HARKER HEIGHTS, Texas — All summer sports leagues hosted by Harker Heights Parks and Recreation are officially canceled.
In a press release, the parks and recreation department said it is planning to resume sports leagues in the fall, beginning with youth soccer. The department said it is also developing guidelines "to provide quality programming in a safe and fun environment," for the community.
Current limitations on amateur and youth sports do not allow for safe procedures to be implemented at the recreation center for summer youth volleyball or during the originally scheduled summer adult sports leagues, according to the release.
However, to make up for the cancellations, department staff is considering the possibility of adding events or programs throughout the fall and winter.
“We believe that, as long as the state and county are continuing to open up business as usual, the outdoor soccer facility allows our staff to put as many safety measures in place as possible," Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Achee said. "Our hope is that our youth and adult sports will resume as scheduled once this has proven to be a success.”
Procedures taken to ensure the community's safety during fall sports include:
- Provide notice to all parents and guardians of the enhanced risks of participants in being in direct contact with anyone age 65 or older for 14 days after participating in a sport event or practice
- Additional training for staff on appropriate cleaning and disinfection of surfaces
- Screen staff each day for any new or worsening signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19
- If still recommended by state and county, staff will wear protective face coverings
- Additional hand washing or sanitizer stations available for patrons;
- Social distancing markers for spectators
- Reduce total amount of fields/courts and ensure as much space as possible between playing surfaces
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