The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly changed the landscape for Canadians across the country. As of April 27, 2020, there is still little information about when restrictions will be lifted and we go back to our “new normal”. The Prairie Baseball Academy is taking all precautions that are recommended, and will continue to follow government guidelines until a time we can safely proceed with all of our programs. It is our hope things will be back to some sort of normalcy and we can be back playing baseball at Lloyd Nolan Yard by September. The PBA coaching staff has been hard at work planning for the fall and are excited to share their plans. As the situation is constantly changing, please understand that nobody has concrete answers about what the future holds.
For many years PBA has kicked off the fall season the Monday of the September long weekend. This fall Coach Hubka and his coaching staff plan to start a week early on Sunday, August 30. The schedule for opening day will remain similar as in years past: report to Lloyd Nolan Yard for 10:00am to register and be fitted for our Under Armour clothing package. The clothing package includes: cleats, turfs, duffle bag, backpack, profit hat, shirts, shorts, jackets and more. After completing registration, players will go through a standard pro-style on-field workout. The opening day workout usually includes: 60yd dash, infield/outfield defense, radar gunned throws from across the infield and outfield, pitcher bullpens and on-field batting practice for hitters. Parents and family are encouraged to stick around after registration to watch the workout. After the workout, we will hold a welcome barbeque for all the players and family. Opening day is always one of the most exciting times of the year for PBA. We are hopeful we can proceed with our plans, but please stay tuned to the website and our social media platforms for more up-to-date information.
Coach Hubka and his coaching staff have mapped out multiple plans for this upcoming fall in coordination with the Canadian College Baseball Conference. There is a possibility that the missed 2020 spring season would be played this fall, however nothing has been confirmed yet. The coaching staff plans to move forward no matter which scenario occurs with two-a-day workouts during the week before school begins. These workouts will be a mini “training camp” to get players back in the swing of things as quickly as possible. Morning workouts would focus on individual and team defense, while the afternoons would be for offense/hitting work. Year after year the PBA has prided themselves on their strength and training program during the winter months and without this extra time in 2020, being game-ready may be a challenge. This is a challenge the coaching staff is eager to take on! The PBA coaching staff will do their best to keep the fall as routine as possible for players with games against the top high school academies, intersquads and finishing with the PBA Fall World Series at the end of October. So much could change from now until September, but for right now this is the plan.
The PBA coaching staff has been working hard to recruit for fall. It is extremely difficult to see players in action without practices being held or games being played. Despite these challenges, we will continue to review video and reach out to high school coaches for feedback. PBA will do what we can to be on-field this fall. We understand that this is a difficult time for prospective post-secondary students as they try to plan their futures. If you have any questions about our program, please do not hesitate to reach out to us by email at [email protected] or by phone at 403-320-1302.
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