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Minor Baseball Cancels Season


Dauphin Minor Baseball Association (DMBA) has pulled the plug on its season.

With the increase of COVID-19 cases in the city, the likelihood of restrictions not being lifted later this week and it being so late in the season, DMBA president Jodie Romanow said the decision was made to cancel the baseball season.

“A lot of players prefer not to play into the summer and we totally understand that. Parents want to have their summer with their kids and not want to being running their kids around to sports. We completely understand that and we just made the tough decision to cancel our regular playing season,” she said.
The online video training sessions which DMBA recently started will continue. Romanow said they have received a great response to the program.

“And we’re glad to see that the kids are training at home,” she said, adding two names will be drawn to each win a $50 gift card to Parkland Source for Sports, with the draw being made, June 20.

Refunds will be prorated to reflect the rental and administration fees that the association already had to pay.

Romanow explained all the expenses incurred to get the season going was put together to assign a per-player cost to each age group.

“That would cover the cost associated with that age group,” she said, adding refunds would be processed from there.

The processing is expected to begin, Wednesday, Romanow said, adding they are just trying to figure out the most cost-effective way to do it, whether it be cheques, e-transfers or a refund on credit cards.

If restrictions do lift enough to allow for in-person training, DMBA may look at holding summer training sessions for small groups of players, focusing on player development.

“So maybe some pitching clinics, batting practice, all that kind of stuff,” Romanow said.

Doug Zywina