Both the Barrie Minor Baseball and Lacrosse leagues are putting the kibosh on the upcoming season. Hockey and soccer are a different story.
Barrie Minor Baseball is a member of the York Simcoe Baseball Association (YSBA) which has announced it is cancelling the 2020 elite, rep and select competitive season. This includes all YSBA-sanctioned games, provincial qualifiers, and affiliate championships. It points out a return to practice is permitted but member associations must ensure they adhere to health and safety guidelines, gathering size restrictions, as well as park and permit availability and usage.
The City of Barrie reopened its baseball diamonds as part of Stage 2 of the province’s plan to reopen. Only the Barrie Community Sports Complex and East Bayfield diamonds remained closed.
The Barrie Minor Lacrosse Association confirmed the season was cancelled after the provincial association determined it was unrealistic for the leagues and clubs to operate their programming in Ontario. “Lacrosse has been played throughout the regions of Ontario for generations,” reads a statement from Ontario Lacrosse Association (OLA) President Marion Ladouceur, “Historical records attest to the fact there has not been a single summer in Ontario since the founding of the OLA in 1897 where competition was not held at some level until this year.”
Meanwhile, Barrie Minor Hockey President Murray Shanks says the season is still in flux. “We have not opened up our registration because we don’t know all the details,” Shanks told Barrie 360. “How long is the season going to be? When’s it going to start? How many games you’re going to play? How much ice we’re going to get from the city. There’s a lot of questions that we’re still working very closely with the city on.”
“We hope to open our registration in mid-July,” he added.
Murray says should the season go forward, there could be plenty of new rules in place just to get through the arena door. “You’re fully dressed without your skates on you come in,” he said. “but there are a lot of things that we still don’t know 100%.”
The Barrie Soccer Club says it has been given the all-clear by the Ontario Soccer Association and will resume a revised soccer program. Activities are expected to resume around July 1.