Thank You Tom Devine!

Baseball Atlantic would like to thank Tom Devine for his many years of service to Baseball Atlantic and member associations over the last 10 years! Tom held various roles over the years with Baseball Atlantic, most recently as treasurer and was instrumental in getting to where we are today!

THANK YOU TOM!!

BASEBALL ATLANTIC – IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

From:               Gerry Leblanc, President, Baseball Atlantic

Date:               June 8th, 2020

RE:                  Status – 2020 Baseball Atlantic Championships

Dear Baseball Atlantic Membership,


At its core, Baseball Atlantic strives to offer the best programming possible at all of its Championships. Our four member provinces – Baseball Newfoundland and Labrador, Baseball Prince Edward Island, Baseball Nova Scotia and Baseball New Brunswick – share in this same goal. It is this commonality that makes Baseball Atlantic a true leader in Atlantic-level amateur sports.

As we have seen since March, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we lead our lives in every facet. No longer can we once do the things we took for granted. Other activities or hobbies have been altered in ways that we now need to adjust to – a “new normal”. This “new normal” will no doubt take some adjustment period, but I am confident we will all make the necessary adjustments to safely get back to our day-to-day lives.

At a recent virtual meeting of the Baseball Atlantic Executive – consisting of the Baseball Atlantic President and four Provincial Presidents with the support of their respective Executive Directors – the topic of the 2020 Baseball Atlantic Championships was discussed in detail. While we are all happy that it appears each province will get the chance to play some baseball this summer, there are great considerations that need to be made with respect to Baseball Atlantic Championships. Travel considerations, public health directives within each province, and ultimately the safety of everyone involved in a Baseball Atlantic Championship – players, coaches, officials, parents, and volunteers – are all factors that need great consideration. While the current conditions in each province were informative and discussed, admitted unknowns and the ultimate health and safety of everyone involved weighed greatly into the decision-making process when coming to a final result on the fate of 2020 Baseball Atlantic Championships.

With these considerations in mind, it has been decided that the 2020 Baseball Atlantic Championships have been cancelled. This decision was not one made lightly, but we as a collective feel this is the best decision considering these extraordinary circumstances. With health and safety being at the core of this decision, we feel confident that this decision will not only put at ease and potential concerns for players, parents and officials, but also for the hosts and their volunteers. The timing of this decision also allows our host provinces to best plan and prepare their provincial seasons in whatever fashion it ends up being. The unknowns in truly not knowing what direction COVID-19 will take in each province also makes this decision the best one at this time. While this decision is not the one we wanted to make, ultimately we feel it is the one we had to make.

Baseball Atlantic looks forward to 2021 when we can once again offer a great Championship season that is reflective of the values and ideals Baseball Atlantic strives to offer its members. It is with that core message in mind that we look forward to seeing you all at the various ballparks throughout your respective province, and Atlantic Canada as a whole.

Until that time, continue to stay safe and practice the public health measures and directives within each of your provinces to ensure we are all able to get back on the field as quickly and safely as possible.

Gerry Leblanc

President

Baseball Atlantic

2020 MEMORANDUM OF CHANGES – BASEBALL ATLANTIC

To view this document in French, click here.

MEMORANDUM OF CHANGES 2020 – BASEBALL ATLANTIC

Further to the Annual General Meeting of the Board of Baseball Atlantic held in Halifax on November 24, 2019, the members agreed to the additions, changes, and amendments to the Baseball Atlantic Tournament Manual and operations as follows:

1. To facilitate the reporting of tournament game results, Host committee will be required to complete the Championship Scoring Report at the end of each day and forward it to the Provincial Baseball Association office. The data will be entered on the Baseball Atlantic web site by the office. A sample of the Championship Scoring Report can be found on Page 30 of the Baseball Atlantic Championship Tournament Manual.

2. Host Committees will be required to post on the Baseball Atlantic Twitter page the game results in a timely fashion. Host Committees will be provided access and procedures as detailed on Page 31 of the Baseball Atlantic Championships Tournament Manual.

3. Team rosters for Atlantic Championships shall be forwarded to the Provincial Baseball Association offices. The Provincial Baseball Association will then send the rosters to the Host Committee of the respective championships.   

4. The Provincial Baseball Associations will be responsible to appoint a Baseball Atlantic Representative at all championships to assist the host committee in overseeing the tournament. In situations where a representative cannot be identified, the Provincial Baseball Association office shall assume that role.  

5. Tournament schedules have been revised in which all teams will have one home and one away game each day during the round robin portion of the tournament.

6. Tournament schedules have been revised in which the host committee can choose the day and time of the opening ceremonies. Length of time of opening ceremonies shall not be any longer than 20 minutes.  

7. In the event of a tie during round robin games, extra innings will begin with runners on 1st and 2nd base with no outs for all extra innings until a winner is determined. Tournament manual (P.15) outlines the game procedures and this tournament rule shall not apply to tie-breaker, playoff or championship games.

8. Changes to the player pick-up rules where at the 18U AA level, all provinces are limited to a maximum of three pick-ups for the championships.

9. Baseball Canada new pitch count rules shall apply to Baseball Atlantic Championships with one adjustment to the new rules. Since Baseball Atlantic championships are 3-day events, and not 4-day events (Baseball Canada), the maximum pitch count of a pitcher shall be over three (3) days.

10. An appendix has been added to the tournament manual which provides interpretations, with examples, of the new pitch count rules for Baseball Atlantic championships.  

Past Tournament Results Now Available

Click the links below to view past tournament results

2017 Results

2018 Results

2019 Results

Summerside Chevys are 2019 18U AA Atlantic Champs

Congrats to the Summerside Chevys for winning the 2019 18U AA Atlantic Championships!

2019 MEMORANDUM OF CHANGES – BASEBALL ATLANTIC

Further to the Annual General Meeting of the Board of Baseball Atlantic held in Halifax on December 2nd, 2018, the members agreed to the additions, changes, and amendments to the Baseball Atlantic Tournament Manual and operations as follows:

1. Teams attending the 14U Girls Championships shall be permitted over age players (turning age 15) as follows; a maximum of two (2) players per attending team from Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, and three (3) players per attending team from New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

2. Provincial Baseball Associations have agreed to use a standard registration (roster) form for teams attending the championships. This will facilitate the addition of players to the roster. The form will be available from the Provincial Baseball Association.

3. Teams at the 11U, 13U (except 13U AAA), 15U category will be allowed two (2) pick-up players from other teams from the same age and or lower skill category within their own province. There is no change to the current practice of pick-ups for the 18U category.

4. Amendments have been made to the playing schedules to clearly identify the playing schedule for the provincial champions of the hosting province. The term “Host” has been removed and replaced by Team 1 and Team 2. Team 2 shall be the provincial champions, which can be the host team.

5. The Board of Baseball Atlantic has sent a recommendation to Baseball Canada Championship Committee to amend the National Atlantic 13U AAA schedule to incorporate quarter-final games. This will eliminate the situation of teams being eliminated after the first day of games played and at the same time have more teams still compete in the playoffs towards the championship game.

6. A pitcher, nearing a pitch count rule threshold, shall be permitted to finish the batter and thrown pitches over the threshold amount shall not be charged to the pitcher’s total pitches as it pertains to the pitch count rest period. The condition is that the coach notifies the umpire, in advance, that the pitcher is throwing to his last batter. This will eliminate the removal of a pitcher during a batter’s at bat due to the pitcher reaching a pitch count threshold. Additional details is available in the tournament manual.  

7. Where a team goes undefeated during round robin play and all other teams have at least two losses, the undefeated team must be beaten twice and the undefeated team shall have the choice of home game for both games if two games are played.

8. In the event of an intentional walk, the pitcher is not required to throw any pitches to the batter. The coach shall notify the umpire and the batter shall proceed to 1st base. If any pitches were thrown to the batter, only those pitches shall count towards the pitcher’s pitch count.

9. At the 15U AA and AAA categories, the Baseball Canada “Extended Hitter-(EH)” rule can be used. In general, a team has a choice to add another batter anywhere in the batting order. His position assignment on the line-up card shall be “EH”. The player can be assigned to multiple positions on the field during the game. In other words, the “EH” can be the shortstop and the former shortstop shall assume the “EH” position assignment with no change to the batting order. Additional details are provided in the tournament manual.                                                 

2019 Host Contact Info Now Available

Contact info for hosting communities is now available for each of the 8 Atlantic championships for 2019.

CLICK HERE for a list of contacts

2018 MEMORANDUM OF CHANGES – BASEBALL ATLANTIC

Further to the Annual General Meeting of the Board of Baseball Atlantic held in Halifax on December 9th, 2017, the members agreed to the additions, changes, and amendments to the Baseball Atlantic Tournament Manual as follows:

1. Provincial Baseball Association shall forward the team roster electronically to the host committee, with a copy to the host Provincial Baseball Association, no later than 5:00pm (AST) on the Monday before the championships. Otherwise, a late submission fine of $50/day will be issued to the Provincial Baseball Association.

2. Tournament sites listed in the tournament manual has been updated to include the locations for each division from 2019-2022. Each province shall host each division championship once with the exception of the 14U Girls Championships.

3. Five team draw schedule now show that all teams shall play two games on the first day of the championships, regardless if one or two playing fields are used for said championship.

4. In the event of inappropriate conduct of coaches, players and teams, suspension guidelines have been added to the tournament manual.

5. The parties affected by disciplinary actions issued as a result of conduct at an championship shall have the right to an appeal.

6. Five team schedule, where one field only is used, has changed to ensure all teams play two games on the first day.

7. Playing rules for 14U Girls Championships have been added to the Tournament manual.

8. For 2018 championships only(pilot), 15U AA Atlantic Championships shall be an 8 teams event, whereas each province shall send its provincial championship and runner-up teams with the exception of the host province. The host province shall be represented by their provincial champions and the host team selected to host the event. A schedule has been approved and sent to the Provincial Baseball Associations.

9. Baseball Atlantic is pleased to advise that its new web site is currently under construction and the Provincial Baseball Associations will be advised once it is completed.

10. Tournament Report to be submitted to the President of Baseball Atlantic has been revised. Provincial Baseball Associations were provided a copy of the report.

Baseball Atlantic Update – April 2018

Good luck to all players beginning team tryouts for the 2018 baseball season. Baseball Atlantic Championships are right around the corner.

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