We had our first outdoor session of 2020 last week! It was a VERY hot afternoon, but it was great to be back out on the field playing softball again. Thank you to everyone who came along. It was encouraging to see everyone following the protocols to stop the spread of Covid-19 and keep everyone safe. It will take a bit of getting used to but it’s necessary to enable us to play softball together safely. I hope to see some more of you out on the field this week!
PLEASE DON’T FORGET – If you want to attend any of our sessions, you’ll need to complete the Return to Play Survey to register as a club member. You’ll also need to complete and return an “Opt In” form for the NHS Track & Trace programme.
You will NOT be permitted to participate until you have completed BOTH of these. You can either sign and email back the “Opt in” form or else bring it with you to the first session you attend.
Link to “Opt in” Form
If you don’t want to participate this year, it would still be helpful to know. Please let us know by completing the Return to Play Survey.
Our next session will take place this Wednesday 19th August at Preston Park, starting at 6pm. We have SIX sessions left before the end of the season, with the final session taking place on Wednesday 23rd September. Obviously this may all change depending on any changes to Government advice, but that is the plan as it stands.
If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please let me know.
I hope to see you on Wednesday!
Please read the following important information
All of BSUK’s Return to Play information can be found here:
Medically High Risk groups as defined by the NHS (see link below) are discouraged from putting themselves at risk in line with Government guidelines. (see link below). BaseballSoftballUK recommends they do not participate in softball activity.
Please note the following protocols which must be followed by all participants this season:
– Check for symptoms of Covid-19. If you are symptomatic and/or living in a household with a possible infection, you must remain at home and follow Government guidance.
– All participants MUST complete and sign our “Opt in” form for NHS Track & Trace.
– All participants MUST register attendance at each session they attend
– Follow Government guidance on public transport or car-sharing.
– Limit the time spent congregating before activity begins. Participants should arrive changed and ready to begin.
– Adhere to social distancing EXCEPT when the ball is in play: any close proximity and face-to-face interactions must be kept to an absolute minimum and for the shortest time possible.
– Adhere to social distancing on sidelines.
– Disinfect all personal equipment before and after warming up and before the game (alcohol wipes will be available at all sessions).
– Bring your own hand sanitiser where possible, use it and wash your hands regularly (hand sanitiser will be available at all sessions).
– Players must use hand sanitiser prior to warming up with equipment or the game itself.
– Players must avoid sharing equipment and use their own helmet, glove, mitt, batting gloves, bat, etc., where possible. Sharing of equipment is discouraged and items disinfected between use if shared.
– Spectators are discouraged and must adhere to social distancing if present.
– If a player fails to reach base while batting, they must pick up their own bat (by the handle) upon leaving the field.
– If a player gets on base while batting, the on-deck batter must remove the bat (by the barrel).
– Sharing bats is discouraged. If shared, they must be disinfected between uses.
– Balls must be disinfected after warm up and prior to each inning.
– Balls used in tag plays should be taken out of play and disinfected immediately before being returned to play.
– Catchers must be positioned a minimum of 1m behind the batter.
– If the umpire assesses that in calling balls and strikes, a 1m+ distance from the catcher can be regularly maintained, no mitigations are necessary. Otherwise, umpires may choose to call balls and strikes from behind the pitcher, without need for face coverings.
– Players should bring individual drinks containers and refrain from sharing drinks with other players.
– Chewing gum, tobacco or seeds, spitting into gloves/mitts, licking fingers, smoking or vaping not permitted.
AFTER THE EVENT
– Socialise after the event in line with current Government guidelines on hospitality.
– Report any subsequent Covid-19 case of self of household to the NHS and your event organiser.
That’s all for now folks!
STAY SAFE & PLAY BALL!