Return to Play Update - June 25, 2021

June 25, 2021

Baseball Manitoba 2021 Return to Play Update:

Baseball is back!

Due to the most recent announcement regarding Public Health Orders, Baseball Manitoba's sanctioned activities, under the Return to Play plan, may begin at 12:01 a.m. on June 26, 2021.

Update/clarification from Sport Manitoba:

"Outdoor organized sports and recreation activities may reopen for groups up to 25 people, with no tournaments allowed. We received clarification that the group of 25 participants does not include coaches or officials. So, an outdoor sport activity can include 25 athletes, plus coaches and officials. In addition to the group of 25 participants you are allowed up to 25 spectators, physically distanced by at least 2 metres, as per the outdoor gathering size limit for public spaces."

Baseball Manitoba Return to Play Timeline:

  • Phase 1 - Training
    • Will begin on June 26
    • Rally Cap and Grand Slam sessions may proceed
    • Groups of 25 athletes plus registered team staff and officials, including coaches, managers, Health and Safety Coordinators, and umpires
       
  • Phase 2 - Competition
    • Will begin July 5
    • Groups of 25 athletes plus registered team staff and officials, including coaches, managers, Health and Safety Coordinators, and umpires
    • Spectators are not included in the participant group numbers, and may attend competitions to a maximum of 25 spectators per game

The delay to the start of competition is to give associations time to prepare for the newest Health Orders and Return to Play plan. This will also allow time for associations to re-form teams and effectively create a plan to safety begin competition within the 25 person limit as per the Health Orders.

Manitoba Public Health ORDER 16: - Sports and Recreational Activities:

  • 16(1) Outdoor sporting and recreational facilities, including golf courses, may open, subject to the requirements of this section.
     
  • 16(2) Persons may engage in any type of outdoor sporting or recreational activity but they must not engage in an activity as part of a group of more than 25 persons.
     
  • 16(3) Organized practices, games and competitions may take place at an outdoor sporting facility but the operator of an outdoor sporting facility must ensure that no multi-team tournaments take place at the facility.
     
  • 16(4) Spectators are permitted at an outdoor sporting facility. Spectators are not to be included when calculating the number of participants in a sporting activity. Spectators must maintain a separation of at least two metres from other spectators.
     
  • 17(1/2) Indoor training is allowed at 25% facility capacity to a limit of five people.

Baseball Manitoba will continue to monitor the Public Health Orders. We will be prepared to revise our Return to Play Plan in the event of any updates to the Public Health Orders. We are extremely excited baseball can begin again in Manitoba!

Sincerely,

Jason Miller – Executive Director
Tony Siemens - President