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Valley Parks and Rec. holds little league registration

Baseball and softball will be played in Valley this summer. The Valley Parks and Recreation Department announced on Facebook last week that it plans to hold a season.

The season is expected to start the week of June 22 and will run until the end of July. The number of participants will determine which age groups will play. However, T-ball and coach pitch for ages 5 and 6-year-olds is still canceled due to social distancing rules that are in place.

In order to have a season, the Valley Parks and Recreation Department is following several guidelines put in place by Gov. Kay Ivey to ensure safety for all participants and spectators.

Under these rules, all participants, whether that is a player, coach, umpire or spectator, should wear a mask or another facial covering over their mouth and nostrils, unless they are participating in the activity. All players must refrain from all contact that is unnecessary to play the sport. This includes high-fives and handshakes. Whenever possible, people from different households should stay 6 feet apart.

No one shall share any drinking devices.

Alongside Ivey’s guidelines, the Valley Sportsplex has its own rules in place.

When possible, there will be a designated entrance and an exit at the game site. Different sanitizing equipment will be available, whether that is hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes or soap and water. Balls, bats and other high-touch or shared surfaces will be sanitized as much as possible. Surfaces will be cleaned at least every two hours if not more frequently.

Registration is ongoing and will run through June 10, ending at 8 p.m. Forms are located at the Valley Community Center. Any child that was already registered will need to be re-registered,  but there will not be a fee.

The league is limited to only those that live in Chambers County.