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Addressing Player Bubbles, Female Umpires Webinar, Nationals Cancelled, Certification for 2021
Submitted By WOBA Secretary on Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Baseball Ontario understands the current state of the province, but we continue to be optimistic that we can have a meaningful season in 2021. However, even in the current rules for Green Zones in the government of Ontario's reopening plan, outdoor team sports are restricted to bubbles of 50 players, as we were in 2020.

 

 

RETURN TO SPORT: ADDRESSING PLAYER BUBBLES

 

Baseball Ontario understands the current state of the province, but we continue to be optimistic that we can have a meaningful season in 2021. However, even in the current rules for Green Zones in the government of Ontario's reopening plan, outdoor team sports are restricted to bubbles of 50 players, as we were in 2020.

 

What has Baseball Ontario done to address this?

 

Many concerned coaches, parents and volunteers have reached out asking what Baseball Ontario is doing to petition the government for change.

 

We have been advised by the provincial government that restrictions will only be modified or lifted with the support of Ontario's Chief Medical Officer. Baseball Ontario has reached out to the CMO as well as our Minister's office to make our case for change. We have also supported the efforts of other outdoor team sports like soccer and softball who have made similar recommendations for change.

 

We have seen that by coming together as a community and reaching out to our local MPP's respectfully and thoughtfully, changes to the regulations can be achieved, as demonstrated for religious ceremonies, personal care services and outdoor patios.

 

What can you do to help?

Now it's our turn! We are asking everyone who believes that a return to baseball (a safe, socially distanced outdoor sport) is essential write to their local MPP asking them to support the changes to the clauses pertaining to limits of 50 players. We have created a template you can use.

 

If you're not sure who is, or how to contact, your local MPP, use the link below, and enter your postal code. That will take you to the contact page for your MPP. Please address your communication to their Constituency office. Either email or mail letter to the addresses listed in that section are acceptable.

 

 

 

FEMALE UMPIRES WEBINAR

 

Female Umpires - How to get involved + stories from top female umpires

 

April 8th, 9-11pm ET!

Join the conversation with two of the top female umpires in Canada! Rhonda Pauls (BC) and Lisa Turbitt (ON) are here to show female umpires how to get involved in baseball and will be sharing stories from their years working the game. Brought to you by our friends at Baseball Alberta!

 

 

BASEBALL CANADA CANCELS 2021 NATIONALS

 

Tough call, but Nationals Cancelled for 2nd Year

 

Baseball Canada's decision to cancel 2021 National Championships is one we fully support. Thanks to Baseball Canada for their tireless efforts in trying to make these events a reality for this season.

 

Provincially this does not mean our baseball season is cancelled! We anticipate that all our local associations and affiliated associations, along with Baseball Ontario are planning for another great season of baseball.

 

Even though the news from Baseball Canada is disappointing for many, we are excited for what the season has in store for us in Ontario!

 

 

Do you have all the courses you need to coach in 2021? Get ready now from the comfort of your home with online delivery of NCCP clinics!

 

All certification for umpires will be online for 2021.

· Level 1 and 2 Umpires will complete online E-learning modules.Both Level 1 and Level 2 modules available now through your local association.

· Level 3 Umpires will participate in SuperClinics in order to certify in 2021.

· Please register through your profile!

 

 

 

 

 

Outfield Drill Progression

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2020 BEC Drill of the Week Outfield Drill Progression

 

 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

 

All Deadlines/Tasks/Events/Reminders can be found on our Baseball Ontario Calendar of Events.Remember to visit frequently!

 

FRIENDLY REMINDER OF UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

· Town Hall Meeting (Online) April 8th, 7pm

· Board of Management Meeting (Online) April 15th, 7pm

· Rep Council (Online), April 18th, 10am

· Select Council (Online), April 18th, 7pm

 

 

 

BASEBALL ONTARIO'S VALUED PARTNERS

 

 

 

 

 

[519-740-3900][[email protected]][www.baseballontario.com]

 

This weekly publication is being sent to Local & Affiliate contacts, Coaches, Adult Umpires, Sponsors, Rep and Select Council Contacts and Board of Management.

 

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