Play ball! At Tuesday’s (5/26) special meeting, the Oskaloosa School Board voted to allow the baseball and softball seasons to go ahead. Some Board members expressed concerns about coronavirus and their measure highly recommends that team members and drivers wear masks while on buses going to and from games. Oskaloosa Activities Director Ryan Parker says social distancing will be part of the equation.
“At the end of the day, I’m happy that our kids get a summer sports season. But we also need to realize that we need to follow the rules and regulations or there may not be a summer sports season. So I think we just need to be thankful that our kids get an opportunity.”
The School Board’s resolution also includes a warning that if spectators don’t keep their social distance, games could end up being played behind closed doors. Parker adds that because of a requirement from the State Department of Education, concessions won’t be available at games. In another bow to social distancing, Little Hawkeye Conference teams have decided that rather than charge admission, teams will accept free will offerings at the gate. That’s also considered a good way to keep lines moving going into ballparks.