Return of Youth Baseball Seen as ‘Good First Step’
After waiting more than two months to get back on the diamond, area youth baseball players may finally get to hear their favorite words: Play ball.
Little Leagues in Pittsfield and Dalton and the Williamstown Cal Ripken baseball and softball league are making plans to get kids outside and enjoying the American pastime in the weeks ahead with the Little Leagues aiming to play house league games as soon as June 29.
That is the earliest the commonwealth might move into Phase 3 of the governor's phased recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. And while nothing is set in stone, league officials in Dalton and Pittsfield are getting the ball rolling.
Games won't be possible until at least the start of Phase 3, but the Phase 2 guidelines currently in effect allow groups of up to 10 socially-distanced participants on a playing field. That enables teams to hold practices, Little League District 1 Administrator Bryon Sherman said on Tuesday.
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