Athletes of all ages now take advantage of the open playing fields and some indoor sports facilities.
On day one of the Express Lacrosse Youth Training Clinic at Cedar Creek Park in Seaford on July 6, Nassau County Manager Laura Curran announced the reopening of the County and County batting cages. 60 sports fields, as well as the resumption of moderate risk sports such as baseball, softball, gymnastics and non-contact lacrosse.
The county parks department has prepared 10 baseball fields, 37 softball fields and 13 multi-purpose fields, of which about 25% are in Eisenhower Park. Leagues of all ages have been allowed to resume play and sports summer camps have also been allowed to reopen.
“It’s so important for young people. . . learning to lose is a good thing [and] learning how to win gracefully is a good thing, ”said Curran. “These are all taught on the sports field. It is not only for the children, it is also very important for our adults and for our elders.
According to the county’s reopening website, moderate-risk sports are described as having a “limited ability to maintain physical distance and / or be played individually,” and require athletes to avoid sharing sports equipment or sanitizing between uses. Sports in this category also include field hockey, water polo, doubles tennis, relay swimming, racquet games, crew, rafting, paintball and soccer.
Courts and playing fields, including basketball and handball courts, are open at Newbridge Road Park, East Bay Park, Merrick Road Park and Julian Lane Park. Picnic areas remain closed. The Newbridge Pool is open to residents of the Town of Hempstead, but no swimming lessons will be held this summer. The dog park is also open. Customers are encouraged to wear masks and adhere to social distancing guidelines.
The Newbridge Ice Rink also opened on July 6, with safety measures in place. It’s been a busy opening week, chief executive Rich Gardner said, noting that face coverings are required in all areas except on the ice, and that the lobby has been closed except for toilet access. . A one-way traffic system is in place where all guests enter through the main lobby and exit through specifically marked doors.
For hockey clinics, players must come to the arena fully dressed but may put on their skates in designated areas. Only one parent or guardian is allowed inside the facility per player, and all spectators must wear a mask and stand in designated viewing areas.
All-American Gymnastics and Totnastics Too at Bellmore had a “fantastic” opening week, said co-owner Ori Wilner. “After being stagnant and unsure about things for months, it’s refreshing to have energy in the building,” he said. “The kids, parents and coaches have responded well, and we urge all concerned parents to give us a call. ”
The gym will be carefully cleaned and disinfected on a daily basis. Classes have been spaced out to allow for safer foot traffic, and the gym has been formatted to create safe distances between children and coaches. Children should be able to follow social distancing instructions, but are not required to wear a mask. Coaches wear masks and are subject to daily temperature checks.
Sports leagues have also established their own specific rules to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Jack Moran, one of the directors of Express Lacrosse, explained that the practices would not involve competitive play and would only include exercises that allow for social distancing.
Joe Ditaranto and Bernie Rosen, who represent the New York Senior Softball Association, were also at Curran’s press conference and announced their season will begin on July 27. Ditaranto said the NYSSA has created a list of 12 safety measures to protect athletes, the oldest of whom is 93. Players must bring their own sticks, wear a mask when not playing and refrain from anything. personal contact, among other measures.