December 23, 2020

Newton Canadian Baseball Association

Hello, and Merry Christmas from the NCBA executive! I hope this letter finds you and your family in good health.

I’m not going to spin things, this year has been a gong-show. It was a scary time in March. None of us have had to shelter in place or seen these types of school closures. We had to cancel baseball for the spring, and for the year in the blast-ball, tee-ball and tadpole divisions. It felt like we were losing a year of our kids’ development. Yet, as a group of engaged and caring parents, we got through it.

When we did have baseball in the late summer for Pee-Wee, Bantam and Midget it felt so good to be back on the field. You worked through pandemic protocols. Parents stepped up and brought cleaning supplies. Everyone contributed to the organizations success. Fall baseball allowed us a few extra precious weeks to enjoy the game we all love. I want to say thank you to all the parents and volunteers. All the coaches, all the people who lined a field, everyone who sat and cheered our teams on as we counted to 50 to ensure we were compliant with health orders. Thank you to those who sanitized the baseballs and equipment. There was no small task. Everyone stepped up. Crisis brought out the best in all of us.

Moving forward into 2021 Mike Saby has taken the web-master role and is running. He is working toward a complete system move to Team Snap. Logistically, some suppliers are no longer in business. We are working toward finding new clothiers and service providers. We are in a period of recovery. With vaccination a possibility we will follow and maintain PHO guidelines to ensure our children’s health and development while they play the game we all love.

I especially want to take a moment and thank the executive board. Jerry, Bev, Maureen and Kellie are working tirelessly as we look at what tournaments, a concession and opening day could be if or when restrictions are lifted.

Let me close by thanking everyone in the NCBA family for their time and dedication. The organization does not exist without you and your passion. See you at the park, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and here’s to 2021!

On behalf of your NCBA executive,