Dear athletes, affiliates, supporters & friends,
As we move into the second quarter of 2021 and Singapore starts to resume some of the activities that have been put on hold since Covid hit us, the Singapore Baseball and Softball Association (SBSA) is pleased to launch its inaugural quarterly newsletter.
This newsletter focuses on some of the new initiatives the SBSA has launched in the past six months. We hope this newsletter will keep the baseball and softball community updated on the various local developments in our sports and stay informed about the upcoming events in 2021.
I’m pleased to report that our athletes have resumed training since last July, albeit with Covid measures in place. Not only have the team managers and coaches been working hard to ensure the resumption of training, they have also continued to recruit new players for the various age group teams and design programmes to address skills gaps and build resilience in our players.
Besides ensuring that our national athletes are able to train, our biggest focus has been on the development of our coaches & officials as well as the launch of a modified Baseball5 league while adhering to strict but necessary Covid restrictions. It is with these objectives in mind that we’ve worked hard on launching our SBSA Coaching Programme to build on the expertise of our coaches; introducing the new WBSC Softball Scoring System as well as rekindling our Introductory Umpiring Workshop. It was also most gratifying to see people signing up for the WBSC Academy to take advantage of the wealth of baseball, softball and Baseball5 materials that it has put online.
Many of you have taken this opportunity to sign up for the coaching accreditation programmes run by SBSA and Coach SG as well as the officials workshops – I would like to congratulate those who have successfully achieved their coaching accreditation and/or taken their first steps to becoming SBSA-accredited umpires and scorers, and encourage those who have fallen short. On behalf of our players, both elite and recreational, I would like to extend my most sincerest appreciation to you for your dedication to our sports.
Nowhere has this been more apparent than in our recently launched modified Baseball5 (BB5) league in the midst of this pandemic. Our newly minted BB5 Ambassadors personify the dedication to learning new skills, practicing them and using each experience to better their performances so that players can enjoy the game better. I would like to thank them for making the effort to brave the rain and sun to make the inaugural BB4 league possible. Interest in this sport is growing, with PESTA recently hosting a series of SBSA workshops for PE Teachers who are keen. To launch this sport in schools would be our next step.
Last but not least, we hear you when you tell us that you want to be back on the fields, playing baseball and softball. Much as we would like to resume the national leagues as we know them, it is not possible at this point given the national measures imposed to tackle Covid-19.
On behalf of the BB5 team, I would like to invite and encourage you to take up BB5 as a way of playing some form of baseball and softball under these extenuating circumstances.
Stay safe and healthy.