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No baseball or soccer this summer in New Tec

June 18, 2020   ·   0 Comments

If you played minor sports as a kid, you will know that practice is an important part of getting your team ready to play.

However, practice is nowhere near as fun as actually playing the game.

That won’t happen this summer at local ball diamonds and soccer pitches.

The Town of New Tecumseth released the plan for the summer based on the province’s second phase of reopening facilities.

Locally, the Town will start working on local parks and sports venues to get them ready for use in July. That includes soccer fields and baseball diamonds, however that doesn’t mean you can actually use them for a game.

The fields will be available for practice only.

Currently many fields are looking a little neglected with grass higher than normal and little work being done to maintain them.

The cancellation of games means several local leagues won’t have a season at all this year.

Minor baseball won’t be fielding any balls this summer unless you can manage a practice with five people – that’s four short of team.

Minor soccer is also going to be sidelined for the summer.

The scoreboard at Mel Mitchell Athletic Fields in Beeton won’t telling any scores this summer as the Ontario Provincial Football League already announced the cancellation of the season.

Cooling off this summer might be possible this summer as the Town is at least looking into the possibility of opening splash pads, however the outdoor pool at Riverdale Park in Alliston won’t be at all.

All summer camp programs will also be suspended for the season.

“The procedures and preparations that need to be in place to ensure a safe…camp and swimming pool experience is not feasible at this time,” the Town said in a press release.

New Tecumseth Mayor Rick Milne issued a statement saying: “We understand there may be disappointment, however, the decision to cancel summer camps and to not open the Outdoor Rotary Pool this season was made in order to protect the health and wellbeing of our program users, pool users, community members, visitors and summer staff.”

Anyone using Town facilities is expected to adhere to public health guidelines such as maintaining a distance of two metres from other users.

By Brian Lockhart


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