Bendigo Baseball Association is continuing to discuss options on how to best conclude the 2021 senior competition seasons, with a decision expected at some stage next week.
Currently, the BBA's three senior divisions are yet to be determined, however, one thing that is certain is no games will be played after the first weekend in October.
"A number of options were discussed at a recent executive meeting on how we should conclude the senior divisions,' BBA president Anthony Amsing said.
"If the current restrictions remain in place after Sunday October 3, then we will have to look at other alternatives on how to best complete the season."
As it stands, Falcons (10-1 21P 0.826%) are on top of the division one ladder, followed by Strathfieldsaye Dodgers (7-5 14P 0.533%), Bendigo East (6-5 13P 0.660%) and Scots (0-12 0P 0.078%).
Amsing said the ongoing uncertainty had started to take a toll on the BBA's overall momentum.
"It really has been a challenge that's been experienced by all community sport administrators throughout the pandemic," he said.
"Our association has never had a road map or framework set on how to best navigate these kinds of scenarios to determine a season under these circumstances.
"We've all just been trying to make it up as we go along and each club has its own perspective on how it would like to see the season decided, which can have its own issues."
Regardless of how the 2021 senior divisions are decided, Amsing said changes to future season framework and bylaws were necessary moving forward to avoid further complications.
"There's arguments that irrespective of the restrictions that we could've been in a similar scenario if we had experienced numerous washouts during the season due to bad weather," he said.
"However, moving forward we will need proper definitions on what constitutes a washout and how it's different to a forced cancellation due to restrictions.
"Also put a definition on the amount of games that's required to constitute a proper season, otherwise these sorts of scenarios are open to interruption and hard to reach an overall consensus.
"We're hoping to make changes that reflect the environment we will be operating under in the future."
With an unfortunate question mark still hovering over the senior season, there is one great achievement for the BBA this year, to successfully conclude its junior competition.
Falcons edged out Dodgers 5-3 in an entertaining under-17 grand final, Bendigo East won a thrilling under-14 decider, while Dodgers were crowned under-12 premiers.
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