Play Ball? Escambia Commission Affirms Youth Sports May Move Forward Soon

April 29, 2020

The Escambia County Commission affirmed Tuesday that youth sports leagues can move forward with practice and play in ballparks owned by the county with restrictions, as long as it does not conflict with any state order.

The commission said practices would be allowed as early as Friday with two weeks before games to provide time to make any needed policy adjustments and to allow youth athletes needed practice time. The first games, such as baseball or softball, could begin as early as May 15.

Youth sports at each county ballpark are managed by independent organizations that will make the decision if they want to play and how they will accomplish required social distancing requirements. Bleachers may be marked off for social distancing, or may be remove altogether.

The commission made it very clear that a parent chooses for their child not to participate, they are entitled to at least a partial refund. Some parks may offer parents the option of rolling fees forward to next year.

Pictured: Opening Day 2019 at the Molino Ballpark. photos, click to enlarge.


6 Responses to “Play Ball? Escambia Commission Affirms Youth Sports May Move Forward Soon”

  1. Sue on April 29th, 2020 6:20 pm

    First of all, You can’t wait till fall because the virus will probably start ramping up again once temperatures start cooling off so you’re either going to have to make a decision to let your children play or not play. The way I see it, the reason they are not letting kids go to school is because school Time is inside the school and we know that viruses like to live indoors where there is closer contact and if you try to send the kids to school they are going to have to be 6 feet apart which means you’re going to need many more seats and many more classrooms and many more teachers in order to accomplish the proper social distancing guidelines. At least with outdoor sports the parents will be there & the parents help with the children

  2. DEWAYNE on April 29th, 2020 1:44 pm

    Why would this be allowed . Schools closed (per Govener,no high school ball (per FHSAA )But you want kids to play ball and parents to abide by social distancing . Really bad idea .

  3. BRING IT ON on April 29th, 2020 1:37 pm

    Right on sports dad, the kids will be fine. Parents know what’s good for the kids because the powers tjay be absolutely do not have a clue.

  4. Concerned on April 29th, 2020 12:55 pm

    @Nonsense…I agree whole heartedly. As much as we are a sports family and love the game, our decision for our son was easily made. He will not participate in spring sports. Fall maybe but this is too soon. I don’t believe we have seen the peak of this epidemic.

  5. sport dad on April 29th, 2020 12:53 pm

    To Nonsense : you do you, and let the rest of us parents worried about our children! These children have been locked up in their homes way too long! If you’re worried about getting sick, stay home.

  6. Nosense on April 29th, 2020 10:04 am

    This seems like a horrible idea. They cancel high school, collegiate, and professional sports to protect the players, but you want to allow kids to play! They close schools for the remainder of the year to protect kids, but you’ll allow them to play ball together. Obviously from the pictures in the article, kids cannot maintain social distancing from each other while playing ball. Way too early to allow this to happen! Be patient and wait until fall.

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