Baseball and Softball Return to Play Plan launched

Wed 29 Jul 2020

BaseballSoftballUK's Return to Play Plan for baseball/softball in England has this week received full and final approval by the Government.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport confirmed that they were content to activate our team sport guidance and enable the return of our sports starting from this weekend, Saturday 1 August, 2020. They also advised our plan would be listed on the Government’s website by tomorrow.

This guidance complies with the requirements outlined in the government advice for team sports and enables outdoor games and training or coaching activity for up to 30 participants in total to resume.

Read the full Return to Play Plan here.

From the point where the Covid-19 lockdown began to be loosened, BaseballSoftballUK saw the need to create a single set of comprehensive guidelines for the sports across the UK that would eventually allow a return to some kind of play. Reflecting our organisational ambition of creating further alignment for baseball and softball, earlier this month we communicated the Government’s original framework and our proposals to the Federations and independent affiliating bodies in the UK. We were pleased to receive input, guidance and endorsement on the final submission and plans from Baseball Scotland, the British Baseball League, East of England Baseball League, South West Baseball League, the West Midlands Baseball League and the British Softball Federation (BSF). We’ll now continue to work on obtaining definitive approvals for the Plan for Wales and Scotland.

BSF Administrator Bob Fromer said, "A lot of hard work and careful thought has gone into this Return to Play Plan, and by following its guidance and protocols, it should be possible to play single games of softball, or hold coaching or training events outdoors for up to 30 people, in as safe a manner as possible.  But participation in any form of softball activity in 2020 must be an individual decision, taken in the knowledge that Covid-19 is still out there and by no means fully under control in the UK."

Recognising the initiative, Kevin Macadam from the British Baseball League and Martin ‘Tug’ Wilson from the South West Baseball League respectively thanked BaseballSoftballUK for the hard work put in to the Plan and getting people playing baseball again.

“On behalf of the West Midlands League,” Shaun Healy commented, “we would like to thank you for the work BSUK has done in this process. We are particularly thankful for the recognition of our league and inclusion in this process. It’s nice to feel included in the wider dynamic of the sport.”

Yesterday, the stakeholder group involved in the consultation and planning also met to discuss the collective Return to Play Plan. Paul Convoy, Baseball Scotland, said: “It was great to see such a good turnout and some full support for a unified baseball and softball community,” and Tom Thornhill, East of England Baseball League, provided this feedback on the plan itself: “The guidance is incredibly useful and communicative."

Please check our Return to Play hub for regular updates and resources. For more information, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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