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Extreme Weather over the Weekend

Extreme Weather over the Weekend

Author: Daniel Garrood/Monday, 21 December 2015/Categories: News, Noticeboard

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On Friday a decision was taken by the Baseball Victoria not to cancel baseball this weekend after consultation and careful consideration.

 

The decision was taken in the knowledge that the heat policy would ensure games would not proceed where the temperature got above 34 for juniors and 38 for seniors.

 

The often unpredictable nature of Melbourne's weather and the variations in temperature across Melbourne and Victoria were taken into consideration.

 

A balance between allowing for games to proceed if possible and ensuring the health and wellbeing of players, coaches and umpires was decided upon.

 

Some sports proceeded this weekend relying on heat policies and others took the decision to cancel. The approach and decisions taken varied across sports.

 

As intended the heat policy operated and ensured protection as the weather became extreme.

 

Baseball Victoria would like to thank the many players, coaches, umpires, club volunteers, parents and families who attended games in the hope it could proceed only to not play as the temperature rose and rose.

 

We understand this caused some uncertainty and inconvenience. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

 

While the decision taken on Friday was based on trying to play if the weather conditions allowed, it was taken in the full knowledge the heat policy would protect our baseball community.

 

With an increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather and improvements in the reliability of weather forecasts a review will be undertaken immediately to reconsider how to manage the balance between a desire to play and protection of players, coaches and umpires.

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