NDBL will convene to determine course of 2021 season

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The North Dufferin Baseball League will hold a virtual meeting near the end of April with representatives from all teams in the League to discuss options with regards to moving towards league play this summer.

Usually, this is the time of year that member clubs start gearing up for baseball season with players anxious to get into spring training and looking forward to some good games on the diamond.

The current situation has put a damper on all organized sports and at this point in time, no one is sure what is going to happen.

League executives held an initial discussion in early March to figure out the logistics and concerns of operating a baseball season this year.

The executive have to wade through a lot of restrictions and rules when deciding the next course of action.T

hey have to contend with provincial regulations, OBA policies, and the fact that the League has teams in four separate health districts.

After that first meeting it was decided that it is unlikely the League will start a playing season in May.

This buys the league a bit of time to consider options and see how things progress over the spring.

The Executive provided an update and options to member clubs on March 29, in regards to running a competitive or exhibition season.

The meeting in April with team representatives will allow them to review any updates or changes and dis-cuss the best way of moving forward.

The most restrictive issue which prevents the League from starting a competitive baseball season are the pro-vincial regulations.

Those regulations, which until recently restricted the number of players per league to 50, pretty much made it unlikely a regular season could take place.

The new provincial restrictions that went into effect on April 8, reduces the number of people who can gather outdoors to five – which means no games and no practices while the regulation is ongoing.

League executive will continue to monitor provincial regulations and health protocols and provide updates to its membership.

Brian Lockhart, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, New Tecumseth Times