Sunday, 28 June 2020 British Baseball Federation (BBF)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The British Baseball Federation COVID-19 Update

We continue to be led by the government Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic guidelines. In the recent UK government announcement, we have learned we cannot start our baseball leagues and games (fixtures) until further notice. However, government guidelines do provide for certain training activities to resume under strict safety and social distancing guidelines. Please refer to the government guidelines link and our COVID-19 report link as to what is allowed and expected.

We are provisionally now planning for baseball to re-start on the 1st August, but this is subject to change based on government guidance. With a limited number of days available to play leagues or fixtures from August to September, we realise we must also account for other risks, e.g., weather, field availability, etc. The pandemic challenges (financial and non-financial) our stakeholder's face and our sport, have been stressful to manage. Understanding the challenges of our member clubs, and the limited number of days available to play fixtures, we know we must consider our responsibilities and leadership. Leading up to this pandemic, the BBF had implemented several Business Continuity Plan (financial and non-financial) measures to prepare for a crisis. Our approach has been forward-looking and systematic to remain agile and resilient under several possible risks. While we await government approval for the return of baseball fixtures, we have decided to take a "swing at the bottom of the ninth" under the circumstances and assuming we can start fixtures in August. For example:

  • All BBF membership fees paid to play in our leagues will be 100% returned to our members over the next few weeks.
  • Also, we await word from our insurers, i.e., any credit returned will also be passed through to our members.
  • If we get the go-ahead from the government, we will deliver a baseball experience (even if shortened) to our baseball community. That is, in combination with the funds saved through our Business Continuity Plan and connections to secure private donations, we are glad to announce a series of baseball tournaments.

British Baseball Federation Baseball OPEN Tournaments

Terms (but not exhaustive):

  • One time and the fee of £15 per team, only.
  • Forecasted start on the 1st of August until the end of September. Subject to government guidelines and that fixtures can start.
  • Maximum senior teams roster 25 players—youth divisions 14 maximum per roster.
  • Divisions of play: Single-A, Double-A, Triple-A and National Baseball League. Plus, Women's League and youth divisions.
  • Any team across the country is eligible, including independent leagues.
  • Revised BBF rules and safety guidelines will apply.
  • Each team is guaranteed to be scheduled to play a minimum of six games in the tournament (time and government guidelines allowing) and assigned to play in brackets near their area to minimise travel. Winners of each bracket advance to the playoffs and finals.
  • All financial proceeds earned from the team fees will be donated to the NHS front line works.
  • The winners receive a British Baseball Federation National Tournament Award.
  • Registration opens on 1st July.

JOIN US to HELP DONATE TO NHS FRONTLINE WORKERS AND PLAY SOME BASEBALL.

ABOUT BRITISH BASEBALL FEDERATION (BBF) The British Baseball Federation (BBF) is the National Governing Body (NGB) of the sport of baseball. The BBF is the sole administrator and custodian of our Great Britain Baseball National Team Programme (GB Baseball). Further, the BBF oversees the nationally recognised baseball rules, BBF YouTube Channel, officials, promote 0UK AD (Anti-Doping) compliance and offers the highest concentration of organised baseball leagues and playing opportunities for adults and youths in the country under one Federation. The BBF is a 100% self-funded NGB. The British Baseball Federation (BBF) is committed to providing equality, fairness and respect for all. Being a part of the BBF is available to all, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, race (nationality, and ethnic or national origin), religion or belief, sex (gender) or sexual orientation. The BBF Mission To advance and promote opportunities in baseball, so that participants in our sport can enjoy and expand their reach through our Federation. For more information, e-mail info@britishbaseball.org or visit our website: www.britishbaseball.org