Baseball Victoria COVID-19 FAQ

Updated Monday, 1 June 2020 10:00 AM

    Baseball Activity

    Training

    Can I train with my team?

    Monday, 1 June 2020 at 10:00 AM

    Groups of up to 20 athletes can train together, plus two coaches.

    There can be two groups on the field, one in the diamond and one in the outfield with approximately 20 metres in between them. Each group may have 20 athletes and two coaching staff; the groups may swap position (from the diamond to the outfield or vice versa) so long as the original 20 people remain in the same group. 

    How many people can be at training?

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    40 athletes can be at training on one baseball field, in groups of 20.

    There can be two coaches in addition to the 20 athletes.

    Each group must remain separated, with one in the diamond and one in the outfield with approximately 20 metres in between. The groups can swap positions (from the diamond to the outfield or vice versa) so long as the original 20 people remain in the same group.

    Can we use the dugout?

    No, dugouts cannot be used at this stage. You need to maintain 1.5 meters distance at all times.

    Can we use the batting cages?

    If the batting cage is enclosed i.e. it has a roof, it cannot be used. If the batting cage is open air, you can use it while maintaining the 1.5 metres distance.

    Can we use the changeroom facilities?

    No, changerooms may only be used for access to the toilet facilities. Participants should arrive at the venue ready to train and leave the venue in their training gear to change and shower at home.

    Can my parents come to training?

    Yes, one parent or guardian is permitted at training. Those attending will need to maintain the 1.5 metre social distancing guidelines and we advise that when possible, these individuals should remain in their vehicle at the venue. Parents should not be on the field of play at any time.

    Can my partner come to training?

    Monday, 1 June 2020 at 10:00 AM

    Yes, one person for each athlete is permitted. Those attending will need to maintain the 1.5 metre social distancing guidelines and we advise that when possible, these individuals should remain in their vehicle at the venue. Please note that parents/partners cannot access the field, or they are considered part of the group and will count towards the maximum 20 people.

    Can my young kids come to training?

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    Yes, kids are permitted at training if they are supervised by a guardian. Children may not be on the field or they will contribute to the 20-person maximum.

    Can my siblings come to training?

    Yes, siblings may come to training if they are with a parent or guardian and maintain the 1.5 metre social distancing guidelines. We advise that, when possible, these people should remain in their vehicle at the venue.

    Do I need to wear a face mask?

    No, you are not required to wear one as face masks are currently optional in Victoria, however if you wish to do so that is acceptable. Click HERE for more information from the Victorian government on wearing a face mask and other ways to reduce your risk of coronavirus.

    Do coaches need to wear face masks?

    No, coaches are not required to wear face masks, but they can if they wish to do so.

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

    No, shower facilities at venues will be closed.

    Can we have a group huddle to address the team?

    No, you can move together as a group, but you must maintain the 1.5 metres between each person.

    What kind of training drills are prohibited?

    Training drills involving close physical contact are prohibited. Regular catching, throwing and hitting drills are allowed so long as all participants remain at least 1.5 metres apart.

    Can we play Baseball5?

    No, there is no team on team activity.

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

    Monday, 1 June 2020 at 10:00 AM

    Yes, two groups of 20 are permitted on the same field if one group is positioned in the diamond and the other in the outfield, with approximately 20 metres in between the two groups.  The groups may swap position (from the diamond to the outfield or vice versa) so long as the original 20 people remain in the same group. 

    Can I share bats?

    No, bats should not be shared whenever possible. Bats provided by the club must be wiped down with a disinfectant wipe or solution before and after use.

    Can I tag the player during training?

    No, tagging will not be permitted during training. Players are to have no physical contact with one another and remain 1.5 metres apart at all times.

    Club Community

    Can I have a committee meeting at the clubhouse?

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    No, all committee meetings, even those under 20 people, should be still be conducted via video and telephone conference.

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

    No, come and try days, post-training dinners and other club events are non-essential and will not be permitted at this time.

    Costs, Insurance and Registration

    Registration

    How much does it cost to return to training?

    At this stage, it will be free, you need to register your details via your club or the Baseball Victoria website to ensure you and your club are covered by insurance.

    How much do I have to pay BV and my club to return to training?

    There will be no BV fee to return to training. Clubs will determine their fee for returning to training if necessary. BV and BA capitation fees will return upon the resumption of full competition play.

    How do I register to attend training?

    You must register to attend training via your club or the Baseball Victoria website: 2020 Return to Activity Registration.

    Will I have insurance when I return to training?

    Yes, you will have insurance when you return to training so long as you registered with SportsTG.

    Cleaning

    How will I clean my equipment?

    You need to clean your own bat and any other equipment you use as well as your clothing. All pieces of equipment should be cleaned using disinfectant. Click HERE for resources from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services on cleaning and safety practices at businesses and social activities.

    Will cleaning will be provided by the club?

    Yes, the club venue will be cleaned, and hand sanitiser will be provided to all members. You must wash/sanitise your hands when you arrive at the venue, as well as throughout training when directed and at the end of training.

    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, you do not need to wear rubber gloves to play.

    Do I need to bring my own hand sanitiser?

    There will be hand sanitiser provided at your club, however you are able to bring your own if you prefer. Your hand sanitiser needs to meet the minimum standards and be over 60% alcohol to be effective. 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.
    Hand sanitiser will be required prior to the commencement of training and at 20-minute intervals during training to ensure that hands are santisied. Hand sanitiser should be used immediately at the conclusion of training.

    Clubs

    Can we open the canteen?

    Not at this stage, the return to activity allows for training only. The canteen and bar need to remain closed.

    Can the canteen take cash payments?

    No, canteens cannot be open and therefore cannot accept cash payments.

    Can we open the bar?

    No, all club canteens and bars must remain closed at this time.

    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.

    Can we share any equipment?

    The only equipment that would be ‘shared’ is the ball. The ball will only be touched by participants that have followed the hand sanitizing methods. You should avoid sharing all other equipment, including bats, as much as possible. In situations where bats provided by the club are necessary for training, every bat must be cleaned with a disinfectant wipe or solution before and after use.

    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?

    Clubs need to seek permission of council in order to use fields and access facilities.

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

    All clubs should consult with councils or venue management to ensure the facilities are ready for use.

    Do clubs need first aid?

    Yes, no training can take place until clubs have access to their first aid equipment on the field. If your first aid equipment is located in the pavilion or equipment room, you need to arrange to get it out and have it available on the field for training.

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

    Full games of baseball will only be allowed when the restrictions are eased to allow groups of two teams.

    When will summer baseball start?

    We are still confirming a start date, which will depend on when we are able to return to activity like training and then when we are able to return to full play. This will also be dependent upon local councils and the state government. We are working on amending when ‘winter’ finishes and ‘summer’ starts for 2020. 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. 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 or club member has returned from overseas, they need to follow the federal and state government requirements. Click HERE for details on quarantine requirements for international travellers 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. There can be no mass gatherings. The only baseball activity allowed at this stage is groups of 10 people or less for training purposes.

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

    It is likely that the Victorian Government will shut down club operations in the event of a positive COVID-19 case. This would be beyond Baseball Victoria’s control and clubs would need to follow all government instructions. This would be treated as a bye in any competition, which the winter associations would need to address.

    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?

    We are reviewing how the charter program might be able to return to training, subject to the restrictions, and will provide updates accordingly.

    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, this will depend on when we are able to return to activity like training and then when we are able to return to full play. This will also be dependent upon local councils and the state government. We are working on amending when ‘winter’ finishes and ‘summer’ starts for 2020. Ground allocations and sharing of grounds will affect many sports, and all those different requirements are being considered at 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.

    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 not attend training. 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. You will likely be required to isolate and therefore would not able to attend training. 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?

    Yes, so long as you follow all the requirements above.

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

    Anyone who is feeling unwell must stay home and not come to training. Those who arrive at training and show clear symptoms of sickness will be asked to leave.

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

    You need to follow the Victorian Government guidelines. Click HERE for further information from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.

    Preventing the Spread

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

    Each person will need to assess with their club the risk as it applies to them. Those people who are 70 years and over need to consider the additional risk that applies to this vulnerable group. 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?

    Clubs need to seek permission of council in order to use fields and access facilities.

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

    Yes, healthcare workers who are exposed to people with COVID-19 may attend training so long as they feel healthy, have no symptoms and practice strict social distancing measures.

    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?

    No, no one is required to return to training if they feel they are at risk or do not feel comfortable given the current situation.

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

    You need to follow all the hand hygiene measures and you need to strictly maintain the 1.5 metres distance at all times.

    My coaching accreditation is expiring, what do I do?

    Baseball Victoria is working with Baseball Australia on coaching accreditation and expects to make announcements on an updated system in the coming weeks. If your accreditation requires renewal or if you wish to obtain a coach accreditation, please email kristie.middleton@baseballvictoria.com.au.

    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.

    General

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

    No, the restrictions are state-wide. The same standards apply in Mildura, Geelong and metropolitan Melbourne.

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