Despite the Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz allowing baseball to be played Tuesday, June 23, don’t expect a game to be happening on Brainerd field anytime soon.
Brainerd parks and rec director Tony Sailer said back in April, they had deadlines to start a youth baseball season in mid-May and mid-June. Those deadlines have passed and in Sailer’s mind time has run out to compile a season.
“In April, the park board said the potential of a mid-May or a mid-June starting date,” Sailer said. “It would take us like two weeks to gear up and hire people and get people registered. We do have another meeting July 14, so right now it is not looking good.”
Salier mentioned they fully refunded everybody who had registered early.
Still, Brainerd’s Legion and VFW teams have been practicing at Mills Field — teams are still permitted from using Adamson Field on school property for the time being.
The Brainerd Bees, a Minnesota Amatuer Class B team, haven’t been able to find a field to practice, and the worry is they won’t be able to play home games at Adamson Field. The Bees first game is scheduled to be July 10.
Baxter has a tentative plan for youth to play organized baseball starting after July 4 weekend.
According to Baxter parks and rec director Joe Pohlkamp ages 6-15 will pay a $1 fee to play.
The plan is still in it’s infant stages and he will have a more detailed plan Monday, June 29.
Along with the $1 fee, the games will be played with a pitching machine, no umpires and 10 players for each team — if enough youth sign up.
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