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Baseball Victoria COVID-19 FAQ

Updated Friday, 29 October 2021

    Summary - Return to Training

    Summary

    Victoria is enjoying greater freedoms after reaching the 80 percent double dose vaccination target as metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria move forward under the same restrictions. This is welcome news for the Victorian baseball community, as Baseball Victoria can confirm the return to community sport competition and the start of the 2021/22 VSBL season next month.

    The Baseball Victoria Return to Play COVIDSafe Plan will be updated following further clarification from the government so clubs can provide this plan to their respective councils.

    As part of Victoria’s Roadmap to Deliver the National Plan, the changes now in effect include:

    • Travel allowed between regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne.
    • All retail opens and greater density limits for pubs, clubs, and entertainment venues.
    • 10 people including dependents can visit your home per day and 30 people can gather in public outside.
    • Community sport permitted indoors and outdoors, regardless of vaccination status, with minimum number required, for spectators public gathering limits apply.
    • Masks will remain mandatory indoors but are no longer required outdoors, although it is highly recommended to wear a mask outdoors where you cannot socially distance.

    As a reminder, Baseball Victoria clubs must comply with CHO directions and any additional directions of your landowners.

    This return to community sport is for the minimum required only, so for baseball this means up to 20 people, including necessary coaches or administration staff. Two groups of 20 people can train on the same baseball field if they remain separated for the entire training session.

    Baseball Victoria follows Victorian Government COVIDSafe Settings, and all clubs must adhere to social distancing and personal hygiene measures while training.

    The Victorian Government has released updated CHO COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination (Workers) Directions confirming there is an exemption for community sport volunteers so while vaccination is strongly recommended, it is not required.

    Service Victoria QR code check-ins are required for businesses, including community sport organisations. Clubs must maintain an attendance register and COVID-19 restriction compliance documentation.

    All clubs need council approval to access their facilities and return to training. We have opened the return to play registration, which all participants must complete before taking the field.

    Baseball Activity

    2021/22 VSBL Season

    When does the 2021/22 VSBL season start?

    The Victorian baseball community will officially return to play on the weekend of 13-14 November for the start of the 2021/22 VSBL season.

    Geelong Baycats charter competitions will start next week on Wednesday 3 November 2021 following the earlier return to training in regional Victoria.

    Register to play HERE.

    Where are the 2021/22 VSBL fixtures?

    Click HERE for options to view VSBL fixtures on your desktop and mobile.

    Training

    Can I train with my team?

    Yes, but you must register to play HERE and follow all health and safety measures in the Baseball Victoria Return to Play COVIDSafe Plan. Community sport training may be conducted in groups of 20 people, including necessary coaching or administration staff. The total number of people in a single group is 20.

    Two groups can train on the same baseball field, in separate spaces on that field, that remain separate for the entire training session. Members from each training group cannot move between groups. Coaches cannot move between groups. A maximum of two groups of 20 people can train at any single venue.

    Do I need to be vaccinated to participate in baseball?

    No. However, you will need to be vaccinated to utilise indoor bar/canteen facilities.

    Can we use the dugout and batting cages?

    Yes, within density limits and COVIDSafe settings.

    Can we use the changeroom facilities?

    Yes, within density limits and COVIDSafe settings.

    Can my parents come to training?

    Up to 30 spectators are allowed, in line with gathering limits in public areas.

    Can my partner come to training?

    Up to 30 spectators are allowed, in line with gathering limits in public areas.

    Can my young kids come to training?

    Up to 30 spectators are allowed, in line with gathering limits in public areas.

    Can my siblings come to training?

    Up to 30 spectators are allowed, in line with gathering limits in public areas.

    Do I need to wear a face mask?

    Face masks are compulsory indoors for anyone aged 12 years and older unless you have an exemption. Face masks are no longer compulsory outdoors, although you are encouraged to wear one outdoors when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

    You do not need to wear a face mask when exercising if you are out of breath or puffing. You must carry a face mask with you at all times unless you have a lawful reason not to

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

    Can I wear a snood, buff or gaiter instead of a mask? 

    To comply with relevant mask requirements, you must wear a fitted face mask that covers the nose and mouth. This does not mean a scarf, bandana, loose snood, or loose gaiter. Fitted face masks are designed to protect you from COVID-19.

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

    Do coaches need to wear face masks?

    Face masks are compulsory indoors for anyone aged 12 years and older unless you have an exemption. Face masks are no longer compulsory outdoors, although you are encouraged to wear one outdoors when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

    You do not need to wear a face mask when exercising if you are out of breath or puffing. You must carry a face mask with you at all times unless you have a lawful reason not to

    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?

    Yes, within density limits and COVIDSafe settings.

    Can we have a group huddle to address the team?

    Please refrain from unnecessary physical contact as much as possible.

    What kind of training drills are prohibited?

    Please refrain from unnecessary physical contact as much as possible.

    You can always train at home using our At-Home Baseball Training: Drills and Exercises for the COVID-19 Break series.

    Can we play Baseball5?

    Yes - watch this video to learn more about Baseball5

    Can I share bats?

    Please do not share bats if at all possible - any shared equipment must be sanitised between use.

    Can I tag the player during training?

    Please refrain from tagging players during training as its not necessary.

    Club Community

    Can I have a committee meeting at the clubhouse?

    In-person events must meet all density limits and follow COVIDSafe measures.

    Umpiring

    Why the change in umpiring structure?

    Please read our full release HERE.

    Why now, right before season starts?

    The Baseball Victoria Board ratified the decision to pivot to a new umpiring structure as soon as negotiations fell down.

    How much do I get paid as an BV umpire and how do I get paid?

    As per the table, and paid as a remuneration directly from BV via monthly bank transfer.

    What insurance coverage do I have as a BV umpire?

    Umpires registered via SportsTG will have coverage per national insurance scheme (https://vinsurancegroup.com/baseball/). 

    Will BV be seeking to take control of BUAV funds?

    No, the decision ratified by the board was to shift responsibility of scheduling, payment, and development of umpire operations to BV only.

    Click HERE for full details.

    Cleaning

    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. 

    Do I need to wear rubber gloves?

    No, but they are useful for cleaning purposes.

    Do I need to bring my own hand sanitiser?

    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 or bar?

    Yes, with council approval. Density limits of one person per 4 sqm apply indoors. Please note canteens/bars operate under hospitality restrictions, therefore you have to be fully vaccinated to use an indoor canteen/bar. Click HERE for more information.

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

    We strongly recommend this but it's not required.

    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.

    Do clubs need first aid?

    Yes, clubs should have access to facilities and all necessary first aid equipment.

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

    Click HERE for the latest travel updates and information on testing and quarantining. 

    If a player has returned from 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 from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.

    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 for updated information from Consumer Affairs Victoria on hosting AGMs.

    Registration

    Where do I go to register?

    Click HERE to register for our return to play ahead of the 2021/22 VSBL season.

    I am trying to sign up but I can’t get past the login page.

    Your password may not have all the requirements. It must include at least: 8 letters, 1 capital letter, 1 number and a special character eg. #!  When you have satisfied the password criteria, the login box will turn a solid colour and you can proceed.

    I signed up but I haven’t received a verification email.

    Check your junk inbox for the email.

    I am a new member and I got an email from GameDay, is that the verification link?

    Yes, follow the link to finish the sign up process.

    I have forgotten my password.

    On the login page under the email address is the word forgot?  Click there, enter your email address and hit send reset link.  An email with a password reset link will be sent to you. Check your junk inbox in case it goes there.

    I am resetting my password but it won’t work.

    Your new password may not have all the requirements. It must include at least: 8 letters, 1 capital letter, 1 number and a special character eg. #!

    I have changed my email, what do I do?

    Contact your club administrator or Baseball Victoria and the email can be changed. You will have to reset your password so it matches the new email.

    I have registered for the wrong club.

    Contact your club administrator or Baseball Victoria for assistance.

    What if some of my details are wrong and it won’t let me can’t change them?

    Contact your club administrator or Baseball Victoria and the details will be changed for you.

    Can I register more than 1 person on a registration form?

    Yes. Complete the first person’s registration. When you get to the summary page, select register another person. This will take you back to the basic information page where you can select another person or add new participant.

    Our family plays for different clubs, can we register on the same form?

    No, members need to register on the form that belongs to their home club. Links to club registration forms can be found HERE.

    I play in different teams for two clubs. How do I register with both?

    Complete your home club registration form. Now complete the other club’s registration form. Select paid BA & BV fees at another club from the product list. This is a $0 fee. 

    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.

    Where can I find a list of exposure sites?

    Click HERE to view the list of exposure sites regularly updated by the Victorian Government.

    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.

    Preventing the Spread

    Where can I get tested?

    If you have been to an exposure site, are a close contact of a confirmed case, or exhibit any symptoms of COVID-19 – such as fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, chills or sweats, or change in sense of smell or taste – get a test immediately. Find out where to get tested HERE.

    Can I come to training if I'm feeling sick?

    No, you must stay home if you are showing any symptoms.

    Can I come to training if I have been tested?

    If you are awaiting test results or have been directed to quarantine by the Victorian Department of Health, you may not come to training. For regional Victoria, if you were instructed to get tested, you must have a negative test result and be cleared of isolation before you could attend training.

    Where can I get vaccinated?

    The Victorian vaccination program includes many state-run clinics, GPs, and pharmacists. Getting vaccinated helps protect you from getting sick with COVID-19. The vaccines being used in Australia are safe, free, and very effective at preventing serious illness and loss of life from COVID-19.

    Click HERE to read more about vaccine information and how to sign up for your vaccine appointment.

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

    As outlined in our COVIDSafe plan, Baseball Victoria has established guidelines for safe baseball activity. At-risk members are encouraged to wear a mask, socially distance, and sanitise regularly. They are welcome to stay home and stay safe if they feel more comfortable. 

    Do we need council permission to return to training?

    Yes.

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

    Click HERE for the latest travel updates and information on testing and quarantining. 

    If a player has returned from 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 international travel.

    Officials

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

    Face masks are compulsory indoors for anyone aged 12 years and older unless you have an exemption.

    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 has adopted the USA Baseball Coaches Certification Program as its recognised qualification at the participation level of the sport.

    The three-tiered USA Baseball model provides coaches across Victoria and the rest of Australia with a high-quality resource to develop their knowledge under a new partnership.

    BASEBALL.COM.AU - THE USA BASEBALL MODEL: How will it work in Australia?

    BASEBALL.COM.AU - WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR ME? Frequently asked questions

    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.

    Click HERE for more details.

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