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

Massachusetts Outlines Plans For Recreation & Outdoor In Reopening

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According to Reopening Massachusetts in Phases, sports, recreation, and outdoor activities could begin as early as next Monday, May 25. (PHOTO COURTESY: VisualHunt.com)

By Matt Noonan

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito unveiled the state’s “Reopening Massachusetts” plan on Monday, which included the phases for sports, recreation, and outdoor activities.

According to the report, beaches, parks, and some athletic fields and courts could open as soon as next Monday, May 25. But when those places do open, the state will ask everyone to abide by the social guidance procedures, which includes covering your face with a mask, washing hands, social distancing, and being vigilant of their respective symptoms.

The second phase for recreation and outdoor activities, which is titled “caution,” would allow campgrounds, playgrounds, spray decks, public and community pools, along with all athletic fields and courts with guidelines. Youth sports could occur during this phase but in a limited fashion.

The third phase – titled “vigilant” – would allow more activities and services to take place, along with youth sporting events and games, as well as tournaments with limited crowd sizes. And the fourth and final phase – the “new normal” – would let all activities take place.

Gyms and fitness facilities can open in the third phase with restrictions and some capacities.