After careful consideration and consultation with Member States, Softball Australia regretfully confirms the 2021 Open Men’s National Softball Championship has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 impact.
Member States have expressed concern regarding the current COVID-19 outbreak in South Australia and have deep concern for team member welfare if they were to send a team.
In addition to the risk of their state team members being exposed to and potentially contracting COVID-19, the potential of having their team members required to undertake a 14-day hotel quarantine upon return to their home state is a risk too great to take.
At this current time there are no plans to make adjustments to the remaining National Championships.
A decision on the viability of the junior National Championships scheduled to be held in April will be announced prior to Christmas.
The next edition of the Open Men’s National Softball Championship will be played in December 2021 (final dates TBC) at Hawker in the ACT. The event will serve as the final selection event for the Aussie Steelers team for the 2022 WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup, to be played in New Zealand from 19-28 February 2022.
Update – 20/11/20 – To further clarify the reasoning behind the decision to cancel the 2021 Open Men’s National Softball Championship, the decision in consultation with Member States is heavily influenced by differing State Government procedures.
The lockdown that occurred in South Australia this past week could also occur in February before or whilst the Open Men’s Nationals are in progress. Based on the response from the SA State Government, this would see the event immediately cancelled and potentially leaving both athletes and Member States significantly out of pocket and/or, based on the response from other State Governments, forced to quarantine in a hotel for two weeks upon returning to their home state at their own cost.
It is not acceptable to put state team members at risk of that scenario both from a financial and safety point of view.