It won’t be long now before the familiar sights and sounds of a summer night at the ballpark will be back in full swing.

The Halifax Dixie Youth League and Halifax Dixie Softball are gearing up to return to the field, with practices beginning Monday.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, for the first time on Tuesday, covered recreational and youth sports, outlining plans for those programs when they start back up.

Northam’s Chief of Staff Clark Mercer outlined the requirements for youth sports to restart. Mercer spoke about incidental versus accidental contact and the sharing of equipment. Baseball and softball, which were two of the sports that did not start their seasons at all, are now able to play under the Phase Two guidelines.

Some of the mandatory requirements for recreational sports that have been implemented are posting signage that bars anyone with a fever or symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed in the last 14 days from entering.

Outdoor sports cannot exceed 50 people per field, and spectators may not be present for youth sports unless they are parents, guardians or caretakers and children in their care.

Parental spectators in outdoor youth sports are not limited to the 50 person rule, and all shared items must be disinfected between use as is practical. Social distancing must be maintained by all instructors, participants and spectators during practice and competition and also applies to indoor and outdoor sports.

Halifax County Dixie Youth Baseball president Dave Ashwell has plans in place to begin their season on June 29. Practices will begin the week before on June 22, and Ashwell says the league has voted to have a nine-week season.

The younger age groups will begin play on June 29, with the older age groups beginning on July 6.

Halifax Dixie Softball will begin practices on Monday and also plan to begin their season on June 29.

The Virginia Squires also will be in action this weekend at the Day Complex as teams from Raleigh and Granville North Carolina also will be participating. Those games begin at 9 a.m. Saturday morning and will continue throughout the day with the last game starting at 5 p.m.

It has been a long wait to begin youth sports in Halifax County, but it is finally time for the kids to get back on the field and play the game that they love with their friends as their families cheer them on.

Johnathan Kirland is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him Follow him on Twitter @JohnathanK_GV