The potential for the reopening of summer baseball and softball at the Runyon Sports Complex is on track, according to general manager Greg LaSage.


By following a myriad of guidelines set forth because of the coronavirus pandemic, the complex is hoping to reopen by mid-July.


"We’re excited to get people back on the field," LaSage said Monday. "Barring something unexpected, we’re moving forward with the guidelines that are being set."


While the guidelines are extensive and have yet to be totally approved, the first steps toward returning players and coaches to the complex have taken place.


In short, workout sessions and player development have started with limited numbers.


"We have limited numbers with distancing requirements," LaSage said. "Participants are not required to wear face masks if they are distanced properly. If they are grouped up, they have to wear masks.


"We had some softball teams at the facility this past weekend who went through the procedures and guidelines. It went well."


LaSage indicated there are many more guidelines that will be in place including special facility rules at the entrances and exits. Those guidelines will include taking temperatures of those who enter the facility


The complex has been closed since March 13 when the county decided to shut down the site due to ongoing concerns about the coronavirus and Pueblo’s first reported case.


The start-up date Runyon has targeted is July 11.


Registration has already begun for the different age levels from the 8-and-under division through the 18-and-under divisions in both softball and baseball on the Runyon Field website.


"We’re just getting started with the registration process," LaSage said. "We already have 15 teams registered and expect many more."


Safety of the participants is the top priority for the complex set forth by the guidelines that will continue to develop.


The dates may still be revised depending on the coronavirus pandemic regulations.


LaSage said there was a document of all the safety regulations the complex is planning to take that should be posted on the complex’s website later this week.


"We’re doing everything we can to create a safe environment," LaSage said in a previous Chieftain article last week "In the end, people are going to need to make a decision whether they fee safe or not, just like with everything else. But, we’re trying to provide the best programs we can in the safest environment. We’ve got a lot of people working for that, and we are excited to get started."


Chieftain interim sports editor Jeff Letofsky can be reached by email at jetofsky@chieftain.com or at twitter.com/JeffLetofsky.