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Sarasota Babe Ruth League returns to the game

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SARASOTA

It’s “Play ball! for the Sarasota Babe Ruth League.

The Youth Baseball League, made up of 13 to 15 year olds, resumed play last week at the Fruitville Road courts with some minor changes.

“We had to come up with a plan to reopen before they even allowed us to reserve any fields,” said Sarasota BRL secretary Carl Luer.

All seven teams went through a few practice sessions before embarking on a 10-game season.

One of the main changes is that the umpire is positioned behind the pitcher, which avoids a blockage at home plate with the batter, catcher and umpire nearby.

“We respect social distancing as much as possible,” Luer said.

Luer said a handful of players who initially signed up did not return, but the league picked up players who did not originally register.

“Not as much as I feared we would lose,” Luer said.

Most teams have rosters of 11 players.

Because the rosters are limited, players can have enough space in the dugouts and they don’t have to sit in the stands as originally thought.

“It’s written in our plan, but we really didn’t have to lay out in the stands,” Luer said. “But it’s there as an option.”

There is no team caucus or high fives. Each player is responsible for their own equipment and ensures that all of their equipment is maintained. There is no sharing of gloves.

Umpires have rags to wipe off baseballs every now and then. There is no post-match team handshake and post-match meetings with managers take place in the outfield with appropriate spacing between players.

“It’s a work in progress,” Luer said. “Fortunately, everyone understands that we have to make changes as we go to improve the safety aspect.

“The parents are very cooperative and support the efforts. “

The matches take place on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays until July 8. Teams play twice a week with the rest days used as rain catch-up days.

The league is to work around a USSSA state tournament to be held June 24-28 on the grounds.

While the Babe Ruth League’s national headquarters have canceled its regional championships and World Series, Sarasota BRL is still looking to host the Florida State tournament which will be postponed from July 23 to July 26, if it takes place.

Sarasota BRL has hosted the event for the past several years. This will be the furthest a BRL all-star team can advance this season.

“It’s still in the planning stages,” Luer said.