Corona: Different Situations in Europe’s main Baseball Competitions, an update

A month ago, you could read an overview of the baseball situation in each of the main baseball countries in Europe as they all were/are hit by the measurements that surround the coronavirus. Here is an update per country.

Belgium:
kbbsf-logo-met-tekstLast week, the KBBSF (Royal Belgian Baseball and Softball Federation) sent a letter to all baseball clubs in Belgium about the changed situation. As the government in Belgium has allowed contact sports to play games again per July 1st, For now, it looks that the BBG league will start on the weekend of July 4 but the KBBSF will come with more information this week.

Czech Republic:
New Logo for Czech Baseball Association - News - Czech Baseball ...Since May 22nd, the Czech Extra League is up and running. Three competition rounds have been played and Eagles Praha (Prague) and Kotlarka Praha are sharing first place with a 5-1 record. Reigning champion Arrows Ostrava is trailing by one game with a 4-2 record. Multiple champions, Draci (Dragons) Brno is trailing by two games with a 3-3 record.

France:
FFBS - Fédération Française de Baseball et Softball | LinkedIn
In France, the FFBS has cancelled the season on May 7th. Nothing has changed ever since even though the second phase of the exit strategy has been implemented on June 2nd.
For now, a gradual return for outdoor sports is outlined. Training will be possible but in small groups. In fact, it is the same set of rules that you see in almost every other country.

Germany:
LIDA Baseball / SoftballIn today’s blogpost about Germany, you can read that the 2020 season has been pushed back again. Rules set by the German government does not allow baseball to be played before the end of June. If the season can start depends on the willingness of the clubs to play without fans in the stands. Furthermore, there will be no promotion or relegation this year. 

Italy:
FIBS - Federazione Italiana Baseball Softball | LinkedInEven though the starting date of the Italian season has been set on July 12, it is still not clear if the season will be played. Persistent rumors keep floating around about clubs that are not willing to play because the safety measures set by the FIBS (Italian Baseball and Softball Federation) would not be sufficient. Also to meet the rules set by the FIBS is very costly according to several clubs. As soon as more is clear about this situation, you will read it here.

The Netherlands:
KNBSBNot much changed in the Netherlands. The date of September 1st still stands even though the KNBSB (Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation) is lobbying to make August 1st as a starting date possible. In the meantime, the KNBSB has announced two schedules. One with a starting date of September 1st and one with the starting date of August 1st. Since the first is the most likely to happen, the proposed schedule will contain three rounds of three games, best-of-three playoffs, and a best-of-three Holland Series. Two divisions of four teams will be formed and the winners of those divisions will face the runners up of the other division in the playoffs.

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