Baseball Manitoba's Return to Play Document is located below (click the logo for the PDF). The document was approved by the Provincial Government on June 1, 2020 and is the foundational plan for baseball's return to the field in Manitoba this season. Please note that the exact implementation of each detail is continuously being developed and these details will be added to the plan and communicated as they are established. Phase 1 (training) began on June 8, 2020 and has been going well.
Phase 2 (competition/play) for baseball is now able to resume on June 24, 2020. As we move towards Phase 2 and navigate the first few weeks, we ask for our members patience and understanding as local baseball association volunteers navigate Phase 2 to make is as safe, smooth and enjoyable as possible. The Return to Play 2.0 document is now available below, with items in bold print showing important updates to the plan.
RETURN TO PLAY 2.0 - June 22, 2020 (click the logo below)
Return to Play Member Checklists: Training and Competition
These checklists are to be used in conjunction with the Return to Play document.
Return to Play: Practice Plan
This plan explains how to run an effective practice while following the Return to Play safety guidelines. It includes a full two-hour practice, physical distancing tips, and how to make Batting Practice more efficient.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
Do baseballs need to be sanitized during practices or games? No, baseballs need to be sanitized between each session only.
Can players share equipment? Although it is discouraged, yes they can so long as the equipment is sanitized between users.
Do players, coaches, umpires or spectators need to wear masks? No, anyone who wishes to wear a mask may do so, but it is not mandated.
Are there are any rule changes for baseball games? No
Where can I find the 2020 Baseball Manitoba Waiver and Release? The updated Waiver and Release, which contains information related to COVID-19, has been signed by all new registrants (after June 1) through RAMP, emailed to every previously registered (before April 1) member or sent to members via Google Forms. This is being tracked by local associations and Baseball Manitoba's office to ensure compliance. If you have yet to acknowledge the new Waiver and Release online, please contact your local baseball association or Baseball Manitoba.
Where will the home plate umpire be standing? Umpires may stand where they traditionally stand, however, if they choose they may stand 6 feet behind the catcher or behind the pitcher's mound.
How many people can be at one session? Baseball facilities can operate at 50 percent capacity, so long as all persons can effective physical distance (6ft), except for brief exchanges.
Can teams use dugouts? Yes, they can so long as the benches are marked with 6 foot markings and all people are physical distancing. This will mean that players and coaches may need to be outside the dugout, behind the fence.
Who should I ask questions to when I attend a baseball session? Each team must have a Health and Safety Coordinator in attendance at each game. They will have the answers and resources to assist all persons.
Can I bring sunflower seeds or gum? No, no persons are allowed to use gum or sunflower seeds at a baseball session in 2020.
Are Double Headers allowed? Yes, so long as sufficient time is allowed between games for sanitizing equipment.
Are tournaments allowed? Yes, so long as all Manitoba Health and Baseball MB RTP guidelines are followed, such as; physical distancing is maintained at the event, sufficient time is allowed between games for sanitizing equipment and game start times are staggered to minimize large groups in common areas.
Can teams travel out of Province to compete? No, it is strongly advised that Manitoba Baseball teams DO NOT travel outside the Province to play games.
What can I expect to be different when I am at a baseball game? There will be many differences that should be noticed, such as; signage at the field for physical distancing and sanitizing reminders, sanitizer areas for spectators, sanitizing of equipment between plays, someone may ask you if you have any flu-like symptoms or if you have traveled outside Western Canada, players located outside the dugouts, spectators watching from all around the ballpark to enhance physical distancing, umpires may be standing in irregular positions, nobody eating seeds or chewing gum, and more.
Considering Umpires are to limit the touching of baseballs and the offensive team cannot touch the ball, what can associations and team do about game balls? Umpires will not be handling baseballs, except in situations where an umpire must inspect a ball to ensure it is acceptable for play. Only the defensive team may touch baseballs. Therefore, each team must bring their own game balls to every competition and have the pitcher or catcher carry out the game ball for each inning. Or, associations may organize for home teams to supply the balls and give new baseballs to the visiting team before the start. The defensive team is also in charge of collecting passed balls and foul balls and must put balls back in play from the dugout. Home teams may designate one spectator, who is healthy and will sanitize their hands before and after touching the ball, to collect foul balls, if they wish.
Are mound visits allowed? Yes, coaches and players may visit the mound. Physical distancing (6ft) must occur at all times during the visit.
Where can I find more information? All baseball related information is found on this web page. For more information, please use the following links:
Restoring Safe Services - Phase 1 May 4, 2020
Restoring Safe Services - Phase 2 June 1, 2020
Restoring Safe Services - Phase 3 June 21, 2020