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UPDATE (March 20, 2020) - Baseball Canada announces event cancellations due to COVID-19

The impact of COVID-19 has become increasingly disruptive to sport and continues to have an expanding impact locally, nationally and internationally. Baseball Canada has been closely monitoring all available information related to the continued spread of COVID-19. The health and safety of our athletes, coaches, officials, staff and partners as well as upcoming events, is our priority.

After reviewing the relevant positions from the Public Health Agency of Canada, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, and the Government of Canada, Baseball Canada has decided to postpone all its upcoming in person events until April 27th, 2020 with intent to provide our membership with regular updates on the situation.

The following events in our calendar for April have been cancelled:

  1. Safe Sport Meeting (April 1-2 in Ottawa)

  2. Junior National Team Spring Training (April 16-25 in West Palm Beach, Florida)

  3. Competition-Development Coach Training (April 20-24 in Jupiter, Florida)

  4. National Umpire Committee Meeting (April 25 in Toronto)

Baseball Canada also recommends that its member provinces consider appropriate action for their respective provincial situations. We invite players, coaches, umpires and scorekeepers to reach out to their respective provincial baseball associations for more information on the provincial activities. Baseball Canada is currently working on a plan for coach and umpire training using technology that will allow for remote accessibility.

Given the dynamic nature of this situation, additional protocols to promote the health and safety of all participants and coaches at upcoming events should be implemented to align with recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

In addition to establishing additional protocols, we encourage all athletes, participants, coaches, officials and scorekeepers, staff, volunteers, spectators, and everyone participating in any events in the upcoming weeks and months to be vigilant with regards to their health and safety.

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The NBSBL teams and executive participated in a conference call last evening to discuss the 2020 baseball season. The teams are unanimous that they want to wait for the province, and subsequently BNB, for guidance as to any possible plans for easing restrictions that would allow teams to play their various sports. The NBSBL teams also agree that they wish to play the game as intended, keeping in mind the safety of players, umpires, fans and volunteers. The teams realize that there is a big difference in games involving senior players as opposed to minor players. Suggested restrictions that we have heard would take away so much from our game that it would be hardly recognizable. The league has scheduled another conference call on May 25th, by which time we hope the proposed conditions and restrictions for playing would be known.

Tom O'Reilly

NBSBL President

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