Hello ballplayers!
After a two-year, pandemic-induced hiatus, we are finally back!
We are pleased to announce that the Kick-off breakfast will be on this year. The Breakfast will be held at Hometown Sports Grill located at 1525 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K1H 7Z1. It is booked for April 26th at 9:30 am. Since we have not been able to have breakfast in the past 2 years, the cost has gone up by $2.00. New members will pay $17 and members that have left their $15 with the league are asked to pay $2 at the door.  To help the Treasurer avoid making change, please bring exact change.
If you intend to attend the breakfast, please reply to this message no later than April 16.
This year we will be playing a 10-team schedule with 120 players, an excellent turnout. Over the past two years a number of players have retired but some new members have joined up so we still have enough people for a full league.
Your team Captain will be contacting you with more details after we finalize the team player selections.
Our season is scheduled to run Tuesdays from May 10 through September 27 including playoffs. Each week there will be 3 games at 09h30 and 2 games at 11h00.
We have an informal arrangement to make up any rainouts on Wednesday the following week or when diamonds are available for use.
With the lifting of all provincial COVID restrictions and mandates, we will be able to play without any special measures.
The pandemic is not over, but we are hopeful that the worst days are past. It is still in everyone’s interest to maintain a safe environment and not take unnecessary risks or expose our fellow players to danger.
With this in mind, the league executive encourages you to follow whatever measures you feel comfortable with and to recognize that not everyone will evaluate the situation the same. Let’s all be respectful of others and not let differing approaches become a point of contention.
I would like to remind everyone that the RA Centre is a smoke-free facility including the playing fields, diamonds and surrounding grounds. We have been asked to emphasize this with our members. That includes tobacco, vaping and other smokable substances.
Finally, please look out for our Rules of Play and Waiver form which will be emailed to you shortly. Due to insurance requirements, each player will have to submit a completed and signed form before being allowed to play. There are no exceptions to this requirement.
We have waited a long time for play to resume so let’s get out there, reconnect with fellow players and have fun playing ball.
I look forward to seeing all of you at the ballpark and post game activities, especially the sponsor lunches.
Your league president…Robin Boyd

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