Registration Deadline, Season Start Date, News (Bradford Minor Baseball Association)

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Registration Deadline, Season Start Date
Submitted By Brian Rice on Saturday, May 22, 2021
Following the government's announcement yesterday regarding the strategy to re-open Ontario, the Bradford Minor Baseball Association met this evening to discuss options for a 2021 season.  Obviously our preference would be to start after the long weekend, but the ongoing response to the pandemic has impacted not only baseball, but all sporting activity across Ontario.

Based on the information made available, team activities of up to 10 people can resume in Step 1 of the government's plan - the estimated start date for this would be June 14th.  When we are allowed to move to Step 2, practices for up to 25 people can commence with the earliest date being July 5th.  In Step 3, scrimmages and games would be allowed - the estimated start date would be July 26th.
Now, based on all of these factors, the BMBA has come up with the following plan for the 2021 season.  I must caution that this plan is fluid, understanding that movement between the government's phases could change which would require us to shift our strategy.
1.  Registration for this season will close on June 14th.  In order to organize teams and coaches we need to close registration on this date so that we can be prepared for a season.  Currently, fees for the season will remain the same as we cannot estimate how our games will be impacted or the fees we will incur as a league.  That being said, if there is an opportunity to return some money to all of our teams at the end of the year, we definitely will.  If you have already registered, but are changing your mind about your child's participation, please reach out to our registrar ASAP so that we have a true representation of player interest on June 14th.  
2.  Practices for our teams will be allowed to commence on July 5th.  Again, this is dependent on government direction, but right now we would look to begin practicing with our teams on this date.  
3.  Regular season games would begin on July 26th.  Our goal is to have a compact season, so we will work to have 1-2 games per week and ensure that the kids are able to play as much as possible.  
4.  The season will conclude on September 3rd.  This will permit those involved in other activities or sport to attend those sessions which usually begin at the start of the school year.
Again, this is all dependent on the province moving forward in the re-opening plan.  If you have not registered please do so by June 14th.  If you have changed your mind please contact our registrar so that we can remove you from the player list.  In the event that we cannot have a season, full refunds will be issued.
On behalf of the BMBA Executive, thank you for your ongoing patience as we monitored the return to sport and developed a plan which we believe will get the kids on the diamond and having somewhat of a regular baseball season.  
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out.  Wishing you all a safe and happy Victoria Day long weekend.
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