Kearney Legion prepares for season under new restrictions
It took quite some time, but baseball is finally back here in Central Nebraska.
"For those kids to have an opportunity to play this summer, especially after the spring season was cancelled, is something that I'm very happy about. I know the kids and their parents are happy about that as well," said Kearney Legion Coach Brad Archer.
Legion teams were given the green light to start practicing June 1 and can play games starting on June 18.
The Kearney Legion program finished up their tryouts today. While many legion programs will only have one team this summer, Kearney will continue to play four strong.
"We want to continue our tradition of having four teams here in Kearney," said Archer. "We have 65 kids that are trying out so we have more than enough to have two senior teams and two junior teams, and that's a great situation for our kids and the city of Kearney. Where kids can continue to play baseball."
They had split the tryouts into four different sessions throughout each day to keep numbers low, and have enforced the six feet rule among many other changes to remain safe.
"At this point in time between June 1 to June 17 we're unable to use the dugout. So everyone is laying their equipment along the fence and we have sanitizer up here for the kids to use," said Archer. "We also have a spray bottle so the kids that share any of the equipment, like batting helmets for example. Once those kids remove those helmets then we spray everything down before the next use."
Players are also responsible for their own drinks, as team coolers are not allowed.
Kearney is expected to have another great season led by a senior laden bunch. While they won't have a postseason this year those seniors get one final season with their teammates. Along with preparation for what's to come.
"Out of the eight or nine seniors that we have, i think we have four or five seniors that are gonna go on to play college baseball. So from that standpoint, that gives them an opportunity to get some things done this summer before they report to their colleges for fall ball."
For more information on the Kearney Legion baseball season, and the restrictions put in place for those attending games this summer, you can visit their