2021 Season Details

Let’s play ball!  We’re excited to get back to baseball in 2021. 

This season will be unlike any other.  High Park Little League is releasing its plans for the season based on public health and government reopening rules and draft timelines.  If those rules or dates change, we will revise our plans and provide as much notice as possible.

Players who pre-registered earlier in the year will have received an email with a direct link to pay their fees online.  Registration fees are due by June 8th.  Fees reflect the nature of the league’s costs including additional expenses associated with health and safety protocols. 

THE PLAN

High Park Little League will follow the rules of the Reopening Ontario three-step plan with a focus on safety, skill development and FUN.  It has been more than a year since many kids have played baseball, and we expect more practice time to be needed early in the season.

Please become familiar with the province’s Reopening Ontario plan on its website.

STEP 1.  PLAYER EVALUATIONS AND SPLIT-SQUAD PRACTICE

Expected to start the week of June 14 or later

Player evaluations:

  • T-Ball: There will be no in-person player assessments this year.  Instead, parents will be asked to answer a questionnaire about their child’s skill level to help balance the teams.
  • Minor-division baseball players (nine and 10-year-olds) who are new to the league must take part in one of the in-person try-out sessions that will be held at High Park. There may not be roster spots for everyone who tries out for a team. Players who were selected for a team in 2020 will be assigned to a team and do not have be evaluated again.
  • Major-division baseball players (11 and 12-year-olds) returning from previous seasons will be assigned to a team and do not have to be evaluated.

Split-squad practices:

  • Practices will have a maximum of 10 people on the field including players and coaches.
  • We plan for practices to start the week of June 14, or as soon as possible after player evaluations, assuming that we get the all-clear from the province and park permits are issued by the city.
  • You will get an email about what you need to do, and your child’s coach will contact you with details.
  • Practice format:
    • Teams will have two, two-hour practices per week.
    • Each practice is a split-squad, meaning each player only attends for the first or second hour at each practice, but not both.
    • Practice times will include a gap between squads to help make it easier to limit the number of people on the field.
  • Social distancing rules and other health protocols such as contact tracing will be in place. Details will be released closer to practice dates, but it’s a good idea to make sure you have masks and hand sanitizer ready.
  • No instructional league T-Ball practices yet at this stage.

STEP 2.  WHOLE-TEAM PRACTICES AND GAMES

Expected to start the week of July 5 or later

Whole-team practices:

  • No limits on number of players on a field in Reopening Ontario rules (as of May 2021).
  • Split-squad practices end and whole-team practices begin and continue for 2-3 weeks.
  • Instructional league T-Ball begins with six weeks of practices.

Games:

  • 14-game schedule begins late July or early August, ending in October.
  • Games will be scheduled weeknights and weekends. No games will be scheduled on long weekends.
  • T-Ball games in September will be scheduled only on weekends due to a lack of sunlight in the evenings.
  • Instructional League T-Ball games will take place over four weekends starting in mid- to late-August
  • Playoffs will be shortened to a one-to-two-week, double elimination tournament to allow teams to play as late into the year as possible.