Baseball WA continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation as State and Federal Governments announce plans for easing restrictions. This includes Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s announcement of the three-step framework for a COVID-Safe Australia on Friday, as well as the WA Government’s four-phase roadmap for lifting restrictions and restarting the state’s economy.
Baseball WA is working to develop the best strategy for returning to baseball activity alongside State and Federal Governments, Baseball Australia and our state and territory counterparts. We must make sure our return to activity follows the National Principles for the Resumption of Sport and Recreation Activities and the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport in a COVID-19 Environment.
Currently, WA is in phase one, with baseball activity such as training sessions allowed in groups of 10 people or less with proper social distancing practices enforced. All training participants must use their own equipment, with no sharing of equipment allowed.
From Monday, 18 May, WA will shift to phase two, with non-contact community sports up to 20 people allowed. This will coincide with our return to baseball activity, while adhering to the 20-person maximum and all social distancing and personal hygiene guidelines. The lifting of further restrictions in phases three and four will be finalised in the coming weeks. For all the details on WA’s roadmap, click HERE.
Please note that the following levels for community sports as outlined by the AIS:
Level A: Running/aerobic training (solo), resistance training (solo), skills training (solo).
Level B: Full training with small numbers (not more than 10 athletes/staff in total).
Level C: Full training and competition.
WA is currently at level B for baseball. As a reminder, anyone training needs to check with local councils to ensure fields are open. All members need to use hand sanitiser and proper hygiene measures while staying in groups of 10 people or less.
“We are proud of how far WA has come in the fight against COVID-19. We have successfully flattened the curve, but we must remain vigilant to protect the health and wellbeing of our community,” Baseball WA CEO Lachlan Dale said. “We look forward to returning to baseball activity in small stages, and we encourage our members to continue practicing social distancing and proper personal hygiene. We will continue to collaborate with state and federal authorities and charter committees to discuss the potential outcomes for the postponed State Championships, with the understanding that we will need at least six weeks leading up to a return to active games.”
Baseball WA will continue to assess the situation and further announcements will be published on the Baseball WA website and social media channels.
As a reminder, the COVIDSafe app is now available and will allow authorities to quickly track and control the spread of COVID-19. Please consider downloading the app to help save lives, protect the community and get baseball back as soon as possible. Click HERE to learn more.
For up-to-date information on keeping your family safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit the WA Department of Health website HERE.