By TOM WILLIAMS
The Ocean City Recreation Department announced it has cancelled its summer basketball leagues, including the iconic College Basketball League, as safety precautions regarding COVID-19.
In addition, basketball, football, soccer and most field hockey camps have been cancelled.
But all is not lost. There are currently many summer sports programs ready to go.
The longtime morning sports programs for ages 7-13 – featuring soccer, street hockey, track and field, kickball and beach activities – are scheduled from July 6 through August 21.
In addition, lacrosse camps for third through eighth graders will be held from July 7-August 12; a field hockey camp for sixth through ninth grades is set to run from July 9-August 13; sailing lessons are currently available through August 22; week-long golf lessons start July 6th and August 3rd on the Municipal Course; and a full schedule of tennis tournaments begins on Saturday.
There will also be skateboard camps for ages 8-14 starting July 20; weekly surfing contests for surfers 14 and under beginning July 6; and rounds of golf and tennis and pickleball courts are available to rent throughout the summer.
All of these schedules are subject to change. You can find out more here.
The OCYAA Little League Baseball Program is now offering a secondary registration for all boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 12. Programs are open for all residents, summer or full time, living in Ocean City, Sea Isle City and Upper Township or attending school in Ocean City or Upper Township.
The OCYAA will also welcome any boy or girl living in Cape May or Atlantic counties if their town does not offer a Little League Program. To register online go here. Registration fee is $35.00 for the first player. Little League programs in Upper Township, Northfield, Middle Township and Wildwood are among those who have already announced they will not schedule baseball this year.
All Ocean City sports programs have been adapted for COVID-19, strictly following State of New Jersey Dept. of Health and Little League Guidelines. Actual play will be adapted to insure minimal on-field contact by athletes.
The OCYAA will need more players and volunteer coaches to have a baseball season this summer.
Call the OCYAA’s Greg Donahue (609-576-3572) or the Ocean City Recreation Dept. (609-525-9304) for more information.