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Baseball Victoria COVID-19 FAQ

Updated 14 January 2021, 10am

    Summary - Restrictions Ease

    Updated Restrictions

    Summary

    All baseball activity across the state of Victoria contains some minors restrictions as part of the 'Last Step' of the Victorian RoadMap.  

    Step Four restrictions, which are now consistent in Regional Victoria and Metro Melbourne allow a return to all outdoor contact sports - which include junior and senior baseball.

     

    What restrictions are in place now in Victoria?

    Victoria is in the last step of easing restrictions - full details on all changes can be found HERE.

    2020/21 VSBL Fixtures

    Where can I view 2020/21 VSBL fixtures?

    Click HERE to view fixtures for all VSBL competitions (juniors, seniors and masters).

    When are VSBL Finals?

    VSBL Finals are scheduled for mid-March and will follow the same format as previous VSBL seasons.

    What happens if there is a COVID-19 outbreak during the season?

    Baseball Victoria and all VSBL clubs will follow our Return to Play Plan throughout the season. Any outbreak will be addressed appropriately in accordance with Victorian Government restrictions and guidelines. Click HERE to view our Return to Play Plan.

    Registration

    Where do I go to register?

    Players who registered for the free return to training may now finalise their return to play registration by clicking HERE.

    Players who have not yet registered to return to training and would like to do so before committing to play this season may register HERE.

    I am trying to sign up but I can’t get past the log in 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 Log In 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 log in 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 re-set 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. 

    Baseball Activity

    Training

    Can I train with my team?

    ALL VICTORIA

    ADULTS  

    FROM 22 November 2020 at 11:59PM

    Yes, you can train and play full contact baseball in groups no larger than 50, for seniors and juniors.

    Clubs and attendees need to complete training registration and training attendance registers.  

    What happens if I live more than 25kms from my Club? 

    FROM 8 November 2020 at 11:59pm 

    You are now able to attend training.  From 8 November 2020 there have been non distance restrictions, players from Regional Victoria can now join Metro training. 

    How many people can be at training?

    REGIONAL VICTORIA and METRO VICTORIA

    ADULTS  

    FROM 22 November 2020 at 11:59PM

    50 people, in total including coaching staff.

    ALL VICTORIA

    JUNIORS  

    FROM 22 November 2020 at 11:59PM

    Full team training, without one guardian parent.

    Can we use the dugout?

    FROM 22 November 2020 at 11:59PM

    ALL VICTORIA

    ADULTS: Yes.

    JUNIORS: Yes.

    Can we use the batting cages?

    ALL VICTORIA

    ADULTS: Yes.

    JUNIORS: Yes.

    Can we use the change room facilities?

    FROM 22 November 2020 at 11:59PM

    Yes, in accordance with density guidelines and subject to the approval of the applicable local council. 

    Can my parents come to training?

    JUNIORS: Yes.  Subject to density guidelines and group gathering restriction, social distancing must be maintained.

    Can my partner come to training?

    Yes, but they must remain outside of the field of play and they must maintain social distancing requirements. 

    Can my young kids come to training?

    ALL VICTORIA

    FROM 22 November 2020 at 11:59PM

    JUNIORS: Yes.  

    Can my siblings come to training?

    REGIONAL VICTORIA and METRO VICTORIA

    JUNIORS: Yes.  

    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. 

    You are no longer required to wear a face mask when you are outside and can maintain social distancing.  You must carry the mask with you at all time.  Players are permitted to wear the mask on the field if that is their personal preference, where social distancing cannot be established and maintained, players on the bench must wear a mask. 

    You must always carry a face mask with you when you leave home unless you have a lawful reason not to. Masks are strongly recommended whenever it is not possible to keep 1.5 metres distance from others.

    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? 

    • A face mask is always recommended. The Chief Health Officer recommends a mask with three layers that fits securely around the face, specifically covering the nose and the mouth.  

    • However, a fitted snood, fitted buff or fitted gaiter is allowed. 

    • The emphasis is on fitted.  

    • In this instance fitted means the snood, buff or gaiter can extend in a fitted form to snugly fit over and cover your nose and mouth. It must be secure around your neck and lower face with no gaps along the nose ridge or the top of the garment. This is designed to protect you from coronavirus. It must be a sufficient face covering for this purpose. 

    • A loose-fitting snood, buff or gaiter or scarf or bandana is not allowed. 

    What is a snood, buff or gaiter?

    In this instance a snood, buff or gaiter is taken to mean a face and neck covering, in the form of a closed loop, worn around the face and neck. They are taken to be interchangeable terms.  

    Click HERE to access all the information on Gaiters/Face Masks from DHHS.  

    Do coaches need to wear face masks?

    Yes. Unless they are able to maintain social distance at all times.

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

    Yes, subject to the opening of facilities determined by your applicable local council and subject to density requirements.

    Can we have a group huddle to address the team?

    FROM 22 November 2020 at 11:59PM

    Yes, but social distancing measure should be maintained.  

    What kind of training drills are prohibited?

    ALL VICTORIA

    FROM 22 November 2020 at 11:59PM

    All training is permitted.  

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

    Can we play Baseball5?

    REGIONAL VICTORIA and METRO VICTORIA

    FROM 22 November 2020 at 11:59PM

    ADULTS

    Yep, if you want - check out Baseball5 on YouTube.

    JUNIORS

    Yes.  

    Can I share bats?

    Yes, however the sharing of equipment is discouraged and requires cleaning between uses, where possible, bats should not be shared.  

    Can I tag the player during training?

    REGIONAL VICTORIA and METRO VICTORIA

    FROM 22 November 2020 at 11:59PM

    ADULTS

    Yes.  But everyone has been inside all winter, so be gentle.  

    JUNIORS

    Yes.  

    VSBL Specific Questions

    What date will we finish playing baseball?

    The hybrid 2020/2021 VSBL Season will conclude at the end of March 2021. 

    How many finals will be held?

    That will be dependent upon how many rounds are available to be played based on when we can start the hybrid 2020/2021 VSBL season, at this stage, the drafts contain two weeks of finals. 

    How will this effect charters and the ability to meet the requirements for Little League national and international events?

    Baseball Victoria is in the process of applying for dispensation as we are unable to meet the requirements with the number of games at this stage, based on the current restrictions. 

    How will the information as to whom is attendance at a game be collected at matches?

    VSBL Match Sheets have been updated to include all those players, coaching, officials and volunteers that are in attendance and these will form part of the tracking of attendees, that in addition to tracking attendees at training will be part of the Baseball Victoria COVID contract tracing documents. 

    What happens to match results if one or more players need to isolate / quarantine as a result of COVID-19?

    Where one or more player(s) from a club has been directed to isolate / quarantine by the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS), the relevant club and person shall immediately notify Baseball Victoria.  

    Baseball Victoria, Clubs and members will abide by the directions from the DHHS in respect to access to facilities and potential suspension of any further games.  

    In addition, the Baseball Victoria will consult with the appropriate authorities and determine if permitted by DHHS, how games can matches can proceed involving the affected club/team and relevant opposition teams (excluding any players required to isolate / quarantine) and how the games will be treated as part of the fixture and if they will be considered byes/washouts or COVID effected games.  

    Baseball Victoria is putting together a full outline of possible options and outcomes for review prior to the commencement of competition. 

    Club Community

    Can I have a committee meeting at the clubhouse?

    Yes, but you have to wear a mask inside and you have to maintain social distance and it must be in accordance with density guidelines. 

    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. 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?

    No.

    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?

    From 8 November 2020

    Clubs will be able reopen their canteen facilities under the Victorian Government COVID requirements - please click HERE for a summary of the requirements.

    For the full Victorian Government information visit - COVID Safe Business , Sector Guidance

    Can we open the bar?

    Yes, subject to your local Council guidelines.

    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. 

    For the full Victorian Government information visit - COVID Safe Business , Sector Guidance

    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 now be able to access facilities and all necessary first aid equipment.

    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?

    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.

    Can we arrange import players for the VSBL season?

    No.  

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

    No. 

    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?

    Junior baseball will commence, how charter programs statewide and nationally will be affected continues to be investigated.  

    Where are ABL updates?

    Click HERE for the latest updates from the ABL on the 2020/21 season.

    View Melbourne Aces schedule HERE. For Aces memberships, click HERE.

    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 has confirmed a 2021 Australian Women's Championship in Adelaide over Easter 2021 - standby for more information on trials.  

    Will the Australian Youth Championships go ahead?

    The Australian Youth Championship as a national format has been cancelled. Click HERE for the update on the Baseball Victoria website.  

    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?

    Yes.

    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

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

    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.

    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

    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.

    2021 AYC/National Showcase Series - Victoria

    When is the showcase?

    The National Showcase Series – Victoria was held at Melbourne Ballpark from Tuesday, 5 January – Wednesday, 13 January 2021.

    Click HERE for all the details.

    Where can I view games and scores?

    Information on the National Showcase Series - Victoria games is available on GameChanger HERE and on our website HERE.

    Where can I view rosters?

    Rosters for the National Showcase Series - Victoria are available HERE.

    How did Baseball Victoria and Baseball Australia make sure the showcase provided the same level of opportunity and exposure as the AYC?

    Baseball Victoria and Baseball Australia collaborated in the collection and distribution of data and video plus performance assessment within the National Showcase Series to ensure player exposure was maximised at a level that exceeds the traditional AYC.

    General

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

    Yes, regional Victorian and Metro Melbourne are currently under different restrictions, please refer to the summary of information.  

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