Sep 08, 2022 | Jesse Edmunds | 307 views
That's A Wrap On The 2022 Season...
With the kids returning to school, and representative team tryouts in full swing, it's sadly time to officially bring a close to the 2022 season... and what a season it was!
The 2022 OHMBA season was the first full season of Bengals Baseball since 2019 - the same year that the league restructured from the previous Orangeville Minor Baseball Association - re-writing the Constitution, and introducing an expanded Executive structure to help bring about positive developments for baseball in Orangeville. The league was also formally registering as a non-profit...
Unfortunately just after the newly expanded Executive was elected, the pandemic hit. This brought about challenges during the 2020 (cancelled) and 2021 (shortened) seasons, and we continued to feel the affects during our first full season in 2022. We faced rising costs and supply chain issues; including with our uniforms and photos, the season started off with a 60% drop in umpires province wide, and while we attempted to roll out the Rally Cap program for our younger age groups - feedback suggests there is a need to re-evaluate the program for the OHMBA.
As we continue to grow and mature as an Association, our challenges provide us with opportunities to improve and offer the best possible program to our members in the future. The OHMBA Executive will be meeting soon to digest the 2022 season and identify key areas for improvement in 2023, as well as begin discussions about the AGM & Executive Election that will be scheduled for late October. If you have any suggestions please feel free to reach out to a member of our Executive. We always appreciate constructive feedback, and we're also hoping to circulate a quick feedback survey within the next month that you should see via email.
Challenges aside, the 2022 season also saw some great developments for the OHMBA and it's membership, as well as the greater baseball community in the Orangeville & Headwaters Area. There was the diamond resurfacing at Princess of Wales and Springbrook Shack & North - the culmination of years of advocacy to see improvements to our diamonds. We also saw The Shack renovation get underway, thanks to the generous support of volunteers, sponsors, the Town, and local service clubs. Once complete, the new building will provide an improved snackbar, washrooms and storage facilities, as well as a "Home" for the league. The new 2nd floor will also feature an announcer's booth to improve the experience for our members.
Volunteers from the OHMBA also played a large role in helping facilitate the most attended Rotary Ribfest ever, thanks to a newly established relationship between the OHMBA and the Rotary Club that we're hopeful is the beginning of a long partnership to bring mutual benefits to both the Bengals and the Rotarians. The league also hosted the 9U AA Ontario Baseball Championship on Labour Day Weekend, bringing together Town operations, volunteers, and local businesses to deliver a top notch tournament experience for all involved. All-in-all nearly 250 different volunteers helped support Bengals Baseball and associated events in 2022, and we couldn't be more thankful for such amazing support!
While we turn the page on the 2022 season, we hope that our members had a great summer, and that you are just as excited as we are for the future of Bengals Baseball. We wish all of our Bengals Families the best through the fall and winter, and we look forward to seeing everyone back out on the fields in the spring. Stay tuned for more information about our upcoming AGM and finding out how you can become a part of this great association that is dedicated to #Community, #Leadership, and #Development.
Yours in baseball,
Jesse M. Edmunds