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Guelph Royals to Sit out 2021 Inter-County League Season

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Guelph, Ontario – The Intercounty Baseball League (IBL) along with the Guelph Royals today announced that the Royals will take a leave of absence for the 2021 season.

The IBL and its remaining seven clubs are still working towards a July 5th start date and a 30 game schedule.

The Royals are unable to operate citing the uncertainty of COVID-19 heading into a season that is scheduled to start in three weeks’ time. In addition to the issues affecting all of Ontario, there was the spectre of additional issues in Guelph including fan capacity limits and concessions.

The IBL is currently working on a process for the dispersal of Guelph Royals players and will release an updated 2021 schedule, including a new playoff format, in the coming days.

 

The Intercounty Baseball League (IBL) is the top-level baseball league in Canada, boasting ex-major league professional and elite NCAA college baseball players. The 2021 season will mark the IBL’s 102nd in operation. The IBL is one of the longest continuously operated baseball leagues in the world and serves as a valuable training ground for coaches, umpires, and front office staff. More than 40 IBL players have advanced to Major League Baseball or returned to the IBL following their MLB careers. The league is comprised of teams from Barrie, Brantford, Kitchener, London, Toronto, Guelph, Welland, and Hamilton. For more information, visit www.theibl.ca.

Contact John Kastner at 519-301-3227 for more information.

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IBL Mourns loss of Toronto Maple Leafs owner Jack Dominico

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Photo: IBL / Toronto Sun

Legendary owner was in his 53rd year at the helm of the Maple Leafs

The Intercounty Baseball League is saddened to announce the passing of Toronto Maple Leafs Owner and IBL icon, Jack Dominico, yesterday at the age of 82.

Passion, longevity, and competitiveness are just a few of the attributes that made up Jack Dominico.

Dominico had a background in newspapers. He sold ads for the North Bay Nugget and Etobicoke Guardian. He met his wife Lynne at the Guardian. Their shared love of baseball led to the Toronto Maple Leafs and that little pressbox high atop the hill behind home plate.

Jack was passionate in his support of youth baseball and the community surrounding Christie Pits. He has held numerous weekend baseball clinics for those involved in the Toronto Playgrounds House League Baseball program where young players can learn skills from talented players on his Toronto Maple Leafs team.

Since its inception the team has won the Jack and Lynne Dominico Trophy as Intercounty Baseball champions eight times, the first in 1972. During their 2002 championship season, the Leafs were undefeated at home, a league first.

The team was owned by husband and wife Jack and Lynne Dominico for the first 40 years of its existence, but since was owned exclusively by Jack after Lynne’s passing on November 8, 2008.

The 2021 IBL season was Jack’s 53rd at the helm.

Funeral arrangements to follow.

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Intercounty League announces 2022 schedule

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MISSISSAUGA – Ontario’s Intercounty Baseball League (IBL) recently released its 2022 schedule which begins on Sunday, May 15 as the London Majors travel to Toronto for a showdown at Christie Pits. The 2022 season will mark the IBL’s 103rd season.

Each team will again play a 42-game schedule. Weekends comprise a large majority of the schedule as 71% of the games will be played on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays (120 of the 168 games).

2022 Intercounty Baseball League Schedule Highlights:

Sunday, May 15th – London at Toronto
The rematch of the 2021 Dominico Cup Finals as the defending champion Majors travel to the Pits for a 2:00 p.m. matchup with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Friday, July 1st
Three games highlight Canada Day in the IBL as the Red Sox host the Cardinals, Royals welcome the Panthers, and Majors take on the Baycats.

Sunday, August 21
A full slate of games closes out the 103rd season of the IBL with the Baycats welcoming the Red Sox, Cardinals hosting their QEW rival Jackfish, Panthers take on the Royals, and Leafs close it out with the Majors.

The IBL can be followed on social media platforms (“ibl1919”), including Facebook.com/ibl1919.

About the Intercounty Baseball League (IBL)

The Intercounty Baseball League (IBL) is the top-level baseball league in Canada, boasting ex-major league professional and elite NCAA college baseball players. The 2021 season will mark the IBL’s 102nd in operation. The IBL is one of the longest continuously operated baseball leagues in the world and serves as a valuable training ground for coaches, umpires, and front office staff. More than 40 IBL players have advanced to Major League Baseball or returned to the IBL following their MLB careers. The league is comprised of teams from Barrie, Brantford, Kitchener, London, Toronto, Guelph, Welland, and Hamilton. For more information, visit www.theibl.ca.

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Province’s Roadmap to Reopening Good News for the IBL

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The province’s Roadmap to Reopening announced last week states outdoor leagues can begin play at the start of Phase Two. If everything goes as planned that means Ontario’s Intercounty Baseball League (IBL) will be playing baseball on July 5, albeit with restrictions.

That is good news indeed as for the first time since 2019, there is some light at the end of the long and dark pandemic tunnel. The news from the province put a number of things in motion for the IBL. First and foremost, the IBL is preparing a Return to Play plan to submit to the province – The IBL cannot resume without an approved plan.

The league has retained Dr. Tim Rindlisbacher to assist in the preparation of a league plan as well as a Return to Play plans for our eight teams. Dr. Rindlisbacher has also worked with the Ontario Hockey Federation and the NHLPA on return-to-play plans.

The IBL plan will include a myriad of scenarios around fan capacity and distancing, masks, the use of clubhouses and buses, concessions, and many other items. Additional good news is that Phase Three, if all goes well, could start 21 days later, on July 26, with eased restrictions.

Everything it seems is in pencil these days, but the IBL is working towards a start date of around July 5 with regular-season games into early September followed by a shortened playoff season.

Historically, the IBL has allowed each team to have four imports. That rule is still in place, but border restrictions and logistics may have an impact on teams being able to bring in players from other countries.

The IBL is also encouraging players, team staff, umpires, volunteers and even fans to get vaccinated. The response has been fantastic and it’s our way out of the pandemic and a path to get back on the field. Plus, besides being the right thing to do, vaccination thresholds are an element of the province’s Roadmap to Reopening.

In the weeks coming, the Intercounty Baseball League will keep our fans, players, and stakeholders updated with our return to play plan and the league looks forward to returning to the field!

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: John Kastner, IBL Commissioner (519) 301-3227

The Intercounty Baseball League (IBL) is the top-level baseball league in Canada, boasting ex-major league professional and elite NCAA college baseball players. The 2021 season will mark the IBL’s 102nd in operation. The IBL is one of the longest continuously operated baseball leagues in the world and serves as a valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff. More than 40 IBL players have advanced to Major League Baseball or returned to the IBL following their MLB careers.   The league is comprised of teams from Barrie, Brantford, Kitchener, London, Toronto, Guelph, Welland and Hamilton. For more information, visit www.theibl.ca.

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