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Baseball Victoria COVID-19 FAQ

Updated 1 March 2022

    Summary - Return to Play

    Summary

    After reaching vaccination targets, Victoria is enjoying greater freedoms including the return of community sport.

    Moving forward, there are no restrictions on travel and accommodation or retail/hospitality/entertainment for the fully vaccinated. There are no limits on the number of people who can gather in your home or in a public place (i.e. in a park). Community sport is permitted indoors and outdoors, regardless of vaccination status.

    Masks are required indoors only in limited settings including retail, health care, aged care and justice facilities, at primary schools, and on public transport/taxis/rideshare. Masks are not required for community sport, although wearing a mask is recommended if you can’t physically distance, if you have any symptoms, or if you are with people who may be vulnerable to COVID-19.

    The Baseball Victoria Return to Play COVIDSafe Plan follows Victorian Government COVIDSafe Settings, and all clubs must comply with CHO directions and any additional directions of your landowners.

    As per the CHO COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination (Workers) Directions, there is an exemption for community sport volunteers so while vaccination is strongly recommended, it is not required. Please note canteens and bars operate under hospitality restrictions; therefore, all members must be fully vaccinated to use an indoor canteen/bar at a community sport facility.

    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.

    Return to play registration is required for all participants before taking the field.

    Baseball Activity

    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 changerooms, dugouts, and batting cages?

    Yes.

    Can my parents, partner, siblings, or young kids come to training?

    Yes.

    Do I need to wear a face mask?

    Masks are not required for community sport, although wearing a mask is recommended if you can’t physically distance, if you have any symptoms, or if you are with people who may be vulnerable to COVID-19.

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

    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 have a committee meeting or event at the clubhouse?

    Yes.

    Umpiring

    Why the change in umpiring structure?

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

    Please read our full release HERE.

    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.

    Where can I learn more about umpiring with Baseball Victoria?

    Please click HERE to fill out the umpire expressions of interest.

    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. 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 or overseas?

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

    If a player has returned from interstate or overseas, they need to follow government guidelines. Click HERE for details on interstate travel 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 complete return to play registration register for 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.

    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.

    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.

    Officials

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

    Masks are not required for community sport, although wearing a mask is recommended if you can’t physically distance, if you have any symptoms, or if you are with people who may be vulnerable to COVID-19.

    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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