High schools in Iowa this week became the first in the nation to resume baseball and softball, another sign of the gradual return to sports after COVID-19.
Monday was the first day of practice for teams all around the state, and marked the first prep sports activities in the nation since mid-March.
Not surprisingly there were a number of restrictions in place at the practice sessions, including social distancing and the use of face coverings.
Iowa is the only state to play summer high school sports.
Here in Humboldt County, teams are beginning the slow return to sports, with some local American Legion baseball teams resuming practice in recent weeks.
This week, the Northern Humboldt Giants began their tryouts, following in the footsteps of the Humboldt Eagles, who are now in their third week of practice.
The last game played here on the North Coast was on March 11.