The 11th Kino Fall Baseball League opened tonight with the High School Prep Instructional League.
A total of 67 teams will be participating from age divisions 10U-11U, 12U wood bat, 13U, junior and school high school prep divisions.
Games will be played at Pima County parks. Schedules are posted on the Kino Baseball League Web site.
The junior and senior high school league schedule can be accessed by clicking here.
“This league is instructional which means we are not keeping score and at-bats for a team are only three outs or six batters, whichever comes first,” KBL director Bill Leith said. “More than anything, this is a good opportunity for these kids to get out and play for the first time since early in the spring.”
There are 18 junior and senior high school teams. Here are their affiliations:
|KBL Team||High School|
|Cactus Cats||Desert View|
|Hills Blue/ White||Catalina Foothills|
|Los Lobos||Walden Grove|
|Monsoon 2.0||Ironwood Ridge|
|Red Raiders||Mountain View|
|St. Augustine||St. Augustine|
Leith added that the upcoming Kino Baseball League’s Michael Acevedo Foundation Tournament (Oct. 24-25) and American Heroes Veterans Tournament (Nov. 7-11) at the Kino Sports Complex will each consist of more than 16 high schools that will play normal games.
The league’s COVID 19 plan to be implemented includes players and coaches in the dugouts wearing face coverings, and coaches wearing face coverings when on the baselines and at anytime they need to meet with a player or umpire when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
Spectators are permitted, but they are to maintain physical distancing.
No large clusters of people will be allowed in a seating area. Fans will be spread out along the first and third base foul lines and in the outfield.
If more than four spectators sit in the portable bleachers, everybody needs to mask up.
Hand washing is required and baseballs must be wiped at the end of every 1/2 inning.
An interesting concept: Each team has assigned a health coach, a person who makes sure all the players and coaches are following the mitigations. Leith said many of those doing the monitoring are in the medical field.
“It’s an opportunity finally to watch these young athletes play,” Leith said. “We need the adults to make sure we practice all safety protocols if we wish to have the young players have the opportunity to keep playing this fall.”
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