NEW JERSEY -- The NJ Baseball Coalition has organized a petition to "allow baseball to be played in New Jersey." So far, 42 baseball clubs and organizations in the state have supported the coalition, which aims to "provide a safe way to be able to reopen baseball".

Spring high school sports officially were canceled in New Jersey by the NJSIAA last week after Gov. Phil Murphy announced that all schools would remain closed for the rest of the academic year.

The status of all summer leagues is in limbo, and no recreational youth spofrts have been played all spring in the state.

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The full text of the petition is below. To sign the online petition, click HERE.

The NJ Baseball Coalition is a group of baseball programs, organizations and industry leaders formed to support youth athletes, coaches, umpires and baseball businesses.

We recognize how important baseball is and how it can be a key building block not only to our physical health, but to our mental health as well. Being part of a team helps build character, leadership and community. This is something we need now more than ever.

It is extremely important our baseball community feels safe returning to the field. Our goal is to provide a safe way to be able to reopen baseball.

Reopening golf was a good first-step, but mostly affluent people play golf with a significant portion of them being retirees who are considered “most at-risk” for serious Covid-related complications. According to the National Golf Foundation, golfers 65+ played 3x as many rounds annually as those aged 18-34. The baseball ecosystem supports people of all ages (specifically 6-18) and socioeconomic classes.

Baseball is virtually a no-contact sport played outdoors and the sport should get the same chance as golf to open up safely

As Governor Phil Murphy said "Life in New Jersey does not have to come to a complete standstill. We want people to stay healthy, both physically and mentally." The signers of this petition believe that not allowing baseball to be played in New Jersey this summer will have a profoundly negative impact on the community's health, both physically and mentally. We also feel that this is a measure that will make our lives feel as if it has come to a complete standstill.

We ask the Governor to allow us to get back out on the baseball field safely. Some of the guidelines/rules include social distancing and safety measures on the field including limiting the number of players in the dugout at one time, asking the parents to sit 6 feet apart, no team coolers, no seeds/spitting, no handshakes or high fives and more. Full list of rules/guidelines to be posted here soon.

Here are the organizations who support this group:

  • USABL
  • ABCCL
  • Adrenaline Sports Academy 
  • BC Cyclones 
  • CJUA 
  • CJ Rebels
  • Clemente Baseball Club
  • CK Cardinals
  • Complete Performance Baseball Academy
  • Frazier Baseball
  • FB Braves
  • Fielders Choice
  • Hamilton A's
  • Hit & Run
  • Hustle Baseball
  • In The Zone
  • Jersey Boyz Baseball
  • Jersey Giants
  • Jersey Shore Baseball League
  • Jersey State Bombers
  • Langan Baseball
  • Locked In Expos
  • LumberKings
  • Morris County Cubs
  • NJABL
  • New Jersey Baseball
  • New Jersey Rising Rebels
  • NJ Axemen
  • NJ Marlins
  • Out of the Park
  • ParkEast Baseball
  • Power 5 Baseball
  • PPH Patriots
  • Pro Skills Baseball
  • PS2 Academy
  • Sportika
  • The Garden State Rebels
  • The Hit Factory
  • The Upper Deck
  • Untamed Baseball
  • Wladyka Baseball
  • Zoned Redhawks