The Dundalk Eagle
REC COUNCIL NEWS Youth rec sports allowed to begin, with restrictions
The Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks announced last month it will authorize rec councils to hold youth sports in the fall, with strict requirements in place to protect public health and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Rec programs will not be able to use the facilities of any Baltimore County public schools. This may have an impact on available programs. Only facilities under the jurisdiction of Recreation and parks can be used.
Local rec councils are planning to sponsor the following sports this fall:
Bear Creek — baseball; Berkshire-Eastwood baseball, softball;
Dundalk-Eastfield — baseball, lacrosse, soccer and softball;
Edgemere-Sparrows Point — baseball, cheerleading, field hockey, football, soccer and softball;
Turner Station — football, marching band;
Watersedge — cheerleading, soccer;
West Inverness — baseball. Tackle football is not allowed; only flag football. Other sports are tentative; some may be cancelled due to lack of registration or due to the increased requirements listed below.
Using guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Baltimore County Health Department, and the National Recreation and Parks Association, the County developed guidelines to protect public health, which includes requiring the use of face coverings by all individuals who aren’t actively playing the sport, and limiting spectators to parents and guardians of players.
The plan also encourages social distancing and prohibits individuals from sharing personal equipment.
Below is the full list of requirements for programs that are utilizing Baltimore County Recreation and Parks Facilities or programs that are operating under a permit issued by Baltimore County Public Schools to the Department of Recreation and Parks: • Participation in programs is only allowed if you have had no signs or symptoms of Covid-19, and you have not been exposed to someone who has had signs or symptoms of Covid-19 for a minimum period of 14 days before participation
• Participation in programs requires a signed Baltimore County COVID Waiver Form
• If you are sick or feel sick, you should remain home
• At risk individuals, youth or adult, should remain home
• Temperature checks, under 100 degrees Fahrenheit, are required for players, volunteers and coaches
• Hand sanitizer should be available at all activities
• Assign an area for each player to place their equipment
• No sharing of drink bottles or any personal equipment
• No centralized hydration or refreshment areas
• No spectators at events, with the exception of parents and guardians
• Masks are required for parents and guardians if not practicing social distancing
• Masks are required by all volunteers and coaches in the program
• Masks are required for participants when entering the field and while on the bench
• Masks are not required for players and officials while on the field of play, but are recommended
• Social distancing should be practiced at all possible times
• Participants should refrain from handshakes, huddles and high fives In addition to recommendations that must be followed by all participants, some sports will be required to follow specific guidelines.
Sport Specific lines:
• No Tackle Football games/scrimmages
• Flag football games/ scrimmages are authorized
• Drills and conditioning activities are authorized
• Player gloves are recommended
• No throw-ins
• Goalkeeper must wear gloves Baseball/Softball:
• A clean ball must be utilized at each change of team at bat, i.e. each half inning Cheerleading:
• No stunts
• Masks must be worn at all times
West Inverness 410-887-7134
Email: WestInverness-rp@ baltimorecountymd.gov.
Those interested in Fall Dance, from 18 months to adults, are welcome to register for classes. The cost is a $10 registration, plus $5 for every one-hour class. Classes will begin on Sept. 12. Ladies classes will begin on Sept. 14. A recital will be held in June. Fundraising is offered to help with costume costs.
Classes are held at the West Inverness Recreation Center, located at 8301 Lynch Rd. Teen and adult competition dancers are needed, but dancers must do regular dance to compete. For more information, call Nina Smell at 410284-2475.
Sollers Point MPC 410-887-4364
Facility Rentals: Info: Nick Behe, 410-887-4364.
Southeast Regional Recreation Center 410-887-3478
Facility Rentals: Info: Cyndy Ondeck, 410-887-3478.
Bear Creek 410-887-7529
General Info: http://www. bearcreekrec.org/
North Point Village 410-887-7180
Email: email@example.com; NPVRecCouncil@gmail.com
Turner Station 410-887-7134
Dundalk PAL 410-887-7229
Email: PALDundalk-rp@ baltimorecountymd.gov
Dundalk-Eastfield 410-887-7155 Gray Charles 410-887-7180