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Mecklenburg County sports leagues prepare to resume play / June 03, 2020

After months of no sports due to the COVID-19 pandemic, local youth leagues around the county are either planning to return to play or will do so as early as this month if things go as planned.

Mecklenburg County YMCAs — Clarksville and Chase City branches — are planning to begin camps soon. Clarksville Dixie Youth Baseball‘s board of directors will be finalizing plans this week to restart play.

Jeanie Jones, Clarksville Dixie Youth board member, said the board would be meeting on Tuesday (yesterday) evening to finalize how the league would move forward. Jones said she would be able to provide more details today.

At the YMCA, Catherine Maloney, CEO of the Mecklenburg County YMCA, and Program Director Malyka Walton are gearing up for kids being able to attend camps again. Maloney stated the Y is meeting the challenge of finding new ways to keep kids involved physically and mentally.

“In keeping with the YMCA’s mission of youth development we are looking for new, innovative ways of keeping children active this summer and into the future,” Maloney said.

The Mecklenburg County YMCA is planning to host camps and clinics for area youths this summer. There are plans to have a soccer clinic, gymnastic camps, and even an outdoor/nature camp.

“We also have decided to have virtual run/walk this year which will include a virtual fun run for kids,” she added.

“I am excited that our YMCA is putting these programs together for our youth. It is important that we keep them active and their minds stimulated,” Walton said.

An online check of South Hill Baseball still contains an announcement of the season being delayed until further notice. However, one would probably think it won’t be long before that organization also makes a determination if and when it will begin to return to practice and competition.

In neighboring Halifax County, Dixie Youth Baseball president David Ashwell has said that the league would attempt to begin play on Monday, June 29. Ashwell stated the date wasn’t written in stone and could change.

“If we even have to start July, we could go into the fall. We’re not bound to any timeline,” Ashwell said.

As with other organizations, Ashwell said all decisions to begin play would be based on protecting the safety of the players, fans and other stakeholders involved with the games in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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