Minor sports clubs waiting for direction, registration open

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GLENCOE - Minor sports clubs in Glencoe are taking a cautious approach to planning their 2021 season, given the unpredictability of the past year. Thus far, registration for minor soccer is open with no fees being collected at this time.

“Obviously, there is still much uncertainty about what to expect, but we’re opening registration so we can plan accordingly as we get guidance from the league in the coming weeks/months,” explains volunteer coordinator Robyn Graham.

Last summer, the association ran an in-house programme where approximately 100 kids played in small groups against one another. Graham says, at the very least, they’ll try to replicate that for all age groups.

“The leagues are hopeful that we will be able to get some game play in this year,” she explains. Families looking to play minor soccer are encouraged to register before 21 March, so that they have some firm numbers while planning their teams.

Things aren’t quite the same for Astros Baseball. The minor baseball association has yet to open registration, and organizers say they likely won’t until more guidance is given.

“Last year we had to refund all registrations,” explains coordinator Deni De Cook. To avoid redundancy this year, they’ll be waiting for word from Baseball Ontario and the province before moving ahead with anything.

De Cook says that a season likely won’t rely on a vaccine, but on provincial rules relating to the size of gatherings.

“It’s a hard thing to enforce, because it’s an open park,” she explains. Last year, the baseball association saw no action; fingers are crossed for this year, says De Cook, but it’s a waiting game.

She adds that the association board will be meeting at the end of March to decide whether to open up registration. They’re hoping for provincial direction by March-April.

Registration for Glencoe Minor Soccer is through their website. Updates for Astros Baseball can be found on their social media page.

McKinley Leonard-Scott, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Middlesex Banner