Registration underway for Youth Fall Baseball & Softball

Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 12:10pm

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department is taking a slow and cautious approach to resuming athletics programming. The coronavirus is expected to remain a threat for the foreseeable future, so the PRCR Department is working to balance health and safety concerns with public demand for resumed access to amenities and services.  

PRCR officials announced today that Youth Fall Baseball and Softball registration is underway for boys ages 6-16 and girls ages 6-14 and will continue through Sunday, July 12. A participant’s eligibility is determined by his or her age on April 30, 2020, and a birth certificate is required for new participants. The in-town registration fee is $60 and the out-of-town fee is $100.

Online registration is available at http://bit.ly/fallbaseballsoftball. Team placement and draft information, along with additional registration details and league rules are also provided online and at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

Players in every league except “Rookie League” must participate in a draft to determine team placement. The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department will conduct drafts for each league in August and in July will contact all registrants with draft/placement information.

Team practices will begin in August and games will be played through mid-October.

Due to the ever-evolving situation surrounding COVID-19, PRCR-sponsored athletic programs are subject to change with limited notice. Wake Forest officials will continue to closely monitor updates and follow guidelines from the Wake County Health Department, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHSS) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). These guidelines have been implemented in protocols established by the Town to address potential exposure to the coronavirus and protect our community and staff.

Community health and safety is the top priority for the PRCR Department. Once practices and games begin, several precautionary measures will be taken to protect players, coaches and parents:

  • All coaches, parents and children will be encouraged to be no closer than six feet apart at any time;

  • Participants will be encouraged to have no physical contact of any kind, including high-fives, handshakes, and face-to-face conversations;

  • Procedures will be in place to limit use of the dugout areas during games;

  • Bleachers will be pre-marked for spectator seating. Spectators will also be encouraged to bring their own chairs;

  • Players will not be permitted to share any equipment. Parents will be required to sanitize all of their players’ equipment before every practice and game. Participants will be expected to provide their own batting helmet and bat that meets the specifications of their respective age group;

  • If children are showing symptoms of sickness, they will not be allowed to practice or play during games;

  • Players will be encouraged – but not required - to wear masks;

  • Practices will be shorter than normal. If a team uses the first-base dugout in the first practice, the next group will be encouraged to use the third-base dugout;

  • Until the 25-person outdoor rule is lifted, only one spectator per player will be allowed to attend scheduled team events, including practices and games.

For more information, contact Athletics & Aquatics Superintendent Edward Austin at 919-435-9562 or eaustin@wakeforestnc.gov.