The 2021 OLL season: You’ve got questions and we’ve got answers

With snow beginning to melt, the temperature rising (slowly) and the Blue Jays reappearing on television, attention is turning to a new baseball season.

However, the volunteers at Oakville Little League have been working diligently through the winter, preparing for a great return to the diamond in the coming months.

Following the difficult 12 months we’ve all endured, it’s understandable that you have questions about what’s ahead for the spring and summer. Accordingly, we felt it was a good time to answer some of the concerns that have been brought forward over the last several weeks.

Starting with the obvious …. 

Will there be a 2021 Oakville Little League season?

We are proceeding under the assumption that a return to action will be possible. Though we’re hoping to hit the field in early May, we will continue to follow local, provincial and federal pandemic guidelines stringently. That’ll almost assuredly mean a typical season won’t be possible with fans jamming the bleachers and the dugouts filled with enthusiastic players, but we’re aiming to provide a fun, memorable year for everyone.

How will the organization ensure our players, coaches and spectators are safe?

Safety Officer Scott Vail and his committee are working to make certain we are compliant with both governmental and Little League Canada regulations. Players and families will be required to self-assess prior to all games, practices and other league-sponsored activities. It will also mean significant changes to on- and off-field routines. Given the changes brought on by the pandemic to our daily lives, those expectations continue to evolve, however OLL is pledging to be clear, nimble and obedient with all rules. Safety always comes first.

What’s new for 2021?

We’re very excited to get everyone back in action. That return will coincide with the launch of several new initiatives.

We’ve revamped the offerings for our youngest players and are set to roll out a Learn to Play program that introduces the sport in a fun and relaxed manner. T-ball players will now have the opportunity to play all of their games on the weekend at our marquee Cornwall diamonds.

Players and coaches of all ages will benefit from our new development program, led by Ian Harvey. We want everyone to learn the proper skills and philosophies needed to both improve and enjoy the best game in the world.

When and where will my child’s games be played?

A summary of our current house league plans can be found here, including ages for each division, game days and parks. The site will be updated to reflect any necessary changes.

Will there be a Whitecaps All-Star/Select program this summer?

Like our house league program, the Whitecaps are aiming to be back in 2021. New program director Brennan Carson and his team of volunteers are finalizing coaching assignments for the season with announcements coming soon. The annual Whitecaps fair will also take a new (virtual) look in the weeks ahead. We encourage all of our house league families to visit the Whitecaps All-Star pages on this website to learn about the exciting opportunities open to all players.

How can I register?

It’s quick and easy. Visit our website to secure your spot for the 2021 season. 

In response to the questions surrounding dealing with pandemic-related restrictions, we may need to form clusters/cohorts with a limited number of teams and players. If this occurs, we will prioritize registrations on a first-come, first-served basis in order of the date of payment recorded in our system. Make sure you’re able to join us for a great year.

We’re committed to being transparent about the 2021 season and will continue to keep you updated through our newsletters, social media channels and revamped website.

Send any questions or concerns to communications@oakvillelittleleague.com, and our communications director Dave Leeder will be sure to direct them toward the right person.