2 years on a calendar at 365 days per year equals… Well, this isn’t a math blog. It’s a baseball blog. So, I can tell you that it has been a really long time since a Rhode Island High School baseball game was played. This week, teams from all over Rhode Island are beginning their 2021 seasons – home and away. Some schools have new coaches. Others have upgraded their home ball park. Fresh faces up and down the lineup, in the dugouts, on practice fields, and now on game day. Opportunities abound for players who have sat patiently for close to 2 years to showcase their baseball talents. And boy is there a lot of baseball talent here in Rhode Island High School baseball. Weather permitting, many of you will get a chance to run out to your position in the outfield, kick the dirt in the infield, toe the pitcher’s mound, or squat behind home plate while your opponent steps out onto the on deck circle and takes practice swings.
My go to resource for Rhode Island High School baseball news, schedules, game delays, and safety protocols is the Rhode Island Interscholastic League. They publish a comprehensive website for players, coaches, media, fans, and parents with valuable information so everyone can have a positive experience. You can go to www.riil.org for all things Rhode Island sports, including baseball. I have downloaded their PDF file for safety guidelines for the Spring IV season, which Rhode Island High School Baseball falls in. Here is that file for your viewing:
On the RIIL baseball page, you can find schedules of games and where the game is being played. Also, you can search by school, JV schedule, Freshman schedule, and check out any NFHS (National Federation of State High School Associations) rules/rules changes. Here is a snapshot of the baseball page on http://www.riil.org:
Here is a slideshow of some of the amazing fields these student athletes will be playing on this week and weekend:
I have my sights set on many, many games this Spring. As the safety guidelines dictate, I will be reaching out to school administrators to find out their individual school’s safety policies. And I will continue to follow along at http://www.riil.org, the official website of the Rhode Island Interscholastic League, for all things Rhode Island High School baseball. Good luck to all the players, coaches, families, friends, schools, and Rhode Island baseball communities this season.