Beaver Dam Little Leaguers will have a chance to play ball this summer. After recent survey of participating families of the Beaver Dam Youth Baseball and Softball Association it was deemed that they have enough interest to field teams at the Triple-A, Double-A, Single-A levels and all associated travel teams.
BDYBS President Russ Corcoran tells DailyDodge.com that the most recent family survey found that about 75% of families in the organization responded that they wanted to have Little League this summer. Corcoran says translates into between 175 and 200 players looking to participate. Looking at the numbers, he says they will be able to field three teams in the 7-8 year-old division, four in the 9-10 year-old league, and three in the 11-12 age group. The 13 and 14 year-olds are split into three teams that play in different leagues across the region. They decided last month to cancel the T-ball and coach pitch leagues for the younger kids. Players will find out their teams in the next few days and hit the practice field next week. Games will start the week of June 29th and running through early August.
BDYBS also still plans on having travel baseball this summer despite many tournaments being up in the air or cancelled. Corcoran says that most of the tournaments in June have been called off, but it looks like there will be some opportunity to plan in July across Wisconsin.
It also looks like the city rec league softball teams will have enough players to field one team in different age groups. Corcoran says they will work to get those teams into other leagues in surrounding communities.
When it comes to safety, Corcoran says that they will follow the Wisconsin Sports Service “Back to Baseball” plan by sanitizing any shared equipment, changing baseballs each half inning, and practicing social distancing by not using dugouts for players and spacing out fans. To start he says the concession stand will not be open at the park. Participating players will also have to sign a COVID-19 waiver before they are allowed to participate in any practice or game.
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