Adult soccer returns to center pitch, horseshoes, golf still off course

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A CABB Facilities Services worker disinfects equipment in the Center of Anna Maria Island’s fitness center in advance of its May 20 reopening. Islander Photo: Courtesy Center

With the school year coming to a close in the next week or so, summer vacation should be days away for most of us, but what kind of summer will it be?

The only guarantees are that it will be hot and humid!

However, Gov. Ron DeSantis has loosened the leash, so to speak, on COVID-19 restrictions. While had not moved to phase 2 as of May 18, but operations were opening and expanding, including gyms and fitness centers, which were allowed to open at 50% capacity.

The decision was welcome news to the folks at the Center of Anna Maria Island, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

The center’s fitness center was set to open May 20.

After having CABB Facility Services sanitize at the center, including the fitness center, the center turned its attention to implementing new policies and procedures to ensure the safety of members, visitors and staff.

The center also was making plans to wrap up the adult indoor soccer season, which will migrate outdoors to the field.

The schedule will pick up with two weeks of the season, followed by playoffs and championship matches.

The action will get started at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 21.

Other island sports endeavors remained on hold.

Tom Nelson of the Key Royale Club told The Islander that the club canceled the Memorial Day Scramble and cookout as it looked to June to resume matches.

Members are playing rounds, but organized matches are on hold.

Also, the horseshoe group that typically congregates at the pits at Anna Maria City Hall is waiting on the city for an “all clear,” according to horseshoe group spokesman Jay Disbrow.

On the mainland, G.T. Bray Park, managed by the Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department, will remain closed throughout May.

Park spokesman Marcus Francis encouraged organized sports leagues that use park facilities to have a plan or when the park opens the calendar for athletics.


Magic gears up for phase 3 tryouts

While soccer activities are on hold, Manatee Magic, a competitive program for boys and girls within the Manatee Area Youth Soccer Association, opened online registration for tryouts.

Registration will allow MAYSO to contact players when tryout plans are set, which, according to the Florida Youth Soccer Association, will begin when Florida moves to phase 3 in the pandemic recovery plan.

There is no cost to try out and the Magic will not initiate payment plans for its select team players until the pandemic is in the rearview mirror and the season is a certainty.

Registration is online at

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email me, vice president of competitive soccer at

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