Don’t Delay – Let Them Play

Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo Minor Baseball Associations call on Region of Waterloo to permit Stage Two regulations for outdoor organized youth sports July 4th, 2021

 

For Immediate Release
Friday, June 25, 2021

For More Information
Ellen Menage, Acting Executive Director, KMBA
ellen.menage@kitchenerminorbaseball.ca

 

Region of Waterloo, ON… CMBA, KMBA, KWHLB, and WMBA, representing thousands of youth baseball players in the Region of Waterloo, call on local leadership to permit Stage Two regulations for outdoor organized youth sports to begin on Sunday, July 4th, 2021.

The Baseball Ontario Return to Sport Covid-19 Guidelines document all of the safety protocols that are followed by our teams. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Covid-19 Screening of all participants;
  • Attendance Tracking for all training sessions, practices and games;
  • Cleaning and sanitization standards; and
  • Safe Physical Distancing

In addition to these protocols, players and coaches are required to wear masks while off the field. Coaches must wear a mask when they approach a player, other coach or umpire, and players are encouraged to wear a mask during play.

“Our organizations have been diligently following the protocols that are set by our governing body, Baseball Ontario, and approved by the provincial government. Our players have been training hard, and deserve to begin league play on the same timeline as the rest of the province.” – Ron Mooibroek, KMBA President

“Our passionate volunteers have planned for and are ready to execute a safe summer of league play for our kids. We take our responsibility seriously and have proven to be great partners to each of our cities and the region as a whole.” – Tammy Cumming, VP Houseleague, KMBA & WMBA

As school finishes for the summer, minor sports organizations can help stop the spread of Covid-19 by giving our players an outlet to be with their friends and enjoy physical activity with strict safety protocols in place. Now more than ever, for the physical and mental well-being of our players, we need to let them play. We can’t delay.

“We are concerned about the physical and mental health of our players. The three weeks of Stage One have provided us all with an opportunity to gradually increase our intensity and prioritize arm-care. It’s time for us to engage in meaningful, competitive baseball.” – Matt Durocher, CMBA President

“As President of both WMBA and the Inter County Baseball Association, I am asking for local leadership to declare with conviction that our baseball programs are safe. It’s time to play baseball.” – Mark Schram, WMBA and ICBA President

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