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Dear LMB community,
My name is David St. James and I am excited to let you know that I am the new LMB President. We have a strong mix of returning and new members of the Board who were just recently elected at our Board Meeting November 23rd. We are all very excited to have a great season and leave a lasting impact for future LMB seasons!
This year our Board members are:
Board Members in non-executive functions:
On behalf of the Board, we’d like to thank Ulysses Yan for his efforts over the past season as President. He thankfully will continue assisting the LMB community as Registrar for the upcoming 2022 season.
We would also like to thank our board, families, coaches and volunteers for being able to run such a safe and successful 2021 baseball season during such challenging and unprecedented times. It hasn’t been easy at times over the past two seasons but we did it. Hopefully the upcoming season will be more close to normal. This past season was quite successful for Little Mountain. 784 players registered to play LMB baseball in 2021. It was great to see our little ones as T-ballers and Blastballers back on the field after a missed season in 2020. A very big win for LMB this past season was the Challenger Division was also able to play a full season. Not only did we have a successful Spring season LMB was able to participate in post-season play as well. Teams competed: 8 Selects, 9 Selects, 9/10 Allstars, 11 Selects and 11/12 Allstars. The 11/12 Allstars competed but came up short in a 2-0 loss in the District 1 final. Our 9/10 Allstars won the District 1 championship then made it all the way to the Provincial Final losing 2-0 to a worthy champion in Lynn Valley. Congratulations to all our post-season teams for competing while representing LMB very well. Both Summer Ball and Fall Programs were back on the field in 2021.
I want to provide special recognition to Carrie Cu who has been our do everything Registrar for the past 7 years. Carrie is stepping down from her role as Registrar, she will remain on the board as Director at large while carrying a few portfolios to ensure a successful season. Carrie was recognized by Little League Canada as the recipient of the Marthe Dubroy District Volunteer of the Year. We have been very fortunate to have Carrie's tireless effort to ensure our kids can play baseball.
Registration will open for all divisions by December 15th. We are very excited to plan for an upcoming 2022 season. As we mentioned earlier, as we hopefully return to close to normal, the Board is committed to having a great season and creating lasting impacts for our baseball community.
If you are interested in volunteering to support the program there are great opportunities small and large. We also want to share there are great opportunities to profile your business to a large and impactful community, please let us know if you are interested as we are ramping-up our donations and sponsorships again. Opportunities are limited so let us know ASAP. Please email me if you are interested (firstname.lastname@example.org)!
David St. James
Little Mountain Little League President
As many of you know, LMB is an organization run primarily by volunteers. Without the dedicated commitments of our members and volunteers, our league would not be able to service the more than 800 kids and their families that make up the LMB community.
Opportunities to volunteer can take many forms. Volunteers are needed each year to help with specific events, such as our Opening Day, Photo Day and Closing Day. In addition, we are looking for qualified volunteers to continue to help administer and run our league.
For a description of our volunteer positions, please click here. Not all of these positions require you to be a director and not all of these rolls need to be filled by a specific person.
Find out more about how our league is run and how you can participate -- we are all volunteers. LMB needs your support!
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To our members,
We are happy to announce that we are reintroducing baseball related activities at Little Mountain Baseball. The landscape for returning to youth sport in BC has been constantly evolving, which has made our efforts to return particularly challenging. We thank all of our members for their ongoing patience and support during these times.
To meet the requirements of provincial sports authorities (viaSport) and Baseball BC, we have developed and adopted a set of Return to Play (RTP) Guidelines that will govern the reintroduction of baseball at LMB. These RTP Guidelines have been posted on our website and will form an overarching framework for all LMB activities at this time. Additional protocols and guidelines are being developed for specific activities and facilities, and will be posted on our website along with the RTP Guidelines. These guidelines may change and evolve over time as new guidance becomes available from Baseball BC and provincial authorities.
Under current Baseball BC requirements, the initial reintroduction of programing at LMB will be limited to small group practices and training. Gameplay or other additional activities may be reintroduced at a later date if permitted by Baseball BC.
We will move forward with the reintroduction of LMB activities in a staged and graduated approach. We will start with reintroducing league activities in our oldest divisions, beginning with Majors A, then Majors B and possibly Minors. As team formation for these divisions had already been completed prior to the COVID-19 related shut-down, we intend to keep these teams together as much as possible. Team practices are expected to begin shortly, depending on the availability of permits from Vancouver Parks Board. We expect to move forward with our Majors B division and possibly Minors once we have had an opportunity to observe and assess activities at the Majors A level.
In addition to Majors A, Majors B and Minors, we are currently evaluating the re-introduction of activities for our Mini-Minor A, Mini-Minor B, T-Ball and Blastball divisions. However, we believe that it may be more difficult for players in our younger divisions to adhere to physical distancing requirements. We expect to provide updated communication for these divisions by mid-July. Unfortunately, Little League Canada, Baseball Canada and the Jays Foundation have strongly advised that Challenger Programs remain suspended until at least September 15, 2020.
Where we are able, we hope to run activities through the months of July and August, and possibly September. We understand and appreciate that many families will have other plans and commitments during these months. Our focus for Summer 2020 will be on safety, skill development, fun and flexibility.
The return to baseball activities for LMB will require the cooperation and support of all those involved, including coaches, players and parents. LMB has always relied on the efforts and contributions of its volunteers and community. The dedication and commitment of all LMB families will be even more important as we attempt to navigate a return to play in the current environment.
Most importantly, all participants will be asked to abide by, and help implement, all of our COVID-19 related policies and guidelines. These will include not participating in league activities if:
In addition, we will require the assistance of an army of volunteers to assist with additional screening, cleaning and disinfecting, and other efforts. Returning to play will be a community effort. All players, parents/guardians, and coaches will be required to sign and return a participation agreement, an updated and revised waiver and release, and an updated medical form, each of which are set out in the RTP Guidelines.
Although we are doing our best to try and minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19, so long as 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.
The Board of Directors of Little Mountain Baseball.
Our 9/10 All Star team is in the Provincial Championships starting July 13 at South Van baseball. Make sure to drop by and support the team over the next week.
Then our 11/12 team hosts the Major Provincial Championships starting on July 20th right here at Little Mountain with the winner advancing to the Canadian Finals in Ancaster Ontario.
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