Hundreds of area adults patiently stand on the sideline, waiting in the proverbial on-deck circle, wondering if they will get the opportunity to take a swing at a pitched softball in the coming weeks?

The answer to that question is, well, a bit complicated: Maybe? Probably? Hopefully?

Two of the Midcoast's summer recreational organizations — the Camden Adult Coed Softball League and Rockland Ford Men's Softball League — both slow-pitch formats, hope to get in the swing of things at some point.

The most important questions, if the leagues are able to get back in the game, are: how and when?

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has changed how most routine things are approached and it is unlikely it will be business as usual for the two leagues, given social-distance recommendations/requirements, use of mouth/nose masks and limitations on the number of people for gatherings.

And, ultimately, how safe is it for the players — with or without fans?

The leagues traditionally start in June and finish by late-August — and sometimes in early-September.

Chris Hart of the coed league and Andrew Rogers of the men's league are hopeful some type of season can be played. The two are presidents of their leagues, or, in Rogers' case, the de facto "commissioner."

"We are still monitoring what Governor [Janet] Mills will and won't allow," Hart said. "We do have an initial coaches meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 20, which will take place through a Zoom meeting.

"Last year we started our season in the middle of June. We hope to have the ability to have a normal-length season, but, if not, we hope to have a condensed season. Our hope is that be it June or July we can hopefully hold a coed softball season this summer."

Coed games are played at Jaycee Park on Old County Road in Rockland, Lincolnville Central School and the league's home base at the Camden Snow Bowl, while men's games are held at the Bolduc Correctional Facility in Warren and the league's home base at the Elks Lodge on upper Rankin Street in Rockland.

"It's hard telling what will happen in the next round of 'freedoms' we are given back from the state," Rogers said. "We are holding out hope for a later start to the season, but as a league, we are unsure given the nature of the game — throwing a ball around to different bodies, sharing bats, etc. … At this point, any softball before snowfall would be warmly welcomed."

So, to softball league players chomping at the bit to hit — stand-by.