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.
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.
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.
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.
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