COVID-19 Update: Shutdown
Baseball Season is almost upon us! The days are warming up... the grass is starting to grow... soon we will be able to enjoying baseball action on the ball fields.
The recent Provincial Lockdown order would seem to have cast a doubt over our Baseball Dreams....but do not fear!!
SCMBA Board Members and Coaches have been busy working on preparing for the coming season and we want our families to know that we will be doing our best to ensure a quick start up once we have the ability to do so.
- The Shutdown has effectively put a stop to all in-person baseball activities until it is lifted.
- The current shutdown is scheduled for 4 weeks, which should have the lockdown lifted as May begins (approximately May.7).
- City Fields should be ready to go for this date. This is the normal park opening time, so access to facilities should not be an issue for us.
- Thank you to city staff for having our parks ready to go!!
- There is obviously a possibility that the shutdown gets extended further into May if numbers haven't improved enough by then.
- We will still aim to start up in-person activities as soon as we are able to do so, and in whatever capacity is allowed initially.
- Our Rep teams, who have been working out indoors during March, have transitioned back to online only for the shutdown.
- We will continue to accept registrations for players, coaches, and umpires, as well as Select Tryouts.
- We will work to establish as much season prep, and team formation, as we possibly can during the April Shutdown so as to be as prepared as possible to begin upon things opening back up.
- Watch for some exciting Online Engagement Opportunities that we are working towards. Be sure to follow our website and social media accounts.
- We do not yet know what colour level of the provincial framework NIAGARA will emerge into once out of the lockdown in, but we were in a RED LEVEL prior to the lockdown.
- Numbers will ultimately decide what colour level we emerge into, so even if the shutdown is lifted at the end of the month, we may only be able to transition into Grey.
- According to the Provincial Colour Framework, the sports team limitations are summarized below. Please keep in mind that the colour framework is currently paused, and they may be modified at any point, as various changes were being made in the Grey Level prior to the shutdown. The numbers below represent what the limits were prior to the shutdown.
- GREY (Lockdown) LEVEL: 0 people indoors / 5-10 people outdoors 1 guardian per player. No games or scrimmages. Training only.
- RED (Control) LEVEL: 10 people indoors / 25 people outdoors. 1 guardian per player. No games or scrimmages. Training only.
- ORANGE (Restrict) LEVEL: 50 people indoors / 100 people outdoors. 50 player "bubbles" for team interactions.
- YELLOW (Protect) LEVEL: 50 people indoors / 100 people outdoors. 50 player "bubbles" for team interactions.
- GREEN (Prevent) LEVEL: 50 people indoors / 100 people outdoors. 50 player "bubbles" for team interactions.
- We will continue to closely follow the Provincial updates as they occur, and we will coordinate with the City of St.Catharines and Baseball Ontario to ensure we have the most up to date information as to what is allowed/not allowed.
We will make every effort to get baseball activities established as soon as we can. Thank you for your patience and support!!
Yours in Baseball,