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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 06-04-2020

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NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JUNE 4-10, 2020 SPORTS & RECREATION 21 Smithfield Little League, its teams won't be occupying Pacheco Park this week – or next week and the week after that. League president Scott Sevegny and his board of directors recently made the tough decision to cancel its season "because every update from (District IV) was dire: no youth sports all sum- mer, possibly practicing in July or August, extreme sanitation methods, etc. And the district was only passing down what it was hearing from state officials on the Governor's Task Force. We didn't want parents hanging on for another three months for the possibil- ity of a season in September." Sevegny, who works for the Cranston Parks & Recreation Department as the Recreation Program Coordinator, was stunned when he heard Raimondo's announce- ment during her press conference last Thursday afternoon, and his shock was not only felt throughout his town, but also in Cranston. "Our fields have been closed by the Mayor's Executive Order and the Governor just opened the door with- out any advance notice," Sevegny said. "That's great for leagues, but right now, municipalities are playing catch up and getting hit with field requests from leagues." A handful of leagues in the state also pulled the plug on their seasons last month, including another District IV organization, Glocester, and the District II's Barrington, whose Major Division all-star team captured the state and New England championships and reached the Little League World Series last summer. As for the NSLL, there may be no summer baseball, but Sevegny is hoping to have a fall ball league. Last year's Major Division (ages 8-10) fall ball team went undefeated to capture the District IV title. "We notified parents and are pro- cessing refunds to all the players and sponsors," he reported. "We told parents we're committed to opening registration when we know we can play games. We figured that could be September from everything we were hearing, but it sounds like it could be sooner." From preceding page do you know? You're holding 1 newspaper, but we fill 5 every week! They're all at valleybreeze.com According to Deb McGee, a laun- dry list of duties needed to be done before the start of their season, such as "rototilling the courts, getting the maintenance done, putting out lines, and raking (the sand), but Jim felt he could do it all within the next two weeks." "In the hour since I sent a 'We Are Playing' email (to the teams and players), I had about 20 responses, all positive!" she added. "Everyone is ready to go!" The league, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, also formed anoth- er long list, but this one contained the necessary changes and requirements for players and referees that they are expected to follow to a 'T'. In addition to the social distanc- ing rules, masks can be worn – but are not mandatory – while on the courts, but inside Gator's Pub and Lumberjack's Pizza, it is an absolute must to wear one. There will be a separate entrance and exit to the courts, as well as lim- ited seating on the wall of the courts. Team captains must tell the referee of their players for that night before the match begins; there will be no spit- ting or licking of fingers and hands during games, and there will be no handshake lines at the end of them. As for the referees, they will be responsible for sanitizing the score- board and volleyballs at the begin- ning of each match, working with hand-held, battery-operated whistles, and using hand sanitizer prior to the start of each match and before touch- ing any equipment. "And we have to break the news that we are temporarily suspending the pitcher of beer (for the winning teams of each match)," Deb added. "Because there is no deck service and they would have to order 'to go', we thought it would just be a little too cumbersome at the moment. We are just hopeful that people are patient and understand the restaurant has regulations as well to follow." The league, which entered this week with 77 registered teams, will again hold a dozen games on Sunday and eight from Monday through Thursday and field six-player and four-player co-ed, men's, women's, and "Any 4's" divisions of all levels. GATOR'S PUB From Page 20 Thanks to the efforts of volunteers like JIM MCGEE, the Gator's Pub Summer Volleyball League will kick off its season a weekend earlier on June 14. Consumers Propane 762-5461 BOUSQUET OIL 769-0146 139 HAMLET AVE. WOONSOCKET, RI 02895-0628 Service – SALeS – iNSTALLATiON Of gAS & OiL heATiNg equipmeNT • Boilers • Furnaces • Hot Water Heaters WWW.consumerspropane.com WE FILL GAS GRILL TANKS Don't Be An Accidental Drug Dealer Count It! Count your pills once every two weeks. 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