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July 8, 2021 – Waterloo Region moves into Step 2 Monday July 12th!
As per the Waterloo Region Public Health announcement on Thursday July 8, 2021, Waterloo Region will move into Step 2 of the Ontario Reopening plan on Monday July 12th!
What does that mean for CMBA?
As of Monday July 12th:
We are very excited to get our members back to game and league play as of Monday July 12th! Thank you to all the participants, coaches, and volunteers for their patience during this stressful time.
Matt Durocher, President
Cambridge Minor Baseball Association
July 8, 2021
Sports Fields Closed
Due to the heavily saturated soil conditions and the extremely heavy rains, all natural turf fields are closed.
This is to prevent them from any long term turf damage and for your safety to avoid personal injuries.
This includes all grass soccer/football fields, baseball and softball fields.
June 30, 2021 – Record Article Correction
Dear CMBA Members,
Yesterday The Record published an article incorrectly stating that CMBA would be taking part in the KMBA/WMBA practice protest scheduled for June 30th. Although we support the campaign to let our kids play baseball and will continue to participate in discussions with the Region of Waterloo about this, CMBA did not plan to participate in the practice protest and we ask that our members continue to follow all public health orders at this time. Please note that KMBA/WMBA has since cancelled the planned demonstration and has asked anyone planning to attend to please stay home.
We will continue to provide updates through our website and social media platforms. Continue to stay safe and healthy.
Matt Durocher, PresidentCambridge Minor Baseball Association
June 28, 2021 – CMBA Remains in Step 1
As per the Waterloo Region Public Health announcement on Thursday June 24, 2021, Waterloo Region will remain in Step 1 of the Provincial Reopening framework. Therefore, although the rest of the province will be moving to Step 2 on June 30, 2021, Waterloo Region will not.
What does this mean for CMBA?
⦁ Since Waterloo Region remains in Step 1, we are not permitted to play any games either in town or out of town. The Baseball Ontario Return to Play protocol states that if you are in a more restricted region, you cannot leave that region to play teams in a less restricted region. Baseball Ontario specifically mentioned Waterloo Region and advised that if any teams are caught playing games violating the RTP protocol, there will be sanctions and/or suspensions. I know we thought there might be an opportunity to play games out of town while in Step 1 but that is not the case. No games are permitted for any CMBA teams while in Step 1. Any games that have been scheduled will have to be cancelled and rescheduled.
⦁ From the Rep perspective, the ICBA schedule will proceed as is with the Waterloo Region teams having to reschedule the games they missed. ICBA centres that are permitted to play games have been asked to try and move games up with other centres that are permitted to play, freeing dates later in the season to reschedule with Waterloo Region teams.
⦁ If Waterloo Region teams do not get all their games in, there will be no fines. Given the uncertainty, we are to try and reschedule our games but if we are unable to get them all in, there will be no repercussions.
⦁ Since we do not have a definitive date when we are coming out of Step 1, it makes it difficult for scheduling purposes for our teams. Public Health has advised that mid July is the target but if will depend on the case counts and vaccination rates. Our teams can use mid July as a target but there is no guarantee as to the exact date that we come out of Step 1.
⦁ House League will remain in Step 1 guidelines, training only. No games are permitted during Step 1.
I realize this is disappointing news and we at CMBA share your disappointment and frustration. However, we need to exercise patience and adhere to the Public Health guidelines. As soon as we are permitted to move in to Step 2, we will advise.
Region of Waterloo, ON
CMBA, KMBA, KWHLB, and WMBA, representing thousands of youth baseball players in the Region of Waterloo, call on local leadership to permit Stage Two regulations for outdoor organized youth sports to begin on Sunday, July 4th, 2021.
The Baseball Ontario Return to Sport Covid-19 Guidelines document all of the safety protocols that are followed by our teams. These include, but are not limited to:
In addition to these protocols, players and coaches are required to wear masks while off the field. Coaches must wear a mask when they approach a player, other coach or umpire, and players are encouraged to wear a mask during play.
“Our organizations have been diligently following the protocols that are set by our governing body, Baseball Ontario, and approved by the provincial government. Our players have been training hard, and deserve to begin league play on the same timeline as the rest of the province.” – Ron Mooibroek, KMBA President
“Our passionate volunteers have planned for and are ready to execute a safe summer of league play for our kids. We take our responsibility seriously and have proven to be great partners to each of our cities and the region as a whole.” – Tammy Cumming, VP Houseleague, KMBA & WMBA
As school finishes for the summer, minor sports organizations can help stop the spread of Covid-19 by giving our players an outlet to be with their friends and enjoy physical activity with strict safety protocols in place. Now more than ever, for the physical and mental well-being of our players, we need to let them play. We can’t delay.
“We are concerned about the physical and mental health of our players. The three weeks of Stage One have provided us all with an opportunity to gradually increase our intensity and prioritize arm-care. It’s time for us to engage in meaningful, competitive baseball.” – Matt Durocher, CMBA President
“As President of both WMBA and the Inter County Baseball Association, I am asking for local leadership to declare with conviction that our baseball programs are safe. It’s time to play baseball.” – Mark Schram, WMBA and ICBA President
If you would like to add your voice to the call on local leadership to permit Stage Two regulations for outdoor organized youth sports to begin on Sunday, July 4th, 2021 please email the following individuals:
Update on return to in person baseball activities
June 9, 2021
As per the Provincial Government announcement on Monday, Ontario has moved up the date for Step 1 of the reopening plan. Step 1 will commence at 12:01 on Friday June 11th. The full details of the plan can be found here:
Baseball Ontario has confirmed they will be lifting the ban on in person baseball activities on the same date. We have confirmed with the City of Cambridge that the permits for our fields will start on Friday June 11th as well. During Step 1 baseball activities will be limited to training only. There will be no games or scrimmages permitted during Step 1. There are several criteria that need to be adhered to from CMBA, Baseball Ontario, Waterloo Regional Public Health as well as the City of Cambridge. They are as follows:
- As per the Baseball Ontario Return to Sport Protocols, 2 events are permitted on one baseball diamond. This means that 2 different groups of not more than 10 each, can participate in separate practices on the same field. One team could split into 2 such groups as long as they stay separate throughout the practices. Everyone must stay in their own group and there can be no players, coaches or other persons participating in both events even if the two groups came from one team.
- Any equipment used by one event or group must be cleaned/sanitized prior to use by the other event or group, including if both events are being run by the same team (i.e., a split squad practice). All activities for both events must adhere to the distancing measures required by the provincial government, the relevant municipality and public health authorities and the Baseball Ontario Protocol.
- All activities delivered must adhere to the distancing measures and recommendations, along with any gathering restrictions issued by the Ontario Government, relevant municipality and public health authorities and Baseball Ontario Protocol, including the arrival and departure of players, including:
- Pre-screening before attending (If you are exhibiting symptoms, stay home)
- Attendance tracking (using the On Deck App or a similar tool)
- Regular hand sanitizing (at least every 30 minutes)
- All players need to be fully registered in the CMBA system to step on the field. Due to our insurance requirements, players will not be permitted to participate until they are fully registered.
- The full CMBA Return to Play Protocols can be found on our website - www.cambridgeminorbaseball.ca
CMBA is very excited to be returning to baseball activities as we enter Step 1 on June 11th! We will continue to provide updates through our website and social media platforms.
Please continue to stay safe and healthy.
As per the recent provincial government announcement, Ontario has released its 3 Step reopening plan following the lifting of the ‘stay at home order’. During Step 1, which begins on June 14th, teams will be allowed back on the field for practices only. Games will be permitted in Stage 2 which could begin as early as July 5th if vaccination and other required thresholds are met.
CMBA takes the health and safety of our members very seriously and will be following Baseball Ontario’s Return to Sport Guidelines as well as directions from the Province of Ontario, Waterloo Region Public Health and the City of Cambridge.
As we prepare our schedules, we are looking for volunteers to coach our teams at all age levels. CMBA is a non-profit organization that serves the community of Cambridge and is 100% volunteer run. If you are interested in giving back to your community and becoming a coach, please email email@example.com.
Once registration closes on June 4th, our VPs of House League will be connecting with coaches and families to provide further details regarding schedule and locations. For more information and to register for the 2021 House League program, check out the House League tab on the CMBA website.
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CMBA Coronavirus/COVID-19 UPDATE
May 26, 2021 – Ontario Reopening Plan
As per the Provincial Government announcement last week, Ontario has released its plan to reopen the province following the lifting of the ‘stay at home order’.
The full details of the plan can be found here:
Therefore, the target date to begin Step 1 is June 14, 2021. During Step 1, teams will be allowed back on the field for practices only, subject to a limit of 10 participants.
CMBA is having ongoing discussions with Baseball Ontario regarding the number of 10 participants in hopes that we may be able to adopt a similar approach to last year by splitting the field in half, allowing for full teams to practice, provided they stay on their half of the field. However, currently 10 participants is the number as per the reopening plan.
CMBA is also working with Baseball Ontario on the interpretation of Step 2 as it pertains to game play. We are hoping to have a consensus shortly with a road map to game play. More updates will follow with regards to game play.
This summer CMBA plans to run our Rep and House League programs. From our recent survey, we realize that you want to get your kids back on the field, so we are doing everything we can to make that happen! We will be reaching out in the coming weeks to outline our plan for House League. There will be a Rep Coaches meeting next week and your Rep coach will be reaching out to you with specific details on the return to play plan for Rep teams.
CMBA has confirmed with the City of Cambridge that the fields will be ready for the current timeline of June 14th for Step 1, subject to CMBA’s Return to Play Protocol, which can be found here:
CMBA is very excited to be returning to baseball activities as we enter Step 1 on June 14th! We will continue to provide updates through our website and social media platforms.
As per the Provincial Government announcement yesterday, effective April 3rd, 2021 at 12:01 am, the Province of Ontario will move into lockdown or the grey colour framework. During this time all in person baseball activities, indoor & outdoor, are prohibited. Baseball Ontario confirmed this stance with an email yesterday to all its members:
“As a result of this lockdown for at least the next four weeks, Baseball Ontario is suspending all in-person organized baseball activities, both indoor and outdoor, as of 12:01am, Saturday, April 3rd, 2021.
As long as the government lockdown continues, no such activity will be permitted.”
CMBA is committed to having a baseball season this summer for our members. We will continue to have dialogue with the provincial & municipal officials as well as Baseball Ontario.
Thank you for your continued patience during this difficult time. We will continue to provide updates through our website and social media platforms as we receive them.
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