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Baseball Victoria COVID-19 FAQ

Updated Tuesday, 2 August 2020 6:00 PM

    Summary - Stage Four Restrictions (Melbourne) and Stage Three Restrictions (Regional Victoria)

    Summary

    All baseball activity across the state of Victoria will cease in accordance with Stage Four restrictions (Melbourne) and Stage Three restrictions (regional Victoria) for at least six weeks.

    Stage Three and Stage Four restrictions mean there is no baseball training, games, in-person meetings or club events.

    Updated Restrictions

    When do Stage Four restrictions in Melbourne take effect?

    From 6:00 PM on Sunday, 2 August 2020, Melbourne will move to Stage Four restrictions with stronger rules to limit the movement of people:

    • That includes a curfew from 8:00 PM to 5:00 AM. The only reasons to leave home during these hours will be work, medical care and caregiving.
    • Exercise will be limited to a maximum of one hour per day and no more than five kilometres from your home. Group size will be limited to a maximum of two, whether you live with them or not. Baseball training is not considered exercise and therefore is not permitted.
    • Shopping will be limited to one person per household per day. Again, the five-kilometre rule will apply.
    • Face coverings will continue to be compulsory.

    When do Stage Three restrictions in regional Victoria take effect?

    From 11:59 PM on Wednesday, 5 August, regional Victoria (including Mitchell Shire) will return to Stage Three restrictions, including:

    • There are only four reasons to be out: shopping for food and essential items, care and caregiving, daily exercise and work and study if you can’t do it from home.
    • Restaurants and cafes can only offer delivery and takeaway. Entertainment, cultural venues, beauty and personal services will need to close. Community sport will need to stop.
    • Face coverings will continue to be compulsory.

    While officially the restrictions are in place from Wednesday, all baseball activity has ceased effective 6:00PM this evening, Sunday 2 August 2020.  

    How long will these new stay-at-home orders be in place for?

    The Stage Four restrictions for Melbourne and the Stage Three restrictions for regional Victoria (including Mitchell Shire) will be in place for at least the next six weeks. 

    Will junior winter baseball proceed as planned?

    No. Stage Three and Stage Four restrictions mean there is no baseball training, games, in-person meetings or club events.

    The regional Victoria junior competitions and senior non-contact training sessions have now ceased. With regional Victoria ceasing their junior competitions at this stage, it is unlikely that competition will be able to return after this six-week lockdown, therefore the winter associations are discussing the options available to them, and we will provide a further update.

    Winter Season

    Can I use dual registration?

    No. Stage Three and Stage Four restrictions mean there is no baseball training, games, in-person meetings or club events.

    Does this mean there is not going to be any junior baseball?

    The regional Victoria junior competitions and senior non-contact training sessions have now ceased. With regional Victoria ceasing their junior competitions, it is unlikely that competition will be able to return after this six-week lockdown, therefore the winter associations are discussing the options available to them, and we will provide an update early this week.

    Will there be any junior baseball in winter 2020?

    While winter associations in regional Victoria were able to resume full-contact training and competition for juniors, those activities have now ceased. Stage Three and Stage Four restrictions mean there is no baseball training, games, in-person meetings or club events.

    The regional Victoria junior competitions and senior non-contact training sessions have now ceased. With regional Victoria ceasing their junior competitions, it is unlikely that competition will be able to return after this six-week lockdown, therefore the winter associations are discussing the options available to them, and we will provide an update early this week.

    Is senior baseball going to continue in winter 2020?

    No. Stage Three and Stage Four restrictions mean there is no baseball training, games, in-person meetings or club events.

    The regional Victoria junior competitions and senior non-contact training sessions have now ceased. With regional Victoria ceasing their junior competitions, it is unlikely that competition will be able to return after this six-week lockdown, therefore the winter associations are discussing the options available to them, and we will provide an update early this week.

    Where can I see updates from my winter association?

    Winter associations will provide further details on their senior and junior programs via their communication channels. Click HERE to view winter association details.

    What does the cancellation of winter seasons mean for summer?

    Baseball Victoria is in regular communication with winter associations and winter/summer clubs to discuss the ever-changing landscape and how COVID-19 developments impact our sport, including the effect on the 2020/2021 VSBL season of summer baseball and our participation in national pathway events.

    Baseball Activity

    Training

    Can I train with my team?

    ADULTS

    FROM Sunday, 2 August at 6:00 PM

    No. Stage Three and Stage Four restrictions mean there is no baseball training, games, in-person meetings or club events across all of Victoria. The regional Victoria junior competitions and senior non-contact training sessions now cease.

    How many people can be at training?

    FROM Sunday, 2 August at 6:00 PM

    None, Stage Three and Stage Four restrictions mean there is no baseball training, games, in-person meetings or club events across all of Victoria.

    Can we use the dugout?

    FROM Sunday, 2 August at 6:00 PM

    ADULTS: No, there is no training or use of facilities.

    JUNIORS: No, there is no training or use of facilities.

    Can we use the batting cages?

    FROM Sunday, 2 August at 6:00 PM

    No. There is no training, competition or use of facilities.  

    Can we use the changeroom facilities?

    FROM Sunday, 2 August at 6:00 PM

    No. There is no training, competition or use of facilities.  

    Can my parents come to training?

    FROM Sunday, 2 August at 6:00 PM

    No. There is no training, competition or use of facilities.  

    Can my partner come to training?

    FROM Sunday, 2 August at 6:00 PM

    No. There is not training, competition or use of facilities.  

    Can my young kids come to training?

    FROM Sunday, 2 August at 6:00 PM

    No. There is no training, competition or use of facilities.

    Can my siblings come to training?

    FROM Sunday, 2 August at 6:00 PM

    No. There is no training, competition or use of facilities.

    Do I need to wear a face mask?

    Wearing a face mask protects you and your community by providing an additional physical barrier to COVID-19, in addition to social distancing and hand washing. 

    When leaving home for one of the four reasons (shopping for food and supplies, outdoor exercise and recreation, medical care or caregiving and study or work if you can't do it from home), people 12 years and older must wear a face covering, unless an exemption applies.

    Click HERE for more information from the Victorian government on wearing a face mask. 

    Do coaches need to wear face masks?

    Stage Three and Stage Four restrictions mean there is no baseball training, games, in-person meetings or club events across all of Victoria, therefore coaches will not be at training. 

    However, when leaving home for one of the four reasons (shopping for food and supplies, outdoor exercise and recreation, medical care or caregiving and study or work if you can't do it from home), people 12 years and older must wear a face covering, unless an exemption applies.

    Click HERE for more information from the Victorian government on wearing a face mask. 

    Can I take a shower before or after training in the changing rooms?

    FROM Sunday, 2 August at 6:00 PM

    No. There is no training, competition or use of facilities.

    Can we have a group huddle to address the team?

    FROM Sunday, 2 August at 6:00 PM

    No. There is no training, competition or use of facilities.

    What kind of training drills are prohibited?

    FROM Sunday, 2 August at 6:00 PM

    All training drills are prohibited, as there is no training, competition or use of facilities during the Stage Four (Melbourne) and Stage Three (regional Victoria) lockdowns. You may train at home using our At-Home Baseball Training: Drills and Exercises for the COVID-19 Break series. 

    Can we play Baseball5?

    FROM Sunday, 2 August at 6:00 PM

    No. There is no training, competition or use of facilities.

    Can we put two groups of 20 on the same field?

    FROM Sunday, 2 August at 6:00 PM

    No. There is no training, competition or use of facilities.

    Can I share bats?

    FROM Sunday, 2 August at 6:00 PM

    No. There is no training, competition or use of facilities.

    Can I tag the player during training?

    FROM Sunday, 2 August at 6:00 PM

    No. There is no training, competition or use of facilities.

    Club Community

    Can I have a committee meeting at the clubhouse?

    FROM Sunday, 2 August at 6:00 PM

    No, Stage Three and Stage Four restrictions mean there is no baseball training, games, in-person meetings or club events across all of Victoria.

    Can we have come and try days or post-training dinners?

    FROM Sunday, 2 August at 6:00 PM

    None, Stage Three and Stage Four restrictions mean there is no baseball training, games, in-person meetings or club events across all of Victoria.

    Cleaning

    How will I clean my equipment?

    Stage Three and Stage Four restrictions mean there is no baseball training, games, in-person meetings or club events across all of Victoria, therefore there is no requirement for equipment cleaning at present stage.

    Will cleaning will be provided by the club?

    Stage Three and Stage Four restrictions mean there is no baseball training, games, in-person meetings or club events across all of Victoria, therefore there is no requirement for club cleaning at present stage.

    Does groundskeeping equipment need to be sanitized?

    Yes, if the equipment is being touched by a person, it must be cleaned before and after use. However, clubs will have no access to facilities for the duration of Stage Three and Stage Four lockdowns, therefore there is no need to use groundskeeping equipment.

    Do I need to wear rubber gloves?

    Stage Three and Stage Four restrictions mean there is no baseball training, games, in-person meetings or club events across all of Victoria, therefore there is no requirement for rubber gloves.

    Do I need to bring my own hand sanitiser?

    Stage Three and Stage Four restrictions mean there is no baseball training, games, in-person meetings or club events across all of Victoria, therefore this is not a requirement.

    Click HERE for details from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services on hand sanitiser and other ways to reduce your risk of coronavirus.

    Clubs

    Can we open the canteen?

    FROM Sunday, 2 August at 6:00 PM

    No. Stage Three and Stage Four restrictions mean there is no baseball training, games, in-person meetings, club events or use of facilities across all of Victoria.

    Can we open the bar?

    FROM Sunday, 2 August at 6:00 PM

    No. Stage Three and Stage Four restrictions mean there is no baseball training, games, in-person meetings, club events or use of facilities across all of Victoria.

    Do we have to put markers on the ground showing 1.5 meters distance?

    This is recommended for wherever possible, however this is not necessary on the field. 

    Currently, Stage Three and Stage Four restrictions mean there is no baseball training, games, in-person meetings, club events or use of facilities across all of Victoria.

    Can we share any equipment?

    FROM Sunday, 2 August at 6:00 PM

    No, there is no need to share equipment as Stage Three and Stage Four restrictions mean there is no baseball training, games, in-person meetings, club events or use of facilities across all of Victoria.

    What kind of hand sanitiser do we need to use?

    All hand sanitiser needs to be over 60% alcohol. Click HERE for more information from the Victorian government on hand sanitiser and other ways to reduce your risk of coronavirus.

    How do clubs access facilities?

    FROM Sunday, 2 August at 6:00 PM

    Clubs may not access facilities as Stage Three and Stage Four restrictions mean there is no baseball training, games, in-person meetings, club events or use of facilities across all of Victoria.

    Should we have our clubrooms cleaned before we commence training or activity?

    Clubs may not access facilities as Stage Three and Stage Four restrictions mean there is no baseball training, games, in-person meetings, club events or use of facilities across all of Victoria.

    Do clubs need first aid?

    At this stage, no, clubs may not access facilities as Stage Three and Stage Four restrictions mean there is no baseball training, games, in-person meetings, club events or use of facilities across all of Victoria.

    When will we be able to start playing full games of baseball?

    This is yet to be determined, as Stage Three and Stage Four restrictions mean there is no baseball training, games, in-person meetings, club events or use of facilities across all of Victoria.

    When will summer baseball start?

    We are still confirming a start date, which depends on the dates for returning to activity and returning to full play. This will also be dependent upon local councils and the state government.

    Ground allocations and sharing of grounds will affect many sports, and all those different requirements are being considered at the state government level.

    What if one of our players or club members returns from interstate?

    If a player has returned from essential business interstate, they need to follow government guidelines, although there is no training or club activities under Stage Three and Stage Four restrictions. Click HERE for details on interstate travel from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.

    What if one of our players or club members returns from overseas?

    If a player has returned from essential business interstate, they need to follow government guidelines, although there is no training or club activities under Stage Three and Stage Four restrictions. Click HERE for details on interstate travel from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.

    Can we arrange import players for the VSBL season?

    It is seeming unlikely that international travel will be available in 2020. However, this is a changing landscape. The availability of international players and how they will enter the country and adhere to quarantine requirements will need to be considered.

    Can we have presentation nights that were postponed earlier this year?

    No. Stage Three and Stage Four restrictions mean there is no baseball training, games, in-person meetings, club events or use of facilities across all of Victoria.

    What happens if a club has a confirmed COVID-19 case?

    It is likely that the Victorian Government will conduct contract tracing in the event of a confirmed COVID-19 case. 

    Visit the official website of the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services for details HERE.

    What if our club is scheduled to have a general annual meeting?

    Please refer to this page on the Baseball Victoria website, which contains updated information from Consumer Affairs Victoria on hosting AGMs.

    Programs

    What will happen to the charter program?

    Stage Three and Stage Four restrictions mean there is no baseball training, games, in-person meetings or club events. We are reviewing are options for the charter program once restrictions lift.

    Is the ABL going ahead?

    This is being confirmed by Baseball Australia. Click HERE for the latest updates from the ABL.

    When will summer baseball start?

    We are still confirming a start date, which depends on the dates for returning to activity and returning to full play. This will also be dependent upon local councils and the state government.

    Ground allocations and sharing of grounds will affect many sports, and all those different requirements are being considered at the state government level.

    Will there be Little League next year?

    Currently Little League International has scheduled dates for 2021. Click HERE for their website updates.

    Are the 2020 Australian Women’s and Youth Women’s Championships going to be rescheduled?

    Baseball Australia confirmed on 9 July 2020 that the 2020 Australian Women’s and Youth Women’s Championships, which were postponed from their original dates in April, have been canceled due to the continued COVID-19 crisis. Click HERE for further details.

    Will the Australian Youth Championships go ahead?

    Baseball Australia has the Australia Youth Championships scheduled for January at a location that is yet to be determined.

    COVID-19

    Illness

    What do I do if I don’t feel well?

    If you are unwell you should stay home and avoid contact with others. You should follow directions from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. Click HERE for a full outline of accessing assistance and getting tested for COVID-19 when you are unwell.

    What do I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

    You need to follow the guidelines set out by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. Click HERE for further information on what to do if you test positive for COVID-19.

    What do I do if someone in my household tests positive?

    You will need to follow the guidelines from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. Department. Click HERE for details on self-isolation and quarantine requirements.

    I got tested for COVID-19 but it came back negative. Can I come to training?

    No, Stage Three and Stage Four restrictions mean there is no baseball training, games, in-person meetings or club events. 

    I am showing symptoms of COVID-19 like a runny nose and cough but my test came back negative. Can I come to training?

    No, Stage Three and Stage Four restrictions mean there is no baseball training, games, in-person meetings or club events. 

    I had a confirmed case of COVID-19. How long must I wait before coming to training?

    There is no training, games or in-person meetings or club events under current restrictions.

    Preventing the Spread

    What happens if a coach/umpire/club member is an older at-risk person?

    Stage Three and Stage Four restrictions mean there is no baseball training, games, in-person meetings or club events.

    Click HERE for information from the Australian Department of Health on COVID-19 health advice for older people.

    Do we need council permission to return to training?

    FROM Sunday, 2 August at 6:00 PM

    No, Stage Three and Stage Four restrictions mean there is no baseball training, games, in-person meetings or club events across all of Victoria.

    I’m a healthcare worker who is regularly exposed to people with COVID-19, can I come to training?

    FROM Sunday, 2 August at 6:00 PM

    No, Stage Three and Stage Four restrictions mean there is no baseball training, games, in-person meetings or club events across all of Victoria.

    What if one of our players or club members returns from interstate?

    If a player has returned from essential business interstate, they need to follow government guidelines. Click HERE for details on interstate travel from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.

    What if one of our players or club members returns from overseas?

    Click HERE for details on quarantine requirements for international travellers from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.

    Officials

    I am an older official, do I need to return to training?

    FROM Sunday, 2 August at 6:00 PM

    No, Stage Three and Stage Four restrictions mean there is no baseball training, games, in-person meetings or club events across all of Victoria.

    As a coach, do I need to wear a mask or take additional hygiene measures?

    Stage Three and Stage Four restrictions mean there is no baseball training, games, in-person meetings or club events across all of Victoria, therefore coaches will not be at training. 

    However, when leaving home for one of the four reasons (shopping for food and supplies, outdoor exercise and recreation, medical care or caregiving and study or work if you can't do it from home), people 12 years and older must wear a face covering, unless an exemption applies.

    Click HERE for more information from the Victorian government on wearing a face mask. 

    My coaching accreditation is expiring, what do I do?

    Baseball Australia recently announced the adoption of the USA Baseball Coaches Certification Program as its recognised qualification at the participation level of the sport.

    The three-tiered USA Baseball model will begin to roll out immediately, providing coaches across Victoria and the rest of Australia with a high-quality resource to develop their knowledge under a new partnership.

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    Under the move, coaches who have undertaken the Baseball Australia national coach accreditation scheme will have their certification recognised through to its expiry.

    They will have six months from the time of it expiring to transition to the USA Baseball Coaches Certification Program.

    The USA Baseball pathway consists of three certification levels – A, B and C – and requires the completion of a series of courses, resources and programs.

    Level A and B will be free of cost while level C, which will be available from January next year, is expected to have some costs for the practical assessment component.

    Click HERE for more details.

    What will happen to umpire programs?

    Currently there are no umpire programs running, and they will not return until a specific umpire risk assessment is completed and lockdown restrictions are lifted.

    General

    Is there a difference to restrictions if we are in regional Victoria?

    FROM Sunday, 2 August at 6:00 PM

    Melbourne is under Stage Four restrictions with stronger rules to limit the movement of people:

    • That includes a curfew – from 8:00 PM to 5:00 AM. The only reasons to leave home during these hours will be work, medical care and caregiving.
    • Exercise will be limited to a maximum of one hour per day and no more than five kilometres from your home. Group size will be limited to a maximum of two, whether you live with them or not.
    • Shopping will be limited to one person per household per day. Again, the five-kilometre rule will apply.
    • Face coverings will continue to be compulsory.

    From 11:59 PM on Wednesday, 5 August, regional Victoria (including Mitchell Shire) will return to Stage Three restrictions, including:

    • There are only four reasons to be out: shopping for food and essential items, care and caregiving, daily exercise and work and study if you can’t do it from home.
    • Restaurants and cafes can only offer delivery and takeaway. Entertainment, cultural venues, beauty and personal services will need to close. Community sport will need to stop.
    • Face coverings will continue to be compulsory.

    Stage Three and Stage Four restrictions mean there is no baseball training, games, in-person meetings or club events.

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