Effective immediately Baseball BC has extended the suspension of all sanctioned in person baseball activity indefinitely, which means no date is set to restart, and it could affect the whole season. It includes but is not limited to, all tournaments, *practices*, games, coach and umpire education and team building activities. The intent of this suspension is to limit situations of close physical interactions to limit the spread of COVID-19.
We believe this suspension will most likely compromise the spring season. We do hope that the situation stabilizes and that we can squeeze in baseball in late spring or summer. If that is the case, everyone will be welcome back to play (ie it wouldn’t be only all-stars).
All member organizations and affiliates are to enforce and support the suspension of in person baseball activities in their respective associations.
On behalf of the executive, we ask coaches and families to respect the instructions that we have been asked to follow and enforce including:
We hope that our baseball players will remain fit and active, and that a family member will go out and play catch with him or her, or get grounders and fly balls, or hit balls and wiffles, etc…but with your own equipment, and not involving other players. Baseball BC and BC Minor will work to provide drills accessible online for players to work on their own or with a family member.
- No team (or partial team) practices or team activities
- No batting cage use. The cage is banned except for maintenance; sanitizing will likely be required
- No groups of players, other than a parent bringing his or her daughter(s) or son(s) to play catch or hit grounders etc, will allowed on a diamond or field at Lionel Courchene
- The park can still be used as a single-family activity, but not to run modified team practices, as there would be no insurance coverage for injuries or liability protection in case of virus transmission
The Surrey Canadian Executive will meet this week and decide how to handle what is coming. The baseball season is not cancelled outright so we won’t be automatically reimbursing people at this stage. We realize that some of you may want your registration & volunteer fees back to help face this crisis. If that is your wish, please contact us at email@example.com and / or firstname.lastname@example.org and we will accommodate you, but please be patient as we still are volunteers, and this may take a some time.
Baseball BC will review advice from health and senior sport organizations as they are provided and will monitor the situation in hopes that baseball activities will resume as soon as it’s safe to do so. We will issue further notices as information comes to us.