Message from the Gulls Re: 2021 WCBL SeasonPublished March 30th, 2021
Update on 2021 Western Canadian Baseball League Season
March 25th, 2021
After careful consideration and months of deliberation, the WCBL (Western Canadian Baseball League) has decided to play under a modified format for 2021. This format only includes a limited number of teams and a smaller schedule. At this point we have 5-6 franchises – including the Sylvan Lake Gulls – that are exploring an option to provide a place for Canadian players to hone their skills. The League will soon approach Alberta Health Services with another “Return To Play” Plan. This plan will include an Alberta cohort, with no fans initially, and a condensed season in mid-June to early August.
This “Plan B” season will begin with no fans in attendance, but our hope is that we are allowed a number of fans as the season goes on. Due to so much uncertainty regarding fans, tickets for 2021 games will be sold at a discounted price on a game day, walk up basis only. The franchises that have agreed to pursue this plan all agree that it is the best thing to do for our players, fans, and communities. We have to start getting back to some normalcy and our hope is that this plan will act as a step towards that and help us keep baseball in our communities!
One year ago when we introduced the Gulls to Sylvan Lake and Central Alberta, we never imagined that we would have to make such a difficult decision. Our Ownership Group and Leadership Team from H4 Sports Entertainment Ltd. are fully committed to finishing the stadium construction and being part of the Sylvan Lake community for many years to come. The WCBL is planning to resume playing in packed stadiums for the 2022 season and your Sylvan Lake Gulls are going to be the team to watch!
There are many risks relating to the pandemic, including but not limited to: not knowing if we will be able to get our American players across the border; if we can have a limited number of (or any) fans in the stands; and blocks of the season possibly being cancelled. These factors have led to the unanimous decision from the league franchises to modify the 2021 WCBL season.
The modified schedule and ticket plan details will be released once our plan is approved by Alberta Health.
Here is a video message: https://youtu.be/xWXy9ussnTY
GM & President of Baseball Operations