The Edmonton Collegiate Trappers (ECBC) are your representing team in the Canadian College Baseball Conference (CCBC). On the evening of Saturday April 24th, the league announced that the 2021 spring season has been cancelled. The league had previously cancelled the 2020 season for effectively the same reason as Alberta is still in the grips of the pandemic.
“The restrictions have forced the cancellation of the full CCBC season and the Canadian College World Series. Alberta teams are still practicing and hoping for a few exhibition games in May but that Is looking more doubtful by the day.”
The above quote is from CCBC President Kevin Kvame hours before making the season cancellation announcement official. It was just a calendar month ago that Kvame, who is also President of the Western Canadian Baseball League (WCBL), announced that the WCBL was going “all Alberta teams and all-Canadian“.
Edmonton Collegiate Trappers (ECBC) History Lesson (short version)
Before adopting the moniker “Trappers” the team was simply known as the Edmonton Collegiate Baseball Club hence the acronym of “ECBC”. On May 14, 2018 the Canadian College Baseball Conference proudly welcomed ECBC as their 7th team (the league now has 8 teams).
Ahead of their first spring season in 2019, I interviewed ECBC General Manager Brenden Wiun and Coach Ethan Elias to learn more about the then expansion Club.
“(we are) Student Athletes from Grant MacEwan, U of A, Concordia, and NAIT make up our team. Central Alberta athletes with possible Saskatchewan athletes in the future. As with any collegiate program, we are here to help open future doors for our athletes.
The only northern Alberta club that provides an opportunity for athletes to stay local. Same age, same rules as the Edmonton Prospects. Non-profit organization that will have free admission for their games and free parking.
Games are typically played in doubleheaders. Both games will be 9 innings in length with a 1 hour break in the middle.
There will not be any traditional concession stands but fun details about the game will come out closer to game days. Outside food and drink will be allowed with the obvious restrictions. No peanuts or sunflower seeds to keep the ballpark safe for people with severe allergies. No outside alcohol will be permitted into the ballpark.
Games to be played at RE/MAX Field.”
The CCBC Twitter account, hopeful of a season, spent the past few weeks collecting fan votes to create a “Fan Powered Rankings”. The ECBC Trappers would have looked to prove 65% of the vote wrong by finishing higher than the bottom two.
The league does play a short fall season. In 2019, it began on September 3rd. Will the boys of summer be allowed to play in the fall?
Take me out to the ball game…