UPDATE - Ontario Baseball Association (June 26, 2020)
"To the Baseball Ontario Community,
Baseball Ontario’s Return to Baseball Covid-19 Guidelines (the "Protocol") have been in place now for two weeks, and we are encouraged by the success we’ve been having and the continued improvement of the pandemic situation within our province.
As such, we’re advancing the protocols to permit 2 events 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. Everyone must stay in their own group and there can be no players, coaches or other persons participating in both events.
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.
- Diamonds must be age group appropriate. For example, one full size (regulation) diamond can be used to accommodate two 10-person events of any age category. “Regulation” meaning at least 300’ down left/right field, and 350’ at centre field. However, at a 13U-sized diamond, participants in older age categories (14U+) would be limited to one 10-person event. Participants in 13U and younger age categories could have two 10-person events at a 13U-sized diamond.
- If a team is running a split squad practice, having divided into 2 groups at separate areas of the diamond (i.e. the 2 events at the diamond are from one team), coaches cannot go back and forth between the two groups.
- If a team is running a split squad practice, having divided into 2 groups at separate areas of the diamond (i.e. the 2 events at the diamond are from one team), players cannot go back and forth between the two groups.
Full team practices are still not permitted, as long as the provincial restrictions on gatherings remains at 10!
It is important to ensure NO gatherings of large groups while activity is taking place. Please respect social/physical distancing measures as set in place by governmental public health authorities.
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.