Minor ball programs across the area are hoping for a return to play after the 2020 season got cut short due to COVID-19 concerns.
While there has been no official word about whether the 2021 season is a go, teams are beginning to make preparations for a return to play.
Moosomin Minor Ball is optimistic for a return to play in the spring season.
Following their AGM, Moosomin Minor Ball President Brad Payette says they intend to open registration in hopes for a full return to play.
“We just had a Moosomin Minor Ball AGM and we are going forward hoping that we have a back to normal season. So registration will open up hopefully this week and we’re just trying to get that all figured out online,” said Payette.
Payette explains that they will continue to follow the rules and guidelines that have been put in place.
“Right now we’re just following Sask. Baseball and Sask. Softball return to play protocols and those are probably going to change over the next few weeks. We’re going to be adhering to whatever they pass down to us, but by the time we hit the field, we hope things are a little bit more back to normal and some of the restrictions are lifted. But right now we just need all the kids who are interested to sign up so we can get numbers and quantity of kids to the association so they know how many teams and how many participants are going to be out there.”
With the season being cut short in 2020, Payette says they want to get the players back on the field.
“They missed everything. They missed their friends, they don’t get out there, the team atmosphere, the exercise, they miss the competition and they miss the practice. It was just a year of not doing what they love to do and we’re hoping this year we can get them back doing it.”
But even with the season being cut short, Moosomin Minor Ball was able to keep afloat and did not get affected financially.
“Moosomin Minor Ball wasn’t really affected. A lot of the money generated through tournaments and 50/50 or gameday for us just gets donated back into the park. So if anything I would say it affects the town of Moosomin and their parks and recreation than it does us because they’re not able to put that money that we make back into the community,” said Payette.
Even if the restrictions remain in place with limited group sizes and social distancing rules, Payette says they will do what they can to keep the players active.
“It’s all going to depend on what is lifted and what is restricted. At the end of the day, as long as we have enough kids interested and there are coaches available who want to work with smaller groups we will work with them. In the past, we’ve always brought in places like the Regina Baseball Institute to put on clinics, so if the clinics are able to move forward even with the smaller groups we’ll try to bring them in as well to help with training and performance.”
Spencer Kemp, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The World-Spectator