British Baseball is back!
PUBLIC RELEASE Monday 27 July 2020
By way of background, as before the pandemic, as the National Governing Body of baseball, we remain dedicated to the health and wellbeing of everyone involved in our sport. Under COVID-19, we implemented our Continuity Plans and response measures. Where necessary, we took prompt steps to mitigate the risks of the participants of our sport, e.g., we suspended baseball team activities, and issued safety guidance.
Our approach in developing the following COVID19 action plans which were submitted to the government, to activate the return of our sport has centred on the use of system dynamics. That is, participating in an organised baseball game requires the input and output of elements which make up the system. Elements are interconnected and can be players, officials, coaches, managers, administrators, and more. We have reviewed the interrelated elements, of playing baseball fixtures and how any change to any element impacts the whole system. To determine an action plan and safety guidelines to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 we moved away from looking at the issue as just linear, e.g., cause and effect, instead we have zoomed out to see what other aspects can affect baseball fixtures safety. The mentioned is our basis as the NGB for determining a holistic approach in proposing interventions, policies, structures and guidelines to mitigate COVID-19 when playing baseball games. As a result, our plan centres on leverage points in our system, which can be adjusted to assist those elements in mitigating COVID-19.
Today, we expressly received from the government that while they formally do not endorse team sport guidance, they confirm they are content for us [BBF] to activate our team sport guidance and enable the return of our sport. For example, we are now listed on the website of the GOV website link as one of many sports which has developed guidance under the principles of the team sport government guidance.
Our team sport guidance to return to baseball team activities (with conditions) are now active.
We want to thank you for your patience during these unstable times.
While we rejoice with your enthusiasm for the return of baseball, you must consider the following:
- Baseball, as you know it, has changed while we get through this pandemic and resume under our mitigation guidelines.
- The mitigation COVID-19 guidelines to follow, which must be followed before starting team activities (fixtures and practise) are mandatory.
- Our action plan, risk assessment and related guidance, demonstrate our proposed mitigations, sets out the principles and good practise how we plan to operate, and flexibility to make changes as required for baseball to return to action.
- We have also included other links and information deemed relevant to our sports stakeholders.
- To honour the return of British Baseball and NHS Care workers we have organised the 2020 Open Baseball Tournment scheduled to start on the 2nd August link. All proceeds go to NHS Charities Together (www.nhscharitiestogether.co.uk).
We welcome this opportunity to share our guidelines in the following pages.
The following pages of this site consist of specific elements of our activation plan. You can review them individually and download them at the bottom of each page for your convenience. All the pages are colour coded for you to easily identify what is applicable to what element (e.g., specators, players, officials etc). The mentioned e-publications can be withdrawn, revised, partially superseded or superseded at any time, and without notice.
Thank you and game on!
British Baseball Federation - Board of Directors
NOTE: Scotland and Wales may have seperate guidelines. The official controlled copy of documents in this website are held within our network server. All printed copies, and all electronic copies and versions, except the one on our server, are considered uncontrolled copies and may not be up-to-date. Some contents within website and documents are links to third parties websites and/or contain copyrighted materials. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the contents of third-party information. Government guidelines supersede our guidelines.
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.
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"We can do this together, follow government and our mitigation COVID-19 guidelines, to keep everyone safe, to resume baseball team activities, but we need your support." BBF
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