Plans for recreational activities in Stettler have been hindered in a major way due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time in years past, minor league sports would keep the fields full of different athletic activities. Baseball, softball, and soccer are all summer sports that have been affected.
The Stettler Minor Ball Association (SMBA) has decided all baseball and softball activities will no longer take place this year. Kent Hoopfer, President of the SMBA mentioned that closing is happening with smaller associations across the entire province. Alberta Softball and Baseball recreation has opened to a degree, however, the restrictions while playing are very demanding.
“The return to play restrictions from Baseball Alberta were tough to get around, and I know it sucks, but it’s best that we shut down the season”. Kent Hoopfer
More information regarding the return to play for Stettler Minor Soccer will be announced in the near future.
One benefit of not having activities is that the town has taken the opportunity to maintain all recreational fields. All fields are going through a turf revitalization which includes aerating, top dressing, overseeding, and other means of maintenance.
Brad Robbins, Manager of Recreation and Culture stated, “We decided to make use of this time when the fields are not being used and let them have uninterrupted time to grow, as well as letting them recuperate from previous years”. Robbins mentioned that fields could possibly be ready for activity by mid-July if athletic associations decide to come back.
Stay tuned to StettlerLocal.com for the latest updates on local sports amid the relaunch.
Riley Turre, Youth Reporter