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Baseball Victoria COVID-19 FAQ

Updated Sunday, 19 September 2021

    Summary - Lockdown & Plan for Easing of Restrictions

    Summary

    The Victorian Government released its roadmap to reopening and delivering the National Plan on Sunday 19 September 2021, providing an outline on the easing of restrictions in the coming weeks and months.

    Baseball Victoria is currently working through what this reopening roadmap means for the start of the 2021/22 Victorian Summer Baseball League season. The plan outlines several key milestones with the easing of restrictions on community sport dependent on when Victoria reaches its 70 and 80 percent fully vaccinated targets.

    Baseball Victoria is seeking further clarification to confirm the roadmap restrictions and how they will apply to a return to training and competition for grassroots baseball. We are expecting further clarity following a community sport update from Sport and Recreation Victoria scheduled for Tuesday 21 September 2021. These clarifications will guide updates to the Baseball Victoria Return to Play COVIDSafe Plan, and we will provide updates to VSBL clubs and members accordingly, including planned season start dates as we draw closer.

    In addition to the roadmap announcements, the Chief Health Officer declared the City of Greater Geelong, the Surf Coast, and Mitchell Shire will enter a seven-day lockdown commencing at 11:59pm on Sunday 19 September, with the same restrictions as metropolitan Melbourne and the City of Ballarat, excluding the curfew. This means the previously announced return to training for Geelong Baycats and Mitchell Majors VSBL clubs will cease for the duration of the lockdown, set to last for seven days through 11:59pm on Sunday 26 September.

    The lockdown restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne, Ballarat, Geelong, the Surf Coast, and Mitchell Shire include:

    • Six reasons to leave home:
      • shopping for necessary goods and services (within 10km radius of home unless not available within)
      • four hours of exercise (within 10km radius of home unless not available within, and with only one other person)
      • caregiving/compassionate/medical reasons
      • authorised work or permitted education – with valid permit only
      • getting the coronavirus vaccine
      • outdoor social interaction (picnic, walk, or other outdoor activity) with another person not from your household. Up to five adults (plus dependents) from two households may gather outdoors if all adults are fully vaccinated.
    • No public or private gatherings other than for permitted outdoor social interaction
    • Two people may train outdoors with a personal trainer
    • No community sport
    • Masks must be worn both indoors and outdoors unless an exemption applies
    • Daily curfew from 9pm – 5am (metropolitan Melbourne only)

    Baseball Activity

    Training

    Can I train with my team?

    No - there is no baseball activity during lockdown.

    Can we use the dugout and batting cages?

    No - there is no baseball activity during lockdown.

    Can we use the changeroom facilities?

    No - there is no baseball activity during lockdown.

    Can my parents come to training?

    No - there is no baseball activity during lockdown.

    Can my partner come to training?

    No - there is no baseball activity during lockdown.

    Can my young kids come to training?

    No - there is no baseball activity during lockdown.

    Can my siblings come to training?

    No - there is no baseball activity during lockdown.

    Do I need to wear a face mask?

    Yes - face masks are compulsory indoors and outdoors at all times for anyone aged 12 years and older unless you have an exemption.

    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?

    Yes, face masks are compulsory indoors and outdoors at all times for anyone aged 12 years and older unless you have an exemption.

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

    No - there is no baseball activity during lockdown.

    Can we have a group huddle to address the team?

    No - there is no baseball activity during lockdown.

    What kind of training drills are prohibited?

    There is no baseball activity during lockdown.

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

    Can we play Baseball5?

    No - there is no baseball activity during lockdown.

    Can I share bats?

    No - there is no baseball activity during lockdown.

    Can I tag the player during training?

    No - there is no baseball activity during lockdown.

    Club Community

    Can I have a committee meeting at the clubhouse?

    No - there is no in-person baseball activity during lockdown. All meetings must be conducted online.

    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?

    No - there is no baseball activity during lockdown.

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

    No - there is no baseball activity during lockdown.

    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?

    Please note there are a number of travel restrictions in place for most Australian states. 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?

    If a player has returned from essential travel overseas, they need to follow government guidelines. 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

    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?

    Please note there are a number of travel restrictions in place for most Australian states. 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 quarantine requirements for international travellers from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.

    Officials

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

    Face masks are compulsory indoors and outdoors at all times 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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