Play Ball – Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts Says Youth Baseball and Softball Can Begin in June

During his daily press conference, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts on Monday announced guidelines for youth baseball and softball to get underway in June.

Practices can begin on June 1 and games on June 18.  Among the restrictions is no spectator use of bleachers.

Ricketts said, “We’re stepping into this slowly to see how this works.”

When asked why softball and baseball Ricketts responded, “”Because they’re the sports that are more socially distant anyway, and we want to take this a step at a time, roll this out, and see how we can make this work.”

Some of the guidelines that will implemented include:

Dugout use will not be allowed. Players’ items should be lined up against the fence at least six feet apart.

– Parents must remain in their cars or drop off and pick up players afterwards.

– Players should use their own gloves, helmet and bats as much as possible.

– Coaches are responsible for ensuring social distancing is maintained between players as much as possible. This means additional spacing between players while playing catch, changing drills so the players remain spaced out, no congregating the players while waiting to bat.

– Players must bring their own water/beverage to consume during and after practice. No shared drinking fountains or coolers.

Players must bring their own snacks to consume during and after practice. No shared communal snacks.

– Coaches must sanitize shared equipment before and after each practice.

It was also announced during Monday’s press conference that schools can open weight rooms on June 1 subject to social distancing – no more than 10 in the room and they must be six feet apart.