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Travel softball returning to the area on June 1

Action from the 2019 Rumble by the River. Travel softball teams can begin practicing in Nebraska on June 1. (Credit: Patrick Johnstone/KNOP-TV)
Action from the 2019 Rumble by the River. Travel softball teams can begin practicing in Nebraska on June 1. (Credit: Patrick Johnstone/KNOP-TV)(KNOP)
Published: May. 28, 2020 at 5:10 PM CDT
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In accordance with Governor Ricketts' Directive Health Measure, travel softball will be returning to Nebraska starting on June 1.

The Platte Valley Girls Softball Association will not be hosting recreational softball, but will host travel softball for ages ten and up.

Geni Karre is the District Commissioner for Districts 1 and 3 for USA Softball of Nebraska, the districts include teams from Lexington west to the border. Karre said there are more than 40 teams between the two districts that are eager to get back to playing.

"These teams haven't had a real full team practice. I think they need to get back to getting that team camaraderie and getting used to each other, and basically the hitters hitting off live pitchers," Karre said.

The game will look differently this season compared to in the past, because of the restrictions put in place to protect the players and coaches.

"The players are wanting to get out here, they want to get with their friends and start throwing ball around," Karre said. "I think parents are more concerned how it's going to be conducted, how the practices are. With the governor's restrictions, it's going to be a whole new ballgame."

One problem teams could encounter, is not having the money to travel. Teams rely heavily on fundraising and concession sales, but have not been able to fundraise because of COVID-19, and concessions will not be permitted to be sold at games.

"Most of the smaller teams in our local area, they're dependent on concession stands, and that restriction with no concessions kind of cuts their fundraising off. Plus, without being together, they can't really do any fundraising, and the parents are going to have to come up with the money to for travel," Karre said.

Local travel teams will have a meeting on May 31 to further discuss specifics about the season. Practices will start on June 1, and games can begin as early as June 18.

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