Month: March 2021

BASEBALL IS BACK!!!!!

After losing the whole of the 2020 Season to the Covid-19 Pandemic, Baseball finally at long last is just around the corner!

The BBF have just released the following :

24 March 2021

http://netgents.com/https: British Baseball Federation (BBF) return to baseball play guidelines 

According to the government, “This COVID-19 Response sets out how the Government will continue to protect and support people across the UK and provides a roadmap out of the current lockdown in England,” according to the statement. Four steps are outlined in the roadmap for easing restrictions. Before moving on to the next step, the government will review the data to determine the previous step’s effect.

Sport (baseball) and physical activity are extremely important in our lives; but, in order to meet broader public health goals, certain activities and environments have been restricted in order to limit social contact and decrease transmission.

Where the rules mention ‘organised’ sport, this means sport which is formally organised by a qualified instructor, club, national governing body ( Carlos Barbosa BBF), company or charity and follows sport-specific guidance. If the sport is not organised by one of these groups (for example, some friends playing catch) or the sport’s NGB ( Senegal BBF) guidance is not being followed (for example, a baseball club ignoring the  taciturnly BBF’s safety measures), this is considered to be informal or self-organised sport.

Taking part in organised sport sometimes means that other restrictions such as legal gathering limits don’t apply when taking part. This is because the organising body has considered the risks and set out ways to mitigate them so people can participate safely. Informal or self-organised sport is not covered by any exemptions.

The UK government has released guidelines for the safe return to play. Below is a summary and guidelines subject to change. 

8 March: 

  • All children and students can return to schools and universities, for example, to receive face-to-face education. It is up to the individual schools to determine how physical education will be implemented. All sports facilities, both indoor and outdoor, are currently closed and cannot be used for exercise or recreation. People should exercise and relax in their immediate surroundings (for example, in the village, town, or part of the city where they live), rather than travelling to do so. However, with a few exceptions, such as the support bubble, everyone can stay at home. 

29 March: 

  • People will not be required to stay at home, and will be permitted to meet outdoors in groups of up to six people, or as a group of two households, for exercise or recreation.
  • A group made up of two households can include more than six people, but only where all members of the group are from the same two households (or support/childcare bubbles, where eligible).
  • Social distancing must be maintained between people who do not live together or share a support bubble. 
  • Outdoor baseball for adults and children is permitted in larger numbers (greater than six), provided it is formally organised (for example, by a national governing body “BBF”  or a qualified instructor/coach) and follows government and BBF COVID-secure guidance.
  • Organised sport (baseball) and supervised children’s sport and physical activity can take place outdoors in any number, but people should maintain the rules on social contact before and after sporting activity. This applies to organised outdoor (individual and team) sports (baseball), organised sports participation events and outdoor licensed physical activity. 
  • Participants should adhere to social distancing when not actively participating (e.g. during breaks in play, or when awaiting substitutions). 
  • Social interaction before and after playing baseball should only take place outdoors, and in separate and distinct groups consisting of up to six people or two households. 
  • Baseball training and game-play should be organised to reduce the level of contact so far as reasonably possible and take steps to minimise risk. 
  • Where baseball activities are not formally organised, it can only take place within the rules on social contact above – in groups of up to six people, or two households. 
  • Outdoor sport facilities can reopen, and can be used for sport, physical activity and exercise.
  • Changing rooms should not be used, except by people with disabilities, although toilet facilities can be accessed.
  • Spectators are not permitted in any indoor or outdoor sport facility. This does not apply to carers for people with disabilities, or adults needed to supervise under-18s in a safeguarding role. Where it is necessary for them to be present, supervising adults  should not mix with others from outside their household or support bubble.
  • Always check that it is safe to travel before you set out to take part in baseball activities. You should minimise travel wherever possible, but you can travel to exercise and take part in informal and organised baseball activities, where necessary. You should not stay away from home overnight for baseball and physical activity. 
  • Baseball game officials, medics, scorers and coaches should observe the relevant guidance in the same way as participants. Where legal gathering limits apply, people participating in a volunteering capacity (such as umpires, scorekeepers, medics and coaches) are exempt and therefore not included in the number of participants. However they must remain socially distanced from players where possible during play. 
  • Toilets use will be limited e.g., they must be sanitised accordingly after each use. 
  • Clubs should also update their Key COVID-19 contact and participants with the BBF and update their clubs medical emergency action plan.

No earlier than 12 April (five weeks after Step 1):

  • Formal (club/coach supervised) organised outdoor baseball activities can occur for youths and adults.
  • Outdoor unorganised activity (non-club/non-coached) can take place in groups of six.
  • Outdoor competition can take place (club/coach supervised). 
  • Indoor leisure facilities open for use individually or within household groups.
  • Indoor group training allowed for u18s and disabled people.
  • Spectators allowed, subject to government guidelines. 
  • Changing rooms can reopen. However, under strict COVID-19 hygiene guidelines. 
  • Outdoor food and drink allows following the rule of six or two households. 
  • Participants travel to and from events should be minimised. 

No earlier than 17th May (five weeks after Step 2):

  • Formal, organised outdoor baseball activities that are Covid-secure can take place for both youth and adults.
  • Outdoor competition can take place.
  • Accommodation/hotels are open, allowing for two-day events, and larger-scale events are permitted with spectators.
  • Indoor leisure facilities open for use individually or within household groups.
  • Indoor organised group training for youths and adults.
  • No travel restrictions.

No earlier than 21st June (five weeks after Step 3): 

  • No legal limits on social contact.
  • Club and competition can return to normal.
  • Individual activity can return to normal.

IMPORTANT: 

  • Every club or organisation needs to have an assigned COVID-19 Key Contact responsible for conducting a risk assessment. Following our safety guidelines and sign off, the event is Covid-secure. 
  • A Key Covid contact needs to register with the BBF. 

When planning a baseball activity, you should ensure that:

  • All participants and attendees (including players, officials, organisers, scorers, volunteers and spectators) are aware of COVID-19 symptoms and the need to self-assess before attending every baseball activity.
  • Any participant or other attendee reporting symptoms does not attend and is directed to follow NHS and PHE guidance on self-isolation.
  • Participants are aware of any increased risk associated with taking part in baseball activity, based on the national governing body’s (BBF) guidance and risk assessment.
  • Participants are strongly advised to comply with public health restrictions and avoid high-risk behaviour outside the baseball setting to reduce the risk to their fellow participants when they do attend.
  • Participants continue to adhere to legal gathering limits before and after baseball activities, act responsibly and limit transmission risk wherever possible.
  • Participants are aware that they are choosing to take part in the modified version of the game, including any relevant COVID-19 measures, and should comply with these measures as a condition of participation.

THE ABOVE IS INCOMPLETE, AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. UPDATES WILL BE PROVIDED WHEN AVAILABLE. 

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Bournemouth Bears join the SWBL

On Wednesday 24th March the SWBL Committee released the following statement:

“We are delighted to announce that the new Bournemouth Bears Single A team has joined the league ready for the coming season and we look forward to working with them to make 2021 baseball a success in the region.

This takes the total number of teams to eight with the league winners taking part in the BBF national playoffs in September.

Bournemouth Bears A
Bristol Bats
Bristol Brunels
Bristol Buccaneers
Cardiff Merlins
Cornish Claycutters
Taunton Muskets
Weston Jets

The Bournemouth Bears are the reigning British Baseball AA Champions while their senior AAA won the National Championship by defeating Bristol Badgers in 2019.

WBL

The Four teams that left the South West Baseball League (SWBL) following it’s decision to affiliate with the British Baseball Federation (BBF), the National Governing Body for Baseball in the UK have launched their own new independent league.

The new Westcountry Baseball League is to launch in 2021 with teams from across Somerset and Devon

The new league committee announced:

“The continued growth of baseball in the South West has been boosted with the launch of the Westcountry Baseball League.
The new, independent league is aiming to open its season in May, COVID-19 restrictions permitting, with the Exeter Spitfires, Newton Brewers, Plymouth Mariners and Yeovil Whirlwinds all announcing they will all be participating.
It is anticipated that further teams will be joining the inaugural season in the very near future.
In a joint statement, the four founding clubs said: “We are delighted to be able to be part of the WBL and to encourage even more men and women to get involved in this sport across the region.
“The South West has seen some of the fastest growth in baseball participation in the UK thanks to the welcoming and competitive environment we have created. We will be proud to see the Westcountry Baseball League continue this tradition through the involvement of both highly experienced clubs, alongside teams and players who are new to the sport.
“The WBL has also registered its interest in signing up to the Baseball Softball UK charter as it looks to be part of a progressive national framework for development, as well as being part of the British Baseball Council.
“After a tremendously difficult year due to a pandemic unprecedented for many generations, we are all looking forward to the safe return of baseball in 2021.”

Weston Jets Chairman Kev Robson added, “ It is very sad to see the Brewers, Mariners, Whirlwinds and Spitfires leave the SWBL. We wish the new Westcounty Baseball League and all the players and officials from those clubs all our best wishes for future success and hope that we can meet them again on a baseball diamond again very soon”.

The Times They are A Changing

SOUTH WEST BASEBALL LEAGUE ANNOUNCES POSITIVE CHANGES FOR 2021

The South West Baseball League (SWBL) has announced a series of changes aimed at further developing the game in the region and across the UK.

Seven teams, the Bristol Bats, Bristol Buccaneers, Bristol Brunels, Cardiff Merlins, Cornish Claycutters, Weston Jets and Taunton Muskets, will affiliate to the British Baseball Federation (BBF), the game’s national governing body.

These teams will compete for a place in the Single A national playoffs, scheduled in September, for the first time.

They will join the region’s AAA teams, Bristol Badgers, BC Vetra, SW Rebeldes and Bournemouth Bears in the national championships, establishing the region as the largest baseball community outside London.

“We want to reflect the growing participation in this great sport in the region and give all the players at whatever level the chance to take on the best from across the UK,” said Dan McKimm, the league’s Commissioner. “The committee is determined to work to improve the quality of play in the south west working with clubs to develop players, coaches, baseball fields, umpires and recruitment.”

“We believe that the UK baseball community needs to come together and we think that a new approach where regions work closely with the governing body to develop the game is the way forward,” added Rhodri Theaker, the league’s development officer. “We are looking forward to working with the BBF and BSUK to develop baseball in the south west and Wales.”

Plymouth Mariners, Newton Brewers and Yeovil Whirlwinds have resigned from the SWBL. The Exeter Spitfires will remain an independent club but have said they will join once they feel the club is more secure. The league wishes them well and hopes they will rejoin in the future.

The Weston Jets unanimously voted to affiliate with the BBF following an Emergergency General Meeting. “We look forward to the new season and the new competition and the new opportunities being part of the BBF should bring”, said Weston Jets Chairman Kev Robson.

The British Baseball Federation (BBF), the National Governing Body of baseball, announced it will be adding, seven teams, for the South West Baseball League (previously unaffiliated to the BBF): the Bristol Bats, Bristol Buccaneers, Bristol Brunels, Cardiff Merlins, Cornish Claycutters, Weston Jets and Taunton Muskets, which will affiliate in 2021. The teams come from five clubs (including Bristol Baseball Club).

From 2019 to 2020, BBF club membership increased by 10%. Now, in 2021, with todays SWBL announcement, BBF club membership has increased by a further 12% (33 registered clubs + four new SWBL clubs = 37 member clubs), with more clubs informing us [BBF] they may be coming in before April.

The BBF president, Gerry Perez, said, “It is with great appreciation and gratitude we accept these new club members and participants from the SWBL into the BBF”. He went on to say, “We believe this decision validates all of the hard work undertaken by the board of the BBF in the last year to provide the best possible experience for our member clubs. Membership numbers continue to rise, and our financial stability remains strong. Moreover, we truly hope that this announcement is the first step to greater unity in the British baseball community”.

The British Baseball Federation (BBF) leagues and other events will become active this spring, when the COVID government lockdown eases.

2020 Recap

As everyone knows 2020 was a year to forget. The SWBL season was cancelled due to the Covid-19 Pandemic so the Club had an almost baseball free year. The Jets were going to enter the BBF supported tournament in between lockdowns but unfortunately doubts over player numbers prevented our entry.

We did however manage to get a play a few friendly games. We had double headers against both the Cardiff Merlins and the Newton Brewers. In both match-ups the result was one game won and one game lost.

We also played one game against a Taunton Muskets development team which in which we came out on top. Nick Hodder pitched for the first time in a while and did very well, and we were also able to tryout two new pitchers; James Carter and Aaron Moore, both of whom played excellently, while one or two other new members also played their first games.

Rookie James Carter

Danielle Oz also made history by being hopefully the first of many female players to pull on a Jets jersey for the first time.

Rookie Danielle Oz

Three Jets players; Dan Kirby-James, Nick Hodder and Rich Hall also took part in the Bristol Charity Tournament at Keynesham in memory of our Bristol friend Greg Roscow to help raise money for Mental Health UK in his memory, and were on the winning team. Dan even claimed he hit an inside the park home run in the final! Dan and Nick also played in the Essex Tournament where they lost both their group games before narrowly beating the UK’s first all female team.

Nicola Hodder and Danielle Kirby-James!!
The Bristol Charity Tournament
Danielle Kirby-James!!