June 10, 2020 - Update
We’re encouraged by this week’s announcement that the Ottawa Public Health region will be allowed to proceed into Stage 2 of reopening. With this positive news, we’re working towards plans to resume baseball activities if and when it is deemed safe to do so by local health authorities, Little League Canada, and Baseball Ontario. There is still considerable uncertainty, but we need to plan now in order to have a chance of delivering safe and fun baseball activities later this summer.
In the coming days we will be seeking input from members to guide our decisions about the types of programs we could offer this year. We are also seeking coaches and other volunteers in all areas. If you are interested in coaching please visit the Coaches Needed page on our website for more information. If you are interested in volunteering in any other capacity, please visit the Volunteers page.
Stay safe and stay tuned for additional information in the days and weeks ahead!
May 20, 2020 - Update
On May 19th the City of Ottawa opened several parks and recreational amenities, including baseball diamonds, stating that fields are open "for casual use only, respecting physical distancing measures and groups of no more than five people. The rental of fields for competitive sports will not resume until Provincial Orders allow for competitive play." See the full announcement from the city: https://ottawa.ca/en/news/city-implements-stage-one-access-some-outdoor-park-facilities
The KBA remains hopeful that a baseball season can take place in July and August. We're in regular contact with the City of Ottawa and we're continuing to monitor guidance from Little League Canada, Baseball Ontario and public health officials regarding COVID-19. We will only resume baseball programming if it is safe for our players, officials and volunteers.
For now, you can enjoy some limited baseball activities with your family. If you use the City's baseball diamonds, please protect them from excessive damage; stay safe and have fun!
April 14, 2020 - Update
The City of Ottawa advised us today that all baseball fields within the city will be closed until June 30, 2020.
As a result, KBA would like to advise members that if a 2020 season occurs it will be after June 30, 2020.
When fields are made available, it remains KBA's intent to run a season albeit on an altered schedule (with season dates occurring in the summer months - July & August). We are currently working on options on what the 2020 season may look like, however nothing has been finalized and won't be until further information is received from the City, which we anticipate in late Spring.
April 1, 2020 - Update:
OBA Update - "Based on the recommendations of our provincial government health officials, Baseball Ontario will be extending the suspension of all in-person programs and activities until May 1, 2020. We will review this new timeline at the end of April."
KBA has not received official notice from the City regarding when fields will open. We are aware of news articles in the media but have not been given any specific guidance as of yet. Little League continues to advise no baseball activities until May 11, 2020.
We understand these are uncertain times and the KBA volunteers are working hard to anticipate the possible scenarios and be ready to provide baseball programming when it is safe to proceed.
Note that Spring Registration is still open. We encourage you to register but opt to pay later. Reserving your spot will help us plan the season ahead. Thank you.
March 26, 2020 - Update:
The City of Ottawa has issued their annual reminder to please stay off the baseball diamonds, sports fields, and general turf areas at City facilities to avoid damaging them.
KBA continues to closely monitor guidance from Little League Canada, Baseball Ontario, the City of Ottawa and our public health officials regarding COVID-19. At this time, there are no confirmed changes to the information below. We will continue to update you as new information is received.
March 19, 2020 - Update:
In response to guidance by Baseball Ontario and Little League Canada, Kanata Baseball Association (KBA) has suspended all baseball activities until further notice. We will continue to update this news article and keep our members up-to-date as new information is made available.
Spring Indoor Programs:
* All indoor spring programs are suspended until further notice. KBA will notify all members when programs are to resume
This currently impacts the following programs:
* At the moment, Baseball Ontario remains optimistic that the regular season activities will start on-time, in May. All spring training and league functions are suspended until further notice. This includes spring training activities, coach and umpire training clinics, and the NCOBA scheduling meeting.
*Little League Canada has recommended that baseball activities be suspended until May 11, 2020. Registration is still open and KBA will be working on alternative plans for sort-outs, normally scheduled for mid-April.
For the health of our players, coaches, parents and other volunteers and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kanata Baseball Association will continue to monitor events and take advise from local health officials before resuming baseball programming. Stay tuned for updates.
Stay well !