2021 Return to Play Initiative

Dear Dundas Little League families,


Dundas Little League’s Board of Directors are very pleased to provide our initial Return to Play breakdown based on the current situation.
All of our plans and protocols are subject to evolving provincial, regional, and health regulations dealing with COVID-19. As we receive
announcements we will be doing our best to alter schedules and our programand update you through the website.


10 Person Training Program
We are planning to commence with the “10 Person Training” sessions on June 21st, 2021. Our Vice President and Convenors are currently sorting out the cohorts and teams based on our current registrations and keeping with the current provincial announcements. You will be notified once your child is placed on a team and then put in contact with your player’s coach.


Refunds and Registration Deadline
June 21st will also be the final day to register fully for the League this year. We need to finalize our numbers to ensure that cohorts can be regulated and the necessary equipment made available. Full registration refunds are available to any family as long as we receive
notice prior to June 21st, 2021 at 9:00 am. After that date, no refunds will be provided UNLESS we are unable to provide any programming at all due to a change in the provincial, regional and/or health guidelines. If you wish to unregister your child please send an email to BOTH our Treasurer(dllthetreasurer@gmail.com) and VP (dllvicepresident@gmail.com).


Insurance Coverage
Please be mindful that as we proceed forward, our Insurance coverage does not indemnify you should your child contract COVID-19 during League operations. Additionally, we will all need to work together at the ballpark to ensure that mandated health protocols are all followed. City audits could result in the Leaguebeing suspended. Tickets or levies issued by the City to any spectator at the ballpark are
the responsibility of the spectator.


Games
Currently, games are not permitted. We are proceeding with a skills based season, but will be prepared to play games when provincial, regional, and health regulations permit. Our plans include a game schedule that will commence on July 5th, 2021 if those approvals are in place. If we can’t commence games by that time, we will simply keep adjusting the start date based on the latest information.


Questions
We will be providing an opportunity for anyone interested (registered with the League or not) to meet virtually on WEDNESDAY June 16th, 2021 @7:00 pm. It will be an opportunity to hear the latest updates from us directly. There will be an opportunity to ask questions or seek clarifications on the Return to Play. Please email Robin atdllthesecretary@gmail.comto be provided an invite to the meeting.


Coaches
In keeping with our bylaws and expected COVID regulations, no one is to be on the field with the players except for coaches who have provided their security and volunteer forms to our Safety Officer prior to June 21st, 2021. These are mandatory and no exceptions will be made. Safety comes first. If you intend on being considered for a coaching position, you should contact the Convenor of your division
or our Safety Officerat dllsafetyofficer@gmail.com. There will also be a mandatory virtual coaches meeting on THURSDAY June 17th, 2021 @ 8:00 pm which will review our most recent Return To Play document and basic coaching expectations. Ideally, we need three coaches for each team. So please consider signing up to be a Coach. A Coach needs to have a basic understanding of the game and a
willingness to share their time; you don’t need to know it all to add value to our League. Please email Robin at dllthesecretary@gmail.com to be provided an invite to the meeting.


The Great Outdoors
Have some extra time and want to volunteer? We could use your help getting the fields ready. Please contact our Parks Superintendent
Dave at daveaquilina@gmail.com.


We remain thankful for your continuing patience and understanding throughout this process.


Gabriele Settimi
Dundas Little League President p

Ontario District 1 information release

To all Little League Ontario District 1 Players, Parents, Umpires, Volunteers, Sponsors and Fans.

On May 20, 2021, the Ontario Government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, released its “Road Map to Reopen”. There is now a three-step plan to safely and cautiously reopen the province and gradually lift public health measures based on the province wide vaccination rate and improvements in key public health and health care indicators.

Based on the current trends in key health indicators, including the Provincial Vaccination Rate, Ontario expects to enter Step 1 of the road map on June 14, 2021.

So, what does that mean for our Little League Programs?

If all goes well and an announcement is made, a date will be determined when all leagues should be allowed to have up to 10 persons on a diamond for training sessions only.

In the meantime, all Little League Executives are continuously working very hard to make sure we all have clear direction, proper guidelines and protocols in place to protect everyone during this unprecedented 2021 Little League Baseball season.

The province will remain in each step for at least 21 days to evaluate any impacts on key public health and health system indicators. If at the end of the 21 days and all the vaccination thresholds have been met, along with positive trends in other key public health and health system indicators. Only then will the province move to the next step.

To be clear, if all goes well, entering Step 2 should be announced after July 5th, 2021.

Step 1: 60 per cent of adults vaccinated with one dose.

Step 2: 70 per cent of adults vaccinated with one dose and 20 per cent vaccinated with two doses.

Step 3: 70 to 80 per cent of adults vaccinated with one dose and 25 per cent vaccinated with two doses.

Here is the link to more detailed information – https://news.ontario.ca/…/bac…/1000159/roadmap-to-reopen.

Your local league and their websites can provide you with more information as they finalize their plans to hopefully enter into step 1.

May 26 Update

Hello Dundas Baseball families.

We would like you to know that we are currently planning for our upcoming season. With that in mind, we are monitoring the provincial governement and the reopening plan that is being proposed. Currently we are ready to begin our program, with a few days/weeks notice, once we are given the go ahead.

There will undoubtedly be some maneuvering and adjustments needed, and we must also work with our partners at the city of Hamilton to secure our permits to let us use the parks. Once those are in place we will get the kids out on the field for some training exercises for likely a couple weeks. Games should follow after that.

The tentative schedules that were posted on this site, were designed with best case scenario in mind, and we will make adjustments as we go. We still maintain that we will take the schedule until the fall, later then years past, to make up some of the time missed.

We are committed to providing the community with the best possible baseball, fun and excitement, and most importantly, safe environment for all.

Keep checking back for more updates as we can provide them.

Ron Scott

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     

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