COVID-19 Guidance

Last updated 9 August 2021

We’re delighted to share the latest COVID-19 Guidance for Baseball and Softball in England, Scotland and Wales.

Following further easing of Covid-related restrictions in Wales and Scotland, please find below a short update on implications for baseball and softball activity across the UK.

As with England and unless otherwise stated, the emphasis has shifted to increased personal responsibility in maintaining a safe environment. With this in mind, we would like to remind you to continue following our recommended guidance until further notice for both formal and informal activity. Together, we can work to keep those within our community as safe as possible.

Scotland

All of Scotland moves to ‘Beyond Level 0’ on 9th August 2021.

  • Outdoor: no field of play bubble restrictions; participant numbers increased to 5,000; no social distancing; spectators permitted.
  • Indoor: no field of play bubble restrictions; participant numbers capped at 2,000; per Outdoor, with facilities needing to provide good ventilation; coaches must wear face coverings; face coverings must be worn when not taking part in activity.
  • Covid-19 Officer: remains a mandatory requirement to oversee activity.
  • Risk Assessments: recommended.

sportScotland – Click here for more information.

Wales

All of Wales moved to ‘Alert Level 0’ on 7th August 2021.

  • Outdoor: no restrictions on participant numbers, social distancing encouraged; spectators permitted.
  • Indoor: per Outdoor, with facilities needing to provide good ventilation; coaches must wear face coverings; face coverings must be worn when not taking part in activity.
  • Covid-19 Officer: remains a mandatory requirement to oversee activity.
  • Risk Assessments: required.

Welsh Government – Click here for more information.
Sport Wales – Click here for more information.

England

All guidance remains recommended. No change since our update on 15th July.
More information: Sport England Covid FAQs.

Keep Doing

1. Support NHS contact tracing by:

2. Maintain basic hygiene precautions to minimise fomite (contact) transmission by:

  • Disinfecting all personal and team equipment and hands before and after activity with hand sanitiser and anti-bacterial wipes.
  • Avoiding sharing equipment wherever possible and sanitising where unavoidable.
  • Ensuring you have a First Aid Covid kit.

Government roadmaps and policies remain subject to change at short notice. Therefore, please keep yourselves updated through regular trusted channels and remember that local and national Government guidance supersedes advice provided by BSUK, the BSF and the BBF.

Visit BSUK’s Covid-19 Guidance online hub for information and resources.

If you have any questions, please contact your Federation, affiliating organisation, League contact or BSUK at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

This above update is issued on behalf of BaseballSoftballUK, the British Softball Federation and the British Baseball Federation.


About the COVID-19 Guidance (formerly the Return to Play plan)

The following section highlights the original Return to Play Plan and resources when all protocols were mandatory. The Risk Assessments and Covid-19 Officer role within the Framework remain relevant and required. The rest of the information is provided as helpful resources.

The Plan was developed last year in consultation with a cross-section of players, umpires and administrators from the baseball and softball community including the British Softball Federation, Baseball Scotland, British Baseball League, East of England Baseball League, West Midlands Baseball League, South West Baseball League and now even baseball's newest recruits, Westcountry Baseball League. The Plan was then presented to Government departments including Sport England, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, sportScotland and Sport Wales for review and approval.

Guidance was first issued in July 2020 and this is version 13 indicating the extent of the constantly changing regulations. Updates will be issued in line with the further Steps: 12 April (Step 2), 17 May (Step 3) and finally 19 July (Step 4) when all legal restrictions were lifted. It also reflects relevant elements of the Scottish roadmap (2, 5, 26 April, 17 May, early/end June) and Wales regulations. 

Thank you for playing your part in taking responsibility for your teammates, opponents, officials, volunteers and the reputation of our sports.


Return to Play Framework

BaseballSoftballUK's comprehensive Return to Play Plan - DOWNLOAD HERE

Risk Assessments

The following templates are designed to help you with your own Risk Assessments prior to hosting or playing in any event:

  • Risk Assessment [Fomite] - Enhanced Hygiene: DOWNLOAD HERE
  • Risk Assessment [Droplet] - Social Distancing: DOWNLOAD HERE
  • Risk Assessment [Population] - Controlled Attendance: DOWNLOAD HERE
  • Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Risk Assessment Template: DOWNLOAD HERE
  • A helpful guide to filling out Risk Assessments, created by Club Matters: DOWNLOAD HERE
  • sportScotland Risk Assessment template: DOWNLOAD HERE
  • sportScotland Risk Assessment completed template: DOWNLOAD HERE

Participant Registration

The following templates will be useful for managing participant data following the Return to Play:

Participant Code of Conduct

Ensuring a safe return to play for baseball/softball in England, Scotland and Wales will require cooperation and diligence by all participants.

We therefore ask that you please read, understand, adopt and share the Participant Code of Conduct, which will enable everyone to play their part in keeping our sports as safe as possible. Please also support your Covid-19 Officer by helping provide information requested and adhering to guidance they’ve put into place to support you.

Read the Participant Code of Conduct HERE.

Resource Bank

Gov.UK - UK Government Coronavirus Guidance and Support

NHS - NHS Coronavirus Information

World Baseball Softball Confederation - Covid-19 Prevention Guidelines

Sport England - Return to Play hub

Sport England - Return to Play legal guidance

sportScotland - Covid-19 information and resources

sportScotland - Getting Your Facilities Fit For Sport

sportScotland - COVID-19 Guidance August 2021

Sport Wales - Taking Part in Sport and Exercise in Wales - The Guidance

Club Matters - Toolkit to help sports clubs prepare for reopening

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