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July 27, 2020 – UPDATE

Return to Play

July 8, 2020 – UPDATE

Return to Play

June 8, 2020 – UPDATE

Regarding: Return to our sport with respect to COVID-19

Dear VBA Family -

As British Columbia public health authorities develop guidelines to lift some restrictions on gathering in a responsible way, Vernon Baseball Association has been working with viaSport, Baseball BC, BC Minor Baseball and the Province of British Columbia to understand the recommendations our Chief Provincial Health Officer and how they best apply within sport.

On May 28th viaSport released the Return to Sport Guidelines for BC outlining the path forward to opening sport back up in British Columbia. On June 7th Baseball BC communicated the Return to Play Guidelines specific to baseball. While there is quite a bit of work required and formal approvals to gain, we do have a path forward to opening baseball here in Vernon.

While we remain optimistic on our path forward the experience and the logistics of baseball will adjust and continue to adjust as time passes and we learn more. What we start with later in June may not be what we end with. Our goal has been and remains to put together a minimum of 8 week "seasons" for all of our levels of ball. I will share more on what that looks like and when in upcoming updates.

The Return to Sport Plan has been developed for our sport in order to ensure:
  • health and safety of all individuals is a priority
  • activities are in alignment with provincial health recommendations
  • modifications to activities are in place in order to reduce the risks to each sport organization and its participants
  • our sport is united and aligned on a plan to reopen throughout the province
While we do hope things will return to normal in the not too distant future, currently this Return to Sport Plan will be what is required for us to safely offer baseball to our kids until we are advised otherwise by public health authorities.

If you choose to participate, you must follow these rules:
  • If you don’t feel well or are displaying symptoms of COVID-19, you must stay home.
  • If you have traveled outside of Canada, you are not permitted at the facility until you have self- isolated for a minimum of 14 days.
  • If you live in a household with someone who has COVID-19 or is showing symptoms of COVID- 19, please stay home.
  • Wash your hands before participating
  • Bring your own equipment, water bottle and hand sanitizer
  • Comply with physical distancing measures at all time
  • Avoid physical contact with others, including shaking hands, high fives, etc.
  • Leave the field of play as quickly as possible after you finish
Our Return to Sport Plan is based on current public health guidance. While we are all doing our best to minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19, while the virus circulates in our communities it is impossible to completely eliminate the risk. Each participant must make their own decision as to whether it is in their best interest to resume participation at this time. You must take into account your own circumstances and make the decision that is right for you. Should you choose to join us, we require your full cooperation with our Return to Sport Plan.

More and more of this plan will develop over the coming days. You can expect more communication from me no later than next week on what some of the next steps look like. Until then, get those arms warmed up and ready, soon enough we will hear what we have all been waiting for "Play Ball".


Michael Sanfilippo
VBA - President

March 18, 2020 – UPDATE - Suspension of Baseball Activities Indefinitely

Vernon Minor Baseball is suspending our baseball activities indefinitely at this time.

Today Baseball BC has extended the suspension of all sanctioned in person baseball activities indefinitely given the heightened concerns over the potential spread of COVID-19. Baseball BC sanctioned activities include but are not limited to, all tournaments, practices, games, coach and umpire education and team building activities. The intent of this suspension is to limit situations of close physical interaction. We and Baseball BC will be re-evaluating over the next number of weeks and issue further direction as soon as we can.

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic is rapidly changing the way that we, as global citizens, think, act, gather, learn, and live our daily lives. That includes how we play baseball.

This decision is difficult, but it is our duty to help society follow social distancing protocols (keeping at least 6 feet apart and avoiding congregate settings). It is our hope that by doing this, we will all play a small, but important part in flattening the curve in the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. We will continue to monitor the situation and take our guidance from public health officials, the government, and Baseball Canada.

VBA is committed to doing the best we can for the safety and well-being of our players, families, volunteers, and fans.

Our hope is that we are still able to provide a spring season of baseball for the kids at some point this year (that may be in June and July) but at this time we do not know what that will look like. We will continue to provide information as soon as we can.

The Marshall Field indoor batting cage is closed until further notice.

Thank you for your understanding and support.

Michael Sanfilippo
Vernon Baseball Association

2020 Baseball Academy

Vernon Baseball in coordination with School District 22 is pleased to announce the launch of the Baseball Academy to be held during the 2020 Fall Semester and running weekly through January 2021 for high school students in grades 8-12.

Space is limited to 12-14 players, so anyone interested should contact Evan Bailey at 250-869-4413 for more detailed information.

Vernon Baseball's New Online Store

You can now purchase Vernon Baseball Apparel directly online. A percentage of all purchases goes towards Vernon Baseball.

For bulk or team orders please contact Cari McCelland at


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