The young athletes were busy at Cedar Creek Park in Seaford on Monday for the start of the Express Lacrosse Youth Training Clinic. During their drive, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran announced the reopening of county batting cages and 60 sports fields and the resumption of moderate-risk sports like baseball, softball and lacrosse without contact.
As of Monday, the county’s parks department has prepared 10 baseball fields, 37 softball fields and 13 multi-purpose fields. Leagues of all ages were allowed to resume play and sports summer camps were also 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,” Curran said. “All of this is taught on the sports field. It’s not just for children, it’s also very important for our adults and our elders.
According to the county’s reopening website, moderate-risk sports are described as having “limited ability to maintain physical distancing and/or be played individually” and require athletes to avoid sharing equipment or disinfecting equipment. equipment between uses.
Sports falling under this category also include field hockey, gymnastics, water polo, doubles tennis, relay swimming, racquet games, crew, rafting, paintball and soccer.
Leagues have also established their own specific rules to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Jack Moran, one of the directors of Express Lacrosse, explained that the practices would not involve competitive play and would only include drills allowing for social distancing.
Joe Ditaranto and Bernie Rosen, both representing the New York Senior Softball Association, were also present at Curran’s press conference and announced that their season would begin on July 27.
Ditaranto said the NYSSA has created a list of 12 safety measures to protect its athletes, the oldest of whom is 93. Players must bring their own bats, wear a mask when not playing, and refrain from high fives or hugs, among other measures. .
Curran also announced that over the holiday weekend, the county received 1,281 calls alerting them to fireworks. The Nassau County Fire Department responded to 616 calls, police made seven arrests and there was one crash, in which a 20-year-old Levittown man was hospitalized after a fire firework exploded in his hand.
Regarding social distancing violations, the county received 68 complaints over the holiday weekend, issued 16 warnings and issued three appearance tickets.
Curran also provided an update on the coronavirus pandemic in Nassau County, announcing there were 42,031 total positive cases, 2,186 total deaths, 49 hospitalizations, four intensive care patients and one ventilator patient. On Monday, there were no new patients on ventilators and seven patients were discharged.
Curran said the stats “tell us that when we’re smart, we can reopen.”
“They tell us this is the key to a smart and safe reopening,” she added. “They also tell us that, overall, people are doing the right thing and continuing to do the right thing in Nassau County.”