Coronavirus Update: Online Training Getting Little Leaguers Ready For The Day Ball Fields Again Open

With sports seasons put on hold this spring, coaches are coming up with creative ways to motivate their teams.

Coronavirus Update: Online Training Getting Little Leaguers Ready For The Day Ball Fields Again Open

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — With sports seasons put on hold this spring, coaches are coming up with creative ways to motivate their teams.

As CBS2’s Scott Rapoport reported Sunday, some Little League kids are still getting their practices in.

The glorious sights and sounds of Little League baseball this time of year have been replaced by empty, desolate ball fields. Thus far, coronavirus has stolen the season for so many of our children.

But for some kids cooped up in their homes, there is the next best thing.

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Jordan Baltimore, the founder of New York Empire Baseball, is taking a swing at bringing baseball back into the lives of his Little Leaguers through online sessions.

Throwing, swinging, and exercising, the kids are drilling at home to coaches’ instructions via social technology like Zoom.

“It’s who we are. We live for this. Our entire team of coaches, we’re not moonlighting coaches. This is all we do every day,” Baltimore said.

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Baltimore said he came up with the idea when the season was put on hold, and he was left with 500 kids signed up in his league raring to go but with no way to play. He said he knew what he had to do.

“To continue what we do all year round, and really bring a sense of normalcy, not only to us as an organization bu to the children in our program and their families,” Baltimore said.

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He said the sessions last an hour and he’s now running 18 of them per week. The focus is on technique, conditioning, and teaching, bringing the kids together and sharing the experience safely. The kids do it in their bedrooms, their driveways, and sometimes even with their parents.

Some of the setups are very elaborate. For 8-year-old Little Leaguer Max Miller and his mom, Marissa, it’s a big league boredom beater, and a blessing.

“I like them because you can still can train about baseball,” Max said.

“Just to be able to count on these classes has been pretty instrumental in structuring our whole day,” Marissa added.

It’s baseball in the coronavirus age, where the kids are “safe at home.”

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Coronavirus Update: With Donations Down, Churches Face Tough Decisions With Their Employees

Places of worship have been closed to congregants for a month, and CBS2 has learned some have had to lay off their staff.

Coronavirus Update: With Donations Down, Churches Face Tough Decisions With Their Employees

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Places of worship have been closed to congregants for a month, and CBS2 has learned some have had to lay off their staff.

Those that rely on donations during services are suffering the most, CBS2’s Lisa Rozner reported Sunday.

It went from crowds filling the pews to the choir preaching to an empty Canaan Baptist Church on West 116th Street in Harlem.

But as the coronavirus toll progressed, the church that once welcomed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela went 100% virtual, and slowly vanishing are the offerings collected at Sunday church services.

“You have to make some really tough decisions about furloughing people,” Rev. Thomas Johnson said. “We’ve got about 14 on staff and we are operating with maybe half of that now.”

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Pastor Allan Boyer of the First Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church of Paterson is in the same position, with funding down nearly 50%.

“We had to let our organist go. We had to let our janitor go and then, of course, I’m at home. I’m not getting paid,” Boyer said.

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Also relying on Sunday donations is the Lighthouse Assembly of God in Newark. Pastor Pablo Pizarro heads the Christian Pentecostal church and said there’s been no cuts so far. He’s trying to multiply the messaging.

“One thing that we are in the business of is hope and giving just faith to others,” Pizarro said.

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The Diocese of New York said contributions are down by more than 50%, but there have been no furloughs. The Diocese of Brooklyn, which includes Queens, has seen some parishes have to lay off staff or reduce hours.

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Rev. Stephen Bauman of Manhattan’s Christ Church, which is United Methodist, said prior to the pandemic it had been moving toward online donations.

“We are more dependent on pledges, that is people who have made a commitment for the whole year,” Bauman said.

“We often say it’s okay to change the method, but don’t tamper with the message,” Rev. Johnson added.

“Soon, this will be over because troubles don’t last always the Bible tells us. Trouble don’t last always, so I just want to encourage everyone to stay home as much as possible,” Rev. Boyer said.

Palm Sunday and Easter cover parishes monetarily for a large chunk of the year. To fill the gap, all these places of worship have applied for small business loans and created more ways for people to donate online.

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