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Sarnia Braves Update from President John Vasey
Submitted By Admin on Friday, July 3, 2020
The following message was delivered via Goalline Registration on July 1st.

It has been a stressful spring and early summer in our community. We have been missing the best of the year’s five seasons – baseball season. We have been trying to stay home and social distance. I hope every member of the Braves family is well and feel your frustration.

Our current situation depends on three authorities as follows:

Baseball Ontario – have provided an extensive return to play protocol that must be followed in order to restart. They will allow up to two groups of ten on a field for practice only, following their protocols. Updates will follow as they see fit.

City of Sarnia – is following the provincial regulations. The Braves sent a letter to City Councilors and the mayor to let them know we were still interested in getting back on the fields with our teams. Due to finances and manpower cutbacks they are not maintaining the fields for play. We are not allowed to do maintenance on the fields. They are not issuing permits until at least August 1st if they issue permits at all this year. We will update when we learn if changes are planned.

Provincial Government – has moved to stage 2 of their reopening plan. This allows up to ten people of a household to use a park for casual activities. They do not allow organized team sports.

Until all three of these bodies allow, the Sarnia Braves are shutdown. As such no activities can be run by the Sarnia Braves. Most importantly - we don't want to have anyone sick.  Second, we should continue to set a high standard for our players to learn from and follow the rules.  Third, we should avoid breaking the rules to ensure the credibility of our teams not be shed in a bad light.  Expect that the general public, other teams and government inspectors/police will be watching.  Let's avoid any drama. So many coaches and families before us have built a reputation for quality baseball and quality citizens produced from the Braves program - let's make sure we stay there.

Baseball Ontario has cancelled all tournaments and yearend provincials. The WCBA and LDBA are not planning any schedules as many associations have decided to forego the 2020 season. The border is closed so no US games. We are holding out hope to get on the field later in the summer if conditions and authorities allow, if only for practices and possibly a few games with like-minded associations.

Our treasurer will begin issuing registration refunds, which you should receive in July. If we do get back to baseball, we will determine reduced fees for each team.

These are not normal times, these are not normal conditions for a volunteer Executive Board to make decisions, but we have to do our best in making adjustments. Please be patient as we try to navigate things the best we can to return to baseball safely. We will keep you updated as restrictions are relaxed.

Please stay safe and follow the social distancing guidelines.

John Vasey

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