Scoreboards at the Chemainus Ball Park won’t be lit up anytime soon. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus & District Baseball Association season on hold due to COVID-19

Shouts of Play Ball! would normally have started being heard next week

The Chemainus & District Baseball Association season would have started next week, April 6.

Like everything else sports-related, it’s on hold. An indefinite suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic was issued by Baseball Canada, with a directive for Baseball BC and, in Chemainus’ case, BC Minor Baseball members to comply.

The situation will be reviewed in the weeks and months ahead, if it takes that long, to see if at least part of the campaign can be salvaged.

“We have every hope of getting a season out, for sure – it’s just a matter of when,” said Chemainus & District Baseball Association vice president Jim Jaggers.

Indoor clinics and training sessions leading up to what would have normally been the start of the regular season were shut down when the Baseball Canada order was issued.

Regular league play normally takes place in April, May and June, with summer ball occupying July and August. If play is given the green light to resume, the schedule can be reworked.

“Summer ball probably won’t happen,” Jaggers anticipates.

“Let’s be honest, people probably aren’t going to be travelling in June, July and August this year.”

That being the case, the regular season could replace all or part of the normal summer campaign with people staying at home.

“We have every expectation of playing,” Jaggers indicated. “In reality, we should be able to start as late as June 1 and get a regular season for everybody.”

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Chemainus & District Baseball Association is hoping a summer season during July and August might still be possible if the regular months of April, May and June are lost. (Photo by Don Bodger)

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