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After a delay because of the COVID-19 crisis, Richmond Girls Softball will begin practices next month with games scheduled to start on Aug. 15.

Officials with Richmond Girls Softball have announced a plan they hope will return action to the fields of Irvine-McDowell Park this year.

The organization will combine its spring and fall leagues.

Practices are set to begin next month with games scheduled to start on Aug. 15.

"RGS has been following up with the guidelines set forth by the state following the COVID-19 pandemic," the organization posted on its Facebook page. "As everyone knows we had to put our normal spring season on hold. After a long wait and talking to several other leagues, we have decided to proceed with only one season from our normal two (spring and fall) that we normally offer."

Practices for the summer/fall season will open on July 13. Each team will have a practice day during the week and a practice slot on the weekend.

Normal game days will be on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. The league is set for 10 regular-season games and will end in mid-October with a double-elimination tournament for the Ponytail, Minor League and Senior League teams.

Sign-ups have been extended through June 19. Any player who is already registered does not need to sign up again.

There will be no tryouts. Players are set to stay on the same roster as last year if they stay in the same league, if possible.

League officials may have to ask all coaches and spectators to wear a protective mask. Further guidance on the subject will be given before the season starts.

In addition, there will be no sharing of equipment — bats, helmets, gloves.

"Thank you to everyone for supporting RGS and can’t wait to get back on the field," the statement on the RGS Facebook page stated.

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