Happy Little League’s Back But It’s Weird [PICS]
We were so excited when the governor announced that Little League baseball could start back up on July 6th. But I don't think anyone was totally prepared for what it was going to look and feel like because of the coronavirus pandemic. First off, let me just say that I am super excited for Ryan, our nine-year-old, that he can get back on the field and actually play baseball. However, after all of the forms and waivers we all had to sign including Ryan, I should have known that things would be strange.
I completely understand that in order to allow the kids to play and the parents to watch, there have to be many changes. In Ryan's recreational league they can't be in the dugouts and they have to line up along the fence. They also have to be six feet apart and sitting on their own bucket that contains some of their equipment. They aren't allowed to chew gum, eat seeds or spit, at all. The umpire is now situated behind the pitcher to call balls and strikes while wearing a mask. I get it but it's all just strange.
I understand why these precautions have to be in place but it takes away from the excitement and the energy of the kids and the game of baseball. They aren't allowed to high five or celebrate either. I have to say that these have been the quietest baseball games I've ever been to.
My fiancee, Jenn has come right out and said that she hates it. It doesn't feel, look, or sound like baseball. But I think that if Ryan is having fun and getting to play baseball, then it can't be all that bad.