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July 9, 2020 – Return to Play Guideline Reminder

Good morning Coaches,

I hope everyone has had a good start to this challenging baseball season. I would like to thank you for taking on the role of coach on behalf of Bonivital Baseball

As we are now a couple weeks into the season, I would like to remind all coaches of the additional challenges facing us this year with the COVID-19 pandemic.

As you are aware, Baseball Manitoba outlined a set of Return to Play Guidelines that the province of Manitoba approved so that we may have a 2020 baseball year.

We must remember that following these guidelines are priority in playing baseball this year!

 I will mention that the Manitoba Public Health department is tasked with ensuring that sport organizations in Manitoba follow the rules. This is also a concern for the general public.

Baseball Manitoba has received general complaints that they must follow up on so let’s try to do our best.

I am including a link to the Baseball Manitoba website that recently issued a reminder of the guidelines we must follow.


Some of the major areas include:

Parent/Spectator Responsibilities:

  • DO NOT Retrieve foul balls unless you are the designated retriever and are willing to sanitize hands before and after each ball.
  • DO NOT Visit with players during the game
  • Physical Distancing is REQUIRED
  • Listen to instructions from the Health and Safety Coordinator
  • Follow instructions on the Parent/Spectator checklist
  • Take your garbage home with you, if there are no garbage bins on site

Safety Coordinator Responsibilities:

  • Be present, noticeable, and approachable at each game
  • Hand out and explain checklists and expectations to spectators as they arrive at the diamond.
  • Introduce yourself to the umpires before the game
  • Have hand and equipment sanitizer visible and accessible for players and coaches
  • Ensure/remind players to sanitize hands before they go out on defense
  • When players are touching their face, they need to be reminded to sanitize their hands.
  • Remind/Assist coach in Physical Distancing around the dugout

Players Responsibilities:

  • Sanitize hands each time you go out on defense
  • Do not touch your face
  • Physical Distancing REQUIRED

Coach Responsibilities:

  • Ensure that your Health and Safety Coordinator is named and at each event
  • Manage your bench or charge someone to ENFORCE Physical Distancing
  • Be prepared with game balls when your team is on defense
  • If a player touches their face, remind them to sanitize their hands

If you have any questions or concerns about this email or the Return to Play Guidelines, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Bob Sawchyn
Bonivital Baseball


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