No ball for Minden youth this summer
By Darren Lum
Like much of everything this year, the Minden Minor Baseball League’s 2020 season has been officially cancelled.
Tammy and Craig Smith made the official announcement on May 25 through
the league’s Facebook page, calling it a “sad day for MMBL.”
“Even though the full season won’t happen, we have made plans that if and when the social distancing ban is lifted we are going to offer Monday night MMBL fun nights, pay as you go: games, skills, practices and anything else we can do to keep the kiddos into baseball and to keep active. We will be contacting players’ parents and sponsors about refunds by email shortly,” Tammy wrote on Facebook. “Stay safe and know that we are here for you all and will do what we can, when we can.”
Before their announcement, there was hope for a season.
Registration was performed online this year and there were 35 children signed up to play this season. During past years, the league has included children as young as three up to youth aged 17. Eight coaches and upwards of 12 assistants were also committed to assist the league for the season before it was cancelled. The league’s season also included the Dawson Hamilton Memorial Tournament and an end-of-year barbecue.
The Smiths have been helping run the league for close to a dozen years, but officially assumed control of youth league and made the league a not-for-profit, taking over from the Minden Hills Township in 2018.
It’s always been an effort rooted in passion for the Minden couple, who love the game of baseball and wanted to share their passion for the game with the community’s youth. The league encouraged teamwork and fair play.
The couple apologize for cancelling the season.
We want to express how sorry we are and we don’t like feeling like we’re letting the kids down because that’s what we’re here for is to help out the kids, keep them active and enjoy the wonderful game of baseball,” she wrote. “We would like to thank everyone who signed up and our sponsors and of course the volunteers without their dedication we do not have a league and we hope that if social distancing becomes a thing in our past that we can call on the volunteers and sponsors once again to assist us in making something happen for the kids. We hope everyone stays safe and healthy and we will have a great league again for the 2021 season.”