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The Inter-Town Baseball league is comprised of teams from 8 Massachusetts towns and 1 New Hampshire town.  Boys and girls from Byfield/Newbury, Georgetown, Groveland, Merrimac, Newburyport, Rowley, Salisbury, West Newbury and Seabrook, NH between the ages of 9 and 12 play in two divisions.  The minors division plays on a 46/60 little league regulation diamond and the majors division plays on a 50/70 diamond.  The goal of the majors division is to better prepare the young players for their transition into Babe Ruth where they will play on a 60/90 major league regulation diamond.  Each division also hosts an All Star game midway through the Spring season.  The Inter-Town baseball league offers youth players a competitive environment, but most importantly a place for them to have fun and learn the art of baseball.

IMPORTANT NEWS REGARDING 2020 SEASON

Hello Baseball Families,

We wanted to provide an update on the 2020 youth baseball season.  The 9 towns that make up the Inter Town Baseball League (ITBL) have been in constant communication and we have been monitoring the local closures as well as the governing bodies of all youth sports.  We recognize that despite this unprecedented pandemic, families are still trying to plan their spring and summer and our players are concerned that they will lose this season.  In an effort to bring as much clarity as we can to this situation, the ITBL BOD met virtually on Thursday 3/26 to discuss the latest information and to propose our approach to the 2020 season.  As a Board, we are dedicated to trying to play ball in 2020, but only if we feel comfortable that our players, coaches, parents, and game officials will remain safe and healthy.

As of now, we are still committed to host a 2020 season. 

Per Government officials, schools are now closed through May 4th.  If schools do resume on or around May 4th (and our town fields are also re-opened), we will look to start baseball activities within a few weeks of school re-opening with games beginning in June.

Note: If schools either push their return date to later in May or don’t come back this year, we will continue to explore any available options to play later in the summer.  We want to allow our kids to play and not miss an entire season of baseball if we can do that safely.

We thank all of our baseball families in advance for being flexible and for sharing our love of the game and our desire to “play ball”!  While we will do everything in our power to have a 2020 season, we will put safety first.

 

ITBL BOD


by posted 04/03/2020
IMPORTANT: COVID-19 Update

Dear ITBL Family,

In concern for the well-being and safety of our players, coaches, game officials and their families, the ITBL has been monitoring the Coronavirus situation and we wanted to briefly update our league members about what this means for spring baseball in our area. We are currently following guidance from respected medical professionals, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), government agencies, and all leagues associated with the ITBL, to stay on top of this evolving situation.

According to the most recent information from the CDC, for most people, the immediate risk of being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low. With that said, we know reports are changing daily. While we still have several weeks before our season begins (games start after April vacation), we realize this situation is evolving very quickly.  While we will not rush any decisions in regards to our season, we will put the safety of all our players, coaches, parents and officials first.

To reinforce health safety and best practices for illness prevention, please read the list below:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth prior to proper washing or disinfecting.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including Coronavirus.
  • CDC recommended facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms to help prevent the spread of the disease.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

The ITBL will send out additional updates as needed, but any specific questions about the upcoming baseball season can be sent to  .

 

Thanks and stay healthy!

ITBL Board of Directors


by posted 03/12/2020
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