LMBA 2020 Season Update (March 23)
The LMBA Executive will continue to update everyone on a regular basis but we are encouraging our players, their families, and friends to remain safe.
We have been receiving notifications from Baseball Canada, Baseball BC, municipal health authorities, municipal parks departments, and minor baseball associations. Basically, all parks, community centers, fitness centers, swimming pools, ice rinks, and most/all recreational facilities have been closed and the closures and cessation of programs, including all adult recreational sports will likely extend for some time.
Please note the following LMBA organizational instructions.
March 28 Meeting - Cancelled
Registration – Our online registration system is open – players, coaches, managers, and Executive members should register for the 2020 season – this will enable us to communicate directly with each member rather than using the 2019 registration list.
League Fees – Some teams have submitted full fees to Tim Everson (LMBA Treasurer). Teams which have not should WAIT until we are closer to opening weekend – in the meantime, teams should collect from their players but hold until you receive instructions from LMBA. If we only get the opportunity for a shortened season league fees will be adjusted.
Schedule – 2020 schedule has been posted – it is unlikely that we will open on the weekend of April 17/18/19 – whenever we receive permission to use sports fields, the schedule will begin at that point in the schedule.
Baseballs – We currently have 120 dozen baseballs – when we resume we will issue 3 dozen baseballs per team along with scorebooks and lineup books – if we are unable to arrange a meeting facility, we may have a central distribution point such as Central Park parking lot. We are awaiting delivery of another 80 dozen baseballs but issues regarding shipments from China have delayed indefinitely.
Insurance – we have renewed our Accident and Liability policy with Baseball BC and our ICBC Excess Third Party policy. We have also received notifications from parks departments that individuals and teams using parks are NOT covered for the duration of closures.
Practices – LMBA is instructing all teams not to practice until parks have been re-opened – per instructions from Baseball BC and all Lower Mainland municipalities.
We are optimistic that we will get in some baseball time in 2020 and will keep everyone updated.
Stay safe everyone.
COVID - 19 - DIRECTIVES - BASEBALL CANADA AND BASEBALL BC
THE LMBA EXECUTIVE HAS BEEN MONITORING THE COVID - 19 SITUATION AND HAS RECEIVED NOTIFICATIONS FROM BASEBALL BC AND SEVERAL MINOR BASEBALL GROUPS WHICH SHARE OUR PLAYING FACILITIES. THE OVERALL SITUATION IS VERY FLUID AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO UPDATE OUR TEAMS AND OUR WEBSITE. THE PRE-SEASON MEETING SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, MARCH 28TH HAS BEEN CANCELLED AND WILL BE RE-SCHEDULED.
March 17, 2020
Attention: Baseball BC Membership (and affiliated clubs)
From: BC Amateur Baseball Association
Re: COVID – 19 UPDATES
Effective immediately Baseball BC has extended the suspension of all sanctioned in person baseball activity indefinitely.
Baseball BC sanctioned activities include but are not limited to, all tournaments,
practices, games, coach and umpire education and team building activities. The intent of this
suspension is to limit situations of close physical interactions.
The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic is rapidly changing the way that we, as global citizens, think, act, gather, learn, and live our daily lives. That includes how we play baseball.
With the most recent announcements from the public heath officials and the government, Baseball B.C. is suspending all sanctioned in person baseball activity indefinitely.
This decision is difficult, but it is our duty to help society follow social distancing protocols (keeping at least 6 feet apart and avoiding congregate settings). It is our hope that by doing this, we will all play a small, but important part in flattening the curve in the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. We will continue to monitor the situation and take our guidance from public health officials, the government, and Baseball Canada.
Baseball B.C. is committed to doing the best we can for the safety and well-being of our players, families, volunteers, and fans.
We urge all member organizations and affiliates to enforce and support the suspension of in person baseball activities in their respective associations as well.
MEETING CANCELLED - COVID - 19 PRECAUTION - TO BE RESCHEDULED WHEN APPROPRIATE
2020 LMBA Pre-Season Meeting
Saturday, March 28th 1:30PM to 3:00PM
Edmonds Centre – 7433 Edmonds Street, Burnaby
All teams need to attend the LMBA’s 2020 pre-season meeting on Saturday, March 28th at the Edmonds Centre in Burnaby (7433 Edmonds Street) from 1:30PM to 3:00PM. A short agenda containing issues covered at 2020 Executive meetings will preclude the distribution of baseballs, scorebooks, and line up books. League fees are due and you may complete payment at the meeting (cheques, e-transfers only – no cash) or contact LMBA Treasurer Tim Everson (email@example.com ) prior to the meeting.
The LMBA registration site is now open. All players, managers, coaches, and Executive members must register for the 2020 season.
Registration – The LMBA website is now accepting 2020 player registrations so please pass along these instructions to your players. (Dan Sitar – LMBA Registrar – firstname.lastname@example.org )
MAKE SURE you register for the 2020 season (GROUP/SEASON) AND make sure to include your team as well (TEAM – find your team on the scroll down function)
IF YOU ARE REGISTERING FOR MORE THAN ONE TEAM OR IN MORE THAN ONE DIVISION you need to register for the first team, then log out, then register again for the second team. If you stay signed in the system won’t let you register the second time.
NEW PLAYERS – If you are new to the LMBA and not part of a league team, do not register as an individual player – if you are looking for a team, please use the CONTACTS menu button to contact the coordinator for the appropriate age division.