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Ceres leagues could start this April
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The Ceres Youth Baseball & Softball Organization is anticipating having a spring season this year at the George Costa Ball Field Complex. The 2020 campaign was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Ceres Youth Baseball & Softball Organization is anticipating starting the 2021 spring season on April 24.

An exact date of return to competition has yet to be finalized due to safety concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic.

“As the situation with COVID-19, as well as County and State Health orders remains fluid, Ceres Youth Baseball will continually adapt safety protocol throughout the season,” the organization’s Board stated in a message to membership online this past month. “The purpose will be to both ensure the health and safety of our players and guests, as well as maintain requirements to allow for the park to be open. At this point, it is unknown what protocols will be required when the season starts. However, all players, coaches, and guests will be expected to follow all rules put in place.”

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, Ceres Youth Baseball & Softball Organization’s registration process is being completed online (

The organization started registering players for the 2021 spring season on Jan. 26.

Registration will remain open until March 1. 

Fees will be collected at a later date.

Cost is $135 per player.

New players must provide a copy of their birth certificate on or before team placement. Birth certificates can be emailed to Nikole Ferrel (

“We’re trying to see who wants to sign up right now,” Ferrel said. “There’s a lot of interest so far from what I’ve seen in the emails.”

There are six divisions for baseball, 5&under (co-ed t-ball), 7&under, 8&under, 10&under, 12-and-under and 15-and-under.

There are five divisions for softball: 6&under (t-ball), 8&under, 10-and-under, 13-and-under and 18-and-under.

Games are played at the George Costa Ball Field Complex.

“As the COVID-19 situation is fluid, dates and restrictions may change,” organization officials stated. “Parents will be notified of all changes through email, website, ad our Ceres Youth Baseball and Softball Facebook page.”

Ceres Youth Baseball & Softball Organization was forced to cancel its 2020 season due to the COVID-pandemic.

Only low-contact, outdoor sports such as cross country, golf, swim, tennis and track and field are currently being permitted in Stanislaus County as regional stay-at-home orders for the San Joaquin Valley, Southern California and the Bay Area were lifted by Gov. Newsom on Jan. 25.