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The Connection Challenge


By Fred Wallace

Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire ".


I drove by Duncan McLellan Park in Owen Sound yesterday and from a distance the playing surface looked terrific.

Of course nobody much has been on it and the actual use the main diamond and adjacent fields will get this Spring & Summer will only be a fraction of the normal level of activity.

Already, the Ontario Amateur Softball Association Under 23 Tournament to be staged at Duncan in mid-July has been cancelled.

The organizers hope to have some sort of event come August, but even that proposal is open to conjecture

The O.A.S.A. announced earlier this week that they will be staging a series of meetings over a 2 week period with various stakeholders in the game to develop an initial version of a Return To Play policy.

The OASA will speak with players, coaches, game officials and tournament hosts to gather a full picture of the impact coronavirus is having on the sport.

This is a great concept but the issue staring the OASA in the face is the size of Ontario and the varying number of protocols, restrictions and guidelines they'll have to work through.

I say this in light of the smaller, but similar challenge the Bluewater Fastball League is encountering as the 2020 local fastball season heads into the mid-innings.

Alphabetically, the municipalities of Belmore, Chepstow, Chesley-Elmwood, Durham, Owen Sound, Port Elgin, Saugeen First Nation, Tara, Wiarton, plus additionally Shallow Lake, might all have different measures in place as they pertain to their community ball parks. 

Getting 11 communities on board will be difficult enough, now divide the province by the size of Grey Bruce and you'll have a sense of how large the challenge is for the OASA to play ball in 2020.

Have a great weekend.


I'm Fred Wallace 


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