Young athletes were busy at Cedar Creek Park in Seaford on Monday for the start of the Express Lacrosse Youth Training Clinic. During their training, Nassau County Manager Laura Curran announced the reopening of the county’s batting cages and 60 athletic fields and the resumption of moderate-risk sports such as baseball, softball and non-lacrosse. contact.
As of Monday, the county parks department prepared 10 baseball fields, 37 softball fields and 13 multi-purpose fields. 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 equipment or disinfecting l equipment between uses.
Sports in this category also include field hockey, gymnastics, water polo, doubles tennis, relay swimming, racquet games, crew, rafting, paintball and soccer.
The 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, both representing 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 their athletes, the oldest of which is 93 years old. Players should bring their own bats, wear a mask when not playing, and refrain from hitting or kissing, among other measures. .
Curran also announced that over the holiday weekend, the county received 1,281 calls alerting them to fireworks. Nassau County firefighters responded to 616 calls, police made seven arrests and there was an accident, in which a 20-year-old Levittown man was hospitalized after fireworks exploded in her hand.
Regarding social distancing violations, the county received 68 complaints over the holiday weekend, issued 16 warnings and gave out three court appearance tickets.
Curran also provided an update on the coronavirus pandemic in Nassau County, announcing that there were 42,031 total positive cases, 2,186 total deaths, 49 hospitalizations, four intensive care patients and one patient on a ventilator. As of Monday, there were no new patients on ventilators and seven patients were discharged from the hospital.
Curran said the statistics “tell us 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, on the whole, people are doing the right thing and continuing to do the right thing in Nassau County.”