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Baseball, Softball Competition Begins This Week

June 17, 2020
By Joseph Schany , Emmetsburg News

High school baseball and softball competition started this week all throughout Iowa and athletes, coaches, and fans are getting used to the new normal of summer sports during COVID-19.

Emmetsburg High School recently released a letter to the community, spectators, family and friends urging everyone to follow the public health regulations set forth by the State of Iowa:

As many of you know, Governor Reynolds announced that Iowa high schools would be able to start summer baseball and softball practice June 1. Our first game was scheduled for June 15 against Sioux Central at home.

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CLEANING UP - Ben Dunlap collects baseballs used during the Emmetsburg E-Hawk’s practice on Friday. The baseballs, along with all the other equipment, are washed and sanitized each day per new state health regulations. -- Joseph Schany photo

Iowa will be the first state in the country to resume competitive high school sports this summer. We may be the first competitive team sports to play in any high school, college, and professional associations nationwide. The entire country will be watching Iowa starting this week. Therefore, it is imperative that we successfully navigate competitive team sports during the pandemic. If we are not successful, it could mean we miss out on fall and/or winter sports later this year.

As we have seen with many local stores and businesses, we must be adaptable to the COVID-19 mitigation strategies schools have implemented. This summer will be unlike any other sports season and we should be thankful that our student athletes get an opportunity to do something that they truly enjoy.

Some of the regulations that our spectators must follow:

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been around someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days please do not attend.

No Concessions will be available. School appropriate food and drinks permitted.

No shared food. If a player needs food they must bring their own...single household use only.

No bleacher seating will be available. Please bring your own chairs and spread out.

Admission is Free Will at gate....suggested donation is $5 for adults, $3 for students. Activity Tickets will be accepted.

Hand Sanitizer stations will be located outside each restroom and at both the Baseball & Softball Fields.

Restrooms will be available and cleaned periodically during JV & Varsity games.


Regardless of the requirements, we ask that you remain respectful and compliant when you visit our school as well as our other area schools.The school administrators and coaches who are developing these strategies are doing their best and working hard to create a safer and healthier environment for all. Spectators not following social distancing and/or behavioral expectations will be asked to leave the game.

Please do not ruin this opportunity for yourself, the other fans, or the players.

Read the full article in The Reporter.



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