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Ontario’s Intercounty Baseball League Moves Forward for 2021

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CAMBRIDGE – Ontario’s Intercounty Baseball League (IBL) is moving forward with plans to play a 2021 season said Commissioner John Kastner in a statement released to the media and other stakeholders on Thursday.

This time last year the IBL was staring down the loss of their first season in league history, two teams had already informed the league they would not be playing and the COVID-19 Pandemic was beginning to take hold at record numbers.

Fast forward to today and just like the daily updates of the COVID-19 pandemic, things are much different and as of April 22, all eight-member clubs are fully committed to a return to the field at some point this summer.

“As more and more vaccines are being administered, hope springs eternal that the IBL will be back in some form this summer,” said Kastner. “The league hoped to start in June but that does not seem likely. But, with over 100,000 vaccines going into arms every day in Ontario we are confident that Intercounty baseball will be played this summer and we will be able to help communities rebound from over a year of restrictions.”

The league has appointed Dr. Tim Rindlisbacher as the league’s Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Rindlisbacher is a Sports Medicine Physician who is currently the Chief Medical Officer of the Ontario Hockey Federation and Consultant to the NHLPA. His new position within the IBL will be to coordinate with the provincial government and member clubs to develop a return-to-play plan for the 2021 season.

The IBL is a regional league, driven by its fans that enter the gates at the eight Southern Ontario stadiums. With that, the league simply cannot operate without a small percentage of attendance (in most cases as low as 10% capacity).

“As the IBL is a gate driven league, a modest percentage of capacity is required before we can start our regular season and it is our hope that with vaccinations and the following of health measures, that we will be able to see at least a small percentage of fans at home games,” said Kastner.

“Everyone who is involved with and enjoys the IBL can help us and their communities. Please, when it is your turn, get vaccinated. And please follow your local public health guidelines on measures including wearing a mask and social distancing.”

“To our stakeholders and fans, thank you for sticking with us through these tough times. Thank you to all the health care and frontline workers for all they are doing for us,” added Kastner. “Like everything right now there is a lot that is still up in the air but we have a plan, in fact, several plans, and all of those plans culminate with IBL baseball in 2021!”

With the announcement of several revised start dates, Kastner sat down with IBL On Deck Host, Jackson Farough to talk about the range of options in front of the league as it works to stage its season, its talks with the government and why the league has some real optimism heading into the summer. That video is presented here:

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 continually 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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IBL Mourns loss of Toronto Maple Leafs owner Jack Dominico

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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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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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