Return to Play: Updated Guidance (24 September)

Thu 24 Sep 2020

We are pleased to be able to provide clarity on the impact of this week’s Government announcements for indoor baseball and softball activity in England, Wales and Scotland.

This update should be reviewed in conjunction with the Return to Play Plan for Indoor activity first published and communicated on 21st September and coming into effect today, 24th September.

England

Organised indoor sport is now restricted to 6 participants in total, including coaches. Activity can continue to take place with larger numbers present provided groups of more than six do not mix. If groups of six are likely to mix, activity must not go ahead. All activity must be formally organised and conducted under Government-approved guidance; that is to say, adhering to the protocols within BaseballSoftballUK’s Return to Play Plan.
Exemptions:

  1. Children who are under 18 years are not counted within the group size limit.
  2. Organised disability activity.

For more information, please read:

  • Sport England statement of 23rd September here.
  • DCMS statement of 22nd September here.

Wales and Scotland

Activity comprising training, coaching and games for up to 30 participants (including players, coaches, managers, umpires, organisers and volunteers) remains permitted.

Face coverings

Already mandatory in Scotland, they have become compulsory in Wales and must be worn before and after activity and when in non-playing areas of the facility. Exemptions for health conditions or certain disabilities remain. Face coverings remain strongly recommended in England.

General

If your sports club operates hospitality premises (eg, a clubhouse), there is new, non-sport specific guidance to be aware of, summarised in our documentation below.

Outdoor activity remains unaffected at this time in England, Wales and Scotland.

BaseballSoftballUK’s Return to Play hub has been updated throughout to reflect this new information, specifically:

VISIT THE RETURN TO PLAY HUB HERE

As before, please be mindful of local and national Government advice and restrictions, subject to change at short notice, and we will continue to provide updates as soon as possible.

Thank you for your support in applying this guidance to help keep our baseball and softball community a safe one.

If you have any questions or feedback regarding the Return to Play guidance, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or contact your BaseballSoftballUK Development Manager.

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