To all GBL Clubs as addressed,
Please read the following information regarding news for the GBL Competition
NEW GBL COMPETITION COMMITTEE
The recent election for the GBL Competition Committee has concluded and we are pleased to advise the new GBL Competition Committee is as follows:-
- Janelle Dunsdon Redcliffe Padres nominated
- Jason McMahon Ipswich nominated
- Karen Gallpen Southern Stars nominated
- Mark Ready Windsor nominated
- Matt Glasson Pine Hills nominated
- Michael Bates (QBUA nominated)
- Richard Fulcher Carina nominated
- Rod Gaunt Western Districts nominated
- Scott Sharples Gold Coast nominated
Congratulations to all of the above – a Chairman will be elected by the Committee members at the first meeting in 2021.
The GBL Competition Committee is seeking further members to join the Committee – if interested – please send your interest by email to Glen Long – email@example.com
The GBL Competition Committee would like to sincerely thank outgoing members – Javier Gonzalez and Gareth Irving for their contributions during the course of their tenure on the GBL Competition Committee
The GBL Competition Committee will also be inviting a member of the Qld Baseball Scorers group to join the GBL Competition Committee.
The GBL Competition Committee has decided to rescind all invoices in relation to unaccredited umpires to assist clubs during these very difficult, COVID affected times.
However fines will stand and will need to be paid for those fines in relation to no supply of an umpire.
Please understand this action in no way condones the use of unaccredited umpires and the use of unaccredited umpire from 1 January 2021 will be a breach of GBL Competition Rules with an associated fine. This is an acknowledgement by the GBL Competition Committee that Clubs have had a difficult start to the season with the many challenges presented to Clubs.
Clubs need to understand that it takes significant volunteer time to check every GBL Game Card, identify breaches and raise invoices. The GBL Competition Committee as manager of the GBL summer baseball competition has a duty to ensure the competition follows rules set down by Baseball Australia. History has shown that Clubs need to be persuaded to follow the Competition rules and the issuing of fines is the mechanism for this. We don’t want the money, we want Clubs to follow the rules.
It is imperative that all Clubs ensure their Club umpires are appropriately accredited for 2021.
WOMENS POST XMAS SHORT SEASON
GBL Clubs are reminded that team entries for Women’s teams close on Friday, 18th December 2020.
Teams must be Club based.
All GBL Clubs are reminded of the Melee Rule – there have been too many instances of melee’s occurring already this season.
9.8 MELEE RULE
9.8.1 The GBL Competition Committee will not tolerate the clearing of players and coaches from a bench to engage in a melee under any circumstances. As such, the Competition Manager will apply an automatic one (1) game suspension on any reported player, coach or other person that leaves their bench or designated area to engage in a melee.
GRAND FINAL HOSTING
The following Clubs have been approved to host Grand Finals
- Masters – South Division Host Club – Southern Stars
- Masters – North Division Host Club – Host club required – please send your interest by email to Glen Long – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Seniors – Divisions 1 – 3 Host Club – Pine Hills
- Seniors – Divisions 4 – 6 Host Club – Southern Stars
- Juniors – all age groups Host Club – Redlands
Congratulations to the above Clubs for the successful hosting application and we look forward to some wonderful Grand Final games.
QLD MASTERS GAMES – ANZAC Day weekend 2021
The GBL Competition Committee is seeking Expressions of Interest to host the QLD MASTERS GAMES – ANZAC Day weekend 2021.
Depending on team entries, this will be a three day tournament for the three Masters age groups – 35+; 45+; 55+ – Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Team entry is available for any Queensland based Club team. Individual player entry will also be available – individual registered players will be allocated to teams.
Rules will be largely based on the GBL Masters Competition rules with some additional rules to ensure games end on time etc.
More information will be sent soon.
QUEENSLAND GBL SENIORS GAMES
The GBL Competition Committee will be seeking Expressions of Interest from Clubs in relation to holding a pre-season Tournament for the QUEENSLAND GBL SENIORS GAMES.
It is anticipated this will be held in early September 2021 – more details to follow.
REPORTED AND EJECTED PLAYERS
The GBL Competition Committee has noted a significant increase in reported and ejected players so far this season. The GBL Competition Committee request Committees of all GBL Clubs address this issue with Coaches and players to try and minimise poor behaviour and breaches of player and member behaviour.
The GBL Competition Committee would like extend season greetings to all GBL Clubs and best wishes for a festive, safe and healthy Xmas break. We look forward to the resumption of the season in early January 2021