Bennett’s Creek resumes spring season
Published 10:07 pm Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Bennett’s Creek Little League is resuming its spring season through the middle of August.
Bennett’s Creek had posted that their spring season was canceled until further notice only a few days after the first practice in March. Now, they are able to resume.
“Since the governor has allowed youth sports with a CDC-guided safety plan, we have resumed operations,” said Mark Grob, president of Bennett’s Creek Little League. “Although less than our normal, we have started practices for softball and baseball, from coach pitch to majors.”
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Games were scheduled to resume the last weekend of June at their field off Drivers Lane. Interleague games with other District 6 leagues from Portsmouth and Chesapeake are also on the schedule. The teams will proceed with competitive games as Bennett’s Creek carefully follows state, local, Little League District, and CDC guidelines.
“For safety, the league has an approved safety plan with the district that meets state directives in Phase 2 for youth sports, and will stay in place, with modifications, all season as we enter Phase 3,” said Grob.
These regulations were published and emailed to the parents involved with Bennett’s Creek. The safety regulations will be posted as reminders around the ball field. The concession stands will not be open, and individuals are encouraged to bring their own food and water. Six to 10 feet of distance is required between all players on the field and in the dugouts. There can be no handshakes or other contact between teams before or after the games. Instead, players will tip their hats to the opponents after the game from the dugouts. Base runners are to avoid contact with defensive players, but minor contact is expected and allowed.
The tee ball and junior division are still canceled for the summer. The leagues currently playing are for ages 7 to 12.
Bennett’s Creek Little League is looking forward to what Phase 3 brings and hope they will return to a regular schedule in the fall.
“We are proud to have won district- and state-level championships and look towards the future as we are expending with players, field needs, and our quality of players and coaches,” said Grob.