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WBMBA 2020 season cancelled

The executive of the Wasaga Beach Minor Baseball Association (WBMBA) has officially cancelled all baseball activities for the summer of 2020.

This decision was not made lightly. We waited for information from the Ontario Baseball Association (OBA) and York-Simcoe Baseball Association (YSBA), among others, to make this decision. Many centres had previously cancelled their seasons, including larger centres like Collingwood, Orillia and Bradford.

When Premier Ford announced that we were entering Phase 2 and that team sports could resume on-field training, there was some hope of baseball this year. The OBA released a Return To Sport Protocol that associations had to adopt, unless they created their own, stricter policies. The OBA protocols are very stringent. Last week, the YSBA met with all the presidents of local baseball centres for final input. Following that meeting, they voted to cancel any baseball competition within the YSBA’s scope until September. This effectively put an end to the chance of playing any games this season, even if the province further eases restrictions.

Following that decision, the WBMBA executive voted on the fate of our season. The motion to cancel all baseball activities for the 2020 season passed 13-0, with one abstention and two non votes.

This decision is disappointing to all of us, especially given that we were expecting a banner year for the WBMBA.

Refunds have begun via etransfer, starting with T-ball and working up by division. If you have multiple children registered, the refunds will be processed separately.

The executive is working on a plan for the return of pants for those families who picked them up at registration. We will share that process as it becomes available.

I’d like to thank everyone for their patience. I would also like to remind you that the diamonds are open to the public, and I encourage families and friends to get out there and practice. If you choose to practice, please be mindful of the government policies on social distancing and sanitizing. Take all appropriate precautions given that there may be other using the diamonds before or after you.

Finally, stay safe – hopefully we will beat this thing and come back stronger in 2021!

Best Regards,

Mike Moore
President – WBMBA

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Important info regarding the 2020 season

The WBMBA executive has made the decision to cancel the original 2020 season as planned. We are working to deliver refunds to all families that have registered, and will begin processing them the week of June 8. Please allow time for the refunds to be processed before contacting the league. Refunds will be processed as etransfers to the email address we have on file.

We continue to wait on direction from the Ontario Baseball Association (OBA) and other groups, including the Town of Wasaga Beach, to determine if we will be able to hold a modified baseball season. If there is a modified season available, we will restart with a fresh registration and detailed view of how it will happen.

The OBA has released a draft protocol for return to play that outlines the initial protocols that would be put in place in order for baseball to happen. It is not a final draft and may change. Please review the document, as it contains important information for players, families and baseball associations.

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May 27 Update

The Ontario Baseball Association (OBA) has extended their ‘no in-person baseball activities ban’ until June 15, 2020. In order to keep baseball leagues and families up-to-date, they have released a video series.

At this time, the OBA, York Simcoe Baseball Association, South Simcoe Minor Baseball Association, WBMBA and the Town of Wasaga Beach have not made any final decisions regarding the 2020 season. We are hoping to receive more information from these organizations in the coming days.

In the event of the season being cancelled, full refunds will be provided via etransfer, and a drop-off procedure for baseball pants will be established.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email us directly at wasagabeachbaseball@gmail.com.