Baseball Alberta Return Baseball Guidelines
To view the official Return to Baseball Document click HERE
*Document will continue to be updated as more information becomes available.
DECEMBER 8th, 2020 UPDATE
The Alberta Government has updated Covid-19 restrictions province wide with some restrictions taking effect immediately and some at 12:01am December 13, 2020.
Baseball Alberta will work quickly to provide additional information once it becomes available.
We thank you for your patience.
Click here for details on the newest stronger public health measures
*Please note: Starting December 13th Baseball Alberta insurance will not be valid for any baseball activity (individual, or team sport) until further notice. Insurance for 1-on-1 training will be in effect until the new public health measures are in place on December 13th.
NOVEMBER 24th, 2020 UPDATE
New mandatory public health measures are in place in communities across Alberta to protect the health system and slow the spread of COVID-19.
The mandatory restrictions come into effect November 24th and will be in place for at least three weeks.
Click Here for details on the Alberta Government's Public Health Emergency Measures
Mandatory restrictions for Areas with Enhanced Status (purple) Areas - Effective Nov. 27
- All levels of sport (professional, semi-professional, junior, collegiate/universities and amateur). Exemptions may be considered.
- Indoor fitness, recreation, sports and physical activity centers, including dance and yoga studios, martial arts, gymnastics and private or public swimming pools.
- Facilities can be open for individual studio time, training or exercise only.
- There can be no group fitness, group classes, group training, team practices or games.
- Instructors can use facilities to broadcast virtual fitness classes from, but there can be no group classes.
- Exemptions may be considered for outfits and organizations that can demonstrate adherence to the guidance for professional sporting events.
- Criteria includes:
- Enforcing a mandatory 14-day “quarantine-in” procedure before any practice or play occurs and using a bubble model for the duration of the event.
- Access to dedicated facilities and transportation that are not open to the general public.
- Conducting daily health checks on all members of the team, and private testing team members upon entry into the bubble and every five days throughout events.
- Conducting a comprehensive risk assessment plan and implementing risk mitigation and controls before play begins.
- To request an exemption, send your completed implementation plan to BizConnect@gov.ab.ca.
EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 13th, 2020
Targeted measures apply to all communities on the enhanced list (purple zones). Additional measures may apply to the Calgary and Edmonton Zones, and the cities of Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge and Red Deer.
Among the new targeted measures:
- Ban on indoor team sports and group fitness classes (Nov 13-27)
- Which means no competition or practices for clubs, community and recreational baseball
- Ban on group singing, dancing & performing activities (Nov 13-27)
- Does not include sports that are currently taking place outdoors
- Does not include individual sports, exercise, training or equipment use
- Does not include Junior (Example AJHL), Collegiate, University or Professional sports.
All new measures will be in place starting November 13th, 2020. For further information regarding the new measures, please check out the Target Public Health Measures page provided by AHS and the Government of Alberta. For further inquiries, please contact Alberta Health Services.
*Please note Baseball Alberta insurance will not be valid for those areas that currently have restrictions on team sports from November 13th - November 27th, 2020 for all in person team and group activities.
We are pleased to release the Baseball Alberta Return to Baseball Plan. These guidelines represent the limit to which training or modified gameplay can safely resume within your Association/team in a Covid-19 world. We recognize there will be different levels of comfort from individuals and associations. Baseball Alberta will fully support associations who choose to remain closed for the offseason or choose to stay with Return to Baseball activities.
Noncompliance can lead to removal of facility access through the municipality in which you offer baseball programming, bylaw fines or even provincial health officer order to cease activity.
Member Associations will be able to safely resume baseball activities once:
- All players and coaches are registered with Baseball Alberta.
- All registered players, coaches and volunteers have signed the appropriate waiver forms (found within the RTB drop menu on the Baseball Alberta website)
- Associations have communicated with their municipality to ensure compliance with all local guidelines in order to book and use fields.
The Baseball Alberta Board of Directors and staff’s focus continues to be the health and safety of our athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and fans. We respect the orders and restrictions that have been put in place in our province by our Chief Medical Officer of Health and her team.