Local coach adjusts to new health guidelines
COLUMBIA — Despite the COVID-19 pandemic sidelining all youth sports from play, one local coach decided to get some practice swings in on this Memorial Day.
"What a better day than Memorial Day to come out and swing the bat and hit the ball around?" said C.J. Alderton, youth head baseball coach.
Coach Alderton, Justin Badford and his two sons, Aidan and Charlie, were all hitting baseballs, fielding grounders, and catching pop-ups given their free time today.
"Columbia Parks and Rec said we'll get to play our season and practice starts this week, but we saw fit to have some fun on this day off," said Alderton.
Columbia Parks and Recreation has developed set rules and regulations for slow reopening of sports while adhering to social distancing guidelines.
Guidelines for baseball and softball include:
- Wipe down the ball between each use
- Hitting drills, fielding and throwing drills
- If sharing a bat or helmet, sanitize between each person
- 10 people allowed on each field at one time
- Maintain 6 feet distance between players and coaches
The guidelines will take effect at practices starting Tuesday, May 26.
"I think it's a good thing for everyone. I know I am excited for things to get back to normal and the kids will get to go back to having fun with their friends," said Alderton.