EUR 50,000 fund launched as baseball, softball seasons cancelled in France

EUR 50,000 fund launched as baseball, softball seasons cancelled in France
The difficult decision became inevitable after an announcement by the Prime Minister. Clubs will be able to start their activity at the local level. A 50,000 € grant will fund back-to-school kits and baseball gloves for female players under the age of 15.

The French Federation of Baseball and Softball (FFBS) decided on Tuesday, May 5, to cancel all national baseball and softball competitions for the year 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"It was certainly a difficult decision to take," stated FFBS in a press release, "but it became inevitable following the Prime Minister's announcements of 28 April and because of the health situation of our country."

FFBS is now waiting to understand if the clubs will be able to resume their activities on Monday (11 May) as part of the exit plan from the lockdown presented this week to the Ministry of Sports.

In the meantime, the FFBS Executive Committee has chosen to allow the clubs to focus on the gradual resumption of their activities at the local level, when permissible, as well as preparing for a critical recruitment period before the 2020/2021 school year.

To help attract new players to the sport in France, FFBS decided to devote an envelope of € 50,000 to the free provision of back-to-school communication kits for clubs wishing to have them, as well as to the relaunch of the Get into the Game campaign, which promotes the development of women's practice by offering a baseball/softball glove to each new female player under the age of 15.