Due to the travel restrictions and COVID-19 Queensland School Sports have cancelled the 12 – 14, 2020 Baseball tour to ACT
The Board of School Sport Australia (SSA) has decided that due to the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent restriction on school sports programs, all SSA Championships for the rest of the year are cancelled.
A message to the Baseball Queensland family,
This isn’t how the 2019/2020 summer season was supposed to end.
As I’m sure it has been for all of you – it has been a difficult time for all of us at Baseball Queensland as we’ve sought the best solutions to problems we never really imagined facing. I am so very grateful for and proud of the baseball community for how they have dealt with these challenges.
I want to take a moment today to acknowledge their contributions, highlight recent achievements of BQ, and say a little about what we’ll be doing going forward.
On behalf of BQ, I would like to thank the Board of Management, the President’s committees, the umpires, scorers, grounds crews, parents, families and players.
Secondly, I would like to thank the Greater Brisbane League, the Gold Coast Baseball Association, the Sunshine Coast Baseball Association, the North Queensland Baseball Association, the Queensland Baseball Umpires Association, and the Queensland Baseball Scorers committees for their tireless and selfless work throughout the season.
Baseball in Queensland simply would not exist without the many quality individuals in these organisations doing the hard yards, day in and day out, to support baseball in their communities.
Thank you for your commitment to and passion for the game.
BQ relies on every one of you, and the hard and sometimes thankless work you put in, to ensure that every game of baseball played in our state is as safe, fun, and competitive as possible. Your service and dedication assure the future of baseball in Queensland.
One reason why it is especially disappointing for baseball to have ground to a halt like this is that we have been going from strength to strength the past few seasons and we were looking forward to continued growth throughout 2020.
Now, as to the immediate future. While we wait and hope for the best, be assured that we at Baseball Queensland will be hard at work getting ready for whatever comes next. This is an opportunity for us to get to work on some of those ideas and projects that have been on the back burners.
Baseball Queensland Board of Management have begun the process of reviewing the strategic plan with vision of leveraging off the success of the existing pillars with a focus now of setting achievable milestones that will support the continued growth of the sport.
When a baseball team is successful they play with unity and with a passion for a common vision and shared goals – these are just the characteristics we will need to get through these difficult times.
Baseball Queensland continues to work with the Winter Associations regarding the upcoming winter season. Contingencies will be considered, taking into account the fast-paced ongoing nature of further restrictions, long-term restrictions that have already been foreshadowed and suitable timelines for training before the commencement of the season.
Non-essential travel restrictions look certain to affect the National Little League events scheduled in the coming months and Baseball Queensland is working with Baseball Australia and our state and territory colleagues.
When the dust settles and we are advised that we can resume play, Baseball Queensland assures you that we will be ready to go. And that we remain committed to our vision of Building a better future for baseball.
We urge the baseball community to adhere to the restrictions in place and review all health information available.
In the meantime look after yourselves, your families, your friends, and the people doing it tough in your communities.
If you have any questions about Baseball Queensland’s approach to this crisis or if you feel we can be of some assistance – we would be happy to hear from you.
Australia’s four 2020 Little League national championships have been postponed following the introduction of further restrictions to slow the spread of coronavirus over the weekend.
Baseball Australia made the decision to postpone the Little League, Intermediate League, Junior League and Senior League national championships after the Federal Government yesterday announced restrictions on nonessential interstate travel would be implemented.
Chief executive Cam Vale told baseball.com.au yesterday’s announcement left Baseball Australia with no other option than to postpone the four championships. “We will do all we can to reschedule the four events but that will not be possible until the ban on non-essential travel lifts,” he said.
“Baseball Australia has been in regular discussion with Little League International and the impact on Australia’s involvement in the four World Series events will be determined on Little League International’s decision on the World Series and all future direction from the Federal Government on international travel.”
Vale said he felt for the baseball family and everyone impacted, but it was important the sport played its role during an unprecedented situation. “We are very grateful of the work through the past season of all participants, volunteers, clubs, charter and state associations,” he said.
“We understand this decision will come with sadness but baseball in Australia must play its part in reducing the risk of COVID-19 being spread further through the community.”
The postponement of the four Little League national events comes after Baseball Australia last week announced the 2020 Australian Women’s and Youth Women’s Baseball Championships slated for next month had been postponed.
Original Story from baseball.com.au
Consistent with Baseball Queensland’s (BQ) decision to postpone all Queensland Baseball activity from Wednesday, 18 March 2020 until Wednesday, 8 April 2020, the GBL Competition Committee has advised Baseball Queensland that the GBL summer baseball competition should now conclude prior to the finals series commencing.
Considering the advice received to date, the precautions taken by Baseball Queensland and time required for athletes to prepare after the resumption of regular activities the GBL Committee has assessed that few opportunities exist to reschedule games.
Therefore pursuant to the following By-Laws 5.20.8 (for senior competition); 6.19.9 (for Masters) and 7.19.6 (for juniors), the GBL Competition Committee congratulates the following teams for winning their respective Division Premiership by virtue of finishing on top of their Division ladder. View the graphic below for the Division Premiers.
Winners of the various GBL awards will be announced in due course over the next week or so.
The GBL Competition Committee would like to thank and congratulate all GBL Clubs on a very successful summer season where our sport has continued to grow. The GBL Competition Committee would also like to thank the hard-working Club Committees, Presidents and Secretaries. We also appreciate the BQ Board and the BQ staff for their support and assistance.
The GBL Competition Committee would also like to acknowledge Glen Long, our GBL Competition Administrator for all his hard work and commitment to our sport.
Baseball Queensland would like to thank the GBL Competition Committee members who continue to demonstrate their passion and commitment to making our sport better every season.
Baseball Queensland is more grateful than ever for the dedicated commitment of our community. We acknowledge your sacrifices and share your passions for our great game.
Like you, we look forward to getting back to playing, administering, coaching, umpiring, scoring, groundskeeping for, and watching the game we all love.
Baseball Queensland, in this unprecedented and unique situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, is taking a lead from international and national sporting codes to postpone all Queensland Baseball activity from Wednesday, 18 March 2020 until Wednesday, 8 April 2020.
Decisions in relation to the health and safety of our baseball community have been given careful consideration. Following consultations with the federal and state government, Sport Australia and Baseball Australia and our state and territory baseball counterparts, we are postponing our non-essential static gatherings as a precautionary action to assist in stopping the spread of this virus to the most vulnerable members of our communities.
Baseball Queensland and all our member clubs and associations will cease, for 21 days, all training, club activities and team meetings, as well as events, tournaments and competitions.