2020 SUMMER REC

UpdatedThursday June 4, 2020 byChief Information Officer.

Last Friday, Governor Murphy announced some revisions that would allow for youth sports, including baseball and softball to resume in New Jersey on Monday, June 22nd.  After considerable discussion internally and with guidance from Mayor Busch’s office, we would like to make an attempt at a 2020 Summer Season.

 

We are still in the process of working out all of the details, including additional volunteers and individual field safety, but we do know for certain that this season will look like no other.  Return to play guidelines are being established to provide the safest possible environment for our families.  There will be some drastic rule adjustments made to minimize risk as much as we possibly can.  In the coming weeks MBS will release specific return to play guidelines.  Here is a high level look at what we are discussing.

 

  • Modified rules to minimize player, coach, and fan contact
  • Expanding the dugouts to allow for proper social distancing from players and coaches during games
  • Stringent sanitation guidelines (wiping down balls, dugouts, providing ample sanitizer etc)
  • No sharing of equipment
  • Increasing our number of volunteers to help assure social distancing rules cooperation

 

This is just the start.  We will be following NJ State and Cal Ripken Baseball Return To Play guidelines, and developing some of our own rules that we feel will increase safety. Prior to the start of the season, our plan will be submitted to the Mayor’s office and Recreation Department for feedback and approval.

 

That being said, we know that no matter how careful we are that inherently there is some risk with having a season.  Baseball and softball are team sports and there are times where contact will be unavoidable.  A significant proportion of our participants will be participating in weekend tournaments or other summer rec and travel programs.  Many families will vacation out of the area this summer.  As with any activity, but especially in the current environment, a family needs to consider the level of risk they are comfortable with.  We understand that some families may not be comfortable with playing this summer, and we will be offering full refunds or future credit to any families wishing not to participate.

 

Practices for the season could potentially start the week of June 20th with games potentially beginning the week of July 6th.  The plan as of now is to have two games per week through the end of August.  For most divisions Rec games would be primarily during the week, with the occasional weekend game.

 

So what are the next steps?

 

All families who wish to participate in the Summer 2020 Rec season must go to our website and register before Wednesday, June 10th.  This will allow us to get a sense of how many teams will need to be created and what additional equipment to order.  Please register under “2020 Summer Baseball or 2020 Summer Softball.” To register, please click on the following link: https://identity.sportssignup.com/account/login

 

One of the reasons we decided to have a summer rec season was the belief that our Metuchen community is strong and would rise to the occasion to help facilitate the new guidelines.  Volunteers are always in need, but for this season more than ever.  Simply put, it will take a full community effort to allow us to provide a safe environment to play ball.  There will be no snack bar this year; no opening day parade or picnic. Those volunteer positions have been eliminated for this season.  We are creating two new volunteer positions for which people, in addition to coaching, can earn workbond credit.

 

  • Team Supervisors:  These volunteers will help the coaching staff to ensure players are adhering to proper social distancing guidelines within the designated dugout area.  We need to have 2-4 volunteers per team (depending on age), to make this work

 

  • Field Staff: Volunteers who are willing to prep the fields both before and after the games, and making sure all dugouts are thoroughly disinfected between games.  

 

If you are not a manager or an assistant coach we ask that you please volunteer your service for one of these positions.

 

Failure to get enough volunteers will mean that we will not be able to start a season.  With our volunteers being fully vested in the teams and our league, we can ensure the Return To Play Guidelines are being met.  If we start play and we find that the guidelines are consistently being ignored we will cancel the season.  It will truly take the entire MBS community to make this work.

 

Having a 2020 season will not be easy, but many things worthwhile are not.  After a long and difficult Spring, we wanted to offer this opportunity for the kids of Metuchen to play the game they love.  

 

We thank you for your support and hope to see you on the fields soon.

 

MBS Board