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Baseball Victoria COVID-19 Update 17 July 2020

Baseball Victoria
17 July 2020

Baseball Victoria continues to closely monitor the evolving COVID-19 crisis and seek clarification on what current restrictions mean for baseball across the state.

Following last week’s announcement on the return to stage three restrictions and subsequent shutdown of all baseball activity in Metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire, Baseball Victoria has received confirmation from Sport and Recreation Victoria that a return to full-contact training and competition for seniors in regional Victoria, previously discussed as 20 July, will not be occurring.

Continued Activity in the form of non-contact training for seniors and full training and competition for juniors may move forward for Bendigo Baseball Association, Geelong Baseball Association, Latrobe Valley Baseball Association, North Eastern Baseball Association and Sunraysia Baseball League.

“We are closely following the daily COVID-19 developments so that we can provide ou members with as much timely information as possible while protecting the health and wellbeing of our Victorian baseball community,” Baseball Victoria CEO Kristie Middleton said. “While this year has been challenging, we remain dedicated to doing what’s best for our baseballers. We hope we can move forward with more baseball activity in the next few months, as soon as it’s safe and possible to do so.”

There has been no new date set for the possibility of a return to senior competition in regional Victoria, however any updates from Sport and Recreation Victoria will be provided accordingly. All seniors returning to training and juniors returning to training and competition in regional Victoria must follow our current Continued Activity Plan guidelines, which are available HERE along with club training and competition attendance templates.

As we have done since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, Baseball Victoria will continue to liaise with Winter Associations, Winter Clubs, Victorian Summer Baseball League Clubs and the relevant Government authorities to discuss our options and plans for moving forward.

Following on from previous announcements, Winter Associations will provide further details on their senior and junior programs via their communication channels. Click HERE to view Winter Association details.

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

Regional 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. 

Please view the Baseball Victoria COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions HERE for details on training and junior competitions in regional Victoria as well as COVID-19 health questions and much more.

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.

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