The Intercounty Baseball League announced in Wednesday that they are looking to start the 2021 IBL season on July 5th.
The province’s Roadmap to Reopening announced last week states outdoor leagues can begin play at the start of Phase Two. If everything goes as planned that means the IBL will be playing baseball on July 5, albeit with restrictions.
The IBL is preparing a Return to Play plan to submit to the province – The IBL cannot resume without an approved plan.
The league has retained Dr. Tim Rindlisbacher to assist in the preparation of a league plan as well as a Return to Play plans for our eight teams. Dr. Rindlisbacher has also worked with the Ontario Hockey Federation and the NHLPA on return-to-play plans.
The IBL plan will include a myriad of scenarios around fan capacity and distancing, masks, the use of clubhouses and buses, concessions, and many other items. Additional good news is that Phase Three, if all goes well, could start 21 days later,
In the weeks coming, the Intercounty Baseball League will keep our fans, players, and stakeholders updated with our return to play plan and the league looks forward to returning to the field!
The news is good news for sports starved fans in Hamilton, with outdoor games at the spacious Bernie Arbour Stadium a perfect venue to ease back into attending live sports.
What do you think? Are you looking forward to attending live sports again? Are you comfortable attending?
The league is encouraging that prospective attendees get vaccinated. For more information on vaccine eligibility in Hamilton you can visit the City of Hamilton website.