About COVID-19

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow). At this time, there are no specific vaccines or treatments for COVID-19. However, there are many ongoing clinical trials evaluating potential treatments.

Source: World Health Organisation

NEW UK Government UPDATE from Monday 28 September 2020:

  • You can only play organised indoor sports in groups of six or less. Larger groups can take part in organised sports outdoors, but not on an informal basis.
  • The government has listed 30 organised sports which are allowed to play with more than six participants. Baseball is one of the 30 sports allowed. However, you must follow government guidelines and ours at all times.
  • England: Up to six persons from multiple households outdoor. No mingling with others. Exceptions: If your household or support bubble is larger than six; Education and training; Workplaces; Children's play groups and youth clubs.
  • Members of the group can be fined if they fail to follow the rules or wear a mask where specified. Face coverings must be worn (indoor) but not exhaustive, by clients in shops, banks, post offices, places of worship, building societies, museums, entertainment places, libraries, public places to read, markets and shopping centres in the UK. Further, you must wear a mask when using public transport in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, and England. Exemptions apply: Youths under the age of U11 in England and U5 in Scotland; You have mental or physical illness or a disability; If you have material anxiety in putting on or removing a face covering. Note: You can take off the face covering to eat or drink. Law enforcement has the right to ask you to remove your mask to check your facial ID.
  • From Monday 28 September the fine for a first offence will double to £200. Repeat offenders will have their fines doubled for successive offences, up to a maximum of £3,200.
  • Social distancing: England: 2m apart suggested, however, if you cannot stay at least 1m apart wear a face mask or another action to mitigate exposure. In Scotland, 2m apart with some exemptions; In Wales, 2m guidance; In Northern Ireland: 2m apart.
  • The "rule of six" has been extended to indoor sports teams.
  • Fines up to £10,000 for those who fail to self-isolate and such fines will now be applied to businesses breaking Covid rules.
  • New rules may remain in place for the next six months.

IMPORTANT: UK Government guidelines superseed all other guidelines, including the BBF. SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

COVID-19 Baseball Safety Guidelines


Do you have these symptoms?


  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Colds
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • Joint and Muscle Pain

Have you had exposure?


  • Travelled to other countries in the past 14 days follow government guidelines
  • Exposure to a confirmed COVID-19 patient
  • Travelled to, reside, or work in local areas with reported COVID-19 cases
  • Exposure to a Person Under Investigation (PUI) for COVID-19

With Exposure + With Symptoms:

  • if you develop symptoms, you must continue to follow the rules to self-isolate with other members of your household and order a test to find out if you have coronavirus. Order a test immediately at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119 if you have no internet access
  • if you test positive for coronavirus, you must share information promptly about your recent contacts through the NHS test and trace service to help us alert other people who may need to self-isolate.

IMPORTANT: Refrain from any baseball or group activity until you follow the government guidelines and get medical clearance.


With Exposure + No Symptoms:

  • Conduct home quarantine for 10 days and monitor symptoms. All others near you 14 days.
  • If you have had close recent contact with someone who has coronavirus, you must self-isolate if the NHS test and trace service advises you to do so

No Exposure + With Symptoms:

  • if you develop symptoms, you must continue to follow the rules to self-isolate with other members of your household and order a test to find out if you have coronavirus. Order a test immediately at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119 if you have no internet access

NHS COVID-19 Test and Trace information

The NHS test and trace service:

  • Ensures that anyone who develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can quickly be tested to find out if they have the virus, and also includes targeted asymptomatic testing of NHS and social care staff and care home residents
  • Helps trace close recent contacts of anyone who tests positive for coronavirus and, if necessary, notifies them that they must self-isolate at home to help stop the spread of the virus

Guidance

Part 1: for someone with symptoms of coronavirus

  1. isolate: as soon as you experience coronavirus symptoms, medical advice is clear: you must self-isolate for at least 10 days. Anyone else in your household must self-isolate for 14 days from when you started having symptoms.
  2. test: order a test immediately at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119 if you have no internet access
  3. results: if your test is positive, you must complete the remainder of your 10-day self-isolation.
  4. anyone in your household must also complete self-isolation for 14 days from when you started having symptoms. If your test is negative, you and other household members no longer need to self-isolate
  5. share contacts: if you test positive for coronavirus, the NHS test and trace service will send you a text or email alert or call you with instructions of how to share details of people with whom you have had close, recent contact and places you have visited. It is important that you respond as soon as possible so that we can give appropriate advice to those who need it. You will be told to do this online via a secure website or you will be called by one of our contract tracers.

Part 2: if you are contacted by the NHS test and trace service because you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus

  1. alert: you will be alerted by the NHS test and trace service if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus. The alert will usually come by text, email or phone call. You should then log on to the NHS test and trace website, which is normally the easiest way for you and the service to communicate with each other – but, if not, a trained call handler will talk you through what you must do. Under-18s will get a phone call and a parent or guardian will be asked to give permission for the call to continue
  2. isolate: you will be told to begin self-isolation for 10 days from your last contact with the person who has tested positive. It’s really important to do this even if you don’t feel unwell because, if you have been infected, you could become infectious to others at any point up to 10 days. Your household doesn’t need to self-isolate with you, if you do not have symptoms, but they must take extra care to follow the guidance on social distancing and handwashing and avoid contact with you at home
  3. test if needed: if you develop symptoms of coronavirus, other members of your household must self-isolate immediately at home for 14 days and you must book a test at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119 if you have no internet access. If your test is positive, you must continue to stay at home for at least 10 days and we will get in touch to ask about your contacts since they must self-isolate. If your test is negative, you must still complete your 14-day self-isolation period because the virus may not be detectable yet - this is crucial to avoid unknowingly spreading the virus.

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Mental health and wellbeing

The impact of COVID-19 not only can directly impact you physically, but it can impact you indirectly. For example, your mental health and wellbeing.

In a time of a crisis every action, creates a reaction. Such reactions may come in the form of boredom, frustration, anxiety, helpness and loneliness. You are not alone. The government has put out a series of information and support lines to assist you. Reach out to others for support or check in on one another.

We all are effected in different ways. There is no need to feel helpless or embarrassed by asking for help. It is time for compassion and support. It is not a time for judging one another. You matter, so seek support if you need help. We want to see you back on the baseball field, we need you.

Helpful links

  • Government Guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of COVID-19 link.
  • Need help speak to a volunteer responder website link.
  • Anxiety UK offers assistance for those with anxiety issues. Phone 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9:30 to 22:00 | Saturday to Sunday, 10:00 to 20:00) website link.
  • Mental Health Foundation website link.
  • No Panic voluntary charity offering support to sufferers. Phone 0844967 4848 (daily from 10:00 to 22:00) website link.

  • OCD Action which supports for people with OCD. Includes information on treatment and online resources.chest pain. Phone 0845 390 6232 (Monday to Friday, 9:30 to 17:00) website link.
  • SANE emotional support, information and guidance for persons affected by mental illness, their families and carers. Phone 0300 304 7000 (daily, 16:20 to 22:30).
  • Young Minds offers information and support for youths mental health. Services for guardians and professionals. Phone 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday, 9:30 to 16:00), website link.