Updated: July 06, 2020 07:42 PM
Created: July 06, 2020 06:07 PM
NORTH GREENBUSH - Twin Town Little League was about to play its first game Monday night.
"We're really excited," said parent Nedra Apple. "My older son, he's been dying to get out on the field, and we're excited to just be out here and playing."
The bleachers are taped off so no one can sit there. There is new orange fencing up to create an area for players to sit.
"Our players are going to sit in new fenced off areas in each field. We're going to mark where they sit, they're going to bring their own chairs and distance that way," said Kyle Belokopitsky, President of the Twin Town Little League Board of Directors.
"They will distance on the field when they're playing. Spectators are going to be sitting on our far baselines and around our outfields, six feet apart. Everyone who gets out of their cars, please have their masks on, players and adults, until you are actually seated."
There's a limit of two spectators per player.
At the concession stand, board members will serve only drinks and prepackaged snacks.
They've been preparing for months for this opening day.
"Our board members are going to line up here on both sides of our parking lots handing out masks and just reminding families about the different rules, about social distancing and hand washing and hand sanitizing, so we're hoping to have a great opening day," said Belokopitsky.
In the summer heat, the shortened games will be Monday through Thursday evenings.
They're only playing the older teams, farm and above.
It's different with all the new safety measures.
"I'm happy about it because it's a strange world we're living in now, so I think the safety plan they have in place is really thorough. And it's good for keeping the kids safe and the parents safe too," said Apple.
Parents like Apple say all the kids care about is hearing "play ball."
They'll see how this shortened summer season goes, and reevaluate for the fall, including whether or not the youngest teams can play.
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