Simply Social Sports (S3) Boston Is Ready To Return To The Field

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Simply Social Sports (S3) Boston is looking forward to playing games this summer. (PHOTO COURTESY: S3 Boston/Jessica Knight)

By Matt Noonan 

As the state of Massachusetts continues to reopen in the midst of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, there is a sense of excitement for sports and recreational activities to return, including adult leagues, which would be permitted during the second phase.

Governor Charlie Baker is expected to share more information today about the second phase, which would allow adult, amateur, and youth sports leagues to return to the playing field.

The second phase is currely scheduled to begin Monday, June 8.

The news of welcoming back adult sports leagues certainly excited Jessica Knight, who is the founder and league coordinator for Simply Social Sports (S3) Boston.

“We are ready to go,” said Knight, who has been in touch with the Boston Parks and Recreation Department about acquiring permits for upcoming leagues. “(We are) just waiting for the go-ahead.”

Knight says S3 Boston will not be running any leagues until July but does hope to provide a few pickup games for its players in the coming weeks.

As of now, S3 Boston is expected to offer six leagues this summer, beginning as soon as Tuesday, July 7. Four of the six leagues will be softball, while the other two will be beach volleyball at Carson Beach and kickball at Teddy Eberson Field.

Noontime Sports recently caught-up with Jessica Knight to discuss how S3 Boston has stayed in touch with its players virtually these past few months, as well as what she expects leagues to look like once they can officially begin in a few weeks.


Since the pandemic started, how has S3 been able to stay connected with its players? Have you held virtual games or trivia events? 

Yes. S3 Boston began as a social league and our goal was to continue this model throughout the pandemic. We have run weekly happy hours every Friday, as well as hosted some virtual events, including a running group, trivia, and music bingo. We have also shared daily workouts for our players.

Do you imagine your leagues and rules will have to be adjusted due to social distancing and safety measures? Additionally, do you think it is possible to offer some go-to/favorite sports but organize them differently? 

Yes, we will need to incorporate rules around what equipment is shared, what is not shared, social distancing, and face coverings. I have been trying to think through a way to host Cornhole in a safe way – sure, it might be hard to stand six feet apart from each other while using gloves, but I think it is possible.

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Simply Social Sports (S3) Boston will offer four softball leagues this summer. (PHOTO COURTESY: S3 Boston/Jessica Knight)

What sport (or leagues) do you think will be in high demand for your athletes this summer? And do you envision most leagues will be held outside? 

This summer will be all outside. I am hopeful to get back indoors in the fall. I think softball and kickball are going to be in the highest demand. Everyone just wants to get back out there.

Obviously, safety and health will be the main focus when it comes to restarting and running leagues, so what should players expect after signing up to arriving to the field for their first game? 

As of right now, we anticipate everyone will need to wear a mask and participate in social distancing as much as possible. We will be cleaning the supplies after each game and using a fresh ball for each contest. If someone falls sick, we will be offering them a prorated refund for the league to eliminate any pressure to show up.

Finally, does S3 Boston have leagues scheduled to start either later this month/early July? 

Yes, they are all up on our website. We will be adding more soon as soon as we receive the permits from the parks department.


To learn more about Simply Social Sports (S3) Boston, visit their website, as well as follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Sports, Recreational Activities Can Return During Phase Two & Three Of Massachusetts Reopening

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Sports and recreational activities will be allowed during the second and third phases of the reopening of Massachusetts. (PHOTO COURTESY: VisualHunt.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

The thought of sports and recreational activities taking place in Massachusetts seems more realistic these days as our state continues to slowly reopen.

As we learned yesterday, the second phase of the state’s reopening plan, which is currently scheduled for Monday, June 8, would allow amateur, adult, and youth sports leagues to return to the field. But once our state advances to the third phase – as of now, it would begin Monday, June 29 – more options would become available, including the use of fitness centers and health clubs.

To help everyone understand how sports and recreational activities can be reintroduced to everyone over the next few weeks, we have compiled a list of what will be reopening, beginning in phase two.

What to expect in Phase Two (Caution): 

  • Professional sports teams can begin practicing while training programs can resume.
  • Sports camps can begin – most likely, they will start later this month once the current school year concludes.
  • Golf facilities, including outdoor driving ranges, can reopen. Additionally, mini-golf would be allowed during the second phase.
  • Adult, amateur, and youth sports can begin. Adult sports must be played outdoors while youth sports could occur indoors under supervision.
  • Additional outdoor recreational facilities that can reopen in the second phase include pools, playgrounds, spray decks, go-karts, batting cages, and climbing walls.

What to expect in Phase Three (Vigilant): 

  • Overnight camps – if there are sleepaway athletic camps, they would be permitted during this phase.
  • Indoor recreational and athletic facilities can reopen, but these are not limited to youth programs, though.
  • Additional indoor activities can occur, including batting cages, driving ranges, go-karts, bowling alleys, arcades, laser tag, roller skating rinks, trampolines, and rock climbing.
  • Fitness centers and health clubs can reopen, including cardio, weight rooms, locker rooms, and facilities.
  • Fitness studios that offer yoga, barre, cross-fit, spin classes, and general fitness studios.
  • Fitness centers can also allow their customers to use both their locker rooms and shower rooms, as well as their indoor common areas, indoor swimming pools, indoor racquet courts, and gymnasiums.

In phase four – the ew normal – saunas, hot-tubs, and steam rooms at health clubs will be allowed.

For more information on what else will be allowed to reopen in the state of Massachusetts, CLICK HERE

UMass’s Walt Bell Seems Optimistic For A College Football Season

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Walt Bell, who is entering his second season with the UMass football team, appears optimistic for a college football season. (PHOTO COURTESY: Justin Casterline/Getty Images)

By Matt Noonan 

As we continue to inch closer to July and August, the thought of college football seems to be on the minds of many these days, including the University of Massachusetts‘ Walt Bell.

Bell, who is entering his second season as the head coach of the Minutemen, seems optimistic for a season to occur this fall, despite so many questions swirling around the health and safety of both coaches and student-athletes.

“Every single day, you can start to see that snowball of positivity start to roll,” Bell said when speaking with Howard Herman of the Berkshire Eagle. “I know there will be football. I know in the majority of the country, there’s going to be football.”

Indeed, there will be football games played somewhere this fall, but will they occur in states like Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York, which have been impacted by the coronavirus (Covid-19), remains an unknown? 

Bell did say that games will be played in Florida and Georgia, which certainly seems likely, especially after hearing Governor Ron DeSantis tell reporters last month that high school football fans “should absolutely assume” a season will happen later this year.

As of now, Bell and the Minutemen will keep their focus on staying connected through Zoom and FaceTime while thinking optimistically about the team’s season-opener against the University of Connecticut.

Sports Will Return Under Phase Two Of Massachusetts Reopening

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By NoontimeSports.com 

The amateur, adult, and youth sports world received some good news today from the state of Massachusetts.

As announced earlier today during Governor Charlie Baker‘s press breifing, sports will be able to return in some capacity during the second phase of the state’s reopening.

The second phase of the Massachusetts reopening plan is scheduled for Monday, June 8.

“Today, we are releasing guidance and workplace safety standards for these outdoor adult sports, youth sports, and summer sports camps,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito during Wednesday’s briefing with the media. “This guidance includes guidelines for facility opperators, as well as activity organizers.

“As part of phase two, outdoor athletic facilities can be open for organized youth and adult sports activities in accordance with the guidance. Games, scrimmages, and tournaments are currently not permitted for any organized sports activities and contact sports must limit activities to no contact drills and practices.”

In addition to outdoor activities, the state has outlined plans for restrictions for indoor facilities “to supervised sports programs and sports campus for youths under the age of 18.”

Gov. Baker announced last week that the state’s professional sports teams would be able to hold practices, beginning Saturday, June 6. That is the same date both Baker and his administration are planning to provide Massachusetts residents with additional information on the second phase.

Wednesday’s announcement, along with the executive order Gov. Baker outlined earlier this week should be viewed as a positive step – a small one, of course – with restarting athletic events. It does not mean, however, that games and events can resume as they once did a few months ago.

Gov. Baker Paves The Way For Pro Sports To Return To Massachusetts

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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker provided a glimmer of hope for live sports to return in the coming weeks. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan 

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker clearly misses sports – we all know he is a proud supporter of our state’s hometown teams.

So on Friday, Baker announced that the state’s professional teams would be allowed to begin practicing as soon as Saturday, June 6. That is also the same date Massachusetts residents should learn more about the second phase of the state’s reopening plan, which would begin Monday, June 8.

“I know we still aren’t to the point where we’ll have our pro sports teams back playing anything yet,” Baker said during Friday’s press briefing. “The leagues are obviously working hard to host games again. And I think we all hope that at some point, opening practice facilities will help make that happen a little sooner.”

Professional sports have been idle since mid-March when the National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Hockey League (NHL) paused their respective seasons due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Since then, both leagues have been working diligently to find a way to restart their seasons safely in “hub cities.”

Major League Baseball (MLB) delayed the start of its 2020 season but continues to be stuck in neutral due to ongoing contract discussions between the players and owners.

Both Major League Soccer (MLS) and the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) have announced plans to return to the pitch in the coming weeks, which should excited local New England Revolution fans.

Baker believes live sports would certainly help all of us during this unprecedented time. Additionally, it would be a great outlet for many, who have been consuming older contests these past few weeks, including a 2007 playoff run by the Boston Red Sox on NESN.

“I think for all of us live sports, and especially pro sports would be a great thing to see again because not only will it be a significant milestone for those of us who are fans but it will also send a big signal that we’ve continued to do all the things that we need to do to contain and control the virus,” said Baker.