Boral Team Australia will not compete at two underage World Cup events scheduled for later in the year amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Baseball Australia this week finalised a decision not to enter teams into the 2021 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in the US and the U-12 Baseball World Cup slated for Taiwan.
The decision also covers any qualification events for the two World Cups.
Baseball Australia performance pathways and player development general manager Michael Crooks said the health risks presented by COVID-19, logistics and cost, including that of insurance, were key factors in the decision.
“It has been an extremely difficult decision to make and a frustrating one for our players but there were too many significant obstacles in our way,” Crooks said.
“The decision was not made lightly, and our review included feedback from a number of government departments in Australia.
“At the end of the day we need to put the health and wellbeing of our players and staff first and there were too many risks for us to confidently do so in a financially responsible manner.”
Crooks said Baseball Australia would continue to work closely with players who had been part of the U-18 selection process.
He said a National Junior Camp for later in the year would be locked in shortly and a team would still be selected to appropriately recognise players for their performances.
Crooks said the camp would also provide a great development opportunity and showcase players to scouts on the ground and into the US through Baseball Australia’s technology partnerships.
The U-18 World Cup is scheduled to be held in Florida from September 10-19.
Dates for the U-12 World Cup in Tainan have not been locked in yet.
Boral Team Australia’s national men’s team earlier this month withdrew from the WBSC Final Olympic Qualifier in Mexico due to “insurmountable” challenges.
To Our Members,
Following the announcement of stay at home restrictions for Greater Sydney, the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour over the weekend, the Public Health (COVID-19 Temporary Movement and Gathering Restrictions) Order 2021 has been published. This Public Health Order replaces the previous Order and outlines restrictions across the state of NSW.
The stay-at-home restrictions apply to any person who lives in, usually works in, or usually attends a university or other tertiary education facility in Greater Sydney, including the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour.
Persons covered by the stay-at-home restrictions cannot leave their place of residence without a reasonable excuse to do so. Reasonable excuses include;
No community sport (either training or a match) can proceed in Greater Sydney including the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour. As such, Baseball NSW has postponed all baseball-related activities in Greater Sydney, including the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour until Saturday, 10 July 2021 or advised otherwise. Baseball related activities in the regional areas where stay-at-home restrictions do not apply are permitted to continue whilst adhering to the current restrictions.
Please apply and adhere to these restrictions in the spirit they are meant and do not try to stretch the limits. Where practical, we encourage all persons in Greater Sydney to limit the number of people they encounter (i.e. go outdoors and exercise on your own or in groups of 2 – 3 people, rather than groups of 10 where possible).
Clubs in Regional NSW are reminded to review their COVID-19 Safety Plans and ensure they are up to date. All clubs are also encouraged to review the Public Health Order and stay up to date with the latest changes on the NSW Government COVID-19 website.
Upon return to activity, all participants, clubs, and associations are to adhere to the Public Health Order. Clubs are to refer to their COVID Safe Plan, previously been lodged with Service NSW. Please refer to the Baseball NSW Return to Activity document for guidance on the precautionary measured required to ensure a safe return to activities.
To Our Members,
Following the announcement by the Premier, the Public Health Order has been published which includes revised rules and restrictions for the sport and active recreation sector.
The new restrictions apply to Greater Sydney, the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour. Click here for a map that shows where restrictions apply.
Baseball NSW expects that all members when participating in baseball-related activities during the current restrictions comply with the current Public Health Order.
Fitted face coverings:
The following rules and restrictions now apply regarding the wearing of fitted face coverings (i.e., face masks);
This applies to all persons in Greater Sydney, the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour, as well as any persons who were in any of these Greater Sydney areas in the previous 14 days.
Removing fitted face coverings:
An occupier of premises must ensure the number of persons on the premises does not exceed the greater of;
This clause does not apply to a recreation facility (major).
Recreation facilities (major):
The occupier of a recreation facility (major), must ensure the maximum number of persons on the premises does not exceed the greater of;
a.) The total of –
i.50% of the fixed seating capacity of the facility; PLUS
ii.1 person per 4 square metres of space of any unfixed seating areas / 4 sq
b.) 1 person per 4 square metres of space / 4 sq m
If the occupier of a recreation facility (major), calculates the number of persons based on fixed seating capacity, the occupier must ensure;
Note: recreation facility (major) means a building or place used for large-scale sporting or recreation activities that are attended by large numbers of people whether regularly or periodically, and includes theme parks, sports stadiums, showgrounds, racecourses and motor racing tracks.
Restrictions for Inner Sydney suburbs:
A person must not, without reasonable excuse, travel from the Metropolitan Sydney area to a place in NSW outside of the area, if the person’s place of residence or usual place of work is in any of the following local government areas;
• City of Sydney
• Canada Bay
• Inner West
• Any other local government area in Greater Sydney specified by the Chief Health Officer as an area of concern for the purposes of this clause.
Organisations are reminded to review their COVID-19 Safety Plans and ensure they are up to date. All organisations are also encouraged to review the Public Health Order and stay up to date with the latest changes on the NSW Government COVID-19 website.
We would like to congratulate the NSW Country Men’s Baseball Team that competed at the Tamworth invitational tournament over the June long weekend. Although the team narrowly missed out on making the final, it is pleasing to see the continuous development of baseball in Country NSW.
The NSW Government offers grants to communities across NSW to support the building, renovation and fit-out of infrastructure. Funding is available for sport and recreation and arts and cultural infrastructure as well as projects that assist communities with essential infrastructure and disaster readiness.
This year, due to demand the community infrastructure category has been changed to stand alone. It includes multi-use community facilities including halls and meeting spaces, community transport options, improvements to disability or community welfare infrastructure, infrastructure that supports youth, mental health, homelessness, and domestic violence services. In addition, community facilities that support the community impacted by drought and bushfire are also eligible.
When making funding decisions, consideration is also given to applications that provide benefit to:
Baseball NSW has partnered with Red Tape Busters and is offering the clubs a free resource to assist with their grant funding applications. Fairfield Phoenix Baseball Club has already reaped the reward with Red Tape Buster successfully obtaining a $15,000 Local Grant.
For more information on Red Tape Busters or assistance with submitting a Local Grant application, please contact Andrew Hamilton at firstname.lastname@example.org
Infrastructure Grant applications open on Monday, 5 July and close at midnight on Monday, 26 July 2021.
Baseball NSW wishes Cronulla, the Central Coast Marlins, and the Ryde Hawks the best of luck heading into the 2021 Australian Little League Championships in Lismore. We'd also like to send our best wishes to Manly and Hills, representing NSW at the Little League Div II Championships, also being held in Lismore.
The respective Championships will be taking place between the 9th - 14th of June. Cronulla and Manly will lead off the NSW contingent, opening tournament proceedings at 8:30am on Wednesday. Hills get their campaign underway at 1:30pm, with the Marlins and Hawks following up shortly after at 2:00pm.
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Baseball NSW is proud to announce that High-Performance Manager, and Head of Baseball Operations, Jason Pospishil, will be taking on the role of Director of Baseball Operations with the Sydney Blue Sox. While this means Jason will be leaving Baseball NSW at the end of the month, we are excited to see Jason pursue his ambitions with the Australian Baseball League and go on to achieve great things in his next role.
Jason has been an integral part of baseball in NSW for over 20 years, having played and coached at all levels while being employed with our state body for nearly six years. Fortunately for us, Jason will continue his involvement with our State development programs which have seen many young talented players progress through the State and National ranks under his tutorage. Furthermore, the addition of Jason to the Blue Sox management team will provide greater collaboration and partnership between the two organizations, which will most certainly benefit our respective members.
Additionally, Baseball NSW is excited to announce that we are not left without capable staffing. Grahame Cassel (Baseball Australia Hall of Fame Member & 20+ year ABL/Claxton Shield veteran) will take over the High-Performance role within Baseball NSW for the interim period. Grahame has been in a supporting role to Jason throughout his entire tenure and is more than capable of taking over our programs.
So while we will certainly miss having Jason’s expertise at Baseball NSW, we want to wish him the best for this new chapter in his professional career and want to thank him for his enormous contribution to Baseball NSW.
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US College Pathway Interviews
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