Updated: May 21, 2020 10:45 PM
Created: May 21, 2020 10:42 PM
(ABC 6 News) - High school baseball and softball teams in Iowa are preparing to hit the field this summer after Governor Kim Reynolds and the Iowa High School Athletic Association approved the season to start in June amid the COVID-19 crisis.
Coaches are happy to be reunited with their players, and are grateful their seniors get one last season to compete with their friends.
“It was their one last chance to play a high school sport and for them to be given that potential opportunity again, they’re thrilled," Newman Catholic baseball Head Coach Alex Bohl said.
The Iowa Department of Education released a list of guidelines for teams to follow this summer. The regulations may restrict parts of the game such as the camaraderie in the dugout, but Riceville Head Coach Bryce Conway says it's a fair trade.
“It is the opportunity for them to at least be able to have the chance to play. And it will look different. It will be different, but that doesn’t mean that necessarily it will be worse. And kids will be so excited just to have that opportunity that they’ll kind of forget about those things a little bit. They’ll still be able to create moments that they’ll remember," Conway said.
The players are happy to have baseball back, but they know it's a risk. For Riceville senior Sullivan Fair, it's a risk worth taking.
“It’s in the back of your head like, you know there’s always some risks and stuff, risk-reward factor. But the reward to get to play baseball I think is more important than the risks at that point. The fact that we’re at least allowed to have a baseball season, even with these kind of restrictions and regulations, it’s definitely worth it," Fair said.
June 1 is the first day for practices and games can begin on June 15.
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