Canadian Baseball in 2020 – Cancellations and Restarts

img_0067With the COVID-19 pandemic wreaking havoc on almost everything in our everyday lives in 2020, sports came to a grinding halt in North America in early to mid-March. Baseball was particularly hard hit as the season was just getting ready to ramp up for many leagues and US College baseball had just gotten underway.

In this article we will have a look at what the impacts of COVID-19 have been on baseball in Canada with regard to cancellations and delays as well as what the restart plans look like for each Province.

Provincial Baseball Restart Plans

Since we have had more than our fair share of bad news this year overall, I thought I would actually begin this article with the restart plans by Province. I am also including information on Provincial championships where available.

ProvinceTraining
Restart
Play RestartProvincial
Championships?
Alberta15-JUN-2001-JUL-20??
British Columbia08-JUN-2028-AUG-20Cancelled
Manitoba08-JUN-2001-JUL-20Cancelled
New Brunswick08-JUN-2001-JUL-20??
Newfoundland
and Labrador
08-JUN-2026-JUN-20??
Nova Scotia15-JUN-2031-JUL-20Cancelled
Ontario16-JUN-20
(Staged by region)
17-JUL-20
(Staged by region)
??
Prince Edward Island01-JUN-2026-JUN-20Confirmed
Quebec08-JUN-20????
Saskatchewan22-JUN-2029-JUN-20Cancelled
Last Update: July 18, 2020

Canadian Baseball Cancellations Due to COVID-19

Although there is some good news in the section above, there has been plenty of bad news due to COVID-19. Below is a list of confirmed cancellations so far.

DateOrganizationCancellation
03-JUL-20Baseball Nova Scotia2020 Bluenose League and BNS Provincials Cancelled Due to NS Government Inaction
09-JUN-20Baseball Saskatchewan2020 Saskatchewan Provincial Championships Cancelled
08-JUN-20Canada West2020-21 First Term Team Competitions Cancelled
08-JUN-20Ontario University AthleticsSport Programming Cancelled Until 2021
08-JUN-20Atlantic University SportCompetition Suspended Until 2021
08-JUN-20U Sports2020 Fall Championships Cancelled
07-JUN-20Baseball Atlantic2020 Baseball Atlantic Championships Cancelled
04-JUN-20Toronto Blue Jays2020 Tournament 12 Cancelled
01-JUN-20Baseball Manitoba2020 Manitoba Provincial Championships Cancelled
23-APR-20Baseball Canada2020 National Championships Cancelled
16-MAR-20Baseball OntarioSuspension of all In-person baseball activities
13-MAR-20All Provincial governing
bodies except Baseball Ontario
Suspension of all In-person baseball activities
Last Update: July 18, 2020

I have tried to make these lists as complete an accurate as possible but if I have made any mistakes or missed anything please let me know by leaving a comment.

I will make periodic updates to both tables as more information becomes available. Hopefully we can start to hear more about restarts than cancellations going forward.

2020 Baseball Nova Scotia 17U Selects Roster Announced – Will Defend National Championship in August

BNS Logo DesignThe roster selections for the 2020 Baseball Nova Scotia 17U Selects team were announced today.

This team will represent Nova Scotia at the 2020 Baseball Canada Cup (17U Nationals) tournament in Fort McMurray, Alberta. They will enter the tournament as defending champions after Nova Scotia’s historic Gold Medal win at last year’s tournament in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Below are the players who have been selected for this year’s team, their hometown, and the teams they have recently played for:

  • Ryan Avery – Whites Lake (Nova Scotia 15U Selects, Kentville Wildcats 15U AAA)
  • Nolan Cheeseman – Upper Tantallon (Nova Scotia 15U Selects, Hammonds Plains A’s 15U AAA)
  • Shane Cowan – Fall River (Nova Scotia 17U Selects)
  • Tyler Croteau – Kentville (Nova Scotia 15U Selects, Kentville Wildcats 15U AAA)
  • Ty Doucette – Dartmouth (Nova Scotia 15U Selects, Dartmouth Arrows 15U AAA)
  • Ryan Fitzgerald – Hammonds Plains (Nova Scotia 17U Selects, Newbridge Academy Varsity)
  • Jacobie Ford – Weymouth (Weymouth Firebirds 18U AA)
  • Evan Fox – Lower Sackville (Tri County Rangers 18U AAA)
  • Lane George – Belnan (Nova Scotia 15U Selects, Dartmouth Arrows 15U AAA)
  • Matthew Grabmann – Dartmouth (North East Baseball 15U Pirates, Cardigan Mountain Varsity)
  • Parker Hanrahan – Glace Bay (Okotoks Dawgs, Nova Scotia 17U Selects, Cape Breton Ramblers)
  • Logan Harvey – Hammonds Plains (Hammonds Plains A’s 18U AAA, Newbridge Academy Varsity)
  • Kyle Hunt – Hammonds Plains (Nova Scotia 17U Selects)
  • Matt MacKenzie – Vaughan (Nova Scotia 15U Selects, Kentville Wildcats 15U AAA)
  • Kole Miller – Dartmouth (Nova Scotia 15U Selects, Dartmouth Arrows 15U AAA)
  • Kyle Sampson – Lower Sackville (Tri-County Rangers 18U AAA, Newbridge Academy Varsity)
  • Kiwean Song – Bedford (Okotoks Dawgs, Nova Scotia 17U Selects)
  • Ryan Trenholm – Hammonds Plains (Hammonds Plains A’s 18U AAA)

At the Canada Cup, Nova Scotia is one of the teams that is permitted to bring up to two players that are “overagers” by one year. Those overage additions to the roster are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

Baseball Nova Scotia Announces Core Team for the Defending Canadian Champion 17U Selects

Baseball Nova Scotia has announced the 2020 Core Team roster for the 17U Selects. Workouts will be held over the winter and the final 2020 17U Selects team will be announced in the spring of 2020.

The final 17U Selects team will compete at Baseball Canada Cup from August 5th to 9th in Fort McMurray, Alberta to defend Nova Scotia’s 2019 Gold Medal at the event.

The 2020 17U Selects Core team includes the following players (recent teams included):

  • Adams, Ryan – Hammonds Plains (Hammonds Plains A’s 18U AAA)
  • Avery, Ryan – Prospect (Nova Scotia 15U Selects, Kentville Wildcats 15U AAA)
  • Carroll, Cole – Bedford (Okotoks Dawgs 15U Black)
  • Cheeseman, Nolan ** – Upper Tantallon (Nova Scotia 15U Selects, Hammonds Plains A’s 15U AAA)
  • Clarke, Jeremy – Sackville (Tri-County Rangers 15U AAA)
  • Cowan, Shane – Fall River (Nova Scotia 17U Selects)
  • Croteau, Tyler – Kentville (Nova Scotia 15U Selects, Kentville Wildcats 15U AAA)
  • Doucette, Ty – Dartmouth (Nova Scotia 15U Selects, Dartmouth Arrows 15U AAA)
  • Fitzgerald, Ryan – Lucasville (Nova Scotia 17U Selects, Newbridge Academy Varsity)
  • Ford, Jacobie – Weymouth (Weymouth Firebirds 18U AA)
  • Fox, Evan – Tri County (Tri-County Rangers 18U AAA)
  • Gage, Nick – Halifax (Halifax Mets 15U AAA)
  • George, Lane – Belnan (Nova Scotia 15U Selects, Dartmouth Arrows 15U AAA)
  • Grabmann, Matt * – Dartmouth (North East Baseball 15U Pirates, Cardigan Mountain Varsity)
  • Hanrahan, Parker * – Glace Bay (Okotoks Dawgs, Nova Scotia 17U Selects, Cape Breton Ramblers)
  • Harvey, Logan – Hammonds Plains (Hammonds Plains A’s 18U AAA)
  • Hines, Sam – Dartmouth (Nova Scotia 15U Selects, Dartmouth Arrows 15U AAA)
  • Hunt, Kyle – Hammonds Plains (Nova Scotia 17U Selects)
  • Jenkins, Zack – Middle Sackville (Nova Scotia 15U Selects, Tri-County Rangers 15U AAA)
  • Johnston, Matthew – Fall River (Tri-County Rangers 15U AAA)
  • King, Kyle ** – Dartmouth (Nova Scotia 15U Selects, Dartmouth Arrows 15U AAA)
  • Laws, Jack – Bridgewater (Nova Scotia 15U Selects, Bridgewater Bulldogs 15U AA)
  • Mackenzie, Matt – Windsor (Nova Scotia 15U Selects, Kentville Wildcats 15U AAA)
  • MacLaren, Colton – Hubley (Hammonds Plains A’s 18U AAA)
  • Miller, Kole – Dartmouth (Nova Scotia 15U Selects, Dartmouth Arrows 15U AAA)
  • O’Brien, Nolan – Hebbville (Nova Scotia 17U Selects)
  • Rendell, Camden – Upper Tantallon (Nova Scotia 17U Selects, Newbridge Academy Varsity)
  • Riesgo, Camillo – Sackville (Nova Scotia 17U Selects, Newbridge Academy Varsity)
  • Sampson, Kyle – Tri County (Tri-County Rangers 18U AAA, Newbridge Academy Varsity)
  • Smith, Dylan – Hammonds Plains (Hammonds Plains A’s 18U AA)
  • Song, Kiwean – Bedford (Nova Scotia 17U Selects)
  • Trenholm, Ryan – Hammonds Plains (Hammonds Plains A’s 18U AAA)
  • Wentzell, Brandon – Bridgewater (Halifax Mets 18U AAA)

Note – Some players were not required to attend one of the recent ID Camps to be selected to the 2020 17U Selects Core Team as noted below:

  • * Denotes… players away at school/baseball academy
  • ** Denotes… players that are injured & unable to attend ID Camp