Council approves start of baseball/softball activities at Tuxedo Park under new guidelines
The City of Crete allowed the start of baseball and softball practices at Tuxedo Park under new statewide guidelines after a special meeting on May 26.
Governor Pete Ricketts and public health officials recently released information regarding the opening of baseball, softball, and other limited-contact and non-contact sports practices on June 1, with games allowed starting on June 18.
Mayor Dave Bauer, city council members, and city officials discussed the list of social distancing guidelines for players and coaches as well as procedures for the use of fields, dugouts and related facilities. Guidelines also include procedures for before and after all practices and games, limited fan attendance and fan seating, and regular cleaning of shared equipment.
Local American Legion baseball program officials were involved in the special meeting to discuss the process as it relates to city facilities used by local teams, namely Thom Stallard Legion Baseball Field.
The city prepared field use and management agreements, as well as participant releases, related to COVID-19 and adherence to guidelines required for use of the Tuxedo Park facilities. Only individuals and groups with these completed documents on file with the city may use the Tuxedo Park facilities at this time.
The city's other parks remain closed to public access at this time.
There is no post-season play for American Legion baseball programs this year due to the public health situation, however, it was announced in May that a regular season would be allowed for programs wishing to participate.
The Crete Diamonds organization for youth softball teams previously announced they had canceled their 2020 summer season.
See more on the DHHS statewide guidance for reopening sports activities.