2020 was a year unlike any other, a global pandemic, a lockdown for two and a half months, and uncertainty to what the summer would hold. The Central Ontario Reds were committed to giving the 12U, 13U & 14U teams a season they deserved.
While other organizations struggled to find a way to make sports possible, The Central Ontario Reds worked tirelessly with our local MPP, Honourable Jim Wilson, to ensure that The Reds and other members of the Fergie Jenkins League (FJSL) were able to have a 2020 season. With many letters, phone calls, and conversations, The Reds were finally granted permission from local levels of government, and shortly after the provincial government stated that a season was possible. The Reds want to thank Mr. Wilson for all of his work and his unwavering support of the Central Ontario Reds Teams and Organization.
In order to have The Reds season continue, strict guidelines implemented from the FJSL, labelled the FJSL COVID-19 Operational Plan, in which The Reds had a key role in helping to develop. To keep the health and safety of all teams and coaches a priority, spectators were minimized to two immediate family members. The operational plan stated practice/playing guidelines, coaching responsibilities, umpire modification, and gameplay guidelines. A new “bubble” play was introduced. Bubbles were 3-4 teams out of the original loop, who played against each other for the whole season. Using the bubble format, the Central Ontario Reds teams were able to play their season.
A normal season for the Central Ontario Reds would see each team play between 26-30 games, The Reds are happy to announce that all teams did get their whole season in, with the 12U, 13U and 14U teams all playing between 26-30 games each! They were also able to practice from June until September!
After a season that many thought would not happen, the majority of Reds players have returned to continue with the 12U 13U and 14U 2020-2021 teams, and the Reds welcome some new players to these teams as well the newly formed 11U team. A few players have gone on to play for teams in the PBLO and CPBL. The Central Ontario Reds wish these players much success in their new and future endeavours.
The Reds started training for the 2020-2021 season in November with Indoor Winter training. Each team was able to finish the first section of all Winter training requirements. The Central Ontario Reds are looking forward to what 2021 has to offer our organization, the FJSL, and all the players, parents and family members!
Let’s Play Ball!