The HPLL Board and volunteer coaches are working hard to deliver a safe, fun baseball season in 2021. But due to Covid-19 a lot of questions remain. Please review these FAQs for any questions you may have and feel free to check back regularly. We will update them as we get closer to our goal of starting the season in June and as we learn new information.
Registration FAQs 2021
When are you planning to release a season schedule?
Unfortunately, no one knows when we will be allowed to play. In the red zone, teams can hold practices, but we can’t play games until we’re in orange. We are anxious to get back to play, but we have to make sure that we’re following public health protocols.
Play at each stage is also dependent on the City of Toronto issuing permits for the fields.
Once those conditions are in place, we’ll get going as soon as possible.
Do you have a general idea what the practice and game schedule might look like?
At the moment, we plan to hold player evaluations in late May/early June, assuming Toronto is in the red zone. After that, practices would start as soon as possible and continue only with team practices into June when games would start.
Games would start in July in a 50-person bubble, if Toronto is in the orange zone. Restrictions would likely be in place about where parents and fans can gather, and health and safety protocols will be communicated to parents in advance.
We expect each team to have two or three practices and games each week.
When will rep play start?
High Park Little League’s priority is to deliver on a house league schedule first. Rep play could be tricky. Tournaments depend on public health restrictions in different regions and approval from Little League Canada. As long as we’re in 50-person bubbles, it may not be possible to have inter-league rep competitions.
Do I have to pay fees before my child has been evaluated and selected for a team?
No. Until your child has been evaluated and selected for a team, you do not have to pay fees. After your child has been selected, you will get more information on fee payments.
Why am I paying full fees when there might not be a full season?
Most of the league’s costs do not change with the length of the season. For example, uniform and equipment costs are the same regardless of the games we play. In addition, we expect our COVID-19 protocols such as additional catcher’s masks, T-Ball pitcher’s helmets and cleaning supplies will create higher costs. Some costs such as umpire fees and licenses for city parks might change depending on how the season goes.
If the season is shortened, will I get a partial refund?
If the season is drastically shortened, the league will look at all the factors at the time and decide on whether to refund a portion of your fees.
Health and Safety
What is your plan to help prevent the spread of COVID-19?
Health and safety of everyone in our Little League community is the top priority. We will communicate detailed protocols as we get closer to play to take into account the most recent public health advice and restrictions. Some things you should expect include:
- Mask requirements
- Social distance rules
- Restrictions on sharing equipment
- Cleaning and disinfection protocols
- Restrictions on spectators
- Limits on the use park facilities including bleachers, clubhouse and washrooms.
What does it mean that teams will play in a bubble?
Public health rules limit the number of people who can be involved in team sport competitions without a quarantine period. These rules might change as we get closer to play, but at present this means:
- Only players and coaches in a group can participate in team practices and games
- Everyone aside from registered players, coaches and umpires must keep away from the playing field and team areas.
Read more about Ontario’s public health restrictions in different stages.
Will I be able to stay to watch the games and practices?
Current red and orange-zone restrictions do not allow for spectators at games expect for one parent or guardian per participant. If COVID-19 conditions improve, restrictions eventually allow for 100 spectators in the yellow and green zone, but you should expect mask and social distance rules to continue to apply. Bleachers will be off limits for the duration of the season.
Can my kids still share equipment?
Family members in the same bubble will be allowed to share equipment. Sharing equipment for other players will not be allowed. Even if siblings are sharing some equipment such as a bat, catcher’s gear or T-Ball pitcher’s helmet, they should have their own glove, batting helmet and other personal gear.
Will you still provide catcher’s equipment and T-Ball pitcher’s helmets?
Yes. The league will continue to provide catcher’s gear and T-Ball pitchers helmets. Each team will have two sets of equipment to make sure two players can play each position per game. As a precaution, only one player will be allowed to wear a piece gear during the course of a game. Catcher’s and pitcher’s gear will be disinfected after each game.
If your child has their own gear that is approved for Little League play, they can also use it.
If you have any other questions concerning High Park Little League registration, please feel free to submit your question below.