April Update

Dear Dundas Little League Families, 

I hope this email finds you well and you are continuing to stay safe during this third wave of the pandemic.   We are optimistic and continue planning toward a Little League season for this summer.   Despite the uncertainty regarding any potential restrictions, Dundas Little League is committed to delivering a program to the full extent of what is permitted within the government framework.    If you have already registered for the 2021 season, THANK YOU!   For those who may not have, you can still register on line at www.dundaslittleleague.com .    

FUTURE PLANNING

As long as we are permitted to be on the field, Dundas Little League is working toward two possible scenarios:   

Scenario One

We will run a full program of both practices and games similar to previous years. Games may have slightly modified rules to incorporate Covid-19 protocols, but the program will be similar to past years.   

Scenario Two

If games are not allowed due to physical distancing measures still being in place, Dundas Little League will revert to a clinic format where all age groups will still be able to get to the field and participate in fun and engaging technical development.     Practice sessions will continue throughout the summer with games commencing when permitted.

OPENING DAY AND REFUND POLICY

Opening Day ceremonies for May 8th will be postponed and the Board is looking into different alternatives that will not involve such a large group gathering together.   Our refund guarantee remains in effect until we have a better sense of when we can start up with a season.    

The Board continues to monitor the situation closely and has several contingency plans in place.    The goal is to be ready to play baseball this year when it’s deemed safe enough to do so.     Please check the website for updates and in the meantime, let’s all continue to contribute to our community’s safety by staying home if we can.    

Dundas Little League Board of Directors

Spring 2021

2021 Registration Caps

During our most recent Board meeting, we continued to focus on remaining flexible in light of the ongoing reality of COVID-19.     We’ve decided to suspend our normal registration caps.  The goal is to find a safe way to have any child wanting to play Little League baseball this year a spot to play.     If your child had a friend or two or three that was undecided about registering, let them know that it’s not too late.      We are so pleased to announce that both our T-Ball and Coach Pitch divisions are well ahead of our pre-COVID registration numbers for this time of the year.       Our Minor and Major divisions are about half-way there.      We are also expanding the borders of Dundas Little League in the months to come, but are still waiting for the final approvals to be granted by Little League International.   

Umpire-in-Chief 

We are pleased to announce and welcome Mike Maycock as our new Umpire-in-Chief for the 2021 season.   Thank you to everyone that showed an interest and made inquiries.       It’s a critical position with so many young umpires involved in the League.    The Umpire-in-Chief is there to support the umpires as they make their calls and learn to manage players, coaches, and spectators.    It’s important that we all play a role in respecting these young umpires and helping them along just as we do with our ball players.      Please be kind at all times in our League.        

Tournament Play

After receiving ongoing information from our District Little League President, the Board has decided Dundas Little League will not be hosting any tournaments for the 2021.    If the safety protocols permit our players and volunteers to safely participate in District and Inter-District approved tournaments at other fields we will consider those on an individual basis.     Our goal is to secure the House League program this year, but still provide as many avenues as we can for competitive players to safely develop their skills.       

COVID-19 Pandemic Protocols 

The Board and Executive continue their commitment to provide a safe program for players, fans, and volunteers.    With the constantly shifting landscape, we are likely to be adjusting protocols throughout the upcoming season.    Please be prepared to do your part to ensure the kids can keep playing this season.     For instance, there may specific protocols required for spectators when attending games and practices.   We will certainly do our best to communicate those guidelines when they have been finalized.    

Volunteers

Whether you are interested in coaching or helping in some other way this year, we would like to hear from you.   However, please understand that if you are going to be working directly with the children you will have to provide the security checks first so that we can ensure that all the children in our program remain safe.   Volunteers without the required security checks will not be permitted on the field or in the dugouts with the kids either during practices or games.     

The Diamonds

We’ve received approval from the City of Hamilton in relation to securing our usual baseball diamonds for practice and games.  Our volunteers work all year to maintain these fields and our League paid for the newly reconstructed pitching diamond at Martino Major.    Dundas Little League will be issued permits to exclusively use Martino Major and Minor, Edwards, and Veteran’s Parks.  All community groups and teams have the opportunity to file for their permits to use particular fields at specific times.    This will be even more important for the League to enforce and monitor depending on the COVID-19 protocols relating to sanitization and parking lot entry and exit.    Should you run into any issues with non-Dundas Little League players on the fields, please let us know.     

Stay healthy and safe and continue to take care of one another.    

Gabriele Settimi                                                                Ron Scott                   

Dundas Little League President                                  Dundas Little League Vice-President     

Hello parents, players, and volunteers.

The New Board and Executive

During our Annual General Meeting, the 2021 Board and Executive were elected. They will continue the dedicated efforts of the prior Board and Executive. After making the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 season, we have been busy preparing for a new season in 2021 that we are all looking forward to. Thank you to everyone that expressed your ongoing support and understanding in the decisions we made last season.

We could use your help.

If you have time to dedicate to the League, we can find a role for you that fits. Our volunteers help keep our costs reasonable and more importantly, their effort and innovation improve the baseball experience for the players and parents.

Beyond our expected League needs through the Board and coaching, we have committees working on pandemic protocols; facility improvements; and the 2022 Minor District tournament we are hosting to name just a few. Even a few hours a season helps. Please reach out.

2021 Season Registration

Online registration for the 2021 House League program will be available starting November 15th, 2020. Fees for 2021 have been frozen at the 2020 level until January 15th, 2021 as a thank you to the community (Major and Minor $225.00/ T-Ball and Coach Pitch $195.00). After that date, the rates will transition to $249.00/$219.00

We know 2020 continues to be a challenging year and sports organizations need to find ways to manage their leagues amid the pandemic. Our Board will guarantee refunding your entire registration fee if we cancel the 2021 season prior to our scheduled Opening Day ceremonies in early May 2021.

So why register early? We are planning to provide an enjoyable 2021 season with no restrictions or limitations. However, given the ongoing COVID-19 situation we can’t ignore that current or new limits will be mandated. We may be restricted in the number of players we can accommodate for the 2021 season. Take advantage of the early bird registration to avoid any potential disappointment should player limits be required. Early registration numbers in the winter allow us to start creating a League schedule; secure sponsorship support; maintain diamond time; and order needed supplies so they are ready for opening day. Lastly, you can save a few bucks.

What’s New for 2021

Little League Canada meets regularly and at their most recent roundtable one of the new rules implemented for the upcoming season will impact players intending on playing select baseball within our League. Little League organizations can no longer support in teams hoping to play exhibition or tournament games involving the Ontario Baseball Associations. This is a Little League Canada decision and we will comply in order to ensure our Little League Charter is not revoked. All programs including Ancaster Little League will be required to comply. The change has already prompted active discussions to create more tournament play within the Little League program across Canada. There are approximately 40 Little League tournaments throughout Ontario already identified.

COVID-19 Pandemic

While we are uncertain as to what the status of the pandemic will be in the new year, please be assured that the Board and Executive continue their commitment to provide a safe program for players, fans, and volunteers. We continue to monitor the developments and we will ensure that prior to the start of any 2021 baseball activities, Dundas Little League will be in full compliance with all the required COVID-19 protocols mandated by our government and Health professionals.

Stay healthy and safe and continue to take care of one another.

Gabriele Settimi Ron Scott
Dundas Little League President Dundas Little League Vice President

2021 Registration is NOW OPEN!

Great news everyone! Registration for the 2021 season is now open, and if you sign up between now and February 15th, you can guarantee yourself the 2020 rates. After Feb 15, rates will be rising.

Your registration will be guaranteed towards a full refund up until opening day in early May in the event something unexpected happens.

To know what age group you will be in, please refer to the Little League age chart: https://www.littleleague.org/downloads/2021-baseball-age-chart/

Get signed up now to make sure you have a spot!

Welcome to the 2021 Season!

Hello all Dundas Little League Families!

On September 26, the Dundas Little League held its Annual General Meeting via virtual channels. The meeting was a great success, focusing on plans for our 2021 season. Our new year began on September 27th with the following Board and Executive Members:

Board:
President, Gabrielle Settimi, re-elected to a two-year term
Vice-President, Ron Scott, continuing a two-year term
Secretary, Robin Harding, re-elected to a two-year term
Treasurer, Anita Meyer, continuing a two-year term
Facilities Superintendent, Dave Aquilina, re-elected to a one-year term
Safety Officer, Krista Broderson, was once again elected to the position for 1 year.

Executive (all elected to one-year terms): Major Convenor – Paula Hrycenko Minor Convenor – Courtney Burlock Coach Pitch Convenor – Caroline Reid-Westoby T-ball Convenor – Tom Adams Information Officers – Rob Emery, Shawn Paithouski Sponsorship – Neil Fitzpatrick Equipment Manager – Matt Ertl Player Agent – Rob Emery

We are still looking for an Umpire-in-Chief, Umpire Scheduler, Training Coordinator and Concessions Manager. Let us know if you have skills to offer.

We are hard at work preparing for the 2021 season! It will be an amazing amazing year all around for both our House League and very successful All-Star programs. If there is an area that you want to help with or have any suggestions to share, we want to hear from you!

Registration information is in the next few weeks. Stay tuned!

Stay safe, stay healthy and stay classy, Dundas!

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