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Players, executive need to revitalize Fort Macleod Royals

The boys of summer won’t be on the diamond this year.

But it isn’t the COVID-19 pandemic that has shut down the Fort Macleod Royals baseball team.

A shortage of players forced the American Legion club to take a hiatus in 2020, long before the pandemic shut down the season.

“We had tried to assemble a team for this year but our numbers were bleak,” explained Rory Snider, who inherited the general manager’s post in December when the person in the position relocated for work.

“We had three players who graduated and a number of players who decided not to return,” Snider added. “Most of these players would have been in their last year and were planning on working instead.”

Snider attended the league scheduling meeting in mid January and tried to assemble a team for this year.

“I had reached out to different communities to see what type of interest there was from the younger players and received very little correspondence back,” Snider said.

“We had five to six players who were committed to play but we could not build upon those players.”

When it became clear the Royals would not field a team in 2020, the players were granted permission to try out for other clubs.

Four Royals — Sean Burns of Claresholm, Josh Conley of Pincher Creek and Colby and Cooper Snider from the Crowsnest Pass — attended a tryout in Lethbridge with the intention of playing.

Then the pandemic rolled into Alberta and teams were ordered to put tryouts and practices on hold.

Last week, American baseball cancelled all regional playoff tournaments and the World Series.

With this season off the diamond, the Royals will attempt to regroup so a team can be fielded in 2021.

People are needed to take on executive roles with the Royals in order to prepare for next season.

The executive will also have to line up enough players to fill the squad, and to put coaches in place.

“I am hoping that there will be enough players to be able to field a team along with other people to step up and take over the Royals association,” said Snider, who plans to step down as general manager.

“It would be a shame if this program was finished so I am hoping that a group of parents will step up and take the reigns.”

To express interest in working with the Royals, contact Rory Snider at 403- 563-9009 or rory_snider@tcenergy.com.

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