Delhi minor ball cancels 2020 season

Executive says too many hurdles in the way

Delhi Minor Baseball is the latest minor baseball organization in the local area to call off the 2020 summer season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. – File photo

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The Delhi Minor Baseball Association has called off the 2020 summer season.

Following a meeting last week, the executive decided there are too many barriers to mounting a season arising from the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Perhaps the most serious is no minor baseball games are allowed in jurisdictions in Ontario that have only partially re-opened their economies following the complete shutdown of non-essential businesses and activities in March. No jurisdiction in Ontario has advanced beyond a Stage 2 partial re-opening at this point.

“Given the complexity of over-seeing the requirements of return-to-play protocols issued by Baseball Ontario, the additional responsibilities to be placed on our volunteer coaches, the fact no games are being permitted during (the) Stage 2 (re-opening of the economy), and that we are limited to a total of 10 people — players and coaches — which would only allow for split practices for the foreseeable future, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 baseball season in Delhi,” vice president Steve Scheers said in a news release.

Delhi minor baseball isn’t the only one taking this step. So many minor baseball associations have begged off that the Southern Counties Baseball Association has decided there will be no official rep league this summer.

The local house-league InterLOC schedule, which is co-ordinated by Simcoe Minor Baseball, has also been cancelled for the same reasons.

“Without neighbouring teams to play there cannot be a regular season,” Scheers said. “In turn, (there can be) no year-end championship games nor Ontario Baseball Association finals.

“We remain hopeful for player development opportunities into the fall, and information regarding such will be posted on our website once approved. We understand this may be devastating news to our Tiger family. We, too, are deeply disappointed. But the safety of our players, coaches and volunteers must come first.”

Scheers says all families that have registered and paid their fees will be re-imbursed within the next 30 days.