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LCYBL practices begin, LGS waits for Phase 2

Lunenburg County Youth Baseball League (LCYBL) resumed practices Friday, May 15, with precautions, as Phase 1 of Gov. Ralph S. Northam’s reopening plan went into effect. Lunenburg Girls’ Softball (LGS) will wait for Phase 2 before resuming activities.

David Clark, LCYBL president, revealed his league’s plans in a May 13 letter.

“Only coaches and team members will be allowed on the fields during practices,” he wrote. “We are asking that parents practice social distancing. The league is taking precautions and continuing to monitor the COVID-19 virus.”

He stated the LCYBL Board of Directors will continue the “no contact” policy put in place March 13.

“All participants should be aware of the risk and take the necessary precautions to avoid exposure to germs,” he wrote. “This includes maintaining good hygiene practices.”

He noted the league’s board of directors strongly recommended washing hands often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap is not available, covering the mouth and nose with a tissue if possible when coughing or sneezing.

“If your child is sick or running a fever, do not attend scheduled activities or practices,” he said. “If a parent does not feel comfortable with their child attending practices, please let your manager know in advance. All players need to bring their own water or sports drink as coaches will not be providing water at this time.”

LGS Commissioner Tim Fowler said his league is not planning on starting anything until the area hits Phase 2 of the governor’s reopening plan, and Northam has said Phase 1 will last for a minimum of two weeks. LGS is already preparing for Phase 2.

“We are working on a plan now,” Fowler said.