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

Toronto is currently under a “Stay-at-Home Order” as part of the Province of Ontario’s “Emergency Brake” restrictions.

All in-person baseball activities are SUSPENDED.

In-person baseball activities of any kind are NOT sanctioned by the LBA.

Absolutely NO in-person training should be happing right now.

Please pause to think about the many members of our Leaside community—and the community at large—who are working flat-out in overwhelmed hospitals, who are managing school or workplace outbreaks, whose small businesses are struggling, and those who have lost friends or family members this year to SARS-CoV-2.

We will get back to baseball, as soon as it is safe to do so. Now is not the time to test our luck.

For further information, please refer to the OBA's notice on suspension of activities, and the City of Toronto's summary of current orders and directives.

Plans for 2021

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 stage/colour.

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

Competitive Baseball Update

Sanctioned indoor training may only resume when provincial and municipal COVID-19 regulations, as well as Ontario Baseball Association (OBA) policies, align to permit such activities. The LBA will reserve the right to implement additional measures deemed appropriate for the health and safety of our players, families and the greater community.

 

To bring clarity to the government and association announcements and specify the LBA impact, we have been communicating to our Select, Rep, and Elite parent families. Please find those communications listed below:

 

March 12, 2020

May 7, 2020

May 21, 2020

May 25, 2020

June 15, 2020

August 6, 2020

September 19, 2020

October 17, 2020

November 10, 2020

Development Clinics

We have postponed Winter Development Clinics until further notice.

House League

We have decided to postpone our Spring House League registration until we have information about Spring 2021 restrictions. At that point, we will be in a better position to plan and implement this program. Please look forward to program information in April 2021.

Summer Camp

Building from the success and safe delivery of the 2020 summer camp, we look forward to our campers having a fun experience with fellow campers and our exceptional counsellor staff again in 2021. Program information will be available in February 2021. Please visit our website for more information.

For information on our updated policies, please see:

What to Expect When We Resume

Universal Protocols  

1. Athletes, coaches, instructors, and staff will wear masks at all times.

2. There will be no sharing of equipment, food, or drink at any time.

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

4. No shouting, singing, or chanting.

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

6. All athletes, coaches, and LBA staff will sanitize hands every half hour or at the start of each half inning, whichever comes first.

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

8. 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.

9. Where spectators are permitted, all spectators will maintain physical distancing of at least 2 metres from anyone outside their direct household.

10. Spectators, including all parents/guardians, will remain in the spectator area and refrain from approaching the team for the duration of the activity.

11. Teams will have a unique set of equipment for each catcher playing on a given day so that there is only one set being used per athlete. The catcher’s equipment will be sanitized at the end of each game or practice so that it may be used by a new athlete the next day.

12. Any additional protocols deemed appropriate by the LBA to ensure a safe play environment.

 

Indoor Settings  

1. Everyone in the facility will be masked at all times. There will be no exceptions.

2. Capacity limits set by relevant public health authorities will be strictly maintained.

3. Athletes will be physically distanced by 2 metres at all times and training will be designed to ensure this.

4. All athletes, coaches, and LBA staff will hand-sanitize a minimum of every 30 minutes.

5. All touched surfaces will be sterilized before use.

6. Athletes will only arrive at their scheduled times and not enter any facility until the designated time.

7. Athletes will depart the facility immediately after their session.

8. Changerooms will not be used.

9. Athletes should expect the facility to provide clear markings to guide them on how to safely enter and exit and how to maintain physical distancing during their session. If this is not being implemented by a facility partner it should be flagged with LBA leadership.

10. Water will be brought from home. Athletes will refrain from filling water bottles at the facility.

11. Athletes will be asked to step outdoors before unmasking for a drink.

12. While washrooms may be available on-site, they should be considered for emergency use only. Athletes are strongly encouraged to use the washroom at their own homes before arriving at the facility and/or to wait until they return home again.

13. Parents/guardians will drop off/pick up but may not spectate. If a parent or guardian feels  there is a need to stay, they will contact the coach before arriving so that accommodations may be made, if appropriate, according to capacity limits and physical distancing requirements of the facility.

14. Any additional protocols deemed appropriate by the LBA to ensure a safe play environment.

 

Outdoor Settings  

1. Athletes, coaches, instructors, and staff will wear masks at all times.

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

3. 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. We recommend athletes bring their own chairs.

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

5. The total number of spectators permitted at any one time will be limited to the number that can maintain a physical distance of 2 metres from every other person in the facility, and in any case, cannot exceed the capacity limit set by the government and/or the facility.

6. Spectators will be encouraged to bring their own chairs for personal use or bring disinfectant wipes to clean the area where they sit. Municipalities and/or facility owners may or may not be cleaning bleachers on a regular basis.

7. Spectators will be asked not to wander to other areas of the facility.

8. Dugouts will be disinfected by the team at the end of any game or practice.

9. Any additional protocols deemed appropriate by the LBA to ensure a safe play environment.

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