Hingham Youth Baseball Programs Will Be Returning To The Field
By Greg Lane, June 12, 2020
Hingham Little League (ages 9-12) and Hingham-Hull Babe Ruth Baseball League (ages 13-15) will be having summer seasons. Hingham Little League starts practice on Monday, June 15th at Cronin Field behind Town Hall, and Hingham-Hull Babe Ruth will start having practices next week. Once Massachusetts enters Phase Three of Governor Charlie Baker’s plan, they hope to start playing games.
“We’re just going to practice here in Phase Two and then try to play games in Phase Three,” said Babe Ruth President Mark Swirbalus. He added that any parents who aren’t comfortable having their child play are welcome to request a refund. So far only a few families have indicated that they don’t want their children to play.
Both youth baseball leagues intend to play full schedules with umpires. In order to receive authorization to begin the season they provided the Recreation Department and the Health Department with plans that complied with CDC and State guidelines.
Hingham Little League President Jon Cignetti said that the league prepared a season resumption plan for the Hingham Health Department and a best practices to support its players and volunteers during this unprecedented time. Cignetti explained that Hingham Little League is an opportunity to get players back on the field to teach the basic skills of the game, valuable life lessons, and community support in a safe, educational and enjoyable environment.
“We wanted to try to do something when it was safe to do so and allowable,” he said. “To try to get them out there and let them get out of the house some and experience some exercise and have some fun. So that’s what we’re hoping to do.”
Opening Days for both the Little League and Babe Ruth are Monday, July 6th. Swirbalus explained that the 2020 season may not be a traditional one, but many volunteers have been working on local plans for returning to the field of dreams and providing a youth baseball experience for the children of Hingham.
“It is the light at the end of the tunnel for which many of us have hoped to reach,” said Swirbalus, “and it is being reached with the highest priority being placed on the health, well-being and safety of the players, families, volunteers, umpires and fans.”