Leaside Baseball Association Response to COVID-19

The Leaside Baseball Association considers the protection of our youth to be our top priority. As a community-based organization, we are also committed to playing a large role in doing our best to protect all members of the greater communities in which we reside.

Current State of Play

As of 12:01am June 11, 2021 Ontario moved in to Step 1 of the Province's Roadmap to Reopen.

In Step 1 of the Province's Roadmap to Reopen, in-person OUTDOOR baseball activities are now permitted however indoor in-person baseball activities remain unsanctioned.

 

For further information, please refer to the following resources:

Competitive Baseball

In Step 1 of the Province's Roadmap to Reopen, in-person OUTDOOR baseball activities are now permitted however indoor in-person baseball activities remain unsanctioned.

Full team practices as one group are still not permitted as gatherings under Provincial restrictions remain at a maximum of 10 however two events are permitted on one diamond which means that 2 different groups (of not more than 10 players each) can participate in practices on the same field without mixing groups.

Games and scrimmages are not permitted.

Keeping you informed

As we have all learned this past year, the situation with COVID is fluid. Our understanding of how to stay safe and how to keep our communities safe is constantly evolving. As a volunteer-led, community organization, we pledge to follow public health guidelines, to remain responsive to evidence as it emerges, and to be transparent with you about how we are setting policies.

The sections below will be updated each time Toronto changes steps within the province's Reopening Roadmap.

We thank you for your continued support as we navigate through this unprecedented time!

Development Clinics

We have postponed all Development Clinics until further notice.

House League

We regret to announce that the 2021 LBA Spring House League Season has been cancelled. We had hoped to salvage some baseball activities on our traditional timeline (May—June), but COVID realities and restrictions make that impossible. We're optimistic that conditions will be much more favourable by the end of summer. With that in mind, the House League Committee is already hard at work planning an expanded capacity Fall Ball program for late August 2021. We will be back in touch with a program update in July.

In the meantime, we hope you stay safe and well. We can’t wait to get back on the diamonds with you!

Summer Camp

Building from the success and safe delivery of the 2020 Summer Camp, we look pleased to announce we will be offering the program again this year! For more information about the camp click here.

Outdoor In-Person Activities in Step 1

Universal Protocols

1. 'Distance or mask' rule - Athletes, coaches, instructors, and staff are required to wear a non-medical face mask or face covering at minimum at all times on the when a minimum of 2 metres of physical distancing cannot be maintained on or off field.

2. 'Masked batter' rule - Treat your mask like part of your hitting equipment. Batters are required to wear a non-medical face mask or face covering at minimum when on deck, at bat, on base, and when a minimum of 2 metres of physical distancing cannot be maintained.

3. There will be no sharing of food or drink at any time.

4. No high fives, handshakes, or other intentional contact.

5. No shouting, singing, or chanting.

6. No sunflower seeds, no gum, no spitting.

7. Equipment will not be shared, with the exception of catcher’s equipment.

8. Catcher’s equipment will be used by one athlete per practice and sanitized for next use.

9. All athletes, coaches, and LBA staff will sanitize hands every half hour.

10. Additional hand sanitization will be required before and after masking, as well as before and after eating or drinking.

11. Dugouts will be disinfected by the team at the end of any practice.

12. No indoor in-person baseball activities are permitted.

 

Structure of Play  

1. Two events are permitted on one baseball diamond: this means that 2 different groups, of not more than 10 players each, can participate in separate practices on the same field.

2. 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 come from the same team.

3. A maximum of 3 people will be allowed in the dugout at any time. This applies to coaches,  athletes, and LBA staff.

4. Athletes will each have their own ‘home’ spot along their team’s baseline, spaced at least 2 metres apart. Athletes will keep their personal equipment here.

5. Athletes will only be allowed to eat or drink at their ‘home’ spot along the baseline.

6. Each team will have its own supply of clean, disposable masks to be used in case a player forgets a mask or it is soiled.

7. Each team will have its own supply of hand sanitizer available at all times for team use.

 

Spectators

1. Spectators are not allowed, except for one parent/guardian for players under the age of 18 years.

2. Permitted spectators will maintain physical distancing of at least 2 metres from anyone outside their direct household.

3. Permitted spectators will remain in the spectator area and refrain from approaching the team for the duration of the activity.

 

*The LBA reserves the right to add protocols, as appropriate, to ensure a safe play environment. These protocols are also subject to change based on revisions to policies issued by Public Health, Baseball Ontario (OBA), The Toronto Baseball Association (TBA), Province of Ontario and City of Toronto.

Further Information on COVID-19

For the most current information for you and your families regarding the COVID-19 virus, please refer to the Government of Canada Public Health Website:

Questions?

Feel free to contact us with any questions at leasideleafsbaseball@gmail.com