The COVID-19 epidemic caused an early end to the basketball and hockey seasons, now the start of baseball is being postponed.
The start of the season will be postponed until at least April 30.
Postponing the start of the season comes directly from Baseball Alberta and Baseball Canada.
“We have been in discussions with Baseball Canada and the other provinces regarding the impact of the COVID-19 on the upcoming 2020 baseball season. We have been collectively considering the best information available from our national and provincial health authorities on how best to manage activities in this unprecedented time,” Baseball Alberta said in a press release.
Baseball Canada is looking into options to deliver NCCP coach clinics online.
Officials are hoping to see the season play out in 2020, even if it is a shorten season. However, it is unknown what it may look like.
“…This decision will result in many questions regarding the status of the 2020 house league / community and competition seasons. While we do not have all the answers to these questions, Baseball Alberta is working with its members and peers to determine the best path forward with protecting the health and safety of our participants — players, coaches, and umpires — as our highest priority.”
Baseball Canada has postponed or cancelled the following four events on the pre-season calendar:
- NCCP Competition-Development Coach Workshop, Florida
- Junior National Team Spring Training, Florida
- National Umpire Committee Meeting, Toronto
- National SafeSport Meeting, Ottawa
While the season has been put off for a while longer, players are to get outside and practise some skills on their own, safely and while maintaining a personal distance of two metres.
While the snow melts, players are asked to keep off of the ball diamonds, as the towns will be preparing to ready them for spring and summer use.
“Please note that any Member that chooses to continue with baseball related activities during this time would be doing so unsanctioned, at their own risk, and without insurance coverage in place. This would also apply to athletes participating in private training activities outside the programs of our Member Associations,” Baseball Alberta said.