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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

Mabopane 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 ( jílové u prahy gay seznamka 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 ( Pregabalin online without prescription BBF) guidance is not being followed (for example, a baseball club ignoring the  buy modafinil online uk paypal 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. 

We (BBF) have taken reasonable steps to ensure that the website and all information provided on or through it is accurate. However, the BBF assumes no responsibility for information contained on this website and disclaims all liability in respect of such information.

We shall not be held liable for any losses you suffer, including any indirect or consequential loss, including but not limited to loss of business or profits or any other financial loss arising out of or in any way connected with the use of this site.

The BBF Board are not responsible for the content of any sites directly or indirectly linked to or linked from any pages on this website. 

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!!

Spitfires Shoot Down Jets in Final Game!

Marshall Hanney and Nick Hodder

The Weston Jets 2019 season came to a close on Sunday with a 22 – 7 loss to the defending South West Baseball League Champions at Robson Field, a defeat that ended Weston’s slim hopes of reaching the Championship game.

Roger Saddington and Darren Hines

With very heavy rain throughout the game, conditions for both teams were incredibly difficult, but despite that, both sides competed well and played out a hard fought, competitive game.

The first 5 innings were close, with the visiting Spitfires taking an early 3 run lead then retiring the first 3 Jets batters.

Weston stayed in contention though, mainly through some good defensive plays. First baseman Kev Robson and Centre Fielder Lee Sargent both making fine catches, while the Jets Starting Pitcher Marshall Hanney made some good plays to retire a number of the Spitfires players.

Lee Sargent

Unfortunately for Weston, hits were proving very difficult to come by. Exeter’s Pitcher Mike Osborn, making his first start of the year, put on easily the best pitching performance the Jets had faced all season. Osborn mixed in a great curveball with his blistering fastball that never slowed the whole game. In all he gave up only 6 hits the entire game, while striking out 15 Weston batters in the process.

Chris Taylor and Garry Webb
Marshall Hanney

Trailing by just 5 runs into the sixth inning, Hanney was visibly tiring and Exeter took advantage. Chris Taylor replaced Hanney on the mound to make his pitching debut, and despite doing remarkably well in the wet conditions, by the end of the innings the Spitfires had scored 12 more runs to effectively put the game out of reach of the Jets.

Chris Taylor making his Pitching Debut

Once again though, like so often this season the Jets refused to roll over and came back strongly scoring 6 runs with contributions from Garry Webb, Nick Hodder and Darren Hines as well as substitute David Coe, while Chris Taylor made two great reaction catches in the final innings.

Roger Saddington

A comeback proved impossible though and Osborn closed the game out for the Spitfires, finishing as strong as he had started, striking out the final three Weston batters to advance Exeter to the Championship final.

In all, the 2019 season has been a successful one both on and off the field for Weston with the club continuing to grow and expand it’s membership while playing much more competitively and winning it’s most games ever.

First Baseman Kev Robson

“This season has been a mixed one for the Club”, Chairman Kev Robson said after the game. “We have had some great new players join the Club who have contributed enormously over the season. We have been competitive in just about every game this year, we certainly haven’t had any blowout losses like last year. Unfortunately we have had losses in crucial games. If we had beaten the Buccs in our second meeting we would have advanced to the Double A, and our losses to Cardiff and Newton Abbott in the second half of the season stopped us from reaching the Championship Game. It has been a strange quirk of the format this year that we’ve won more games than Cardiff and Bristol and defeated both of those teams twice this season yet they could both be playing in the Championship Game while we have missed out, but that’s life. All in all though we have to look at the positives. Our defence has been massively improved this year and hopefully we will improve our batting also next season”.

Kev Robson

MVP: Kev Robson

Thank You Neale!!

Jets Chairman Kev Robson recently got to present the South West Baseball League’s Development Officer Neale Raleigh with his very own Weston Jets Jersey in recognition of the major role he played founding the Jets.

Baseball fanatic Neale has played an enormous role in the growth and development of baseball across the South West of England, and the Jets are just one of the many Clubs that Neale has helped to establish.

We simply cannot thank Neale enough for everything he did for the Club in its early days, and it simply would not exist without his financial aid, the constituting of the Club and all his coaching and invaluable baseball knowledge as well as his enthusiasm and time and effort to grow the sport in Weston-super-Mare and the surrounding District.

Neale’s latest project was the founding of Yeovil Whirlwinds, and he is having yet more success with this latest venture as well as forming and promoting the combined SWBL team, which is representing our League so well on the National stage.

Thank you once again Neale, you will always be an honorary Jet!!!

New Items in the Shop!!

The Jets Club Shop has a couple of new items for you to buy!!

Our fantastic Club Shop today added two new items from our fantastic new kit supplier Karuta Sports. You can now purchase a branded Jets Undershirt with 3/4 length raglan sleeves and also a fabulous US College style Varsity Jacket so you can look just like they do in the movies!

Jets 3/4 Raglan Sleeve Undershirt
Jets Varsity Jacket

More new items will be coming soon so keep checking out the Club Shop !

For all Jets sportswear please visit https://karuta-sportswear.com/product-category/club-shop/weston-jets-baseball

Welcome to our Newest Jet Member!!

The whole club would like to welcome the newest member of the Weston Jets… Bramble Catherine Janet Reardon!!!

Our own Paul Reardon proudly announced his daughter Bramble was born on the 25th July, weighing 5 pounds 13 ounces.

Everyone at the Club would like to send their warmest congratulations to Paul and his wife Emma and we look forward to seeing little Bramble on the diamond one day in the future!

Jets Back in Championship Hunt!!

Darren Hines back in the lineup

Weston Jets travelled to Bristol to play the Buccaneers on Sunday and despite their recent defeats to Newton Abbott and Cardiff, Weston went into the game with a positive attitude and in good spirit. Both the recent defeats had been close games and the team was confident of turning things around against a Bristol side they had already met twice earlier in the season.

The Jets got off to a blistering start scoring five runs in the first inning, then preceded to retire the first two Bristol batters with strong accurate throws, which set the tone for the team to have a solid error free fielding day.

Chris Taylor having another great game!

Things got even better for Weston in the second innings when they scored twelve runs and then struck out the Bristol batters without allowing them to score. Some clinical baserunning and patient batting proving decisive.

The highlight of the inning was Shortstop Jes Jimenez’s fantastic score, when he took advantage of an opposition overthrow, using his speed to turn a triple hit into an inside the park Home Run, quite an achievement.

Jes Jimenez scoring a fantastic Inside the Park Home Run!

At the end of the inning the score was 17-1 in the Jets favour and the game was effectively won. The Buccaneers were looking shellshocked but their captain Richard Evans got his team refocused and they came back much stronger retiring the next three Weston batters one after the other.

The Jets, however kept the scoreboard ticking over, scoring another four runs in the sixth inning and in the last inning the Weston defence made a fine double play, then the Pitcher Marshall Hanney, who had had another terrific game, fittingly got the final out when the ball was hit straight back to him and he calmly threw to first base for the game winning final out.

Winning Pitcher Marshall Hanney!

Jets captain Daniel Kirby-James said afterwards, “I couldn’t be more proud of the professionalism shown by the team and the way we all stayed focused to the end. Every single player contributed to this victory in one way or another but if I had to single anyone out it would be Darren Hines who returned as our Catcher today after missing six games through injury. He Had the best game I’ve seen him play, both with the bat and when he was behind the plate, and he scored a great run with a perfectly timed steal to home which is very difficult to achieve”.

MVP Darren Hines!

Next up for the Weston is a matchup against last season’s South West Champions, Exeter Spitfires at the Jets home diamond Robson Field at Hutton Moor.