2020 Update on Baseball Season - Monday, July 6, 2020

East Nepean Little League is reaching out to all members to provide an update on the 2020 Baseball season. We would like to thank you for remaining patient during this unprecedented time as we accessed information for the 2020 Spring Season from Health and Government officials from both the City and the Province.

East Nepean is happy to announce that baseball will be played in our area for the 2020 Season. While the season will be modified from previous seasons, as a result of the new requirements that we must follow, we are excited to see players back on the fields soon. Please read below for important details outlining the levels being offered, changes to play and season dates.

Please review the information below closely and at any time if you have any questions or concerns, please contact Stephanie Elyea, ENLL Registrar at registration@eastnepeanbaseball.on.ca.

Levels: Due to some requirement changes, ENLL will only be offering baseball for this year only at Rookie, Minor, Major, and a hybrid Junior/ Senior division. The goal will be to have both Canadian and National level of play at all levels, based on registration.

East Nepean Little League, upon reviewing information made available to it, has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 house league season for T-Ball, U-19 and Challenger. East Nepean shares in the disappointment with players and families that these programs are not able to run this season. However, we felt based on the information available this was the best decision. We hope to see all players from these levels back in 2021 for another season.

If you were registered for these levels, you will have received separate communication about next steps for these levels.

Season Dates - Practices and or Games

Currently East Nepean has approval only to run practices on fields. Practices will be team based and will be run by the coaching team. At this time, practices will go until mid-August. The number of practices is currently estimated at 7 per team (as in previous years, weather may impact some practice dates, we will make best attempts to reschedule, but will be dependent on field availability and can not guarantee all practices will be rescheduled if impacted).

If ENLL does not receive approval by the beginning of August to move to game play, ENLL will not carry the season beyond mid-August and the season would consist only of practices.

If ENLL receives approval for game play by August, then a season of games will start early August and will run until mid-September. The number of games is currently estimated at 10 per team, with no playoffs ( as in previous years, weather may impact some game dates, we will make best attempts to reschedule, but will be dependent on field availability and can not guarantee all games will be rescheduled if impacted). Schedule would allow for 2 games a week. Note in September game start times would move to 5:30pm.

Sort Outs: ENLL will hold sort outs for all levels over the weekend of July 11th/12th. Times will be assigned to registered players by the Director of the respective division. Note, if you are unable to make your sort out time, the Director will do their best to allocate your player based on past play or feedback from prior year coaches.

Communication regarding your players sort out times, changes to the 2020 sort out process will be sent by Directors by noon on Friday July 10th. Note, all sort outs will be held at Eagles Nest.

Registration: If you were previously registered for Spring 2020 and did not request a refund, your registration will automatically be moved to this hybrid season. You will however be required to complete an updated waiver. This new waiver will be emailed to you separately and will be required to be brought to sort outs.

If you have a player who was never registered, registration will be open for a very brief period of time, from Monday July 6th-Wednesday July 8th. Note levels will have capped registrations and unlike previous years, ENLL may not be able to offer additional teams. In addition, once registration closes, no further registrations will be accepted.

Equipment: New for the 2020 season all players will be required to have their own helmet. Under current guidelines, there will be no sharing of helmets among teams.

ENLL will provide uniforms once we are approved for game play. There will be no uniforms provided for practices.

Bats will be shared, however if a player does have their own bat this can be used for their own personal use, provided the bat meets Little League Standards. This is encouraged to minimize sharing of equipment.

Catcher's Gear - Catching gear will be provided to teams and will be sanitized between games. There will be no sharing of catcher's gear during a game. Teams will have set catchers per game and only these players will use the sets of catching equipment. If a player does have their own catching gear to use, it is recommended that they use it this season.

Players will have the option to opt out of the catching position if they do not want to play that position.

Changes For 2020

If ENLL does receive approval for game play, there will be some slight modifications. Modifications include the following:

  1. All players will be required to wash hands between each half inning - ENLL will provide soap and water for players and coaches. If a player prefers they can bring hand sanitizer for their own personal use.
  2. There will be no more then 3 players in the dugout at any one time. Players will be required to line up along the first and third base line
  3. Players will be required to have a small chair at each game to sit in when they are not on the field and will move this chair with them as they move through the batting line
  4. There will be no spectators allowed to sit behind home plate, all spectators will be required to sit in the outfield
  5. At this time, ENLL is anticipating that only 1 person per player will be allowed to attend a game.
  6. Each team will require a Safety Manager. This volunteer position will focus on managing equipment and facility cleaning, as well as ensuring social distancing requirements.
  7. Spectators will be required to follow social distancing rules of 2 metres apart if watching any game/practice, from their designated spot.

Registration Fee: Registration fee for this season remains the same cost as the initial spring season.

Updated Refund Policy:

If you are currently registered and have decided to not participate in the 2020 Baseball season based on information provided above, please submit your request for refund to registration@eastnepeanbaseball.on.ca. All refund request for the 2020 Baseball season, must be received by July 14th, 2020. All refund requests received by this date will be refunded in full.

After July 14th, no refunds requests will be accepted or processed. Your registration will be final.

If ENLL does not receive approval for game play, registered players will be refunded their registration fee, less a cost of $25 related to costs incurred for practice fields etc.

ENLL recognizes that this season will look different from prior years, however ENLL remains committed to ensuring that players have fun and enjoy the baseball season, while we protect the healthy and safety of players, coaches, umpires and spectators.