April 20, 2020
Due to the current situation regarding COVID-19, Baseball Manitoba will be suspending all sanctioned activities until May 30. This means that the season will not begin in May, as it usually does. By mid-May we will have new information and be able to update our membership before May 30.
Manitoba Health Guidelines and the status of Public Parks are the major factors affecting a baseball season. Baseball Manitoba will continue to monitor these factors, with local baseball personnel across the Province. At this time, we remain hopeful that baseball will be played this summer.
Frequently asked Questions:
Will there be a baseball season in 2020?
We hope so! Although the definitive answer to this question is unknown, baseball volunteers and associations across the Province remain hopeful and determined to deliver a modified season to all age groups, once restrictions are lifted and people are allowed to safely congregate in public spaces.
Will National Championships and Western Championship take place?
No, Baseball Canada National Championships have been cancelled, as of April 21, 2020. Western Canada Baseball Association has decided that they will follow suit with Baseball Canada, once a decision is made. So, if Nationals are cancelled, so to are Westerns. This announcement will be updated, once we have the information.
Will Provincial Championships take place?
At this time, Baseball Manitoba and the Championship hosts remain hopeful that Provincial Championships will take place. This may mean that events are moved from July to August and happen one month later than usual. Baseball Manitoba may decide, depending on the start date of the season, to cancel Provincial Championships in support of a longer playing season for all teams. Note: Senior Provincial Championships will not be held if Nationals and Westerns are cancelled.
What is the status of the 2020 Manitoba Games - Dauphin?
The Games have been postponed to July 2021. Check Sport Manitoba's Media Release HERE
What is the status of RAMP (online registration platform)?
Associations continue to have access to their RAMP accounts. Registrars can manage existing registrations and communicate with families. No new registrations can be added at this time.
Will insurance be in place for members in 2020?
Yes. Baseball Manitoba will activate accident insurance programs as soon as Manitoba Health restrictions begin to lessen, parks begin to open, and players are able to train in groups.
What is going on for Umpires?
Not much. There are currently no online training opportunities for umpires. Baseball Canada’s National Umpire Committee is working on introducing online clinics for Level 1 and 2 umpires. This announcement will be updated, once we have the information.
What is going on for Coaches?
Lots! All online clinics remain available. Many baseball groups are offering free online webinars and videos and we are sharing these on all our Social Media Platforms. All in class clinics have been moved to an online platform, through Adobe Connect. Baseball Canada has trained our Learning Facilitators and Baseball Manitoba has clinics posted here - https://www.baseballmanitoba.ca/clinics
What can players do, in the meantime?
Train at home! At their own discretion, players can take advantage of many free online webinars, videos, challenges and drills. Check out our Social Media feeds for some great options.
Finally, please adhere to the directions provided by Manitoba Health and our Municipal, Provincial, and Federal governments. Also, please continue to be positive and hopeful for our baseball season to return.
Stay safe and take care.
Executive Director – Baseball Manitoba