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Baseball Victoria COVID-19 FAQ

Updated 16 June 2021, 2:30pm

    Summary - Easing of Restrictions in Metropolitan Melbourne & Regional Victoria

    Summary of Future Changes

    Baseball Victoria is planning for the further easing of restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne from 11:59pm on Thursday 17 June 2021, which includes:

    • 25km travel radius removed, allowing for travel between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.
    • Masks must be worn indoors except if at home, or if an exception applies, and masks are recommended to be worn outdoors where 1.5 metres physical distancing cannot be maintained.
    • Density limits increased in public settings including workplaces and restaurants.
    • Community sport open for all ages both training and competition, limited to the minimum number of people required to participate in and facilitate the activity (players and coaches) and within venue limits.
    • Spectators are allowed within venue limits in regional Victoria, while no spectators are allowed in metropolitan Melbourne, other than people necessary for events.

    Training and competition across all age groups can return, with confirmation that winter associations can return to competition this weekend. Density limits and restrictions still apply for facilities at our diamonds and all clubs will need to meet these requirements as part of their return to play.  

    The BV COVIDSafe Return to Play Plan is available HERE for all clubs.

    Baseball Activity

    Training

    Can I train with my team?

    Metropolitan Melbourne: yes, training can be conducted in groups of twenty (20) people, including necessary coaching or administration staff. The total number of people in a single group is twenty (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 twenty people can train at any single venue.

    Regional Victoria: yes, community sport is now open for all ages both training and competition, without travel into metropolitan Melbourne and within venue caps. 

    From Friday, 18 June 2021

    Metropolitan Melbourne: yes, subject to density requirements for any indoor activity and without spectators

    Regional Victoria: yes, subject to density requirements for indoor activity.

    Can we use the dugout and batting cages?

    Metropolitan Melbourne: yes, subject to density requirements.

    Regional Victoria: yes, subject to density requirements.

    Can we use the changeroom facilities?

    Metropolitan Melbourne: no, there is only access to the field and toilets/first aid if necessary. 

    Regional Victoria: yes, subject to council approval.

    From Friday, 18 June 2021

    Metropolitan Melbourne: yes, subject to council approval.

    Regional Victoria: yes, subject to council approval.

    Can my parents come to training?

    Metropolitan Melbourne: yes, only if necessary and they should not be on the field at any time.

    Regional Victoria: yes, but they should maintain social distancing and must wear a mask when inside.

    Can my partner come to training?

    Metropolitan Melbourne: No, it's not recommended unless it's required. They should not be on the field at any time as they will count toward the 20-person limit. 

    Regional Victoria: there are density limits, so it's not recommended unless it's required. Partners must check in and wear a face mask indoors. 

    From Friday, 18 June 2021

    Metropolitan Melbourne: no, spectators are not permitted, they must be necessary for playing the game.

    Regional Victoria: yes

    Can my young kids come to training?

    Metropolitan Melbourne: yes, only if they need to. They must wear a mask indoors and outdoors, and they cannot be on the field or they will count toward the 20-person maximum.

    Regional Victoria: yes if they need to. They must wear a mask indoors if 12 years or older.

    From Friday, 18 June 2021

    Metropolitan Melbourne: no, spectators are not permitted, they must be necessary for playing the game.

    Regional Victoria: yes

    Can my siblings come to training?

    Metropolitan Melbourne: yes, only if they need to. They must wear a mask indoors and outdoors, and they cannot be on the field or they will count toward the 20-person maximum.

    Regional Victoria: yes if they need to. They must wear a mask indoors if 12 years or older.

    From Friday, 18 June 2021

    Metropolitan Melbourne: no, spectators are not permitted, they must be necessary for playing the game.

    Regional Victoria: yes

    Do I need to wear a face mask?

    Metropolitan Melbourne: yes, face masks are compulsory indoors and outdoors at all times for anyone aged 12 years and older unless you have an exemption. From Friday, 18 June 2021, face masks will no longer be compulsory outdoors except for when you cannot maintain 1.5m social distancing.

    Regional Victoria: you must carry a face mask at all times and wear indoors and outdoors where 1.5 metres physical distancing cannot be maintained. 

    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?

    Metropolitan Melbourne: yes, face masks are compulsory indoors and outdoors at all times for anyone aged 12 years and older unless you have an exemption. From Friday, 18 June 2021, face masks will no longer be compulsory outdoors except for when you cannot maintain 1.5m social distancing.

    In regional Victoria, you must carry a face mask at all times and wear it indoors and outdoors when 1.5 metres physical distancing cannot be maintained. 

    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?

    Metropolitan Melbourne: no, there is no clubroom/changeroom access apart from toilets and first aid. Training should follow the "get in, get out" concept. 

    Regional Victoria: clubs need council approval to access their facilities including showers and change rooms. We recommend getting in and getting out quickly.

    Can we have a group huddle to address the team?

    No.

    What kind of training drills are prohibited?

    Please train while physically distancing on the field wherever possible and avoid tagging players. 

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

    Can we play Baseball5?

    Metropolitan Melbourne: no, we are in a return to training only, no competition. From Friday, 18 June 2021, competition and the option for Baseball5 will resume.

    Regional Victoria: juniors in regional Victoria can play Baseball5 subject to density requirements - check out this Baseball5 video on YouTube.

    Can I share bats?

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

    Can I tag the player during training?

    No.

    Club Community

    Can I have a committee meeting at the clubhouse?

    Metropolitan Melbourne: no, please do virtual meetings instead. 

    Regional Victoria: yes but you must follow density limits and wear face masks indoors.

    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.

    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?

    Metropolitan Melbourne: no, not during current restrictions.

    Regional Victoria: yes, clubs can open their canteen and/or bar provided they have council approval and follow our COVIDSafe plan.

    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. 

    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?

    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 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

    Where do I go to register?

    For the winter season, return to training registration is available HERE and return to play registration is available HERE.

    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.

    I got tested for COVID-19 but it came back negative. Can I come to training?

    Yes, unless you are showing symptoms, in that case please stay home.

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

    Please stay home from training if you show any symptoms. 

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

    You must wait at least 14 days.

    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.

    Where can I get vaccinated?

    The Victorian vaccination program is now open to all Victorians over the age of 40 as well as select priority groups. 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?

    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?

    Metropolitan Melbourne: yes, face masks are compulsory indoors and outdoors at all times for anyone aged 12 years and older unless you have an exemption. From Friday 18 June, face masks will only be required outdoors when you cannot maintain 1.5m social distancing.

    Regional Victoria: you must carry a face mask at all times and wear indoors and outdoors where 1.5 metres physical distancing cannot be maintained. 

    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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