The COVID-19 lockdown sent shockwaves through London-area minor sports, halting some seasons, threatening others and leaving organizers scrambling. But it’s not just keeping kids off courts, fields and rinks — it’s also altering how we play in ways that may last long after this pandemic fades, Ryan Pyette reports:
When Rick Peters was six, he showed up with a friend at a baseball practice run by the London’s Eager Beaver rookie program.
“The coach asked me if I wanted to play, gave me a registration form and I took it home for my mom,” he recalled. “She signed, but at the end, there was a nominal fee and she told me, ‘I’m sorry, we just can’t afford to do that.’ ”
The next day, he returned the form to the coach and explained his situation. Don’t worry, he was reassured: You’re going to play baseball.
Peters never stopped. Forty years later, he’s president of Eager Beaver and, like the rest of us, trying to navigate the virus crisis.