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Novice Program Begins July 14th

Novice players and parents. Your time to head back out onto the field is coming up real soon! Starting Tuesday, July 14th, 2020 at Fairview Park our 2020 Novice program begins and continues every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30pm – 8:00pm led by our head instructor, Garrick Ing.

Remember each kid is required to have his or her own baseball glove, helmet, hand sanitizer, water bottle and baseball bat. Your child should bring a baseball cap and it will be your choice if you want to wear running shoes or cleats.

BASEBALL IS BACK!

We are happy to report that based on recent decisions made by multiple levels of government, baseball will return to the parks of Dollard-des-Ormeaux in the coming weeks. However, like the rest of our world, this year’s baseball season will be a very different one than we are used to. Baseball Quebec has released a detailed plan of how to gradually open up the baseball season as safely as possible, and DABA is meeting on an almost daily basis trying to figure out how to best follow these guidelines. If you wish to read the full Baseball Quebec 7 “inning” plan, it is available HERE. (In French only)

One thing is certain, not only are we going to need more volunteers doing new and different tasks than ever before, we are going to need a certain level of buy-in from ALL parents if this is going to be a success. 

As of now, we expect to have our Bantam and Midget players begin on field training on the weekend of June 20th-21st, while our Mosquito and PeeWee players will begin training on the weekend of June 27th-28th. We encourage you to use the next week to discuss whether you/your child will be playing baseball this summer.

For Bantam and Midget players: By June 16th we need to know whether you are in for the season, or whether you will be requesting a refund. Based on responses, we may split an age group into multiple groups in order to limit the number of players on the field at a time and properly maintain social distancing. The schedule for the weekend of June 20th-21st will be available on our website no later than June 17th.

For Atom, Mosquito and PeeWee players: By June 23rd we need to know whether you are in for the season, or whether you will be requesting a refund. Based on responses, we may split an age group into multiple groups in order to limit the number of players on the field at a time and properly maintain social distancing. The schedule for the weekend of June 27th-28th will be available on our website no later than June 24th.

Novice will begin at a later date. We will be in contact with parents with specific Novice information and guidelines.

For those who are planning to play this summer, the following must be taken under consideration and followed. Failure to abide by some of these rules will lead to your child not being allowed to participate, or worse, the potential that the city may close the fields and end our season.

  1. ALL players, coaches, officials must sign and return the Baseball Quebec waiver form before taking part in any baseball activities. It must be returned to registrar@dollardbaseball.com no later than June 16th for Bantam and Midget aged players and coaches, or June 23rd for Atom, Mosquito and PeeWee aged players and coaches. No one will be permitted to enter a field without being verified that we have received their waiver.
  2. Before entering the field at all times for any baseball activity this year, all players will be checked and must have in their possession a bottle of hand sanitizer, their equipment and their own water bottle. Absolutely no sharing of equipment (other than bats which must be disinfected after each use) or drinks will be permitted.
  3. Before entering the field at all times for any baseball activity this year, all players will be checked to make sure they DO NOT have sunflower seeds, gum or any similar product.
  4. All parents should take the time to explain to their children that the social distancing norm of 6 feet, or 2 meters, must be maintained at all times during baseball activities. All teams will have coaches and a designated “Mr. Clean” who will enforce these rules, but team staffs are always outnumbered by the players and they cannot act as the police all the time. The only way this will work is if all players come to the field knowing what is expected of them. The city will be watching us and deciding whether they believe it is possible to run youth baseball with appropriate social distancing. We risk losing access to parks if they see too many players, coaches or even spectators ignoring these directives, such as what happened when they tried to open certain playgrounds this past weekend.
  5. We expect that teams will be made and we will be playing real league games by early July. This means that players of all levels will be expected to travel to cities such as St. Laurent, Lachine, Lasalle, etc. Players are also not allowed to carpool to games, and it is advised that only 1 parent should attend games in order to minimize the number of people at the field.
  6. Masks are not mandatory, but recommended per Public Health .
  7. Certain rule changes have been made at all age groups to simplify social distancing. These rule changes can be found in the Baseball Quebec plan.

Thank you and we hope this allows you to make an informed decision.

Your DABA Executive

COVID-19 UPDATE

June 4, 2020

Hello DABA Family,

We hope everyone has been keeping healthy & safe.

This morning, the Quebec government announced a new phase of the resumption of outdoor sports, recreation and outdoor activities. Starting June 8, team sports such as baseball and soccer will be able to resume outdoor training if they comply with public health guidelines. Lac St. Louis, Dollard Baseball and the entire region have numerous upcoming meetings over the next few days regarding how and if we will be able to begin the 2020 season. We will be in touch once we have new information to pass along to our membership. Please be patient as we have those discussions, and as we do our best in determining the best plans and actions to move forward based on all the new guidelines provided by both the government and Baseball Quebec.

Many thanks for your patience, we will be in touch soon.

Your DABA Executive

May 1, 2020

We would like to give you the latest update regarding the Covid-19 situation.

While the government is preparing to reopen certain schools and certain industries, there has been no mention of when they intend to allow youth sports to resume. However, we would like to be open with what we do know and what we are preparing:

1. Baseball Quebec is still planning on having a baseball season this summer. Last week they released a planning document with what a potential season could look like with example starting dates of July 1st and August 1st, as well as what can be done if certain restrictions remain in place. Rest assured that the scenarios can be tweaked and if we receive the okay to start on July 10th, then we will begin on July 10th. For those of you who are interested in reading it, the document can be found HERE (In French only)

2. DABA has been in contact with the city of Dollard and they have informed us that parks will not be opened for sports use by associations before July 2nd, 2020 at the earliest.

3. For any season to take place, it will require the okay from the Government of Quebec, the public health authority, Baseball Quebec, the Region of Lac St. Louis and the city of Dollard-des-Ormeaux. We will also follow any public health directives to insure that the season is played as safely as possible. This may include ideas such as not using the dugouts, limiting the sharing of equipment, eliminating the postgame handshake, etc. to increase social distancing and help stop the spread of the virus.

4. Due to the time frames being discussed, we sadly must announce that our annual season kickoff event, Dollard Day (originally scheduled for May 23rd) has been cancelled for this year and the 9th annual Dollard Atom Tournament (originally scheduled for June 22nd – 28th) has been postponed until a later date.

5. The (Intercommunity) Spring League has decided to not proceed with a Spring season this year. For anyone who signed up to play on one of these teams, our treasurer will be reimbursing you all within the next few weeks. There is no need to contact us and request a refund. *** IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE BY JUNE 15th then please send an email to contactus@dollardbaseball.com ****

6. To insure that our umpires are ready to go for the start of the season and avoid having them sit together in large groups in a classroom, much of their training has been moved online for this season. Anyone looking for something to do, the online training is free for anyone to try: formation.baseballquebec.com

7. For the same reason, much of this year’s scorekeeping training will be done online as well. When the website is ready, our head scorekeeper will send out the link to our scorekeepers/prospective scorekeepers.

Finally, our city of Dollard has contacted us looking for kids aged 15 and older who would be interested in volunteering to help out members of our elderly community with tasks such as cutting the lawn and raking/picking up leaves. As this age group is not going back to school and must be getting restless at home by now, think about giving back to our community by giving a few hours of your time. If you are interested, please send us your child’s name and phone number to contactus@dollardbaseball.com

We hope we will be able to see you on the field soon, and we will keep you posted on any further developments!

Your DABA Executive

March 24, 2020

Following daily press conferences from the Federal and Provincial governments concerning COVID-19 as well as directives from Baseball Quebec, Dollard Baseball is suspending all baseball activities until May 1, 2020.
 
Rest assured, we are closely monitoring the situation.

Sadly, we cannot finish the remainder of our Winter Clinics and will have to cancel our Bantam, Midget and Junior gym sessions. Refunds will be processed shortly.
 
We will keep you updated as to when we will begin activities and the impact it will have on the upcoming season. Baseball Quebec is currently working on different scenarios in order for a season to be played when normal life is restored.
 
Thank you,
 
Your DABA Executive

March 13, 2020

Due to the school closures as part of the COVID-19 preventative measures, all baseball activities in the province are cancelled until at least March 27th. When we have further news, we will update.

March 12, 2020

DABA Members,

Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, please be advised that all Dollard Baseball clinics scheduled for the weekend of March 14th to March 16th are postponed. We are continuing to monitor the situation and will determine whether and when they will continue on a week by week basis.

Thank you for bearing with us during this extremely fluid situation

Your DABA Executive

2020 LSL Girls Winter Camp

We are celebrating this year the 10th anniversary of our regional winter camp for girls! All LSL girls turning at least 8 this year (that is, born at least in 2012) are welcome to attend.Bring a friend! It’s OK if she hasn’t played before.

What happens at the camp?

There are four 90-mn sessions: warm-up, technical training (pitching, hitting, grounders, fly balls, relays), friendly game. Younger girls are grouped together, and likewise for older girls. We have many experienced coaches helping out!

When and where?

1) Sunday, February 16, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM, St.Laurent Sports Complex
2) Sunday, February 23, 3:00-4:30 PM, Cegep St.Laurent
3) Sunday, March 1, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM, St.Laurent Sports Complex
4) Sunday, March 8, 3:00-4:30 PM, Cegep St.Laurent

Fees:

$5 per session, or $15 for four. Payable on site by cash or cheque to Baseball Region LSL.

How to register?

Easy! Just email Eric Laferriere, letting him know which sessions you would like to attend. RSVP ASAP. Space is limited. Bring a friend!

Need more info?

Same thing. Email Eric!