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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Masks are not mandatory, but recommended per Public Health .
- 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