By Ray Hamill — It’s been exactly three months since we last saw any live sports action here on the North Coast, and little did we know then that we would be facing such a long layoff.
Things, however, appear to be gradually starting up again, with plenty of positive signs, even if the sports world will look quite different for a while.
Most notably, some of the local American Legion baseball teams are back practicing with games reportedly just around the corner.
While the Southern Humboldt 76ers voted against playing this summer, the Northern Humboldt Giants/Knights and the Humboldt Eagles are going ahead with their seasons and should see plenty of games over the next two months, albeit with some social distancing restrictions.
There were other positives this week too, with the local gyms given the green light to reopen their doors, which means the local MMA gyms shouldn’t be too far behind.
The Redwoods Acres Raceway also was given the go-ahead to begin the season in early July after having four events canceled so far.
Community college sports also look likely to return after the CCCAA voted last week to go ahead with plans for the fall sports for now.
It remains to be seen if they will play high-contact sports such as football and soccer in the fall, but at the very least there are plans in place to play those seasons in the new year at worst.
It was encouraging news after the CCAA, which includes Humboldt State, voted in mid-May to cancel all fall sports, a decision that was criticized on many fronts because it came so early.
On the local front, several youth sports associations have canceled their seasons, including the Humboldt Youth Soccer League, which announced the decision earlier this week.
Others, however, such as the Six Rivers Youth Football Conference are going ahead with their plans for a season for now and will revisit the situation closer to the season.
Some local Little League organizations are also still planning on have a season beginning in July.