Baseball & Covid-19

For Recent Update as of Sunday August 2nd 2020:

https://baseballvictoria.com.au/baseball-victoria-covid-19-update-2-august-2020/

Following the updates to COVID-19 restrictions announced by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews on Saturday, 20 June 2020, Baseball Victoria has been working with our sporting colleagues, VIC Sport and Sport & Recreation Victoria, to qualify several aspects of the government announcements. There is additional information that has been provided today, Wednesday 24 June 2020. 

The Victorian Government has now clarified that some aspects of community sport were allowed to return beginning from 11:59 PM on Sunday, 21 June, including:
 

  • Monday, 22 June through Sunday, 12 July 2020

    • Adults will continue to train in groups of 20 people plus two coaching staff, while maintaining social distancing and non-contact training (i.e. there can be two groups of 20 people training at the same time, plus their coaching staff);

    • Juniors will be able to recommence full contact training and competition;

    • Batting cages and indoor facilities can be used in groups no more than 20, subject to the square meterage rules;

    • Changerooms and facilities can be used while maintaining social distancing and can have no more than 20 people.


This clarification of 20 people per group returns to the restrictions that we had in place last week, allowing us to continue full training in anticipation of a return to full contact senior training and competition. 

The Sport and Recreation Victoria website has also been updated today to note:

  • From mid-July – subject to the advice of Victoria’s Chief Health Officer and the continued management of the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), adults can resume full-contact training from 13 July and full-contact competition from 20 July.


Baseball Victoria will continue to work with the Winter Associations and Clubs to prepare for a recommencement of the winter seasons based on these tentative dates, acknowledging that these dates are fluid and updates continue to occur daily. 

Following on from the previous announcements, Junior Winter Competition details are currently being finalised by the Winter Associations and will be updated via their communication channels. Click HERE to view Winter Association details.

Baseball Victoria continues to liaise with the Victorian Summer Baseball League Clubs to confirm the commencement dates and details for summer baseball. 

Members are reminded that to Return to Activity you must register – click HERE to select your club from the Baseball Victoria Website and complete your registration. 

The Baseball Victoria COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions have been updated – click HERE to review the changes. Baseball Victoria will update the Return to Activity/Play Plan to assist baseball clubs throughout this transition. Click HERE to view the current guidelines and other club resources. In addition, we have our Ramp Up to Play: Drills and Exercises Program on our website and BV TV YouTube channel to prepare athletes for a return to activity and play.

If you have any questions please contact Baseball Victoria, with full contact details available HERE.


As a reminder, the COVIDSafe app is now available and will allow authorities to quickly track and control the spread of COVID-19. Please consider downloading the app to help save lives, protect the community and get baseball back as soon as possible. Click HERE to learn more.

For up-to-date information on keeping your family safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services website HERE.

All further updates from Baseball Victoria will be available on the Baseball Victoria website and will also be communicated by the Baseball Victoria social media channels.

Following the changes to the easing of COVID-19 restrictions announced by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews on Saturday, 20 June 2020, Baseball Victoria is pleased to confirm the resumption of all junior baseball competitions and continued activity for senior players – albeit with additional restrictions.

The Victorian Government has allowed some aspects of community sport to return beginning from 11:59 PM on Sunday, 21 June, which includes:

  • Monday, 22 June through Sunday, 12 July 2020

    • Adults will continue to train in groups, REDUCED FROM 20 people to 10 per group plus two coaching staff, while maintaining social distancing and non-contact training (i.e. there can be two groups of ten people training at the same time, plus their coaching staff);

    • Juniors will be able to recommence full contact training and competition;

    • Batting cages and indoor facilities can be used in groups no more than 10;

    • Changerooms and facilities can be used while maintaining social distancing and can have no more than 20 people (less dependent upon the size of the facilities);

    • Canteens will be set to reopen with the commencement of junior competition, applying all the necessary space and food handling requirements. 

Baseball Victoria and the Winter Baseball Associations are working together to confirm how and when junior seasons would commence, along with continuing discussions and options for senior competition.

Senior training must remain as non-contact in groups of 10, with no more than 20 on a single field, maintaining all social distancing and hygiene requirements. The Victorian Government continues to review this particular restriction, which moves back to the earliest Return to Activity training format that commenced on Monday, 25 May 2020. Baseball Victoria will be able to confirm in the coming days if and when training will return to the larger group format.

At this stage, the return dates for senior full contact training and competition are unconfirmed, previous dates published by your Winter Associations are likely incorrect in light of the Victorian Government changes this past weekend.

“This is a fluid situation as Australia continues to adjust to life with COVID-19. The safety of our Victorian baseball community is our top priority, and that’s why we are committed to adapting to all the requirements and restrictions as a result of this changing landscape,” Baseball Victoria President Myles Foreman said. “We continue to update our documents and all of our changes are available on our website. We appreciate the patience and understanding of our community and we look forward to getting back to baseball as soon as it’s safe to do so.”

Clubs will be provided with an updated Continued Activity/Return to Play Plan (Version 3A) and the Club Templates for Training Attendance for seniors have been edited to accommodate 10 people (two groups where necessary), with a separate Template for Training attendance for juniors now that they can return to full training. 

Members are reminded that to Return to Activity you must register – click HERE to select your club from the Baseball Victoria Website and complete your registration. 

The Baseball Victoria COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions have been updated – click HERE to review the changes.

Baseball Victoria will provide an updated Return to Activity/Play Plan (Version 3A) to assist baseball clubs throughout this transition. Click HERE to view the current guidelines and other club resources.

In addition, we have our Ramp Up to Play: Drills and Exercises Program on our website and BV TV YouTube channel to prepare athletes for a return to activity and play.

If you have any questions please contact Baseball Victoria, with full contact details available HERE.

As a reminder, the COVIDSafe app is now available and will allow authorities to quickly track and control the spread of COVID-19. Please consider downloading the app to help save lives, protect the community and get baseball back as soon as possible. Click HERE to learn more.

For up-to-date information on keeping your family safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services website HERE.

All further updates from Baseball Victoria will be available on the Baseball Victoria website and will also be communicated by the Baseball Victoria social media channels.

In accordance with the updated Victorian State Government easing of COVID-19 restrictions, Baseball Victoria confirms that as at 10:00 AM on Monday, 1 June 2020, the number of people allowed at a baseball activity has increased from 10 athletes to 20 athletes. 

Further to the alternation of the shutdown timelines that enabled Baseball Victoria’s Return to Activity on Monday, 25 May 2020, these changes allow training to expand with additional athletes as all of the social distancing rules remain in effect. 

Clubs have been provided with an updated Return to Activity/ Play Plan and the Club Templates for Training Attendance have been updated to allow for 20 athletes. 

Clubs that Return to Activity, whom have not done so, must provide the Return to Activity Club Checklist before training commences.

Updated restrictions now in effect as of Monday, 1 June 2020 at 10:00 AM are as follows:

  • Training is extended to 20 athletes and two coaching staff per training session.

  • The use of clubrooms, changerooms, showers and covered batting cages are not allowed. The only indoor club facilities that may be used are toilets.

  • Clubs need to continue with the application of hygiene measures to return to on-field training.

    • All clubs must adhere to the maximum of 20 athletes and two coaching staff per training group.

    • There can be two groups of 20 athletes on the field, one in the diamond and one in the outfield with approximately 20 metres in between them.

    • Each group may have 20 athletes with two coaching staff; the groups are able to swap positions on the field, but they must remain in the original groups of 20 athletes.

    • Groundskeepers, parents and other club members may not be on the field during training, otherwise they will count toward the maximum number of people.

    • All athletes and coaches must use hand sanitiser before, during and after training. Hand sanitiser must be reapplied every 20 minutes during training.

    • Clubs will only have access to the field and toilets. Parents will be able to attend training with children in limited numbers while maintaining social distancing.

  • All training will be conducted so that there is no personal contact and appropriate space between participants.

  • All players, coaches and committee members need to register with SportsTG to Return to Activity. Click HERE for Winter Return to Activity Registration by club.

  • Non-essential baseball activity other than training in groups of up to 20 people is still restricted. Committee meetings and non-essential gatherings are not permitted.

  • We have prepared a list of frequently asked questions in relation to this kind of training. Click HERE for the list of frequently asked questions.
     

Baseball Victoria will continue to review how long these training options will be available before we return to competition play, and we are working with the winter associations to establish how the winter season could be moved into shorter timeframes and what the associated costs would be.

Baseball Victoria will continue to monitor the situation and consult with State and Federal Governments and our state and territory counterparts to establish the safest strategy for returning to baseball play.

Members are reminded that to Return to Activity you must register – click HERE to select your club from the Baseball Victoria Website and complete your registration. 

The Baseball Victoria COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions have been updated – click HERE to review the changes.

Baseball Victoria has also updated the Return to Activity/Play Plan to assist baseball clubs throughout this transition. Click HERE to view the guidelines and other club resources.

In addition, we have our Ramp Up to Play: Drills and Exercises Program on our website and BV TV YouTube channel to prepare athletes for a return to activity and play.

If you have any questions please contact Baseball Victoria, with full contact details available HERE.

As a reminder, the COVIDSafe app is now available and will allow authorities to quickly track and control the spread of COVID-19. Please consider downloading the app to help save lives, protect the community and get baseball back as soon as possible. Click HERE to learn more.

For up-to-date information on keeping your family safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services website HERE.

All further updates from Baseball Victoria will be available on the Baseball Victoria website and will also be communicated by the Baseball Victoria social media channels.

In accordance with the updated Victorian State Government easing of COVID-19 restrictions, Baseball Victoria confirms that as at 10:00 AM on Monday, 1 June 2020, the number of people allowed at a baseball activity will increase from 10 athletes to 20 athletes. 

Further to the alternation of the shutdown timelines that enabled Baseball Victoria’s Return to Activity on Monday, 25 May 2020, these changes allow training to expand with additional athletes as all of the social distancing rules remain in effect. 

On Friday, 29 May, Saturday, 30 May and Sunday, 31 May 2020, all clubs and members must adhere to the restrictions currently in place: there are to be no more than 10 athletes per group, plus two coaches.  Any club found to be hosting groups larger than 10 athletes will be in breach of the applicable rules and will be dealt with under the Baseball Victoria By-Laws and Baseball Victoria Member Protection Policy

Clubs will be provided with an updated Return to Activity/ Play Plan and on Monday, 1 June 2020 at 10:00 AM, the Club Templates for Training Attendance will be updated to allow for 20 athletes. 

Clubs that Return to Activity, whom have not done so, must provide the Return to Activity Club Checklist before training commences.

Updated restrictions that go into effect on Monday, 1 June 2020 at 10:00 AM are as follows:

  • Training is extended to 20 athletes and two coaching staff per training session.

  • The use of clubrooms, changerooms, showers and covered batting cages are not allowed. The only indoor club facilities that may be used are toilets.

  • Clubs need to continue with the application of hygiene measures to return to on-field training.

    • All clubs must adhere to the maximum of 20 athletes and two coaching staff per training group.

    • There can be two groups of 20 athletes on the field, one in the diamond and one in the outfield with approximately 20 metres in between them.

    • Each group may have 20 athletes with two coaching staff; the groups are able to swap positions on the field, but they must remain in the original groups of 20 athletes.

    • Groundskeepers, parents and other club members may not be on the field during training, otherwise they will count toward the maximum number of people.

    • All athletes and coaches must use hand sanitiser before, during and after training. Hand sanitiser must be reapplied every 20 minutes during training.

    • Clubs will only have access to the field and toilets. Parents will be able to attend training with children in limited numbers while maintaining social distancing.

  • All training will be conducted so that there is no personal contact and appropriate space between participants.

  • All players, coaches and committee members need to register with SportsTG to Return to Activity. Click HERE for Winter Return to Activity Registration by club.

  • Non-essential baseball activity other than training in groups of up to 20 people is still restricted. Committee meetings and non-essential gatherings are not permitted.

  • We have prepared a list of frequently asked questions in relation to this kind of training. Click HERE for the list of frequently asked questions.

“Victorians have remained committed to flattening the curve and stopping the spread of COVID-19, and we appreciate the patience of our Victorian baseball community during this time,” Baseball Victoria CEO Kristie Middleton said. “We are pleased to confirm more easing of restrictions, however, we must remind all clubs and members that it is absolutely essential to follow all guidelines, including social distancing and personal hygiene measures. The health and wellbeing of our participants and greater community depends on our continued caution and social distancing in line with advice from government and health officials.”

Baseball Victoria will continue to review how long these training options will be available before we return to competition play, and we are working with the winter associations to establish how the winter season could be moved into shorter timeframes and what the associated costs would be.

Baseball Victoria will continue to monitor the situation and consult with State and Federal Governments and our state and territory counterparts to establish the safest strategy for returning to baseball play.

Members are reminded that to Return to Activity you must register – click HERE to select your club from the Baseball Victoria Website and complete your registration. 

The Baseball Victoria COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions have been updated – click HERE to review the changes as they will apply from Monday, 1 June 2020 at 10:00 AM. 

Baseball Victoria has also updated the Return to Activity/Play Plan to assist baseball clubs throughout this transition. Click HERE to view the guidelines and other club resources.

In addition, we have our Ramp Up to Play: Drills and Exercises Program on our website and BV TV YouTube channel to prepare athletes for a return to activity and play.

If you have any questions please contact Baseball Victoria, with full contact details available HERE.

As a reminder, the COVIDSafe app is now available and will allow authorities to quickly track and control the spread of COVID-19. Please consider downloading the app to help save lives, protect the community and get baseball back as soon as possible. Click HERE to learn more.

For up-to-date information on keeping your family safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services website HERE.

All further updates from Baseball Victoria will be available on the Baseball Victoria website and will also be communicated by the Baseball Victoria social media channels.

The Victorian State Government has this week confirmed the details for the Community Sport Section COVID-19 Short Term Survival Package, which includes streams for associations, leagues, and clubs to apply for assistance. 

This page includes the details for eligibility and the application process. 

Please contact Baseball Victoria if you require assistance in navigating this process. 

 

Baseball Victoria has considered the federal update on the three-step framework for a COVID-Safe Australia as well as Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews’ announcements regarding the easing of restrictions across the state.

Baseball Victoria has worked diligently to obtain the necessary information from the Victorian Government and applicable authorities to move forward with organised baseball activity, and we are pleased to share the following changes:

  • We have altered our timeline for the shutdown of all baseball activity in accordance with the Victorian Government’s changes to restrictions. Previously scheduled to last through 31 May, our shutdown measures have been adjusted to allow for the recommencement of training at a baseball club with up to 10 athletes and two coaches, starting from 9:00 am on Monday, 25 May 2020.

  • These changes apply to on-field training only. Use of clubrooms, changerooms, showers and covered batting cages are not allowed. The only indoor club facilities that may be used are toilets.

  • Clubs will need to assist with hygiene measures to return to on-field training.

    • All clubs must adhere to the maximum of 10 athletes and two coaching staff per training group.

    • There can be two groups on the field, one in the diamond and one in the outfield with approximately 20 metres in between them. Each group may have 10 athletes with two coaching staff; however, the groups may not swap over at any time and need to remain in their section for the entire training session.

    • Groundskeepers, parents and other club members may not be on the field during training, otherwise they will count toward the maximum number of people.

    • All athletes and coaches must use hand sanitiser before, during and after training. Hand sanitiser must be reapplied every 20 minutes during training.

    • Clubs will only have access to the field and toilets. Parents will be able to attend training with children in limited numbers while maintaining social distancing.

  • All training will be conducted so that there is no personal contact and appropriate space between participants.  

  • All players, coaches and committee members will need to register with SportsTG to Return to Activity. Click HERE for Winter Return to Activity Registration by club.

  • Non-essential baseball activity other than training in groups of up to 10 people is still shut down until at least 31 May 2020. Committee meetings and non-essential small gatherings are not permitted.  

  • Letters of Intent and Clearances/Transfers will recommence from 9:00 am on Monday, 25 May 2020.

  • We have prepared a list of frequently asked questions in relation to this kind of training. Click HERE for the list of frequently asked questions.

“Victorians have been working hard to stop the spread of COVID-19, and we understand this has been a challenging time for everyone, including our Victorian baseball community,” Baseball Victoria CEO Kristie Middleton said. “While we welcome a slight easing of restrictions, we must remain vigilant and follow all guidelines, including social distancing and personal hygiene measures.”

Baseball Victoria has prepared a Return to Activity/Play Plan to assist baseball clubs throughout this transition. Click HERE to view the guidelines and other club resources.

Baseball Victoria has also added a Ramp Up to Play: Drills and Exercises Program to our website and BV TV YouTube channel to prepare athletes for a return to activity and play.

Baseball Victoria will continue to review how long these training options will be available before we return to competition play, and we are working with the winter associations to establish how the winter season could be moved into shorter timeframes and what the associated costs would be.

Baseball Victoria will continue to monitor the situation and consult with State and Federal Governments, Baseball Australia and our state and territory counterparts to establish the safest strategy for returning to baseball play.

If you have any questions please contact Baseball Victoria, with full contact details available HERE.

As a reminder, the COVIDSafe app is now available and will allow authorities to quickly track and control the spread of COVID-19. Please consider downloading the app to help save lives, protect the community and get baseball back as soon as possible. Click HERE to learn more.

For up-to-date information on keeping your family safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services website HERE.

All further updates from Baseball Victoria will be available on the Baseball Victoria website and will also be communicated by the Baseball Victoria social media channels.

Baseball Victoria has taken into consideration the federal update on the three-step framework for a COVID-Safe Australia announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison last Friday, as well as Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews’ announcements made on Monday, 11 May.

The key points in Baseball Victoria’s latest update are:

  • Under eased restrictions, outdoor activities in groups of up to 10 people will be allowed from 11:59pm on Tuesday, 12 May in Victoria.

  • There are still many questions that will need to be clarified and confirmed with the relevant authorities before we can safely return to baseball activities, including on-field training.

  • Baseball Victoria’s position remains the same – there is no current formal baseball activity.  While we work with the government for clarification on creating the safest environment for returning to activity, all baseball activity remains closed.

  • Further information will be communicated to all associations, clubs and members when it becomes available, we expect updates in the coming days.

On Monday, 11 May, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced that some coronavirus restrictions will be lifted from 11:59pm on Tuesday 12 May. Allowing outdoor activities to be held with groups of up to 10 people while still maintaining social distancing rules is the most relevant announcement relating to baseball. Clearly, this is a very positive move towards the return to baseball activity. 

However, while some of the restrictions will be eased from 11:59pm on Tuesday 12 May, there is still a lot of work to be done to ensure that we can get back on the field safely. Our discussions with our state and territory counterparts confirmed that each location is different, and we need to clarify and confirm how eased restrictions apply to baseball. One such example is whether coaches count towards the 10-person maximum, or whether that number applies to players only. Access to toilets and equipment or first aid at club facilities is another issue that needs to be addressed by authorities prior to our return to activity.

There are numerous details yet to be confirmed and finalised. We will now work with the relevant authorities to finalise these details and communicate the first draft of Baseball Victoria’s Return to Baseball Activity Guidelines.

We acknowledge the patience and commitment to flattening the curve as demonstrated by the Victorian Baseball community, and we know many of our members are excited about the prospect of returning to baseball activity. While we respect these sentiments, we must continue our careful planning and preparation to ensure we have all the relevant information. This will allow us to provide guidance on conducting baseball activities safely for all participants without breaking any applicable laws.

Baseball Victoria has met with winter associations and both winter and summer clubs this evening to discuss this update and our current plans for proceeding under eased restrictions. We will provide an update as soon as possible.

If you have any questions please contact Baseball Victoria, with full contact details available HERE.

As a reminder, the COVIDSafe app is now available and will allow authorities to quickly track and control the spread of COVID-19. Please consider downloading the app to help save lives, protect the community and get baseball back as soon as possible. Click HERE to learn more.

For up-to-date information on keeping your family safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services website HERE.

All further updates from Baseball Victoria will be available on the Baseball Victoria website and will also be communicated by the Baseball Victoria social media channels.

Following Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews’ announcement on changes to COVID-19 restrictions earlier today, Baseball Victoria is working to return to baseball activity and to ensure we are able to provide a safe environment for the baseball community. We are meeting with Winter Associations, Winter and Summer Clubs tomorrow (Tuesday, 12 May) and expect to have updated information from the state government to clarify important items, before updating all members on how you can return to baseball activity as soon as possible. 

Baseball Victoria continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation while working with State and Federal Governments, Baseball Australia and our state and territory counterparts to create the safest strategy for getting back to baseball activity.

As the landscape continues to evolve across the states and territories, Baseball Victoria is working through the National Principles for the Resumption of Sport and Recreation Activities. These principles will set the precedent for the eventual return to community sports, and in order to safely return to activity, we must adhere to these principles along with the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport in a COVID-19 Environment. Currently in a draft framework, these principles will be approved in part or full by the Federal Government and then enacted by the States and Territories with additional requirements.

“Victoria has done a great job of staying home and social distancing, so thank you to our Victorian baseball community for doing your part. However, we cannot backtrack by returning to activity too soon without proper guidelines in place,” Baseball Victoria CEO Kristie Middleton said. “We want to return to baseball as soon as it’s safely possible, and that means we need to continue to be patient and our entire community needs to be willing to make adjustments. By accepting and embracing changes to maintain social distancing and personal hygiene, we can get our sport back up and running safely. The health and wellbeing of our members remains our top priority as we plan for the weeks and months ahead.”

A possible return to activity in the coming weeks would constitute small training groups of no more than 10 people including coaches and staff. All baseball activity will need to follow social distancing guidelines outlined by Baseball Victoria and the Victorian government. We will have more details on this timeline and the requirements for returning to activity soon, and we will provide updates accordingly.

Baseball Victoria continues to work with winter associations in establishing when we will be able to return to activity. Each association will decide on how they wish to return to activity and participate in the remaining time for the winter season.

Baseball Victoria also continues to communicate with VSBL clubs on the start of the 2020/21 summer season. We are in regular contact with Sport and Recreation Victoria, local councils and winter associations to determine when the summer season will start and when clubs will have access to summer baseball diamonds.

Baseball Victoria will confirm any adjustments to state and national fees for the winter and summer seasons as starting dates are confirmed.

We are also working to ensure all clubrooms and club facilities across both the winter and summer seasons are appropriately cleaned and that all fields are well-maintained during this time.

Please note we believe it will be unlikely that international travel will return in time for import players for the summer season, however any updates or confirmation of this will be made accordingly.

If you have any questions please contact Baseball Victoria, with full contact details available HERE.

The COVIDSafe app is now available and will allow authorities to quickly track and control the spread of COVID-19. Please consider downloading the app to help save lives, protect the community and get baseball back as soon as possible. Click HERE to learn more.

For up-to-date information on keeping your family safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services website HERE.

All further updates from Baseball Victoria will be available on the Baseball Victoria website and will also be communicated by the Baseball Victoria social media channels.

Baseball Victoria continues to closely monitor the complicated, shifting COVID-19 pandemic as we follow all state and federal restrictions to protect the health and safety of the community.

Baseball Victoria confirms that at this stage, the current shutdown of all baseball activity will be extended through Sunday, 31 May 2020.

This includes all forms of baseball training, club activities and team meetings, as well as events, tournaments and competitions.

Decisions that are being made continue to evolve, and we are unable to say with any certainty across a range of contributing factors how the next months will progress to allow us to return to playing baseball. As the landscape shifts, we will continue to monitor these changes and apply them as necessary. 

The winter competitions for Bendigo, Dandenong, Geelong, Latrobe Valley and North Eastern Baseball Associations and Melbourne Winter Baseball League and Sunraysia Baseball League will not commence until after Monday, 1 June 2020. We are currently anticipating the opening day for those seasons to fall on Saturday, 13 June 2020.

“In these unprecedented times delaying the start of the winter baseball season, while understandably disappointing to the Victorian baseball community, is the only course of action available to the Baseball Victoria Board to ensure compliance with government measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to provide clarity for Winter Associations and Winter Clubs planning purposes,” Baseball Victoria President Myles Foreman said.

“This decision has been taken in consultation with the Winter Associations and Summer Clubs participating in the VSBL. I would like to take this opportunity to thank these Boards and Committees for the collaborative spirit in which we have worked together to navigate the direct and indirect impacts of COVID-19.”

“Thank you also to Baseball Victoria CEO Kristie Middleton and the Baseball Victoria Office team who have continued to provide leadership and support to the Victorian Baseball Community during the same challenging times we are all facing in our personal, professional sporting worlds.” 

“The constantly changing situation will continue to be monitored and Baseball Victoria will continue to work with the Winter Associations and Clubs in preparation of resuming baseball in Victoria. In the meantime, please stay safe and healthy in these unsettling and unprecedented times,” Foreman added.

Baseball Victoria and the Winter Associations are working together on the format of those seasons and how these competitions will impact the commencement of the 2020/21 Victorian Summer Baseball League season.

The Baseball Victoria state capitation fees will be reduced by 10%, and members who have already paid will be refunded via Sports TG. These refunds will be processed in the next 48 hours. 

The Sports TG portal for registering for the winter season will be closed until Friday, 1 May 2020.

Baseball Victoria and the Winter Associations have also concluded the 2020 State Winter Championships should be abandoned, allowing the Winter Associations to conduct the longest possible winter season. 

The State Winter Championships have been rescheduled to the same dates and locations for 2021:

12-14 June 2021      Senior    Geelong

26-27 June 2021      U14        Bendigo

03-04 July  2021       U18        Mildura

17-18 July  2021       U16        Morwell/Traralgon

24-25 July  2021       U12        Werribee

“Our organisation is conscious of the long-term effects this pandemic will place across our economy, sporting bodies, associations and clubs,” Baseball Victoria CEO Kristie Middleton said. “We have prepared a page with information as it is applicable to share with you to assist in navigating this space.” Please click HERE for COVID-19 resources.

We would also like to make our members aware that Major League Baseball (MLB) has issued a mandate for scouts to cease operations in their entirety during the shutdown of professional baseball. 

Click HERE to read the full notice from Baseball Australia on what clubs and players should know about the current scouting shutdown.

If you have any questions please contact Baseball Victoria by clicking HERE for full contact details.

You can find information on how to keep yourself and your family safe and healthy HERE from the Victoria Department of Health.

LATEST UPDATE - 10:00 AM 23/3/2020

Further to the updates provided on Sunday, 22 March 2020 at 8:00 PM, as anticipated Baseball Australia has now postponed all Little League national events: 

  • Australian Junior League Championship, Adelaide previously scheduled for 5-9 May 2020

  • Australian Senior League Championship, Lismore previously scheduled for 17-21 May 2020

  • Australian Intermediate League Championship, Mildura previously scheduled for 26-30 May 2020

  • Australian Little League Championship, Lismore previously scheduled for 4-8 June 2020.

Click HERE for the full Baseball Australia Update. 

Baseball Victoria reiterates our previous message in relation to all baseball activity and confirms that the current complete shutdown of all baseball activity in Victoria has now been extended to Tuesday, 14 April 2020. 

All forms of baseball training, club activities and team meetings, as well as events, tournaments and competitions should have ceased last week, and at this stage the shutdown will remain in place until 14 April 2020.

Baseball Victoria continues to work with the Winter Associations regarding the upcoming winter season, scheduled to commence on 18 April 2020. Contingencies will be considered, taking into account the fast-paced ongoing nature of further restrictions, long-term restrictions that have already been foreshadowed and suitable timelines for training before the commencement of the season.

We urge the baseball community to adhere to the restrictions in place and review all health information available.   

You can find information on how to keep yourself and your family safe and healthy HERE from the Victoria Department of Health.

Upon the updated requirements of the Victorian and Federal Governments, Baseball Victoria confirms that the current complete shutdown of all baseball activity in Victoria will now be extended to Tuesday, 14 April 2020. 

All forms of baseball training, club activities and team meetings, as well as events, tournaments and competitions should have ceased last week, and at this stage the shutdown will remain in place until 14 April 2020.

The Victorian Government, along with any additional Federal Government restrictions put in place, will be making further statements tomorrow Monday, 23 March 2020, at which time Baseball Victoria will also provide additional information. 

Baseball Victoria continues to work with the Winter Associations regarding the upcoming winter season, scheduled to commence on 18 April 2020.  Contingencies will be considered, taking into account the fast-paced ongoing nature of further restrictions, long-term restrictions that have already been foreshadowed and suitable timelines for training before the commencement of the season.

Non-essential travel restrictions look certain to affect the National Little League events scheduled in the coming months and Baseball Victoria is working with Baseball Australia and our state and territory colleagues. 

Updated 23 March 2020 - HERE is the information provided by Baseball Australia postponing all National Little League events. 

We urge the baseball community to adhere to the restrictions in place and review all health information available.   You can find information on how to keep yourself and your family safe and healthy HERE from the Victoria Department of Health.

LATEST UPDATE - 12:30 PM 17/3/2020

Baseball Victoria, in this unprecedented and unique situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, is taking a lead from international and national sporting codes to postpone all Victorian Baseball activity from Tuesday, 17 March 2020 until Tuesday, 7 April 2020. 

Decisions in relation to the health and safety of our baseball community have been given careful consideration. Following consultations with the federal and state government, Sport Australia and Baseball Australia and our state and territory baseball counterparts, as well as following in line with restrictions on Major League Baseball in the United States, we are postponing our non-essential static gatherings as a precautionary action to assist in stopping the spread of this virus to the most vulnerable members of our communities.

Baseball Victoria and all our member clubs and associations incorporating all remaining summer baseball activities, all winter association and club activity across Victoria and all Baseball Victoria activities will cease for 21 days. This includes all training, club activities and team meetings, as well as events, tournaments and competitions. 

In addition to our regular baseball, this will affect the postponement of the following major events:

  • 2020 Australian Women’s Championships - scheduled for 10-17 April 2020, this has been postponed until further notice

  • 2020 Charter Player Development Program including the Super Series – scheduled for Saturday, 21 March has been postponed until further notice

  • 2020 Charter Little League State Championships

    • 2020 Senior, Junior and Intermediate League State Championships – scheduled for 28-30 March, this has been postponed until further notice

    • 2020 Little League State Championships – scheduled for 3-5 April, this has been postponed until further notice

  • 2020 Baseball Victoria Awards Night – scheduled for Thursday, 26 March, this has been postponed until September 2020

Participants for the 2020 Australian Women’s Championships and 2020 Charter State Championships that are being postponed will receive a full refund. Please note that any payment made via Team App will be processed back via Team App and any payment made directly to Baseball Victoria will be refunded directly. Click HERE for details on refunds.

“The current situation is unprecedented in our lifetimes with the direct or indirect consequences of COVID-19 progressively impacting every aspect of Victorian, Australian and Global Communities. The impact on the ability for the Sport of Baseball to proceed at this time is just one of many COVID-19 impacts the Victorian Baseball Community is now experiencing. This decision was taken after extensive internal and external consultation and is based on the health and welfare of  the Victorian Baseball Community and is consistent  with a number of broader measures being implemented by government, business and sport to try and reduce the spread of COVID-19. These are very challenging and uncertain times and the measures announced today provide clarity on the next 21 days with updates to follow as the situation continues to evolve,” Baseball Victoria President Myles Foreman said.

This is a quickly evolving situation that changes every day, and that means a decision made today may be updated tomorrow. By clearly postponing events in our immediate future, we have the opportunity to make strong plans for the future that will ensure we can recommence baseball activities as soon as it is appropriate to do so.

The 2020 Australian Women’s Championships will be rescheduled in consultation with Baseball Australia (read Baseball Australia’s full statement HERE). Prior to the recommencement of that program players will be consulted on their availability and we may need to make changes to the teams in order to replace any players whom are not available. 

The 2020 Charter Player Development Program, which was to be finished with the Super Series, will recommence immediately prior to the rescheduled 2020 Charter State Championships. This ensures that when we are able to return to play, participants will have the opportunity to train prior. 

The 2020 Charter Little League State Championships lead to the National Little League Championships and subsequently the International Little League Championships. At this stage, we will continue to review how the state championships can be restructured and rescheduled later in April and May to allow participation in the national and then international event(s).

All of these championship arrangements are fluid and further decisions will be made on the reschedule of state events based on the timelines provided by Baseball Australia regarding their national championships. Baseball Australia’s timelines for review of its national events are contained HERE in their full statement.

Baseball Australia is in an ongoing dialogue with Little League International with respect to eligibility, and the rules for timelines around participation in events, which all parties have conceded will need to be flexible as event timing continues to shift. 

Currently the 2020 winter season with our member Winter Associations is scheduled to commence after Easter, and at this stage, these competitions will go ahead as planned.  Consultation with the Winter Associations will be ongoing regarding the start of their season, the effect of rescheduled state and national events, and the Winter Championships.  We expect that training for the winter season will be affected by this 21-day hiatus, and as soon as it practical we will confirm the start time for the season, considering the need for training to recommence prior.

Please note that as of today, the Baseball Victoria office has enacted its ‘Work From Home Plan’. The Baseball Victoria landline telephone will be diverted accordingly, and you can still call this number at any time. All staff are available directly via mobile and email. Please click HERE for full contact details.

You can find information on how to keep yourself and your family safe and healthy HERE from the Victoria Department of Health.

LATEST UPDATE - 12:00 PM 16/3/2020

The Baseball Victoria Board has convened a special Board Meeting to consider all possible scenarios and the impact, effect and ramifications of the rapidly evolving landscape related to COVID-19.

The meeting will take place on Monday 16 March with further advice related, but not limited to, the following areas of our operations to be advised to our community before midday Tuesday:

  • Player, volunteer and official welfare

  • Commercial and financial impact considerations

  • State, national and subsequent international competitions

  • Baseball community welfare

This is a very unique and challenging situation for all concerned. Baseball Victoria is working with Baseball Australia, and state, federal and baseball stakeholders to consider this situation and address it in an unified manner.

The Baseball Victoria Board and Administrators take their role in this matter very seriously and we are looking to lead and support baseball with empathy and considered decision-making.

Please click HERE to view Baseball Australia's statement on COVID-19 from 13 March 2020.

LATEST UPDATE - 4:30 PM 13/3/2020

Baseball Victoria, in consultation with Baseball Australia and the relevant health authorities are following the requirements relating to COVID-19 for Victorian baseball.

The Charter Player Development Program Super Series #1 being held in Geelong has been postponed. At this stage, a new date has not yet been selected.

BV President Myles Forman said “the safety of our members is our number one priority and the directives from Baseball Australia and the Government requires that we postpone some aspects of our sport until it is safe to continue.  Please stay safe, and follow all the directions provided by the authorities and see the information below as it relates to our specific games and tournaments.” 

Baseball Victoria will be taking precautions with those baseballers who will play over the weekend to minimise contact between players and to ensure best practices are applied as per the information provided by the Victorian government.

BV CEO Kristie Middleton said “In consultation with Baseball Australia, federal and state government, and further to discussions with the national CEOs, Baseball Victoria’s position will be continually assessed and our position may need to be updated on further advice.”

All information in relation to schedule changes or postponements will be made on the Baseball Victoria website and via direct email and the Baseball Victoria social media channels. Click HERE for the Baseball Victoria Facebook and click HERE for the Baseball Victoria Instagram.

Baseball Victoria is receiving updates and information via:

Baseball Victoria, in consultation with Baseball Australia and the relevant health authorities are following the requirements relating to COVID-19 for Victorian baseball.

The VSBL games that are scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday 14 March, for women at the Springvale Baseball Club and men at the Melbourne Ballpark will continue as scheduled, however we recommend that you watch on the livestream rather than attend the venues, and that only essential spectators attend.

If attending, we encourage you to follow all the recommendations on healthy best practices from the Victorian government.

VSBL games listed below will be livestreamed from both locations and we encourage you to join our baseball finals as part of our livestream coverage, available on the Baseball Victoria Facebook HERE.

Division 1 Grand Finals: Sunshine Eagles v Blackburn Orioles – Melbourne Ballpark

Saturday, 14 March – 4:30 PM

Sunday, 15 March – 4:30 PM (If game three of the series is required)

Division 2 Grand Finals: Williamstown Wolves v Malvern Braves – Melbourne Ballpark

Saturday, 14 March – 1:00 PM

Sunday, 15 March – 1:00 PM (If game three of the series is required)

Women’s Division 3 East Grand Final: Moorabbin Panthers v Melbourne Demons - Springvale Lions Baseball Club

Saturday, 14 March – 10:30 AM

Women’s Division 2 Grand Final: Doncaster Dragons v Springvale Lions - Springvale Lions Baseball Club

Saturday, 14 March – 1:00 PM

Women’s Division 1 Grand Final: Springvale Lions v Doncaster Dragons - Springvale Lions Baseball Club

Saturday, 14 March – 3:30 PM

BV President Myles Forman said “the safety of our members is our number one priority and the directives from Baseball Australia and the Government requires that we postpone some aspects of our sport until it is safe to continue.  Please stay safe and follow all the directions provided by the authorities and see the information below as it relates to our specific games and tournaments.” 

Baseball Victoria will be taking precautions with those baseballers who will play over the weekend to minimise contact between players and to ensure best practices are applied as per the information provided by the Victorian government.

Players should:

  • wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water, including before and after eating and after going to the toilet

  • cover your cough and sneeze, dispose of tissues, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser

  • if unwell, you need to contact your GP immediately

  • where possible, limit the use of sharing equipment

  • limit unnecessary contact with other players and officials

  • restrict shaking hands, this weekend baseball will use fist or elbow bumps

  • follow the instructions of all baseball officials

Other effective measures include:

  • avoid touching your face

  • regularly wipe down your devices

  • use contactless payment methods instead of cash 

Any player who no longer wishes to participate in the scheduled games should immediately advise their club.

BV CEO Kristie Middleton said “In consultation with Baseball Australia, federal and state government, and further to discussions with the national CEOs, Baseball Victoria’s position will be continually assessed and our position may need to be updated on further advice.”

All information in relation to schedule changes or postponements will be made on the Baseball Victoria website and via direct email and the Baseball Victoria social media channels. Click HERE for the Baseball Victoria Facebook and click HERE for the Baseball Victoria Instagram.

Baseball Victoria is receiving updates and information via:

Baseball Victoria, in consultation with Baseball Australia and the relevant health authorities, is following the requirements relating to COVID-19 for Victorian baseball.

The VSBL games that are scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday 14 March, for women at the Springvale Baseball Club and men at the Melbourne Ballpark will continue as scheduled, however we recommend that you watch on the livestream rather than attend the venues, and that only essential spectators attend.

If attending, we encourage you to follow all the recommendations on healthy best practices from the Victorian government.

VSBL games will be livestreamed from both locations and we encourage you to join our baseball finals as part of our livestream coverage. VSBL livestreams will be available HERE.

The Charter Player Development Program Super Series #1 being held in Geelong has been postponed. At this stage, a new date has not yet been selected.

BV President Myles Forman said “the safety of our members is our number one priority and the directives from Baseball Australia and the Government requires that we postpone some aspects of our sport until it is safe to continue.  Please stay safe and follow all the directions provided by the authorities and see the information below as it relates to our specific games and tournaments.” 

Baseball Victoria will be taking precautions with those baseballers who will play over the weekend to minimise contact between players and to ensure best practices are applied as per the information provided by the Victorian government.

BV CEO Kristie Middleton said “In consultation with Baseball Australia, federal and state government, and further to discussions with the national CEOs, Baseball Victoria’s position will be continually assessed, and our position may need to be updated on further advice. Baseball Victoria continues to assess all competitions and future baseball, and we will provide updates as soon as possible.”

All information in relation to schedule changes or postponements will be made on the Baseball Victoria website and via direct email and the Baseball Victoria social media channels. Click HERE for the Baseball Victoria Facebook and click HERE for the Baseball Victoria Instagram.

Baseball Victoria is receiving updates and information via:

A MESSAGE FROM BASEBALL VICTORIA REGARDING THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
(12 MARCH 2020)

Baseball Victoria continues to closely monitor the evolving situation in relation to Coronavirus (COVID-19) based on information available from a number of sources including; the Federal and State Departments of Health, Sport Australia, the Australian Institute of Sport and Baseball Australia. In addition, Baseball Victoria is working closely with the other State Baseball Associations to coordinate a national response where possible.

Presently there are no restrictions on events where large numbers of people congregate, but Baseball Victoria is conscious of the need to monitor any developments with COVID-19 and will act in accordance with the advice from the relevant authorities.

A Business Continuity Plan for the Baseball Victoria Office is in place which will ensure the team can all work from home if required and services provided to the Victorian Baseball Community can continue. 

As a reminder, one of the best ways to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus is to use good hand washing and sneeze/cough hygiene. 

You should:

  • wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water, including before and after eating and after going to the toilet

  • cover your cough and sneeze, dispose of tissues and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser

  • if unwell, avoid contact with others (stay more than 1.5 metres from people)

Other effective measures include:

  • avoid touching your face

  • regularly wipe down your devices

  • use contactless payment methods instead of cash

Baseball Victoria will provide additional information to our members as it becomes available and will keep our community updated on any disruptions to the delivery of regular programs or events, should they occur.

The health and well-being of our participants is our highest priority, but it is important that people remain calm and act on the best health advice available.

For general advice on COVID-19, please refer to the Victorian Government Health website, https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

For sport specific advice, please refer to https://ais.gov.au/health-wellbeing/covid-19, dedicated to providing evidence based, real time advice, including travel as well as FAQs relating to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

More Covid-Updates and Information, click on links below.

- Baseball Victoria Covid-19 Updates: https://baseballvictoria.com.au/baseball-victoria-covid-19-updates/
- Baseball Victoria Covid-19 FAQ: https://baseballvictoria.com.au/bv-covid-19-faq/
- Return to Activity Registration: https://baseballvictoria.com.au/2020-return-to-activity-registration/
- Return to Activity & Play Plan: https://baseballvictoria.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/BV-COVID-19-Return-to-Activity-and-Play-Plan-1.pdf
- Covid-19 Club Resources: https://baseballvictoria.com.au/covid-19-club-resources/#
- General Information Hub: https://baseballvictoria.com.au/covid-19-general-information-hub/


 

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