(O’Fallon, Mo.) Sports makes its triumphant return to the Show-Me State this weekend in the form of socially distanced baseball and softball.
GameTime Tournaments will be hosting the Mother’s Day Classic, a baseball and softball tournament consisting of 54 teams aged 7 to 14, at two facilities – one in St. Charles County and one in Jefferson County.
Rob Worstenholm is the owner of GameTime Tournaments and he says the reaction to the hosting of this tournament has been 50-50.
There will be a number of rules in place at the tournament to ensure that players and fans continue to practice social distancing.
Players and coaches must be six feet apart, only three socially distanced players will be allowed in the dugout at a time with the rest of the team spread out down the fence line, and handshakes and fist bumps are not allowed.
Umpires will be situated six feet behind the pitcher, catchers must be two feet behind their normal alignment behind the plate, and coaches cannot argue balls and strikes.
Spectators must be socially distanced past the outfield fence, benches will be sanitized between games, and baseballs will be sanitized between every inning.
Worstenholm says these guidelines are the brainchild of several people.
Worstenholm wants it to be made abundantly clear that while there are concerns around the tournament, he believes their guidelines, in conjunction with the rules of baseball and softball, should keep everyone safe.
For more information on the Mother’s Day Classic tournament being played in St. Charles County and Jefferson County this weekend, visit the GameTime Tournaments website.
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