Category: Announcements

2020 Return to Play Guidelines

On June 5th, 2020 Baseball Alberta released their “Return to Train” guidelines for their member associations. These guidelines in their entirety can be viewed online at the BaseballAlberta.com website at:

http://baseballalberta.com/article/59848

On June 12th, 2020 Softball Alberta released their “Return to Play” guidelines. These guidelines can be viewed using the following links:

Barrhead Minor Ball has reviewed all of the guidelines released to date and determined that the “Return to Train” guidelines are geared more towards high performance athletes and programs, such as those offered at the “AAA” level, where participants are more inclined to pursue skill refinement through solo drills and related activities without actual game play. The BMBA Executive has agreed that such activities are not generally compatible with the expectations of participants in “A” (House League) and “AA” (Competitive) level programs such as those offered in Barrhead.

The “Return to Play” guidelines released by Softball Alberta include game play scenarios and describe activities that are more consistent with the types of programs offered by Barrhead Minor Ball.

In contemplation of a “Return to Play” in Barrhead, a series of surveys will be sent out to our previously registered membership to assess the willingness of participants to return to a restricted model of activity. Decisions with regard to the feasibility of any proposed plan will be made based upon the results of these surveys. Bear in mind that there are many factors that may still affect any return to activities in Barrhead in 2020, from municipal restrictions and facility availability, to changing provincial health directives, to local volunteer resources and community interest. The surveys represent only the first step in what could be a protracted and ultimately futile process, so expectations should be measured accordingly.

Since Baseball Alberta has not yet released Return to Play guidelines, only the softball survey will be sent out initially. This survey will be emailed to all 2020 registrants for softball and T-Ball in Barrhead. Similar surveys for “Baseball – House League ‘A'” and “Baseball – Competitive ‘AA'” will be distributed later to registrants in those programs if and when Return to Play guidelines are released by Baseball Alberta.

Also, please note that independent programs like Adult Slo-Pitch are not part of Minor Ball and are not subject to the same restrictions and liabilities as the youth programs sanctioned by the provincial governing bodies. So when you see the adults out on the diamonds playing ball in the coming weeks, please do not flood Minor Ball with emails asking why we are not doing the same thing.

COVID-19 Update – May 9, 2020

On May 8th, 2020 Baseball Alberta updated their response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The updated response can be viewed in its entirety on their website at http://baseballalberta.com/.  As a result, Barrhead Minor Ball will now be canceling all in-person activities until September 1, 2020 consistent with Baseball Alberta and Baseball Canada’s directives.  This will include any competitive tryouts, practices, games, meetings and clinics that may have already been scheduled or planned prior to September 1, 2020.

All registered players who have already paid their fees can expect to receive a full refund returned to the original payment method as soon as the account reconfigurations described in our email to the membership on May 7th take effect. This is expected to occur on or about May 15th, with refunds gradually being processed in the days following. When all refunds have been completed, BMBA will send out another email to the membership informing them that the process is complete.

As Baseball Alberta has indicated in their latest update, the situation with respect to COVID-19 in Alberta is fluid and subject to change as authorities continually assess and reassess the results of our collective actions. Barrhead Minor Ball will continue to monitor the situation throughout the summer and issue additional updates to our members based on the provincial governing bodies’ renewed policies as they become available.

Finally, I would like to thank all of our members for the patience and understanding they have demonstrated over the past few months. This announcement is extremely disappointing for all of the 200+ families that make up minor ball in Barrhead, but ultimately sport is as much about teamwork, personal sacrifice and camaraderie as it is about recreation. These are the skills that allow us to prevail in times of crisis as we have done so many times before on the diamond, and will no doubt continue to do in the future, whenever that day might be.

Mike Roszko

President

COVID-19 Update – April 15, 2020

On April 15th, 2020 Baseball Alberta updated their response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The updated response can be viewed in its entirety on their website at http://baseballalberta.com/.  As a result, Barrhead Minor Ball will now be extending the suspension of all activities until June 1, 2020 consistent with Baseball Alberta and Baseball Canada’s directives.  This will include any competitive tryouts, practices, meetings and clinics that may have already been scheduled or planned prior to June 1, 2020.

In other related news, the Edmonton Youth Softball Association (EYSA) has canceled their 2020 season. This was the league our U19 softball team played in last year, so this could impact our softball program if/when we are given the green light to resume activities this summer.

Barrhead Minor Ball will continue to issue further updates to our members based on the provincial governing bodies’ renewed policies as they become available.  Should a permanent cancellation of any planned activity be deemed necessary moving forward, then any fees already paid to BMBA will be refunded after that time.

Mike Roszko

President