2020 Summer Season


COVID-19

COVID-19 has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization and is extremely contagious. Kanata Baseball Association has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, however, we cannot guarantee that participants will not become infected with COVID-19.

All participants should be aware that participation is voluntary and at their own risk.

Kanata Baseball Association has instituted mandatory guidelines for participation in Summer programming. Please review our Return to Sport policy. Our policy may change at any time following the guidance of Little League Canada, the Province of Ontario, the City of Ottawa, and local health authorities.

Instructions to complete waivers and declarations related to the Return to Sport policy can be found here.

 

Program Description

At this time, only team training activities have been approved by provincial and local authorities. The current restrictions only allow for small groups to participate in training. No more than 2 groups of 10 participants each, including coaches, are allowed on any baseball diamond at a time. Participants cannot switch groups during an event and spectators are not allowed.

All age groups will begin with a small group development program the week of July 20. In this program, these small groups (called Practice Squads) will meet twice per week under the instruction of a volunteer coach.

The development phase will continue until at least August 9th, at which time we will make a determination as to how each age group will transition to the 2nd phase of our program. A number of factors will determine how each group will operate as of August 10th, including but not limited to: provincial restrictions on gathering limits and game play, the number of registered participants, the number of volunteers, and facility limitations imposed by the City of Ottawa. Each age group may move to one of the following:

  1. Continue with small group development through to August 28, meeting twice per week as a practice squad
  2. Begin informal game play where players are invited to two field times per week for full games, monitored by coaches, but teams are formed at the beginning of each session. Informal games will be scheduled through to mid-September.
  3. Begin formal game play in a house program where teams are formed for an 8-12 game season, playing twice per week through to mid-September
  4. Begin formal game play in an interlock program with other local associations for an 8-12 games season, playing twice per week through to mid-September

We do not know if or when the province will lift restrictions on game play. By registering, you must be comfortable with continuing in a development only program. You must also recognize that our program may be cancelled at any time based on recommendations and restrictions imposed by local health authorities. The safety of our membership is our number one priority.

At this time, we do not plan to run sort-outs due to how long it would take to evaluate under the current restrictions. This will enable us to start up as quickly as possible. We will attempt to place players in a fair way based on age, previous experience, and friend requests.

Under the current restrictions, our access to fields is limited, therefore all programs will operate 7 days per week, generally with at least one weekday and one weekend field time. Weekday field times start at 6pm. All practices, informal games, and house teams will play at fields in the Kanata area. Teams participating in interlock should expect games at fields in the District 2 boundaries (Western Ottawa).


Registration

Registration is now open and closes July 15. Visit the Registration system here.

Due to the current restrictions, Kanata Baseball Association is only able to offer programs to the Rookie, Minor, Major, Junior, and Senior age groups. The following fees will be due at registration:

Rookie  7-8 years old  $130
Minor  9-10 years old  $150
Major  11-12 years old  $150
Junior  13-14 years old  $170
Senior  15-16 years old  $170

Players registered in cancelled spring programs will have account credit automatically applied to their Summer registration fee.

In the event of cancellation, the following credits will be issued:

  • 100% if the program is cancelled before starting
  • 50% if the program is cancelled prior to August 9
  • 30% if your child's age group continues with small group development after August 10

Please note that our ability to deliver programs depends on having enough volunteer coaches. If we do not have sufficient volunteers at any age group, registrations will be cancelled from newest to oldest. At the Rookie age group (8 and under), we require parent supervision at all practices, this is impossible with social gathering limits of 10 or less.  Rookie may be delayed or cancelled if the social gathering limits are not increased in the month of July.

All participants (players and volunteers) will be asked to acknowledge:

  1. Rowan's Law
  2. Kanata Baseball Association's Return to Sport Policy
  3. Baseball Ontario's COVID-19 Participation Waiver and Declaration

More details on how to complete these acknowledgements will be shared when registration closes.

 

Equipment and Uniforms

All players must supply their own baseball glove and batting helmet. Players should wear appropriate athletic footwear and clothing for baseball activities, baseball pants are highly recommended. Players with their own baseball bats are encouraged to bring them. Uniforms will only be distributed (on loan) for house and interlock play.

 

 

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