Handshakes will remain absent, and a limit of 150 spectators will be enforced among other precautionary measures, but as of this Sunday, youth outdoor sports will resume with full games and practices.
Like many organizations, for Baseball Sask, the news couldn’t have come at a better time.
Executive Director Mike Ramage said if the delay lasted any longer the results could have been catastrophic, especially when it came to their rural members.
“The fact that they opened it up to start this Sunday, (May 30) probably saved Baseball Sask about 60 percent of our membership base,” Ramage said. “Last year, once the long delay was there until July 1, we lost about 60 percent of the rural base, based on the fact that they are usually done by the end of June,” he added.
Ramage said those leagues are done around Canada Day to give the opportunity for family time during the summer months.
“Once July 1 hits they’re gone, they don’t play anymore ball because they’re gone to the cabin with their parents, and on other holidays, most minor ball is done by that point.” “So with the fact that we can start playing games on May 30, it gives these kids at least a month to practice play games, we’re over the moon about that,” Ramage added.
It’s almost time to PLAY BALL!!
This morning, the @SKGov announced Outdoor Sport will be included in the start of Step 1 of the Re-Opening Roadmap on May 30th.
— Baseball Sask (@BaseballSask) May 25, 2021
The allowance of youth outdoor sports was added to step one of the provincial government’s Roadmap to Re-opening Plan on Tuesday.
Premier Scott Moe, said being able to bump this up from step two is a direct result of all the work Saskatchewan people have done to get their COVID-19 vaccines.
“We were definitely happy to hear this news and now have the chance to get playing some games here pretty quick,” Ramage said.