Updated June 9, 2020

The KW House League Baseball volunteer committee, in cooperation with both the Waterloo Minor Baseball Association (WMBA) and Kitchener Minor Baseball Association (KMBA) have been working continuously through this pandemic to explore a variety of options to run a house league baseball program for the 2020 season.  With that said, it is with great disappointment that we make the announcement today to cancel the 2020 KW House League Baseball season.  This decision was informed by a number of considerations, including the following:

  1. Baseball Ontario Return to Play guidelines (linked here)

    • Last week a draft of the potential return to play guidelines was released by Baseball Ontario. These guidelines outlined potential restrictions on the number of people who could attend games (1 person/player), infection control practices (no sharing equipment; masks, hand sanitizing),  no tournaments, changes in how baseball would be played (no stealing, tagging, …), social distancing practices (no players on the bench), and other changes that we felt would significantly impact our ability to run a house league baseball program that meets the safety standards required during the pandemic.

  1. Planning time lost

    • Without final decisions from Baseball Ontario, the Government of Ontario, or Public Health Ontario on when team play can begin, we have run out of time to plan for a July/August season.  The house league baseball program volunteers need a minimum of 6 weeks to prepare for the season.  In addition to integrating all of the new rules into the program, this work involves jersey ordering, scheduling games, equipment handouts, re-recruiting and assigning coaches to teams, re-recruiting and securing sponsors, etc.

  1. Loss of volunteer coaches

    • About 40% of registrants have asked for a refund this season already.  With that decline, we have also lost a good proportion of the coaches in many divisions to run a successful season.

Requesting a Refund and Interest in Fall Ball

Please complete our “Refund Request Form” by June 30, 2020.  If you have already completed this form, please do not complete it again. You will have the option to request a refund this year OR defer your registration to next season. You will also have the opportunity to express an interest in being contacted about baseball offerings that could happen (pending government decisions) in August - October 2020.

The planning time required and the considerations needed to run our house league baseball program are different than the WMBA and KMBA competitive rep programs.  As a result, the WMBA and KMBA competitive rep programs will continue to await direction from Baseball Ontario and the Ontario government. If you have a child who is playing on a rep or select team this season, please visit the KMBA and WMBA websites or connect with your coach for updates on the season moving forward.

We thank you for your continued interest in house league baseball, and assure you that we will aim to return with an exceptional 2021 program, once restrictions are lifted. We wish you all health and safety during this challenging time.

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