BSF Executive Meeting Report: 7 June 2018

Mon 11 Jun 2018

The BSF Executive held its latest conference call meeting on the evening of Thursday 7 June.  Below is a journalistic report on the main discussions and decisions.


Attendance

Present:  Jenny Fromer (President), Liz Graham (Tournaments Director), Chris Moon (BASU Representative).

Apologies:  Laura Burkhardt (Treasurer), Stella Ackrell (Administrator), Steve Getraer (General Officer).

Guest:  Bob Fromer (BaseballSoftballUK).


National Championships and Tournaments

The Executive considered a number of issues regarding National Championships and other tournaments.

Single-Sex Slowpitch National Championships – Competitions Director Liz Graham reported that final entries for this tournament on the weekend of 30 June-1 July in Birmingham is seven Men’s Comp teams, six Men’s Rec teams, three Women’s Comp teams and 11 Women’s Rec teams – a record number.

Co-ed Slowpitch League Nationals – Despite the BSF offering two places in the Platinum Division to four different leagues, only one team has committed to play.  The Platinum Division will need to be cancelled again this year, and perhaps permanently, since the Executive now believes it has effectively been replaced by NSL2.  It’s also not clear at this point whether the number of pitches booked for the League Nationals will be needed, and Liz Graham will contact BSUK to see how flexible they can be about changes.

NSL1 at Windsor Tournament – Not many NSL1 teams have entered the Windsor Tournament on 14-15 July, which will make it difficult to use this tournament to make up games that would otherwise have been played at Diamond 3.  The necessity to do this has come about because Chromies and Pioneers are travelling over the Diamond 3 weekend to play in the European Co-ed Slowpitch Super Cup, which starts the following day.  The BSF has decided that unplayed games by these teams will be recorded as 0-0 draws.

Rules on reversion -- The BSF has received a complaint following the first Diamond Series tournament about application of the reversion rule when the final inning of a game was unable to be completed.  After consulting with BASU Umpire-in-Chief Jes Sandhu, the Executive has decided that the result in the game in question will stand.  However, it has now been agreed between the BSF and BASU that the reversion rule will no longer be used at games in Diamond tournaments, and final innings will be played to a conclusion.

Nationals enhancement – The BSF intends to introduce new features and improvements at the Co-ed Slowpitch League Nationals and NSL Nationals this year, and Jenny Fromer will speak to Luke Stott at BaseballSoftballUK to confirm any elements in which BSUK staff will be involved.

GB v Ireland Challenge Game – A planned challenge game between the GB and Ireland National Slowpitch Teams, due to take place on the evening of Saturday 14 July at the Windsor Tournament at Farnham Park, will not in fact take place.  The BSF and BaseballSoftballUK hope this idea can be revived for next year.


BSF website

A BSF subcommittee consisting of Jenny Fromer, Stella Ackrell and Liz Graham met recently to discuss changes and improvements to the BSF website.

The idea will probably be to develop and upgrade the existing website rather than start from scratch.  The main improvements sought are:

  • The ability to register teams without a charge based on individual teams.
  • The ability to contact all members through the website.
  • The ability to take payments through the website.
  • The creation of a more prominent Hall of Fame section.
  • General improvements to the look and functionality of the website.

The BSF will now discuss with BaseballSoftballUK how these and other upgrades can be carried out.


Webstreaming

The Executive has approved a bid for webstreaming final games from the Premier Nationals at Farnham Park on Sunday 2 September, and this will now go ahead.

The final game from the London Cup Women’s Fastpitch Tournament at Farnham Park will also be webstreamed live on 8 July (more details will be forthcoming shortly), and the game will be available on demand after the tournament.


GDPR advice

BSF has responded to some leagues asking for advice over GDPR issues, and has also asked Tim Stride at BaseballSoftballUK to prepare a user-friendly document on procedures and FAQs.  This will be circulated shortly.

Although the deadline for GDPR compliance was 25 May, the Executive feels it’s unlikely that any consequences will follow at this point if a league or club is unwittingly non-compliant.


BSUK Board and Committee Reports

Members of the BSF Executive attend meetings of the BaseballSoftballUK Board and its various Committees, and reports from these meetings are a standing item on the agenda at BSF Executive meetings.

Jenny Fromer reported that a recent meeting of BSUK’s Governance Committee, which she chairs, focused on safeguarding because the organisation was about to undergo its annual review with the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU).  In the event, BSUK was once again given a green rating and praised for its safeguarding systems and arrangements.

The BSF and the BBF will shortly be asked by the BaseballSoftballUK Board to approve a new Chair and a new independent Board member.


Finance

A sponsorship arrangement has been agreed between GB Softball and a company called Physique, that supplies equipment to physiotherapists and trainers.  The company will give GB Softball a discount on all purchases, and would like to use the BSF logo to promote the partnership on their website.  The Executive agreed to the logo being used for this purpose.

BSF Treasurer Laura Burkhardt has circulated a budget update on the current BSF financial year, which runs from 1 October 2017 to 30 September 2018.

While it’s too early in the year to draw many conclusions, the Executive is determined to eliminate under-spends that have occurred in recent years, particularly with regard to National Championship enhancement and the awarding of BSF Development Grants.  However, additional money will be needed this year for improvements to the BSF website.


Baseball 5

The BSF has provided some support for BaseballSoftballUK staff members Liz Knight and Leah Holmes to attend a demonstration in Prague of the World Baseball Softball Confederation’s new “street” baseball and softball game, Baseball 5.

The programme will be rolled out in the UK by BSUK development staff members under the auspices of the Federations, with equipment and branding supplied by the WBSC.


Next meeting

The next BSF conference call meeting will be held on Thursday 12 July.

Anyone with items to raise at the meeting should contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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