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Minor baseball registrations now open online

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Dauphin minor baseball is now taking registrations for the 2021 season.
Registration, which opened Sunday, this year will be done exclusively online at www.dauphinbaseball.com.
“This is the first time ever we haven’t offered an in-person registration for people. But it seems to work in other areas, so that’s the direction we’re going to go,” said Dauphin Minor Baseball Association (DMBA) president Jodie Romanow.
Everything needed to register is right there on the website.
“The registration link. The link to our online store to order hats and t-shirts and sweatshirts. And there is also information on there for all of the equipment that each age group needs,” Romanow said.
Baseball Manitoba has released its Return to Play document, which is pretty much the same as last year, Romanow noted, adding there is also a link to the document on the DMBA website.
“They have made a few changes,” she said.
“Parents can read up on all of the safety precautions and how COVID is affecting game play and practices.”
Romanow hopes to have a normal season this year. DMBA has been approved to begin practicing, Apr. 15, with games to begin, May 15. But Romanow said May 3 will be the association’s official start date.
“As long as there are no changes or surprises, that is what we will be going for,” she said.
The older age groups, Romanow said, can have some indoor workouts where the coaches can guage the kids playing levels.
“So they can draft their teams evenly,” she said, adding the rally cap and grand slam age groups will officially start May 3.
“And the last day of baseball will be June 23 for the two younger groups. And then 11U and up, we’re hoping to get indoor practices for them. But the first official day out on the field will be May 3, with their season running until regionals and, possibly provincials,” Romanow said.
Anyone interested in serving as coaches, assistant coaches, managers or safety co-ordinators are encouraged to register as a staff member on DMBA’s registration site.
“Baseball Manitoba wants all of the people that are involved in helping out with baseball to be in the registration system. So we now have a player registration pad or you can select the staff pad, where you can register yourself,” Romanow stated.
“We can only have as many teams and programs as we have coaches managers and safety co-ordinators.”
Vic Fron Memorial Day will be held, June 5.
Romanow is unsure what the day will look like. But they are in the planning stages of having a one-day jamboree for one or more age groups, June 5.
“And the day will focus on umpire appreciation and sportsmanship,” she added.
People can check DMBA’s Facebook page for updates at Dauphinmba.
All registration fees will remain the same as last year and are based on a full season of play.
Romanow noted they are also looking for umpires. Anyone age 12 and up can reach out to DMBA on Facebook messenger.
“It’s a great learning opportunity for young kids. We have a mentorship program so anybody that is possible leery of putting themselves out there to be an umpire, we encourage them to try it and take the course. You can contact us for more information,” she said.
“We have a great support system within our existing umpires to help out the new ones that come out to assist our clubs.”
The registration deadline is Apr. 9. There will be no late registrations taken this year.
“When it closes, it closes,” Romanow said.

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Doug Zywina
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