**UPDATE 10:00am AEDT, Tuesday 17 March, 2020**
Softball Australia would like to reassure our participants and stakeholders that we are monitoring the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) closely.
The health and safety of our participants, volunteers and staff are at the forefront of the organisation and as such, their well-being will dictate any decision made by Softball Australia.
News on COVID-19 is constantly evolving and Softball Australia is staying abreast of the latest updates from organisations including the Australian Government, Sport Australia and the Australian Institute of Sport.
Following the escalation of the COVID-19 Pandemic 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.
During this time, Softball Australia is encouraging Clubs and Associations 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. Clubs and Associations should contact their relevant State Governing Body to seek advice on whether or not to continue regularly scheduled competitions.
Please note updates from;
- Softball Victoria as at 16 March
- Softball ACT as at 16 March
- Softball NSW as at 16 March
- Softball SA as at 16 March
In the interim, Softball Australia encourages players, officials, volunteers and spectators to:
- Practice high-levels of hygiene, as per Australian Government guidelines
- If you are planning on travelling overseas, check the Smartraveller website regularly and subscribe for updates.
- If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident currently overseas, you and your immediate family members can return to Australia. 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, 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