To paraphrase Field of Dreams, “This isn’t heaven. It’s Iowa.”
As spring sports were canceled, summer teams wondered if their seasons were next. Their answer came Wednesday afternoon as Gov. Kim Reynolds announced that school activities can resume on Monday, June 1. Per the Iowa Department of Education, baseball and softball games may occur with fans two weeks later on June 15.
Speaking with first-year baseball Perry head coach Aaron Lyons — who occasionally assisted the team last year — the baseball team plans to meet some time in the coming week. With the season in limbo for the past couple months, he said he relied on the senior leaders to help keep the extended offseason together.
“It’s been pretty helpful,” Lyons said. “I’m not the kind of coach that will go out and send a video. At the same time, everyone’s going through different things. I can just follow the [CDC] guidelines, help out, and give instruction where I can.”
Before the coronavirus halted all school activities, Perry saw over 40 student athletes from grades 7-12 come out for pitching and catching. With those extra couple middle school grades coming out for work, Lyons said he hopes that he can keep them involved this season at practice since their season was canceled without any designation to return.
As for the high school squad, the Bluejays look to rebound from last season’s 0-24 mark with Lyons stepping in to replace Austin Daniels, who took a position out of district last year. While they know games will begin, the exact schedule and length has yet to be outlined but is expected within the next week.
And though Iowa sports are back in June, teams will have to operate under revised rules at practice. Provided by the Iowa Department of Education, notable regulations include:Signage must be prominently placed that no one with COVID-19 within the last 14 days may enter facilities. Anyone with symptoms of illness will not be permitted either.No dugouts may be usedParents cannot exit cars at practiceCoaches must encourage at least six feet of distance for players during practice and drillsNo shared drinking. Players must bring their own beveragePlayers and coaches must check temperatures before practiceNo spitting sunflower seed shellsCoaches must sanitize shared equipment before and after practice
Additional guidelines for games will be provided Tuesday, May 26 by the IHSAA and IGHSAU.
2020 PERRY BASEBALL SCHEDULE
7/8 @North Polk
7/9 @West Central Valley
7/13 DM Hoover
7/28 State (July 28, 31, August 1)