Summer Pre T-Ball, T-Ball, and Rookie Ball Leagues
Summer leagues are seven weeks long, and practices begin Monday, June 15th or Tuesday, June 16th. All practices and games are held outdoors.
This summer, we have made changes to the leagues to adjust to social distancing guidelines.
We will begin summer T-Ball, on schedule, the week of June 15th, and the league will run, as scheduled, through the last week of July. We have re-structured the leagues to into small groups (maximum of ten players to one coach) and to minimize the total number of people each player interacts with each week. Each time slot may have up to two groups of ten players with one group will practicing in the infield and one group in the outfield. We will switch infield and outfield on Monday/Wednesday and Tuesday/Thursday so everyone has a chance to practice in both parts of the field. As a result, the leagues look a bit different than they did when you signed up. Here are the changes:
- All classes will be held at Melas Park Sports Complex in June. Melas Park is located at 1500 W. Central Road in Mt. Prospect and has four synthetic turf ball diamonds. It is a lovely and spacious location, and we are excited to be able to play T-Ball here. Class locations are not yet finalized for July, but they may be held at Melas Park, Sunset Meadows, Frontier Park, or another large park like Legacy Park at the Arlington Ridge Center.
- Class sizes are a maximum of ten players to one coach. Groups are not fluid, and we will not form teams. Players will play with the same group of children and at the same time slot for the entire season. If, later in the season, distancing guidelines change and we are allowed to play in larger groups, if your time slot has two groups at your level (Pre TBall, T-Ball, or Rookie Ball), those groups will play scrimmage games.
- Each player should bring one parent or caregiver to each practice or game. This adult spectator will hold water bottles and other gear when not in use, act as the player “bench” when we take breaks, and assist the player with restroom use, hand cleaning, and other needs that may require close contact. We will provide a space that allows spectators to distance from each other. Spectators must wear a face coverings.
- Players are not required to wear facial coverings during class. We have restructured drills and games to create 6 feet of distance between players. Coaches will wear face coverings when they are unable to maintain a distance of 6 feet.
- Players must bring their own bat and mitt to class. This will reduce player contact with shared equipment. However, we will be sharing cloth-covered T-Balls. Coaches will sanitize the T-Balls between classes.
- ROOKIE BALL will be hitting from tees for at least the first half of the season. Depending on guidelines later in the summer, we may switch to coach pitch.
- We are not taking friend requests: This summer, we are not forming teams, and we will not know how many players we have in each group until classes begin. This summer will be a great opportunity to make new friends!
- Players and spectators must stay home if they are not feeling well, have recently been exposed to someone with a confirmed case of Covid-19, or are required by the state of Illinois to quarantine. For the safety of participants and staff, we are counting on everyone to abide by this.
What should players bring to class?
- Players should wear sunscreen and gym shoes and bring a baseball mitt, bat, water bottle, and hat every day.
- It is not necessary to wear baseball pants or cleats to practices or games.
- Please label all items your child brings to practices and games with his or her full name.
Field Conditions - Updates
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If there is thunder or lightning you must clear the field and take shelter. Staff at the fields will determine if a game needs to be halted because of field conditions or because thunder or lightning is detected.