MAY 14, 2020
It is with our utter disappointment that we are writing this to inform you all that the 2020 Season has been OFFICALLY CANCELLED. The board was optimistic that we could pull off a successful season if we could get going in June or July, however with restrictions in place until the end of August it just isn't possible. (Email correspondence with city and link to chat news website below)
We understand that this isn't a popular decision, but the league will be back bigger, better and stronger then ever next season!! Please remember to follow our Facebook page as we have some exciting giveaways planned for the summer.
Stay safe and remember to take care of eachother!!
Please see the following correspondences with the City of Medicine Hat and Chat News.
With the direction form the Provincial Government that all “summer festivals and events are cancelled until the end of summer” that was stated last week, this does include the City of Medicine Hat’s outdoor recreation spaces.
- The province has clear guidance on outdoor activities that include the mandates of maintaining 2m physical distancing and no gatherings more than 15 people.
- Therefore, organized sports and team sports are not permitted based on these mandates.
- Gathering of family members own household can participate in outdoor activities (football, baseball, soccer etc.) around in our parks and fields that are open to the public
Therefore, with this update, we have cancelled all bookings in the City’s Diamonds / Fields / Kitchens / Shelters and parks green spaces until the end of August.
If groups wish to maintain their fields, that will be permitted, provided all provincial mandates are followed specifically 2m physical distance and no more than 15 people
Please note links for information on the fundamental basis: https://www.alberta.ca/guidance-on-outdoor-activities.aspx and the You Tube Link information from May 5th City update:
LINK TO CHAT NEWS
APRIL 16, 2020
We hope everyone is safe and hanging in there during these crazy unprecedented times. We wanted to give everyone an update on what we know for the upcoming season. As a team captain, please forward this information onto your team to let them know.
As of now all recreational facilities are closed until at least May 31 2020. What does this mean for Gas City Slowpitch? At the VERY BEST if allowed we could start the season sometime in June. This would be a shortened season (less games) run the same in our current format (option A). The year end tournaments would run as normal on the same designated weekends. All fees would be adjusted accordingly. The province and city will let us know sometime in May whether or not June will be good to go.
However if we aren't able to play slo-pitch in June, we are coming up with possible solutions of how we can have some type of season. The board feels that if we can't get the 2020 Season (option A) going by early July, we may be forced to suspend the 2020 season and return in 2021 under regular normalities.
Now we have discussed coming up with a second option for those who would still want to have some type of slo-pitch fix.
Option B would be to start a Fall league August and September (maybe later part of July) if allowed or if enough interest from teams.
This format would potentially have a new different look and wouldn't effect any of the current league structure we have set in place (as the 2019 season would roll over to the 2021 season), but would allow you and your teams an option to get some slo-pitch back into your lives!!
Under this Format there would be 3 separate divisions: Competitive, Intermediate and Recreational. Amount of teams per division would depend on how much interest we have from teams. The year end tournaments would be moved into September.
If you have an ideas or suggestions on the potential of a fall league, please feel free to let us know as we are trying to come up with a solution.
Lastly if anything has changed with your teams status in regards to playing this year, please let us know so we can make any necessary changes. We understand that many people have experienced job loss or sponsors during this pandemic.
Hope to see you on the diamonds soon, please stay safe!!