May 22, 2020 Update:

Baseball Alberta’s Response to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The safety of our players, coaches, umpires, volunteers and fans is our outmost importance and we appreciate your patience during this time. Baseball Alberta is continuing to monitor the sites below as the public health risk is being continually assessed and updates on COVID-19 can be found at the following links. Please stay home, stay safe and know that we look forward to getting back to playing baseball when it is safe to do so.

Public Health Agency of Canada

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html

Alberta Health Services

https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16944.aspx

Baseball Alberta would like to advise all member associations, teams, leagues, members (players & coaches), umpires and stakeholders to follow Provincial recommendations and not engage in any congregated activity such as practices, games, events or tournaments until September 1, 2020.

At this time Baseball Alberta will not be sanctioning any baseball related activities. Please note that any association or individual that chooses to continue with baseball related activities during this time will be doing so unsanctioned, at their own risk and without insurance coverages in place.

May 22, 2020 UPDATE

The Baseball Alberta Board of Directors and staff’s focus continues to be the health and safety of our athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and fans .We respect the orders and restrictions that have been put in place in our province by our Chief Medical Officer of Health and her team.  As such, we have taken a measured approach to resuming baseball activities.

As mentioned in our May 8 announcement, a Return to Train protocols document was under way and is now in the submission process for review by Alberta Health Services and the Government of Alberta. Although Baseball Alberta’s restriction of all in person activities remains in place, we await further clarification regarding guidance for organized (outdoor) sport, and we remain optimistic that there will be a Return to Train opportunity this summer.

While we acknowledge that it will not look the same as in past years, we are looking forward to our athletes being on the baseball diamonds. We will be updating our website and social media with information in the event that we have changes to communicate.

Ron Van Keulen
President, Baseball Alberta

 

City of Edmonton reopening details (created May 21, 2020):

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May 17, 2020 Update:

On May 8, 2020 Baseball Alberta released a very disappointing update on the COVID-19 situation in regards to the opening or lack thereof of baseball activity in the Province of Alberta.

“Baseball Alberta’s Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to cancel ALL in-person Baseball Alberta sanctioned events and activities until September 1, 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

With the current Provincial Health orders and restrictions in place, such as social distancing, gathering limits and limitations on non-essential travel along with numerous municipal closures, we deemed this to be the best course of action to ensure the safety of our membership. The health and safety of our athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and fans was our main priority in arriving at this difficult decision.

This is a very fluid situation and is subject to change as new information becomes available. Baseball Alberta is currently developing return-to-train protocols to allow for the resumption of in-person baseball activities once it is deemed safe to do so.”

On May 15 an update from the Government of Alberta included:

“The Government of Alberta has announced Alberta’s relaunch strategy, with Stage 1 providing some additional outdoor recreation opportunities. The City of Edmonton is following the Alberta Government’s Guidance for Outdoor Recreation which, among other points, notes the following:

  • Municipalities may choose to open fields, playgrounds and courts for public use, but league play is not permitted.
  • Activities in public spaces should not include the sharing of common equipment, unless the individuals are from the same household.

Baseball diamonds and soccer fields in park spaces are open to the public for casual use in accordance with Alberta Health direction and guidelines whereby users must adhere to 2 metre physical distancing rules, ensuring gatherings are kept to 15 people or less, and should not include the sharing of common equipment unless the individuals are from the same household.”

Unfortunately with this latest announcement Northeast Zone Baseball has no choice but to follow the guideline of our governing body and the guidelines of Alberta Health and the Province of Alberta.  We are now declaring the 2020 regular baseball season cancelled.  All participants who have paid a registration fee will be entitled to a full refund.

What we propose is that we do not actually refund your money but rather hold it as a credit for Fall Ball, Camps & Clinics or to use towards next years registration fee.  If we hold your funds and registration fees for next season increase we would accept your childs’ registration at this years registration rate.

Many of you paid online and the cost to Northeast Zone for Point of Sale fees is substantial.  If we refund online that cost to NEZ doubles so we have already decided to refund by cheque rather that POS.   If you prefer to have a refund now, please send an email to nezsports@telus.net.  Include your childs’ name and the name you would like the cheque made out to.  Please also include your mailing address.

If you opt to allow us to hold your funds and your child does not play next season with NEZ, you will still be entitled to a full refund.

Now for some more hopeful information…..

NEZ Baseball together with Technical Director John Sutherland and Performance Director Patrick Spzak are working on Alternative Summer Programming like the Padres Virtual Summer Performance Program.  Information on summer programing will be sent out as soon as plans are finalized.  Hopefully some “Sand Lot” style play will be possible as Baseball Alberta works with the provincial health authorities on a “Return to Train” proposal.  And we are planning to play Fall Ball and to host our regular Fall & High Performance Programs and Community Winter Camps as part of the “Return to Play” approval expected on or after September 1.

And remember the situation is very fluid.  Stay tuned, stay safe and have a great summer.

Lorraine Jex, President
Northeast Zone Sports Council


May 2, 2020 Update:

Although the City has kept ball fields open, it is important to remember that we are still under a state of emergency due to COVID-19 and the strict protocols put in place last week by the province apply through the summer: social/physical distancing of a minimum of 2m and group sizes less than 15.  It is also important to note that as of their most recent update, Baseball Alberta has suspended all sanctioned, in-person baseball activities until June 1.

This means that in no way can NEZ Baseball including the Edmonton Padres or any of our members be seen as promoting structured, in-person baseball activities or disregarding the protocols put in place by the province.  We understand that families will get out and take advantage of the nicer weather and open ball fields, but please keep safe and healthy in doing so.  The stricter that everyone adheres to the rules, the quicker that we will hopefully be back on the fields for regular baseball activities.

Please also know that our coaches and players have NO insurance coverage through NEZ Sports Council, Baseball Alberta or Baseball Canada during the time while in-person baseball activities are suspended.  Keep active but stay safe and follow all the rules set out by Alberta & Canada Health, the City of Edmonton, the Province of Alberta and the Government of Canada.  Hope to see you all soon!

Lorraine Jex, President
Northeast Zone Sports Council


April 18, 2020 Update:

Northeast Zone Sports Council (parent association of the Edmonton Padres) and the Baseball and Softball Committees are still hoping that our kids can play ball this summer.  Here is where we are today:

Casinos and bingo halls remain closed.  There is no information on when they will reopen.  Rest assured that we will not be cashing any volunteer deposit cheques.  We will relook at volunteer commitments once we are again playing sports.

The City of Edmonton announced on April 15 that all Recreation Facilities including sports fields will remain closed until May 31, 2020.

The update from Baseball Alberta on April 15 is:

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.

Baseball Alberta is fully behind associations doing something/modified seasons whatever that looks like and makes sense for that association.  It seems the associations in the greater Edmonton area are all hoping to run some type of season for their house league players – we may be able to work together with these associations if wanted/needed.

For now, we are all crossing our fingers and hoping we can hit the field sooner rather than later.  We will know in advance when the “lockdown” will be lifted before it actually happens and at that time we can start the “planning”.

The latest from Softball Alberta was posted on April 1 advising that they are suspending all activities until May 1.  We expect this suspension will be extended.

So, this is still a “wait & see” situation.  We are not ready at this time to cancel our ball season.  Once the COVID-19 crisis has passed, it will be very important that our children are able to get their lives back to normal and play sports.  We will keep everyone updated as new information becomes available.

For all baseball inquiries, please contact Dave Ball at balldave308@gmail.com

For all softball inquiries, please contact Joselyn Smith at hosie09@gmail.com

Stay well, stay health.  Hope to see you at a ballpark soon!

Lorraine Jex, President
Northeast Zone Sports Council


March 20, 2020 Update:

Baseball Alberta, in coordination with Baseball Canada, has extended the suspension of sanctioned baseball activities until at least April 30, 2020.  Sanctioned activities include member association tryouts, practices and games.  Therefore NEZ Baseball and the Edmonton Padres will also continue to suspend baseball activities.  Work and planning for the 2020 season continues while awaiting additional updates from Baseball Alberta.

For more information and the full statement, please visit the Baseball Alberta website.


March 16, 2020 Update:

The NEZ Baseball board of directors met to discuss the current state of baseball in light of the COVID-19 situation.  Work continues toward a baseball season in 2020.  It is expected that Baseball Alberta will release a new statement on April 3 as an update to the March 13 statement that suspended baseball activities until April 6.  After that time NEZ Baseball will provide further updates.

At this time, the Pitching & Catching Clinics scheduled to begin on Saturday, March 28 will be cancelled since they take place in part during the suspended period.  Every effort will be made to offer these clinics at a later time.

AA tryouts will continue to be postponed until baseball activities are no longer suspended.

*NEZ Baseball is the parent association of the Edmonton Padres.

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