2020 Season Update, News (Saugeen Shores Minor Baseball)

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2020 Season Update
Submitted By Laura Kranenburg on Tue 06 09, 20
Good news first: The Province has approved outdoor recreation activities with a limited number of people where physical distancing and many other guidelines can be followed.  SSMBA is actively pursuing what it will mean for all of us if we can return to the diamond.    We do not have insurance yet until Baseball Ontario announces that they have resumed activities.  If/when this happens we expect to see a 'Return to Train' format where we can conduct our tryouts and roster our teams and start practicing.  We will need the Province to increase the number of people that are allowed to be together in order to continue into our 'Return to Competition' program.

The recommended guidelines from Baseball Ontario are available here if you are curious about what that might look like.  
Recently, our U12 and U14 PWSA (Provincial Women's Softball Association) Girls Fastball teams have decided not to play in the normal Qualifier and Provincial tournaments.  This was a difficult decision made by the coaches, parents and players that the SSMBA fully supports.
The Grey Bruce Fastball League for our U8 girls team has cancelled their league so our U8 teams if/when we return will be practising and potentially playing intersquad games between the 2 Saugeen Shores U8 teams.  

We have also made the difficult decision to cancel our Junior and Intermediate Rookie T-ball program that runs on Saturday mornings. The format for that program involves a lot of children and their parents on the field at the same time and with the Covid-19 restrictions in place and the recommended guidelines we did not feel that we could run that program safely this summer.  We look forward to seeing all of the kids back next year.
You may have heard that batting cages are allowed to open, but we are unable to open our batting cage because we do not have insurance until the time that Baseball Ontario resumes activities.
Other provinces are starting their 'Return to Train' activities so we are actively watching their re-entrance to the sport and we will learn as much as we can from their experiences.
Baseball Ontario is meeting later this week so we are eagerly anticipating some decisions following that meeting.
With the season already delayed we are trying to be creative and look at some ways to get back on the diamond.  We have not made any of those decisions yet as we're waiting to hear from Baseball Ontario, but we will do our best to bring a season to our players if we are able to safely do so.
We are planning to send out a survey to our registrants if we get the go ahead to resume baseball activities to get an understanding of how parents and players are feeling about the season and the return to play guidelines. 
I have been receiving many inquiries and please rest assured that we are doing all we can to get the kids on the diamonds this year.  I would appreciate everyone's patience and we think the survey will be a more efficient way for everyone to be able to communicate back to us.  The flood of emails makes it difficult for me to respond to everyone and to focus on the details of getting back to baseball.
We will certainly be communicating with you when changes occur.  
Some people have also been inquiring about whether refunds will be available if the season gets cancelled and the answer is yes.  Full refunds will be made.
We are aware of and in contact with our neighbouring associations and we are keeping up with who has cancelled their season and who is waiting to see (like we are).
The Executive appreciates your patience and understanding as we try to navigate these changes.
Yours in baseball,
Laura Kranenburg, President SSMBA
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