Batter up! Youth baseball is back in season.
As of April 21, registration is open for children to get involved with the outdoor sport.
According to Mayor Van Johnson, during a Tuesday, April 20 press conference, youth baseball is back in session for fun with some restrictions. The mayor said as the numbers of those affected by COVID-19 improve slowly, we will gradually get back into the swing of things.
Johnson said he is also thinking about the young people.
“Our young people need to be out there engaged, and sports is a way for them to do that,” Johnson said. “We will get these kids out in the field, get them active, and get them playing.”
Athletics Administrator of Savannah Leisure and Recreational Services, Earl Etheridge, said the youth baseball games begin in May, but the season will be a little different this year.
Due to the pandemic, the length of the playing season will be shortened and the schedule will be based upon the number of teams that sign up to play, Etheridge said.
On the bright side, admission is free for all regular season games.
Spectators should sit in designated areas, take heed to limited seating due to social distancing, and follow the City of Savannah Emergency Order guidelines for outdoor gatherings, including wearing a mask and practicing social distancing, Etheridge said.
Etheridge also said the youth teams will be expected to wear masks as they enter and leave the venue. Players will be required to wear masks while in the dugouts but not on the playing field. Coaches will also be required to wear masks.
Etheridge said that once the schedule is prepared, it will be available for few on savannahga.gov
Etheridge also shared, “Georgia Recreation and Park Association District Baseball Tournaments are scheduled for the first week in June, between June 22-26.”
There is a fee at the gate for GRPA District and State Tournament games. There are adult prices, youth prices, and a tournament ticket price.
To register or for information, stop by the Paulson Softball Complex at 7171 Skidaway Rd. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or call 912-351-3852.