Older ball teams get green light
Pee Wee baseball, junior and senior girls’ softball and Legion baseball got the go-ahead for games this summer after an Imperial city council vote Monday night.
However, baseball and softball programs for the youngest of players in T-Ball and Pony leagues, which are the most popular, won’t be part of the 2020 ball program here.
The issue came before the council after the city park board voted 6-0 last week in a straw poll that favored summer ball programs.
About two hours of discussion took place Monday on whether the city should approve baseball and softball this summer, in light of the strict Directed Health Measure (DHM) on ball programs issued by Gov. Pete Ricketts.
After shutting down youth sports completely since the pandemic started to inflate, Ricketts on May 11 announced the easing of restrictions for youth sports, specifically ball programs.
Practices can start June 1, and first games will be allowed on June 18.
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