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Welcome to Bedeque Area Minor Ball Association

Registration Fees

We are targeting the second week in June to get our Blue Jackets on the field for the 2020 season.

This will give AAA divisions a week to get going. More details about specific field times, divisions, etc. will be communicated in the upcoming week to all registered players.

We ask that all players who have been registered with Bedeque and Area Minor Baseball Association kindly forward their registration fees via email money transfer to:

BAMBA.AREA@GMAIL.COM

Password: bluejackets

2020 Blue Jackets Coaching Applications

CALLING ALL COACHES!

Interested in coaching baseball this summer? We want to hear from you.

Coaching applications for the upcoming Blue Jackets season are OPEN for ALL divisions.

Please visit the following link to register: https://form.jotform.com/201396015788259

If you have any questions, please email bamba.area@gmail.com.

Registration now open!

Bedeque and Area Minor Baseball Association is working hard to prepare for our favourite season! Evidently, there are some challenges due to the COVID-19 global health pandemic. Our baseball Board of Directors has been working very closely with our partners at Baseball Canada, Baseball PEI and local associations to offer a baseball season this summer. The upcoming season may not look like a typical year, however, when the time to return to the field comes, we will be ready to PLAY BALL!

Online registration is now OPEN! Spread the word! Please note that BAMBA is NOT collecting payment, at this time, due to the unknown official start date for the 2020 season. Payment will be collected once an official start date has been determined. As with every new season, our baseball board has a large scope of planning. We need to have our players registered in order to establish the number of teams and coaches. Thank you in advance, for using the online registration. Kindly keep baseball in your thoughts as we would love nothing more to get on the diamonds with our players!

Details regarding the registration process are listed below, for your convenience. If you have any questions about baseball, the BAMBA divisions or the registration process, please reach out at bamba.area@gmail.com

We hope our Blue Jackets families are staying healthy, active & safe, as we push through these unchartered days. The warmer weather is here — grab your glove & bat and do some preseason conditioning! Take care for now.

Sincerely,

Andrew MacKay

Co-President, BAMBA

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| HOW TO REGISTER FOR BASEBALL |

ONLINE REGISTRATION ONLY: bedequeball.rampregistrations.com

PAYMENT: At this time, we are not accepting payment due the unknown official start date. When Baseball PEI is given the green light from Health PEI officials, payment will be collected. For now, please SELECT THE PAYMENT METHOD YOU WILL BE USING (ie. etransfer, etc.) and submit the online registration form. Payments will only be collected after the 2020 season date is determined.

DEADLINE TO REGISTER: May 8, 2020

| WHICH DIVISION IS MY CHILD IN? |

BAMBA DIVISIONS & FEES:

(“AA” opportunities will be offered & identified at tryouts)

RALLY CAP 7U: Player is 4, 5, 6, or 7 years old during the 2020 calendar year.

Rally Cap Registration Fee: $110 ($85 registration + $25 tickets)

JUNIOR MOSQUITO 9U: Player is 8, 9 or 10 years old during the 2020 calendar year

Junior Mosquito Registration Fee: $160 ($135 registration + $25 tickets)

MOSQUITO 11U: Player is 11 years or younger during the 2020 calendar year Mosquito Registration Fee: $160 ($135 registration + $25 tickets)

PEEWEE 13U: Player turns 12 or 13 years old during the 2020 calendar year

Peewee Registration Fee: $175 ($150 registration + $25 tickets)

BANTAM 15U: Player turns 14 or 15 years

old during the 2020 calendar year

Bantam Registration Fee: $175 ($150 registration + $25 tickets)

18U: Player turns 16, 17 or 18 years old during the 2020 calendar year

18U Registration Fee: $175 ($150 registration + $25 tickets)

| WIN YOUR BASEBALL REGISTRATION |

WIN YOUR 2020 REGISTRATION! All applications received by noon on May 8, 2020 will be entered into a live draw on Facebook. One lucky slugger will receive free registration for the 2020 season!

| LATE REGISTRATION |

It is important to register before the deadline as late registrations will only be accepted based on availability. All late registrations are subject to a fee of $25. The registration deadline is May 8, 2020. Players MUST be registered before they attend any field times and/or tryouts for insurance purposes.

| COACHING |

If you are interested in coaching or assistant coaching this summer, please send us an email at bamba.area@gmail.com We welcome, appreciate and value all our volunteers!

| FAQ |

“We don’t live in Bedeque. Can we register for baseball?”

ANSWER: There are 34 in the Bedeque & Area Minor Baseball District! They include: Albany • Augustine Cove • Bedeque • Borden-Carleton • Breadalbane • Cape Traverse • Central Bedeque • Chelton • Crapaud • Emerald • Fernwood • Freetown • Inkerman • Kelly’s Cross • Kinkora • Lady Fane • Lower Bedeque • Lower Freetown • Maple Plains • Maplewood • Middleton • Mount Tryon • Newton • North Bedeque • North Carleton • North Tryon • Rose Valley • Ross Corner • Searletown • Shamrock • South Freetown • Tryon • Victoria • Westmoreland

If you have any questions or concerns regarding registration or the upcoming season, please reach out! We would love to hear from you — bamba.area@gmail.com

Recent Bedeque and Area Minor Baseball Association News

In consultation with the Chief Public Health Office (CPHO), the Sport and Recreation division of the Department of Health, and Sport PEI, Baseball PEI and its minor baseball associations have created a plan for return-to-play for the 2020 summer season.

As outdoor team sports are permitted to be on the field on 1 June – as part of Phase #3 of the Renew PEI Together plan – Baseball PEI will be lifting its suspension of all activities on 1 June. This means that associations and groups are allowed on the field, provided they follow the rules laid out by the CPHO in regards to Phase #3. For example, during Phase #3, there can be a maximum of twenty (20) people at an outdoor gathering and physical distancing must take place. Baseball PEI and its minor baseball associations will follow the rules and guidelines set out by the CPHO. This means for the month of June, associations will conduct tryouts, practising and training in ways that has a maximum of twenty (20) people – including coaches and players – at the field at one time (for any 8U, 9U or 11U programming, it is acknowledged that sometimes children need a parent/guardian with them at the field for help and assistance. If deemed absolutely necessary, one parent/guardian can be at the field during a practice, provided they observe physical distancing at all times. Please note that if a coach is also a parent/guardian, that child cannot have another parent at the field. For programming at 13U and older, parents/guardians will drop off their children and either leave or wait in their vehicle to ensure that the maximum number of people in an outdoor gathering does not exceed twenty (20). Baseball PEI will not be scheduling any games during June.

According to the CPHO, the maximum number of people permitted in an outdoor gathering will rise from twenty (20) to a higher number on 1 July (that exact number is not yet known). As such, starting on 2 July, Baseball PEI will be scheduling regular-season games for July and August at all categories. There will be no tournaments on Prince Edward Island this summer except for Provincial Championships. Baseball PEI is also looking to hold Provincial Championships at the conclusion of the regular season; this may take place at the end of August or in early-to-mid September, depending on a few factors. Baseball PEI will announce the dates and formats of Provincial Championships for 11U “AA” and higher in mid-July.

With that being said, there will be many differences in baseball programming this summer. Some examples of this will be that certain game rules will be adjusted at all levels to maintain physical distancing and unintentional physical contact. Players will have to use their own gear, and in situations where gear must be shared (i.e. aluminium/composite bats, catcher’s gear), the gear must be thoroughly sanitized/disinfected before another player using it. Dugouts will only be allowed to have a certain number of people in them at one time, based on the length (for example, if a dugout is twenty (20) feet long, only a maximum of four people could be in the dugout at one time to maintain proper physical distancing), and anybody else on that team will have to be outside of the dugout. Dugouts will have to be sanitized after each game by the team using them. More time will be allotted between games and practices for teams to sanitize and leave the field before another group coming to the field. Parents/guardians/fans will have to drop off their child and watch from their vehicle and will not be able to go to the field to watch games/practices. Players/coaches cannot go to the field unless completely healthy. There will be no spitting, gum, sunflower seeds or anything that could produce droplets from the respiratory tract. The link to our Return-to-Play document can be found here: https://cdn1.sportngin.com/attachments/document/198f-2168963/2020_Baseball_PEI_RTP_Guidelines.pdf#_ga=2.161551484.1971690678.1590428437-1797892258.1588611959  (please note that this is subject to change, based on feedback/guidelines from the CPHO).

This is a time and situation that requires some fluidity and creativity. In some circumstances, it may be necessary to change rules and policies between now and the start of the regular season, and even into the regular season, based on the health and safety our players and members. As well, the membership of Baseball PEI should be aware that if there were to be a spike in cases in Covid-19 on PEI, our programming could be suspended instantly by order of government. It should also be noted that if there were issues with players, teams, parents/guardians and fans breaking physical distancing measures and/or maximum outdoor gathering rules at Baseball PEI-sanctioned activities, minor baseball associations and Baseball PEI could be subject to further warnings and even possible shutdown of activities if these issues take place multiple times. Now, more than ever, we need the Island baseball community to work hard and come together to ensure all rules and guidelines issued by Baseball PEI and the CPHO are met and followed, for players to have the best possible experience this summer.

Our goal is to maintain a balance between our children and young players having a fun and rewarding summer with their health and safety. At times, it can be a difficult balance, but Baseball PEI and its member associations are committed to this for the summer of 2020. There will be some added difficulties. It will involve constant vigilant reminders from parents, guardians and coaches to players about observing physical distancing and the modified rules in place. It will also involve parents/guardians having to drop off their young ballplayers and either leave or watch from their vehicle. It will involve changing habits that have been ingrained in many people for years, if not decades. However, at the end of the day, the focus is on the children of Prince Edward Island playing the great game of baseball enjoyably and safely this summer. During these difficult and unprecedented times, Baseball PEI is very excited to have the opportunity to offer baseball programming. To do this effectively, it will take efforts from all stakeholders, from Baseball PEI to minor baseball associations, umpires, players and coaches, parents and guardians. There will be challenges; however, the challenges are worthwhile for our children to play the great sport of baseball this summer. We expect the baseball community on PEI to rise to this challenge in order to provide fun and rewarding programming to our membership this summer.

In less than two weeks, let’s play ball!

Tentative Schedule for 2020 Baseball NCCP Clinics Released

01/31/2020, 12:00pm AST
By Baseball PEI

Baseball PEI has announced the tentative schedule of NCCP baseball clinics being offered on PEI in 2020 (this schedule is subject to change; if any changes to dates/locations have to be made, that will be communicated on nccp.baseball.ca and on Baseball PEI social media platforms).

There will be ten offered in total – two Initiation clinics, six Regional-level clinics and two Provincial-level clinics. Below is the schedule of the 2020 NCCP baseball clinics:

  • Saturday, 9 May: NCCP Pitching and Catching Clinic - Sport PEI, Charlottetown (9 am - 12 pm)
  • Saturday, 9 May: NCCP Strategies Clinic - Sport PEI, Charlottetown (12 pm - 3 pm)
  • Thursday, 11 June: NCCP Initiation Clinic - Sport PEI, Charlottetown (6 pm - 9 pm)
  • Saturday, 13 June: NCCP Teaching and Learning Clinic - Sport PEI, Charlottetown (9 am - 11:30 am)
  • Saturday, 13 June: NCCP Absolutes Clinic - Sport PEI, Charlottetown (11:30 am - 2 pm)
  • Saturday, 13 June: NCCP Planning Clinic - Sport PEI, Charlottetown (2 pm - 4:30 pm)
  • Thursday, 16 July: NCCP Initiation Clinic - Summerside Intermediate School, Summerside (6 pm - 9 pm)
  • Saturday, 18 July: NCCP Teaching and Learning Clinic - Summerside Intermediate School, Summerside (9 am - 11:30 am)
  • Saturday, 18 July: NCCP Absolutes Clinic - Summerside Intermediate School, Summerside (11:30 am - 2 pm)
  • Saturday, 18 July: NCCP Planning Clinic - Summerside Intermediate School, Summerside (2 pm - 4:30 pm)

For the first time in 2020, for any coaches requiring an evaluation of the online Regional/Provincial Coach Portfolio, the Portfolio must be completed and submitted by Friday, 10 July (any Portfolios submitted after 10 July will not be evaluated until after September).

As well, any coaches requiring an in-person practice and/or game evaluation must contact Desi Doyle at isedelyod@yahoo.ca prior to Friday, 10 July. All practice and game evaluations must be completed by 31 July (if a coach contacts Desi Doyle after 10 July, they will not have their practice and/or game evaluation completed during the summer of 2020).

If you are not sure what clinics and certification are necessary for your level, check out https://cdn1.sportngin.com/attachments/document/0097/4527/Baseball_NCCP_Progression_-_2018.pdf#_ga=2.174921706.933170010.1580263452-1734459044.1576251870.

To check out exact dates and to register, go to https://nccp.baseball.ca/.

Finally, just a friendly reminder that all coaches on the bench or the field at Provincial Tournaments (Eliminations and Championships) must have their proper NCCP certification. There are no exceptions.

For more information, email baseball@sportpei.pe.ca or isedelyod@yahoo.ca.

Sport PEI released some of their 2019 Sport PEI Annual Award winners and nominees today, and Baseball PEI is well represented!

Rob McCormack – who has already won the 2019 Baseball PEI Coach of the Year and Baseball Canada’s 2019 Lionel Ruhr Elite Coach of the Year Awards – has been named Sport PEI’s 2019 PEI Mutual Insurance Coach of the Year. This is on the back of a fantastic 2019 for McCormack, who led the Provincial 15U team to Bronze at the 2019 Baseball Canada Ray Carter Cup and the Summerside 15U “AAA” Chevys to the Tanner Craswell Memorial Trophy as Provincial 15U “AAA” Champions.

Kevin McKenna – who as already won the 2019 Baseball PEI Volunteer Administrator of the Year and the 2019 Baseball Canada/Major League Baseball Volunteer of the Year – has been named Sport PEI’s 2019 ADL Administrator of the Year. This award comes due to McKenna’s tireless work, over twenty-odd years, with the Bedeque and Area Minor Baseball Association and the PEI Baseball Umpires Association.

Finally, Morell’s Cole MacLaren has been named as a finalist for Sport PEI’s 2019 Synergy Fitness and Nutrition Intercollegiate Male Athlete of the Year (along with Kameron Kielly – hockey – and Ligrit Sadiku – wrestling). MacLaren had a fantastic 2019 with the University of Pittsburgh Panthers (NCAA; Division I), starting every game behind the plate as a catcher and displaying terrific defence, along with hitting .247 and recording an on-base percentage of .403. MacLaren’s excellent year helped earn him a professional contract with the Detroit Tigers organization.

The 2019 Sport PEI Annual Awards will be held on Wednesday, 19 February 2020 at the Florence Simmons Performance Hall (Holland College campus, Charlottetown), beginning at 6:15 pm. The cost of a ticket is $25. To purchase a ticket, call Sport PEI at 902-368-4110.

Sport PEI article: https://sportpei.pe.ca/news.