Summer rec sports cancelled, refunded; skills clinics added

St. Charles Parish announced the cancellations of the majority of its summer camp and sports programs, and that it would refund all registration fees and dues. However, the parish’s parks and recreation department also took perhaps its first steps back toward conducting business as usual, releasing dates for a series of summer sports clinics that include baseball, softball, basketball and agility training.

The cancellations were made due to COVID-19 and availability of space, said St. Charles Parish Director of Communications Samantha de Castro. Baseball, softball and T-ball competition were among the casualties, as were all summer camp programs but Swamp School, which will have a delayed start and be held from July 6-10 and July 13-17.

The clinics, de Castro said, were arranged to allow for summer activities that would allow for small groups to gather and practice skills together. She added the parish is working on a plan that would allow its fall sports programs to begin early.

All registration for the skills clinics will close at 11:59 p.m. on June 4.

For basketball, there will be three five-day sessions in June, the first June 8-June 12, the second June 15-June 19 and the third June 22-June 26 at the Edward Dufrene Community Center. All registration will be conducted online. Space is limited to 30 spots per session and registration will be first come, first serve. The clinic will be for ages 7-14. Fee is $50 per child, per session.

Baseball clinic sessions will be held on the same dates. Age groups include 7-10 and 11-14 boys. The clinic will be held at the West Bank Bridge Park fields 1-5. Spaces are limited to 75 spots and registration is first come, first serve. $50 per child, per session. The 7-10 year old sessions will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. each day, while 11-14 year olds will attend from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

For softball, the sessions will be held at the East Bank Bridge Park fields 1 and 2 on the same dates. Age groups are 7-10 year old girls (9 a.m. to 12 p.m. each day) and 11-14 year old girls (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.). The cost is $50 per child, per session. Spaces limited to 50 participants and will be accepted first come, first serve.

The agility training will be conducted at the Edward Dufrene Community Center through a partnership with Ochsner Performance Training. Sessions will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week from June 8-June 25 and from July 6-July 23. Age groups are 7-10 (2 p.m. to 3 p.m) and 11-14 (3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.) The price for a full six week session is $100, for three weeks it is $60 and for one week it is $25.

To ensure safety, there are several protocols in place as per CDC guidelines for each clinic, including temperature check at check-in, hand hygiene, social distancing (groups during the agility clinic, for example, will work at separate stations over two courts) and participants must bring their own water and cannot share equipment.


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