Return to Play Update - July 8, 2021

July 8, 2021

Baseball Manitoba 2021 Return to Play Update:

Baseball Manitoba has amended Version 5 of our Return to Play plan. Currently, we are in Phase 2-Competition. The province's COVID-19 response is constantly changing, and in an effort to adapt to the current situation we have amended multiple points in our Return to Play Plan. Also, below you will find clarifications to a few guidelines that have caused some recent confusion in our community (mask use and the 25 spectator limit).

Amendments:

Travel Self-Isolation:

Remove: Do not allow your player to participate if they have flu-like symptoms, have been in contact with anyone who is sick or have travelled outside Manitoba in the past 14 days,"

Add: Do not allow your player to participate if they have flu-like symptoms, have been in contact with anyone who is sick or have travelled outside Manitoba in the past 14 days, unless they qualify as an “exempt person” as per the current Health Orders on self-isolation while travelling. https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/prs/orders/index.html#travel-self-isolation

Arrival time:

Training sessions

Remove: Request participants to arrive only 5 minutes ahead of their session to ensure a limited number of people are waiting and discourage loitering.

Add: Request participants to arrive no more than 30 minutes ahead of their session to ensure a limited number of people are waiting and discourage loitering.

Competition

Remove: Request participants to arrive only 45 minutes ahead of their competition to ensure a limited number of people are waiting and discourage loitering.

Add: Request participants to arrive no more than 90 minutes ahead of their session to ensure a limited number of people are waiting and discourage loitering.

Clarifications:

Mask use:

Coaches
• Must wear a mask when not engaged in physical activity
• Must wear a mask when in the dugout
• Must wear a mask when coaching bases
• Must wear a mask when visiting the mound
• Must wear a mask when speaking to the umpire
• Must wear a mask when having team meetings (this includes huddles between innings, conversing over signs, coming on the field to check for injuries)

Players
• There is no situation where a player must where a mask. It is encouraged but not mandatory
• Players must be socially distant on the field, in the dugout and in the bull pen. This means in some cases when a team is on offense some players will be required to sit outside the dugout and the field of play, 6 feet apart.

25 Spectator Limit:

There is a maximum of 25 spectators allowed at each outdoor session (spectators are not included in the participant group numbers). Manitoba Health and Sport Manitoba have advised outdoor sports that, "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." This means that there are 25 spectators allowed at each ball diamond at any given time. Also, young children do count as a part off the 25 maximum. So, parents with young children will have to plan for this. If you are watching a practice or competition from the inside of, or immediately beside your vehicle in a public parking lot or on a public roadway, you do not count as one of the 25 spectators.

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

Sincerely,
Jason Miller – Executive Director
Tony Siemens - President