The 13 teams in the Quebec Elite Junior Baseball League (LBJEQ) will play an entire season this year, but again according to a schedule that will only allow clashes between teams from the same section, although the rules restricting travel between regions will be lifted. when the season starts June 25th.
During the regular calendar, Diamants de Québec and Alouettes de Charlesbourg will only play between and against the Junior Eagles in Trois-Rivières and Voyageurs of Saguenay.
“The schedule must be ready in March, and when we did, we could not have known that the rules would be changed in June. It is now too late to make any changes since all reservations have been made for a long time, ”explained Sun the president of the league, Rodger Brulotte.
LBJEQ has already been forced to postpone the start of the season, which was originally scheduled for May 29, almost a month later. “It is still a victory compared to last year, when we started on July 15 and played a reduced schedule of 22 games. This year we will play a full schedule for 32 games that end on August 28, “points out Brulotte.
In addition, with the recent government announcements, the teams expect to be able to welcome the audience to their stadiums from the opening match. The teams will play show games on Friday 14. June, which gives them two weeks to complete the preparations.
As for the referee, as last year, he will be installed behind the pitcher instead of behind the plate to start the season, but things can change during the year according to the instructions from the public health department.
Important change this year, the fifty or so Quebec baseball players enrolled in American colleges no longer need to be placed on the protection list of their LBJEQ team if they do not return to Quebec in the summer. They could be placed on another list and their team will still retain their rights.
“Among these players, only those who return to Quebec to play in LBJEQ must be placed on the protection list. This change will make it possible for more young players to develop in our league this year, concludes Rodger Brulotte.