As we continue to work through the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic, and do our part to return to normalcy, we wanted to share a number of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that will help clarify any concerns prior to registering for FMMBA Winterball Season.
Please note all that FMMBA are strictly adhering to all Government of Alberta, Alberta Health Services, Baseball Alberta, MacDonald Island Park regulations, protocols and guidelines that have been put into place as the health and safety of our participants is our top priority. FMMBA staff will be required to complete an Attendance Tracing Log at the start and end of each session.
Participants who may be exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, are advised to stay home for the day.
FMMBA is excited to be able to run its Winterball program and look forward to welcoming participants.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
My child is a multisport athlete. Can we be a part of a baseball cohort AND a cohort for another sport?
As per the Government of Alberta: When playing a sport or engaging in a physical activity that involves or requires multiple participants/players and where it is not possible to maintain a physical distance of 2 metres from other participants/players, the individuals in the group should form a cohort.
Baseball Alberta will only allow your child to be a part of 1 cohort group for baseball. This is to limit the amount of potential spread between groups. Consider what additional opportunities you are engaged in that may pose a greater risk to your baseball cohort.
If your child is looking to join a cohort of another sport, Baseball Alberta has no jurisdiction over those groups; however you may be required to declare your participation with another sporting cohort. It is strongly recommended that individuals belong to only one sport or performance cohort to minimize the spread of the virus. AHS Guidance is in place during a pandemic to mitigate the risk of transmission and to keep group numbers to a manageable size should an outbreak occur.
If your child is currently participating in a sport or engaging in a physical activity (ie. dance, gymnastics, etc.) they are required to complete a 14 day waiting period before being able to participate in Winterball.
Can my child register for Winterball if they are also participating in a school sport?
Players can now participate in one school sport as well as Winterball which aligns with Alberta Schools Athletic Association announcement regarding sport cohorts.
If the Winterball season is canceled due to COVID, will we be refunded our registration fees?
In the event that Winterball is canceled due to Covid-19 (Block 1, Block 2 or both) all fees minus, uniform cost, admin fee will be refunded. If the season has already begun, refunds will be prorated based on how much of the season has passed and remaining.
Does the same parent/guardian have to bring our child to TBall Parent & Player each week?
No - parents can alternate who brings their child to the Player & Parent sessions. However, only one parent can only be on the field at a time, no extra family members (parent or child) are allowed on the field or in the bleachers, and the parent/guardian must be 18 years of age or older.
Will numbers for each division be capped?
Yes - Registration numbers will be limited for each division. As per AHS guidelines sport cohorts can be no more than 50 people, so we will be capping age groups to ensure the bubble is maintained. Once an age group is full, players can add to a waitlist.
Do parents have to stay for the Tball Parent and Player program.
Yes - These sessions will be facilitated by FMMBA coaches and there will be an expectation that during all sessions every Tball player must be accompanied on the fieldhouse by a parent or guardian.
What equipment and items that will be required?
FMMBA will provide players t-shirt, shorts and hat. All players will need to have a helmet, bat, glove and indoor running shoes and water bottle. Players are also asked to bring a personalized hand sanitizer bottle in their bag or pocket to sanitize throughout the session. Please label your child’s name on all equipment, hat and water bottle. There will be no sharing of equipment or water bottles.
Are parents/family members allowed in the bleachers to watch?
As per the guidelines put in place with MacDonald Island Park spectators will not be permitted.
How early should I arrive for my child’s session?
Parents/Players should arrive between 5-10 minutes early to ensure they are ready to go on time, and staff have time to complete the mandatory Attendance Tracing Log. Please note there will be no change rooms open for players. Parents/Players will also be required to sign out at the end of every session.
MacDonald Island Park - facilities rules & regulations:
The health and safety of guests and staff is our top priority. While things may look a little different upon reopening, we look forward to showing you the measures and tools we have put in place as it is everyone’s responsibility to help prevent the potential spread of COVID-19. The following protocols while using our facilities, will support all our efforts to maintain health and safety.
Also here is a link to Baseball Alberta’s FAQ’s - Baseball Alberta's FAQ's