols to our coaches and parents,” Powell said

Tuesday. “They can start practicing. You can practice, have conditioning,

training and skill drills, but no games or practice games until June 15.

“Primarily, we’re talking about baseball, softball, even volleyball. Those are

some of the athletic activities they can start practicing right now.”

Social distancing measure remain in effect. Included in the protocols sent

out by EPRD, “Players, coaches, officials and spectators shall not

congregate within six feet of a person from another household except to the

extent necessary — and only to the extent necessary — for players, coaches

and official to directly participate in the athletic activity.”

High fives, handshakes and other “unnecessary” physical contact are not

allowed.

Another key area for participants includes facial coverings. From the letter:

“Players, coaches and officials shall wear a mask or other facial covering

that covers his or her nostrils and mouth at all times except when a player or

official is directing participating.”

The Enterprise Parks and Recreation Department interprets this to mean that

if a player, coach or official is on the field or court directly participating, no

mask is required.

Finally, sanitation is another key protocol. Water coolers, drinking stations,

water bottles, cups or other drinking devices will not be allowed.

Organizers of athletic activities shall take “reasonable steps,” where

practicable, to regularly disinfect frequently used items and surfaces.

“The EPRD interprets this to mean that if athletic practices activities occur,

the head coach or lead coach will be responsible to take those steps. For

games, Parks and Rec will provide sanitizer stations for use,” the protocol

states.

In the stands, social distancing also will be encouraged.

“If you’re a non-family member you try to keep six feet distance,” Powell

said. “Use your head. It’s individual responsibilities. Continue washing your

hands, continue sanitizing. Try not to touch your face or mouth, but that’s a

habit everybody has.”

Powell and assistant director Blake Moore are communicating with coaches

and parents.

“There’s mixed feelings with this,” Powell said. “People want to play; other

people want to play but don’t want to take the risk. We respect all of it. We

want to make sure we’re safe in protecting ourselves and protecting others

as much as possible.”

Parks and Rec departments through Alabama have been holding Zoom

meetings, communicating all spring.

“Everyone’s in the same boat. ‘What are we going to do?’” Powell said.

“Even today, Dan Smith in Troy and I were talking. We’ll handle it case-bycase

and do the best we can. Let the kids try to enjoy it and try to keep them

safe.”

So the wait is nearly over.

“We’ve been holding on. It came out March 16. March 16 actually was

going to be our first day opening the season,” Powell said. “We were already

organized, the uniforms had already been passed out, teams had already

been practicing.”

Information

Youth Baseball and Softball: Beginning June 15 and the season is

projected to end July 31 at the latest. Games will be played Mondays,

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Adult and Youth Church Softball: Beginning June 16. Games will be

played Tuesday’s and Thursdays.

Travel Ball/Field Reservations: Reservations are being taken for

Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays only. Roster, insurance and field

request applications must be turned into the EPRD athletic office before

reservation.

Volleyball: EPRD sand volleyball court opened Tuesday afternoon. No

organized games.

Soccer: EPRD soccer fields are open for casual use. No organized games

until June 15.

Kickball: Will resumes games Monday, June 15.

Playgrounds: Have opened.

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