2017 Season Information
Hope you have had a good off season. A few important dates to remember
Level 1/2 Clinic :
Sign In: 8:15am-8:45am
Clinic Time: 9:00am-4:00am
Dates: Sunday March 26 (or) NEW DATE
Sunday April 23 NEW DATE
Location: March 26 - Notre Dame High School, 2333 Headon Forest Road
April 23 - Robert Bateman High School, 5151 New Street
Details: Lunch is provided. You must attend one of the two clinic dates to umpire in 2017. Clinics are limited in size. Participants must stay for the entire clinic. Register early!
Registration: You must register online ahead of the clinic with Baseball Ontario.
Registration is now open. Click here to go to Baseball Ontario's Website to Register.
Level 3 Clinic :
Dates: Sunday May 07 (Westdale SS-Hamilton)
Clinic Time: 8:30-4:30
Details: Lunch is provided. You must attend one Super Clinic to umpire at Level 3 in 2017. Clinics are limited in size. Participants must stay for the entire clinic. If you are unable to attend Hamilton May 07, please check Baseball Ontario.com for additional Super Clinic Dates.
Registration: You must register online ahead of the clinic with Baseball Ontario. Registration is now open. Early Bird registration ends March 9. Go to www.baseballontario.com to register. Clinic fee is $50 (Early Bird Fee)
2017 Important Dates:
Date TBA - 2017 BOMBA Umpire Meeting
May 5-7 - Baseball is Back
Jun 24 - House League All Star Day
Jun 30-Jul 3 - Midget Eliminations
July 22 - BOMBA Fun Day (BB, ST, TB)
Jul 28-30 - Minor Midget Tournament
August 12 - BOMBA Championship Day (House League)
August 18-20 - Minor Rookie COBA Championship
- Minor PeeWee COBA Championship
- Minor Bantam COBA Championship
Sept 1-4 - PeeWee 'A' OBA Provincials
- Bantam 'AAA' OBA Provincials
Several years ago Baseball Ontario adopted the 30/30 Rule for lightning safety.
Based on Environment Canada, Baseball Ontario has updated the 30/30 rule to accurately read as follows,: “If you can count 30 seconds or less between the lightning flash and hearing the thunder, immediately take shelter and stay there until 30 minutes after the last rumble of thunder.”
Players, coaches, umpires, spectators, etc. should immediately seek shelter if the 30/30 rule is in place, preferably an all-metal automobile (not convertible top) or a building with running water and electricity. If caught outside far from a safe shelter, stay away from tall objects, such as trees, poles, wires and fences. Take shelter in a low lying area.
Environment Canada states “it’s not necessarily the direct lightning strike that will injure or kill a player. During a lightning storm the atmosphere becomes electrified. Lightning streamers from the ground are trying to connect up with the lightning strike making its way from the cloud to the ground. If these streamers form on a fence/lamp post or even a player, damage can occur to a player’s nervous system and brain making them unfit to play. People can recover from this close encounter with lightning but some damage can last a lifetime.”
While the 30/30 rules provides a timeline to protect oneself during a thunderstorm while participating in an outdoor activity, in 2011,Environment Canada adopted a much clearer statement. “When thunder roars, GO INDOORS” or in French “Quand le tonnerre gronde, RENTREZ VITE!”
The following video focuses on soccer players but could easily be applied to baseball players. http://www.ec.gc.ca/foudre-lightning/default.asp?lang=En&n=54B219E5-1
Environment Canada also provides tools to help you with your decision of when to play or when to suspend or cancel practices/games. The Canadian Lightning Danger Map (CLDM) which is available on mobile devices. http://weather.gc.ca/lightning/index_e.html.
This map shows red areas that are most at risk of having lightning strike the ground in the next 10 minutes. Please view the short video describing how to use it at the following link.
The updated 30/30 rule can be located on the Baseball Ontario web page, along with the links listed in this notification:
The Risk Management Committee
Senior Scheduler: Mike Skeoch
Intermediate Scheduler: Sherrin Mitchell
Director of Umpiring: David Margetts