A MESSAGE FROM THE LMBA EXECUTIVE
May 2nd, 2020
Apparel Orders - Update
April 26th, 2020
Registrations and Season Start Date
Amidst the Covid-19 Pandemic, your Lacombe Minor Baseball Association Executive has decided to suspend the beginning of the 2020 baseball season and refund ALL registered participants in full. Should the pandemic restrictions be lifted and our current situation improves, the executive may re-evaluate our situation and open registrations for anyone interested in playing later in the season.
You should see refunds within the next 7-14 days, depending on processing time.
Dodgers apparel is being sorted and should be ready for pickup later this week curbside at Red's Source for Sports. Unfortunately, the baseball hats are slowly making their way to Canada via boat and are not expected for several weeks due to the Pandemic.
An email will be sent out when the apparel is ready for pickup, minus the hats at this point.
Stay safe and healthy! We look forward to the day when we can hit the diamonds again,
Baseball Alberta’s Response to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
April 15, 2020 UPDATE
The Baseball Alberta Board of Directors has made the decision to extend the suspension of ALL sanctioned Baseball Alberta in-person events until June 1, 2020. The Board will continue to meet on a regular basis to re-evaluate the situation as information becomes available, and will provide further updates following these meetings.
APRIL 6, 2020 UPDATE
Baseball Alberta recognizes that the original roster deadline of April 9th is not applicable in our current situation. We would ask that you please submit ALL team entries by midnight tonight and once we have further information on the status of the 2020 baseball season we will work with Associations to ensure we have the most up to date rosters prior to play.
MARCH 20, 2020 UPDATE
Baseball Alberta is suspending all sanctioned activities until April 30, 2020.
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 Canada has advised that all sanctioned baseball activities are suspended until at least April 30, 2020.
Specifically, Baseball Canada has postponed or cancelled the following four events on the pre-season calendar:
Baseball Canada is investigating options to deliver NCCP coach clinics online. We will share more information on this as it becomes available.
The term "sanctioned" is an important term that we use in these communications as it pertains to our sport insurance policy. 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.
All in-person Baseball Alberta League meetings are cancelled as part of the suspension of sanctioned activities. However, we are looking at options to conduct our pre-season league meetings in April via conference call.
Baseball Alberta recognizes that 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.
Please stay tuned to our website for further updates as they are available.
MARCH 17, 2020 UPDATE
Effective March 17, 2020, the Baseball Alberta office will be closed to public access. The Baseball Alberta staff will be working remotely and continue to be available to be contacted by the membership during regular office hours. The staff will have access to email during this time as well as the ability to be contacted via voice or text at the following numbers:
Brendan Smith, League Coordinator: 780-975-1401
Ryan Bird, Program Coordinator: 780-975-1401
Tam Rosnau, Operations Coordinator: 780-975-8424
Darren Dekinder, Executive Director: 780-914-6494
The current COVID-19 outbreak has significantly curtailed businesses across the province and introduced uncertainty into many businesses including ours. The Baseball Alberta Executive has determined that it is prudent at this time to conserve cash resources and encourages our members to review their respective budgets for opportunities to reduce costs for the 2020 season. We are reviewing the Baseball Alberta budget to ensure that we remain financially sound and are able to support our members through this difficult time. We would also announce that one program that we will be suspending for the 2020 season is the 2020 Facility Grant Program.
We want to thank all members who have submitted their team entries for the upcoming AAA season. We are working on schedules and will be sending out draft schedules for the respective age categories for our coaches to review as soon as we are able.
We are proceeding with our AA team entry deadline of April 6. However, we will be extending the AA roster deadline for Initial Roster submission to Tuesday, April 21 at noon to address the fact that most Associations have had their team selection process disrupted by these events. This deadline may be further extended as this situation evolves.
We are using the best available information that we have today to be able to project a possible start date for the season, but ask all of our members to recognize that the nature of this outbreak is unpredictable and may necessitate changes to the normal start of the season in May.
Please stay tuned to our website for further updates as they are available.
MARCH 13, 2020 UPDATE
As of Friday, March 13, 2020, Baseball Alberta is suspending all sanctioned activities until April 6, 2020.
A decision on sanctioned activities beyond April 6, 2020 will be communicated by April 3, 2020 at 4:00pm via our website and social media.
Sanctioned activities include evaluation camps for all Teams Alberta including the scheduled evaluation event for the Canada Cup team, all player clinics and camps, all NUCP Umpire Clinics, all NCCP coach clinics, and all Baseball Alberta League meetings.
There have been many media reports in recent days regarding the risk of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and the World Health Organization declaration of a pandemic. Baseball Alberta recognizes the seriousness of this situation and we want to reassure our members that we are committed to the health and safety of all baseball participants. The most current information on COVID-19 can be found on the Alberta Health Services website at https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16997.aspx.
Alberta Health Services provides the following recommendations to prevent the spread of the virus.
To help protect you and your family against all respiratory illnesses, including flu and COVID-19, you should:
Baseball Alberta Member Association activities such as player evaluations for team selection for the upcoming season are recommended to be suspended as well. Please contact your local Association for specific details on their events.
Baseball Alberta is not cancelling the 2020 season at this time. The scheduled start of the season in May 2020 is several weeks from today and expected to be able to proceed. However, this is a fluid situation and we will be reevaluating our plans for the upcoming season as more information becomes available.
In addition to the Alberta Health Services recommendations noted above, Baseball Alberta recommends the following:
Please contact the Baseball Alberta office if you are choosing to withdraw from a Baseball Alberta event that you have registered for and we will be happy to provide a full refund. In addition, if we are unable to reschedule an activity, we will be providing full refunds to participants that have already paid. This may include the upcoming Girls Baseball Clinics planned for Calgary and southern Alberta.
Baseball Alberta would again reiterate that this is a very fluid event and subject to changes in approach as new information becomes available. We will be updating our website and social media with information if we have changes to communicate.