Slow pitch season aims for July 6 start

After months of anticipation, the Fort St. John Mixed Slow Pitch Society said Thursday they will be able to hold a 2020 season as of July 6.

The city, in working with the society, has determined this to be best day for diamond rentals to begin. Though there's no official date for the first game of the season, the organizers are planning to begin the season as close to July 6 as possible. 

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"We're excited to be able to play, and to give people who want to play something to do," said club president Dave Sawyer. 

There are many details still to be decided in the next two weeks. There will be an outdoor meeting at the Surerus Diamonds on June 23 at 7 p.m. Bring your own chair.

Players will discuss and decide on what modified rules will be in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the number of teams and length of the season.

Slow pitch season usually ends mid-July after having a solid two-and-a-half months of ball and as players head out for summer vacations.

Due to this year's circumstances, Sawyer hopes to extend the season through to mid-August. That may result in fewer teams and available players, but the bottom line is there will be ball to play. 

Social distancing will be required, with details still to come. Sawyer expects games to be open to only those who are playing in that game.

"We've been in constant contact with the city since April. They were fantastic, a lot of back and forth from a lot of people, and it was confusing even for us, but we stayed in contact," said Sawyer.

"At the end of last week until today, things started to shift to having fields open. They worked on having a date for us and we're ready to get a season rolling."

Email sports reporter Dillon Giancola at sports@ahnfsj.ca.

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