**UPDATE 10:00am AEDT, Wednesday 18 March, 2020**
As the COVID-19 Pandemic continues to escalate, Softball Australia is recommending all planned local softball competition around Australia is either cancelled or postponed to a later date.
This is an unprecedented situation and as the governing body of the sport, Softball Australia feels the recommendation is warranted to assist in limiting the spread of COVID-19.
The health and safety of our participants, volunteers and staff are at the forefront of the organisation and as such, their well-being continues to dictate any decision made by Softball Australia.
Following this unique situation, the AIS have released a document on the public’s Mental Health and Well-Being during this challenging time, the information is available here.
During this time, Softball Australia is encouraging the softball community to follow public health information and procedures regarding containment of the spread of COVID-19, from the World Health Organisation, Australian Federal and State Governments, State Health Organisations and State Governing Bodies.
A reminder the Australian Federal Government has advised against non-essential gatherings of over 500 people outdoors and over 100 people indoors. Clubs and Associations should contact their relevant State Governing Body to seek advice on whether or not to continue regularly scheduled competitions, however, Softball Australia remains firm in its recommendation to cancel scheduled competition for the time being.
Please note updates from;
- Softball Vic as at 18 March
- Softball ACT as at 16 March
- Softball NSW as at 18 March
- Softball SA as at 18 March
- Softball WA as at 17 March
- Softball NT as at 17 March
- Softball Qld as at 18 March
Softball Australia has cancelled the U14 Boys’ Aussie Diamonds Tour to New Zealand originally scheduled from 6-14 April. This decision has been made with the safety of both participants and staff on the tour in mind, given the current global situation and in particular, the recent international travel restrictions imposed by both the Australian and New Zealand Governments. Those affected by the cancellation have been contacted directly by Softball Australia.
In the interim, Softball Australia encourages the community to:
- Practice high-levels of hygiene, as per Australian Government guidelines
- Practice social distancing where possible
- Do not travel overseas, if you wish to return home, do so as soon as possible. Self-quarantine processes will apply.
- If you have been in close contact with a proven case of coronavirus, you must isolate yourself for 14 days from the date of last contact with the confirmed case.
- If you become unwell and think you may have symptoms of coronavirus, seek medical attention or if you cannot see your GP, call the hotline in your State or Territory.
Specifically to sport and physical fitness, Softball Australia encourages participants to not share items such as water bottles, towels and other pieces of equipment where possible.
Sport Australia and the Australian Institute of Sport has set up an information portal for further information.
Sport Australia is taking a planned and precautionary approach to managing the spread of COVID-19, which is in line with the latest national health advice. A joint AIS and Sport Australia subcommittee has been stood up to work through the phases of the pandemic plan as events unfold.
Softball Australia will continue to share relevant announcements with the softball community.
Chief Executive Officer