Many sports leagues in Fort McMurray remain benched as they wait to hear the fate of their 2020 seasons
The 2020 Baseball Canada Cup, which Fort McMurray was scheduled to host in August, has been moved to 2023.
The Alberta Football League (AFL) has not decided if it will cancel its season or hold it this fall. The best-case scenario for the Western Canada Baseball League (WCBL) is a start in late June or early July.
Both leagues were to begin their seasons in May.
Will Sadlemyer, president of the Fort McMurray Monarchs, said it’s “a long shot for a season to happen.”
“It’s kind of hard to jump into a season with no practices.” he said. “You don’t want another breakout either. Football being a sweaty, bloody sport that it is, it would be pretty easy, I think, to get something.”
The COVID-19 pandemic comes as the Monarchs were generating buzz. Games typically drew about 300 people. Back in February, Saddlemyer said roughly 20 to 30 people tried out for the team. In previous years, it was about a dozen.