The B.A.A. Postpones The 2021 Boston Marathon

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By Matt Noonan

The 2021 Boston Marathon has been postponed. But according to Katie McInerney and Nathaniel Weitzer of the Boston Globe, the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) is hoping to run its 26.2 mile race possibly next fall.

The B.A.A. announced earlier today that the 125th running of the Boston Marathon would not occur next April after canceling this year’s race for the first time 124 years in May.

According to today’s announcement from the B.A.A., the organization has been meeting regularly with the COVID-19 Medical and Event Operations Advisory Group with hopes of learning when the 125th running of Boston Marathon will be allowed to occur. Road races, including the Marathon, is not allowed to occur until the fourth phase of the state’s reopening.

“By shifting our focus to a fall date, we can continue to work with stakeholders to adjust the in-person experience for runners and supporters alike,” Tom Grilk, who is the C.E.O. of the B.A.A., said in a statement. “Prioritizing the safety of participants, volunteers, spectators, and community members, we continue to assess all elements of the race including a potential reduced field size or weekend date.”

The B.A.A. hope to provide a new date for next year’s race at the end of the year, along with additional information on other events, including their 5K and 10K races, too.

Introducing Noontime Sports’ Social Experience

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Somerville, Mass. – With great excitement, Noontime Sports, which has focused the past 11 years on content creation on various New England small colleges, high schools, and amateur sports, is excited to announce they will be launching their first-ever sports league and tournament – possibly a field day, too – next summer.

An exact date and time for the Noontime Sports Social Experience will be announced early next year. 

“Today’s announcement about adding a Noontime Sports social experience – an adult sports league, tournament or field day, to be exact – is extremely exciting,” said Noonan, who launched Noontime Sports in May 2009. 

“For the past decade, the team and I have solely been focused on content creation – blogs, podcasts, videos, and photos galleries – but adding a new element such as an actual sports league is something we have discussed previously, but also an initiative we look forward to creating and providing for our future players.” 

The Noontime Sports Social Experience will focus heavily on the players’ experience, according to Noonan, who wants to provide a similar atmosphere they were accustomed to competing in college and high school. 

“I see this league has an opportunity for not just our players to enjoy a similar, but competitive feel they endured while competing for their respective college or high school sports team or program, but also something we as fans are used to seeing in both professional and minor leagues,” said Noonan. 

“Our biggest goal is to create a safe and welcoming environment for everyone with an emphasis on social when it comes to social sports.” 

The Noontime Sports Social Experience will begin with a flag football league, but the team plans to add on additional sports and events, including 3-on-3 halfcourt basketball, floor and roller hockey, 7-on-7 touch rugby, lacrosse, and tennis, both singles and doubles. Noonan also hopes to provide prospective players with other options either later next year or in 2022 such as swimming, water polo, and cross country. 

“We are very excited about today’s news regarding the official start of our Noontime Sports Social Experience leagues and tournaments, but also know there is a lot of work to be done,” said Noonan.

“We look forward to keeping everyone updated with future posts and videos, along with some podcasts updates, too.” 

As always, make sure to stay connected with Noontime Sports on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and YouTube – have a great day, everyone! 

Noontime Sports Unveils Content Plans For Fall Sports Coverage

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Happy Monday, everyone!

We hope this post finds all our fans and friends continuing to do well while staying safe and healthy.

As we inch closer to the fall, we are in the process of generating some new content ideas for both the site and podcast, as well as our social media channels.

And as expected, a majority of our content will center around football this fall.

Yes, our coverage may not be exactly the same as many recall from previous years, but we are excited to produce some new content on the various teams and programs we have been fortunate to cover these past ten years here in New England, as well as highlight some new squads from around the region and country that will be competing later this summer and fall on the gridiron.

Starting today – Monday, August 31, to be exact – we will be producing our first-ever ‘Stars of the Week’ post, which will highlight various high school student-athletes that competed the previous Friday and Saturday. Additionally, we hope to welcome a coach, student-athlete, or reporter/media member from different areas of the country onto our podcast each week to share stories from games and practices.

Of course, I anticipate other content will be created as we inch closer to the end of the year, but for now, hopefully, this post (and insight) provides everyone with some additional excitement for what you can expect to see over the next few weeks and months.

As you know, I have been running (and yes, overseeing) Noontime Sports since I launched the site in May 2009, and it has been an amazing journey that has allowed me to connect with so many great people under the athletic umbrella. I am so thankful for everyone’s ongoing support for coverage and look forward to getting back to blogging and podcasting this afternoon!

Massachusetts Updates Its Phase III, Step I Sports & Recreation Protocols

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The state of Massachusetts shifted soccer from a high-risk sport to a moderate risk activity on Friday, July 24. (PHOTO: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan 

Earlier this month, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker decided the state was ready to move into the third phase of its reopening, which allowed for games and competitions for some sports to begin under the first step of the protocols, including adult, amateur, and youth baseball.

One sport – soccer – was initially deemed a high-risk activity, but was recently downgraded to the moderate risk category on Friday – we learned of this change earlier today from Matt Feld, who is a reporter for the Boston Herald.

In addition to reclassifying soccer, two other sports – cross-country and individual crew – were downgraded from moderate risk to lower risk.

The latest update of which sports the state considers lower, moderate and higher risk can be found HERE.

As noted in the state’s document for sports and recreational activities in Phase III, Step I, all sports, including lower risk athletics such as tennis, swimming, and horseback riding, must adhere to the ‘type of play’ guidelines in order to successfully compete in both games and practices. The four types of play are listed below:

  • Level 1: Individual or socially distanced group activities (no-contact workouts, aerobic conditioning, individual skill work, and drills)
  • Level 2: Competitive Practices (Intra-team/group games, contact drills, and scrimmages)
  • Level 3: Competitions (Inter-team games, meets, matches, races, etc.)
  • Level 4: Tournaments (Outdoor only)

The news of today’s tweak from Gov. Baker’s office should be viewed as a positive – perhaps it means if high school sports were to occur this fall, these three sports, along with a few others could be allowed to at least practice or participate in some inter-team games. But today’s news does not bode well for football, which remains a high-risk activity, along with wrestling, rugby, basketball, lacrosse, ice hockey, competitive cheerleading, martial arts, and ultimate frisbee

Those that play football at say the high school or youth level in Massachusetts are permitted to participate in either individual or socially distanced group activities.

Summer Baseball Notebook: The BASE, East Boston Expos To Meet Tuesday

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By Matt Noonan 

Tuesday’s meeting between The BASE and East Boston Expos could be a preview of an exciting postseason series later this summer.

The two Yawkey Baseball League (YBL) squads, which will square-off at Alumni Field in Lowell tomorrow evening at 8 p.m., have enjoyed successful starts to their respective campaigns and have combined for 11 wins and 22 points.

East Boston’s offense is averaging nearly 10 runs per game after producing 12 runs or more three times this summer.

The Expos, who began their campaign with an opening day win over the Charlestown Townies, recently had six players record two runs in a 13-0 victory this past Saturday against the Stoneham SabresDerek Adamson, who currently boasts the second-best batting average in the YBL (.667), finished the game with three RBI.

As of this afternoon, East Boston leads all YBL squads with 59 runs while the Sabres rank first as a team in hits (73), doubles (18), and RBI (51). The Expos’ upcoming opponent – The BASE – has produced 51 runs in five contests. The league’s newest member is also averaging 10.2 runs per contest.

Following Tuesday’s must-see matchup, The BASE and Expos will meet again on Monday, July 27 at Ronan Park in Boston.

The Boston Men’s Baseball League has recently started its season with the Metrowest Royals and Metrowest Orioles logging the most games (four, to be exact) in all four divisions.

As of Monday afternoon, the Royals are the top team in the Metrowest MSBL Division with a 4-0 mark (eight points) while the Orioles are second with a 3-1 record. The Royals and Orioles have combined for 62 runs scored.

The Northeast Tides are currently the top squad in the North Shore Baseball League, which began its 2020 season on Tuesday, July 7.

On Sunday, the Tides bumped its overall record to 8-0, thanks to a 5-0 win over the Peabody Champions. Northeast will look to continue its momentum on Thursday, July 23 when they visit the Beverly Recs before hosting the Manchester Marlins on Saturday, July 25.

Finally, the Massachusetts Independent Baseball League (MIBL) has enjoyed a successful start to its inaugural season. They have also been quite active on social media, tweeting updates, scores, and schedules to its fans, players, and coaches.

The league recently named Jackson Hornung their Player of the Week after he helped Ashland win three straight contests while registering four RBI, two doubles, and one home run. Braintree‘s Kyle Roche was tabbed the MIBL Pitcher of the week after recording 11 strikeouts while surrendering just three hits in three contests.

Ashland is one of the top teams in the MIBL Senior League with a 6-1 mark – Medfield boasts the same record – while Braintree is tied for second in the division with Quincy with a 5-2 record.