A Message from the IMBA President, Murray Reay …
Happy New Year to all,
We have finally put 2020 behind us with hopes that some sort of normalcy will find us in 2021. Last year was a very difficult year for all of us at IMBA with having to cancel our regular season and find alternatives in a very restricted style. We sincerely thank you
for your understanding and patience as we worked through these challenges.
With the current AHS and government restrictions, 2021 is starting out a bit unknown. One thing we do know is that IMBA will be offering league play in some capacity for the upcoming season. Our governing associations (Baseball and Softball Alberta) are more prepared than ever and ready to assist us with this.
Registration for all levels of play will open on January 11.
What the season will look like is unknown right now. We will most likely be set up in cohort play throughout the season. This will be more structured and organized than what was offered last season and will hopefully be as normal as possible. We will keep everyone informed and up to date regarding start dates for conditioning and tryouts.
IMBA board has been working hard over the past months to develop our competitive softball division and are pleased to offer B level competitive play at our U12, U14, U16, and U19 levels. We look forward to the challenges and successes this program will add to IMBA.
We are also working with THE DOME to enhance our player and coach development. With the current guidelines, we are unsure of how this will be set up this year and will provide more information as we can.
If you are interested in coaching this season, please fill out the online Coaching Application which can be found on the IMBA website. This is required for all levels, Competitive or Recreational/Developmental.
We would like to secure our Baseball - AA and Softball - Competitive coaches as soon as possible so they can begin planning for the season. If you are interested in the Head Coach or Assistant Coach position for our competitive baseball and softball teams, please submit your online Coaches Application by Feb 15, 2021.
Typically, we hold our Annual General Meeting the first week of January. We have delayed this as we would like to try and have an in-person meeting rather than virtual. We will determine when and how we will hold the AGM as soon as we have more guidance from AHS.
We have several board positions that will need to be filled this year. If you are interested in joining the IMBA board, please contact one of the current board members. More information on available positions will be sent out prior to AGM.
On a personal note, I will be stepping down as president this year and would like to thank all of the board members for their hard work and dedication over the years. We have been through a lot in the past few years (name change and COVID-19 to name a few) and yet we are still one of the most respected Associations in both Baseball and Softball Alberta. That is due to all of you and I thank you for that.
Stay safe and healthy and we will see you on the diamonds as soon as possible.
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