Diamond Digest October 13, 2021

October 13, 2021


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Diamond Digest

Latest news from Waverley Baseball Club

October 13, 2021 Edition

A word from the President

Hello everybody.
Things are starting to warm up … literally and figuratively. There’s a lot of information in this Diamond Digest about:
  • Roadmap to getting the Summer season up and running
  • Fees
  • Junior Come ‘N Try update
  • Women’s Come ‘N Try update
  • Call for T-ball players
  • Message from our Senior coach – Adam Bright
  • Provisional Division 1 fixure*
  • Advertisement for a coach for our Senior Winter teams
  • Coaching accreditation
  • Working with Children Check reminder
* As you will see in the roadmap to opening, the dates set for commencing training and playing are contingent upon Victoria hitting its vaccination targets by certain dates. We have not yet been advised whether vaccination will be compulsory for players and officials, however we do encourage you to get vaccinated as soon as possible, and to talk to your GP if you have any concerns about getting vaccinated.

New Apparel


We just released our summer range of apparel. You can order from our new online shop by clicking here. We have included some examples below. There are other designs available from the shop.
Merch Samples
I look forward to seeing you all down at Napier Park in the not-to-distant future.
Stay well, and Go Wildcats
Kerry Gassner
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Summer Season Update: Roadmap to Opening

Here is the latest update from Baseball Victoria
Baseball Victoria continues to plan for the resumption of community sport and we are expecting to start the 2021/22 VSBL season on Saturday 13 November 2021. This date is based on Victoria’s Roadmap and subject to change depending on Victorian Government restrictions and how soon the state reaches its vaccination targets that will allow for a return to training and competition.

As Victoria makes progress toward vaccination targets, here’s a reminder of the key roadmap milestones and dates in our current plans, which will be used to confirm the VSBL season schedule in the coming weeks.

  • If we achieve 70% of eligible Victorians fully vaccinated by 26-29 October:
    • Yes: Training commences weekend of October 30-31 with a planned 13 November start date for matches*
    • No: Training commencement is delayed and matches will resume 4 December
  • * If we achieve 80% of eligible Victorians fully vaccinated by 5 November
    • Yes: proceed with 13 November start date
    • No: training may commence with 4 December start date, or if there is still no training, push back to a January VSBL start
Monash Council, our landlord, is still awaiting clarification regarding the parameters of participation density & spectators as well as use of the Clubhouse and changerooms. Preliminary information indicates that there will be strict limits on spectators and access to the clubrooms and changerooms.

Summer Fees

Summer fees consist of two components.
  1. Baseball Victoria ‘Capitation’ fee: Covers player insurance while playing and training as well as administration costs for Baseball Victoria and Baseball Australia. This fee MUST be paid before you can can start playing with Waverley. BV has not yet finalised their capitation fee, but have provided indicative values. Once the cost is finalised we will publicise the website link you must use to pay your BV capitation fee.
  2. Waverley Baseball Club membership fee. This fee allows us to operate the club and pay the various costs associated with playing. These costs include:
    1. Ground rental (payable to City of Monash)
    2. Baseball Victoria Team entry (payable to BV for each team we enter in the competition
    3. Coaches fees
    4. Baseballs
    5. Umpire fees
    6. Insurance on our assets
    7. Utilities
    8. Trophies
    9. Scorebooks
    10. etc
Summer 2021/22BV Capitation FeeWBC Fee
Senior Male139.83340.00
Senior Female139.83170.00
Life members139.830.00
Junior male playing Senior also129.84272.00
Junior female playing Senior also129.84120.00
Age 9-17107.76120.00
Age 5-839.530.00
The costs of keeping your club running are significant. You can assist us by paying your WBC Fee promptly. When finalising your payment please note the name of the player in the Additional Notes section at the checkout. If you are having difficulty paying your fees please contact Adrian Dunn to discuss the situation.

Assistance for children on Health Card or Pensioner Concession Card

There is some assistance available for children aged 0 to 18 and named on a valid and issued Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card and Medicare card. Find out if you can apply, what costs are covered and how much can be reimbursed by looking at the Active Kids program.

COVIDSafe training and playing

The Club will have for sale a WBC designed face mask and gaiter. These can be ordered in the coming weeks.
All Senior and top-end Junior players must wear masks when training and playing.
Everyone must sign in using the QR code signs that are posted around Napier Park every time they enter the grounds.
You can purchase WBC Masks and Gaiters from our Online Shop by clicking here.

A message from our Senior Coach: Adam Bright

Hi everybody.
After such a long time sitting and with a very short period between starting formal training and the start of the season it’s important that you start doing some conditioning work now to start getting the body active again.
With only about 2 weeks of training prior to the season, your success and injury prevention this season will come from what you do now in your own time to get ready for the season.
I suggest you get the legs moving by jogging. You also really need to be throwing and swinging a bat. The clubrooms are still locked down, so you don’t have access to the gym or other facilities however if you are fully vaccinated you can exercise outdoors with up to 4 other fully vaccinated adults, from a total of two households (including your own), once per day. You can spend up to 4 hours outdoors, for exercise and outdoor socialising in limited groups combined, each day.
I’m looking forward to seeing everybody at training as soon as it’s permitted.

Junior news

Junior Tryouts and Come & Try day

The tryouts and Come and Try days for Under 12/13/14/16 will be on Sunday October 31.
We encourage you to register your interest by filling in the form on this page. By doing this we can keep you up to date with all the latest developments.
We are always looking to build our Junior programme. Please forward this email on if you have any family or friends who may be interested in playing baseball.

Calling all T-ballers

T-ball will commence on Saturday, November 13 from 9am to 10:30am. Call Adrian on 0438 983 388 for more information.

Womens’ Come & Try day

This has been rescheduled to Saturday, October 30 from 10:30am to 12 noon.
We encourage you to register your interest by filling in the form on this page. This will help us to keep you up to date with any new developments.
Again, if you know of anybody who may be interested in joining our womens’ programme please pass these details on.

Draft fixture for Division 1 1sts

This is the draft fixture for the Firsts. It is subject to change. Fixtures for other teams will be available closer to commencement of play.
114-Novv Essendon
221-Novv Geelong
328-Novv Sandringham
45-Dec@ Malvern
512-Dec@ Fitzroy
619-Dec@ Upwey
723-Janv Upwey
825-Jan@ Blackburn
930-Jan@ Blackburn
101-Feb@ Berwick
116-Feb@ Berwick
128-Febv Berwick
1313-Febv Melbourne
1415-Feb@ Melbourne
1520-Feb@ Melbourne
1622-Febv Blackburn
1727-Febv Cheltenham
181-Marv Cheltenham
196-Mar@ Cheltenham
208-Mar@ Upwey
2113-Marv Sunshine
Semi Final15-Mar
Semi Final19-Mar
Semi Final20-Mar
Grand Final22-Mar
Grand Final26-Mar
Grand Final27-Mar

Winter team coach advertisement

As you will know, Luke Hughes has returned to Perth and will not be available to coach our Winter teams next year. We are advertising for a new coach and welcome applications from both inside, and outside WBC.
Waverley Baseball Club is seeking expressions of interest for the position of coach of its Senior teams in the 2022 Melbourne Winter Baseball League.
Ideally, but not exclusively, the successful applicant would be a playing coach.
Requirements of the role include:
  • Excellent communication skills and an ability to work with players of varying abilities
  • Able to plan and oversee a structured training and development program
  • Ability to balance success in games with development of players’ skills and confidence
  • Attract new players to the club
  • Current Working with Children Check Certificate
The Blackcats field four Senior teams in the MWBL as well as junior teams.
Remuneration: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Applications and enquiries to secretary@waverleybaseball.com.au
Applications close SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2021

Coaching Certification

We strongly encourage all of our coaches and team leaders to achieve a level of coaching certification.
Baseball Australia has now adopted the USA Baseball Coaches Certification Program as its recognised qualification at the participation level of the sport.
The three-tiered USA Baseball model provides coaches across Victoria and the rest of Australia with a high-quality resource to develop their knowledge under a new partnership.
This new certification replaces BA’s coaching accreditation. Coaches who have undertaken the Baseball Australia national coach accreditation scheme will have their certification recognised through to its expiry.
They will have six months from the time of it expiring to transition to the USA Baseball Coaches Certification Program.
The USA Baseball pathway consists of three certification levels – A, B and C – and requires the completion of a series of courses, resources and programs.
Level A and B will be free of cost while level C is expected to have some costs for the practical assessment component.
Details of the full announcement from Baseball Victoria are available here.

Working with Children Check: All Junior Coaches and Volunteers please note

Please check that your Working with Children Check is still current. If it has expired, or will expire during the season you can renew it from here
If you do not yet have a valid Working with Children Check please click here to see if you need one. There is no cost involved for volunteers and coaches.
You will be unable to volunteer at the club, or coach juniors without a valid Working with Children Check.
We believe there is a long backlog on processing these, so please lodge your application/renewal asap.

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